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Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II review: Brightest star

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Hi all...
A lot of people asking a lot of questions about GS2...
If there's something specific you can't do - ask me - I'm sure it's possible!
(it's odd nobody's found the self-record thing before - there was even a guy doing blogs on YouTube said it couldn't do it - it can!)
I'd also recommend getting yourself a new launcher (UI)...
I've tried pretty much all of them...
The best one I've found is ADW PRO (costs a couple of quid) - amazing customisation options... and it gives you the ability to hide the status bar (to avoid screen burn over time)
Failing that SPB 3D is excellent too... once they give the option to hide status bar, it'll be my UI of choice!
Another tip is that if you find the Galaxy turning off apps because you've got low battery (music / photo / etc) use a market app...
Best music app (my opinion) Poweramp Pro - and I've tried loads
Best camera app (of a s0-so bunch) Vignette Pro
They'll allow you to take photos / play music until your phone dies!
I'd also recommend Dolphin HD as a browser - faster than the stock one and although it was sticky on Galaxy S1 - it's amazing on S2!

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  • 2011-06-22 16:55
  • GjjS

> In reply to Dee @ 2011-06-16 11:27 from iLUy - click to readDownload ringdroid - it's free and all you need to do is open it up... find your mp3 and then save it as a notification... next to you look for it in whatever app you want - it'll appear!

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  • 2011-06-22 16:50
  • GjjS

> In reply to audio_junk @ 2011-06-20 22:37 from uCmC - click to readit does...
click on to video...
click option to self record!

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  • 2011-06-22 16:46
  • GjjS

my galaxy s2 got a problem with the music player as it keep on shutting phone while playing songs(only if it is in a screen lock mode) and the tope part of phone gets heated up on browsing net.. dont know wat to do...any help much appreciated...

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  • 2011-06-21 14:31
  • 2CRt

> In reply to Eyeless @ 2011-05-28 13:43 from 3iEs - click to readdownload a music player app from android market which supports the mkv file type.....

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  • 2011-06-21 13:25
  • utBy

> In reply to Lunks @ 2011-06-16 10:40 from vwdC - click to readyup.mine does that too. even my playbook heats up occasionally. i'm wondering if it's the processor?

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  • 2011-06-21 04:25
  • wHRy

This phone should really allow the front camera to record and take videos and pictures.Seriously this buggs me

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  • 2011-06-20 22:37
  • uCmC

> In reply to Lunks @ 2011-06-16 10:40 from vwdC - click to readdont worry boss, me to feels the same problem and my battery backup is too low. even i didnt even get for complete day. wat abt your's

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  • 2011-06-19 18:05
  • nCix

Help, I am using quadrant advanced edition to benchmark my Galaxy S II, System information shows the following: model; GT-I9100, fingerprint; ends with XWKE7, os; 2.3.3, now the problems, 1- cpu 2- req. 800 MHZ, max; 1200, min 200 MHZ, 3- cores; 1. why slow clock speed & single core? how to get it to read dual cores at the 1.2 GHZ freq? can anybody explain???

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  • 2011-06-19 14:09
  • ftZw

thank you fongy for that userbase review ezellent

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  • 2011-06-18 20:06
  • Nsbs

great phone

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  • 2011-06-18 17:51
  • ScpK

my lockscreen was freezen.i put the battery out and again works ok.what do you think i could be the problem

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  • 2011-06-18 16:26
  • ScpK

hey my mates..
i am the proud owner of this beast gals2.its awesome...i m the first person to own it in in'nt? Anyways this phone is Awesome.better than my laptop lol.quick,fast,smooth,bright,wat else /./?
Camera man Its AWESOME...Its great to be with Galaxy!!!!God Bless SAMSUNG!!!

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  • 2011-06-16 17:01
  • 2CRp

Hi Galaxy S 2 owners! Happy with your phone? I am =) Does anyone know how to assign your own mp3's as message alerts? I cant seem to find the option either by going into my alerts section or selecting the mp3 through the music menu and selecting 'set as'.


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  • 2011-06-16 11:27
  • iLUy

Dear Friends,

My Galaxy S2's upper part gets heated up very fast on the use of Wifi or GPRS, does anyone is facing this issue.

Please advice.

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  • 2011-06-16 10:40
  • vwdC

My i9000 uses the lock button for shooting pictures. Have u tried that on the i9100?

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  • 2011-06-15 02:32
  • 04Mh

where is the review about battery life?

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  • 2011-06-11 04:41
  • iidS

Well, after a good day of tinkering with the phone...
Here are my thoughts...
Bearing in mind I had a Galaxy S before the GS2...

Firstly, I was worried about getting something so similar, I never use Touchwiz (I use ADW or SPB, actually changing every so often just to keep it fresh) so that wasn't the issue...
It was just, a lot of people are saying how good the screen is, but after having a GS1 - you kind of take that for granted... as reviews say it is very similar.
I can tell you having them side by side - the GS2 looks sharper and brighter and just a LOT more impressive...
The real difference is the shape / weight... the GS1 appears cheaper and chunkier than the GS2 (and it's not either!) but somehow the GS2 just makes it look like a poor man's copy...
I'm not going to go into too much depth, but suffice to say...
Major stand-out points..
The camera is just AMAZING - fantastic flash (even though not xenon) and great pictures... and it's soooo quick in starting up and taking photos (really impressive)
And speed is the main key here - my GS1 would crash quite often, it'd certainly lag and stutter, and just trying games like bejeweled 2 and RUA - the performance difference is REALLY noticeable... flowing between screens using different UIs is just brilliant, it really does set the benchmark - and the screen feels closer to the finger - which sounds strange but makes it feel really great to touch...
Sound-wise - much louder speaker (I found the GS1 a little too quiet) - but still easily coverable with your finger should it go off by accident...
Finally (and normally the biggest issue) - battery...
Well, it's only a day old, and I know batteries can take up to a week to get into their stride...
I'd say it was 1.5x better than GS1 - but obviously this varies on the widgets / data you use (I have quite a few which does suck the battery - time to reduce the frequency of updating them I think!)

Am I happy? Very.
I was worried that it wasn't different enough to warrant sticking with Samsung (I don't have a particular preference in company) - but I'm glad I did, it's simply the best phone on the market bar none - and it's going to take a heck of a lot to beat it...
Did I mention just how good the camera is??!

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  • 2011-06-09 11:38
  • GjjS

Can anyone tell me if NFC will be supported on SGS2 with a software updatte ? or does this require hardware changes ?

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  • 2011-06-08 13:38
  • pr8$

Well.. after much deliberation, watching of videos / reviews / comparisons / phones coming out in the next 6 months...

I've gone and ordered a GS2... and that's after having a G1...

Review to follow! :)
(toughest decision on a phone I've made for a looooong time)

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  • 2011-06-06 14:30
  • GjjS

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