So, I bought this phone. Only, because I must - I'm developing a game, and this is a tool for me.
This is almost good Android implementation among others.
As an UX fan, I have been just striked down, when I saw what Samsung "engineer" (fire him immidiately !), responsible for unlocking screen has done.
This bastard, this stupid mf*** just broke, original, good, clear, usable Google Android 2.3 unlocking screen ! It was the nice slider, clear, legible display with date and time.
Now, Samsung S2, most expensive phone today, has unlocking screen just cheap as some resistive-screen Nokia for 50 bucks ! Even Windows Mobile 5.0 has WAY BETTER usable unlocking screen !
I expect, that Samsung as fast, as they can, release new firmware to repair this misunderstanding and breaking all UI and UX principles.
My screen shows only three letters of month name and three letters of day name (Poland country).
This looks like:
2 jul, sat.
What a STUPID mf just done that ? I must torture myself looking at this f*** ugly screen hundred times a day ! It destroys all the joy of using this phone !
Samsung "Engineer". Now may I suggest, look at iPhone 4 unlocking screen, if you just do not know how to do that properly.
Date and day should look NICE, not "good enough". Name of month should be displayed as FULL name, not shortcut. As a day name. FULL names, for Christ sake ! This is not Atari 800XL with 320x256 display !
Second. They just actually done unlocking by sliding screen wallpaper in any direction. This is ugly, bad, disgusting, looking cheap. My 15 years old son is doing better UI designs !
So, you wanna good UX experience ? Buy iPhone. Sorry, Samsung. Great hardware is not everything. Invest some money into good engineers and q/a for best UI experience.
Anyway, I can wait 2 months for update. Do your homework.
audio_junk, 29 Jun 2011Will try that out the next time i go to the phone shop.Anyways I heard that this comes preinst... moreNo need to worry / panic over screen burn...
Depending on age / contrast / what you have on your screen, similar to a monitor - my old GS1 - you could faintly see where the time / battery / signal had always been in the top right of the screen, but it was barely significant... using a UI that removes status bar, or mixing things up a bit should resolve that (and lets be honest, you don't buy Android just to keep your theme the same all the time)
I've just rooted my GS2 - gives you access to some pretty amazing apps, no problems re: performance, if anything, it's made it better (if that's at all possible) - even if I couldn't update (no reason why not) - there's little coming in the next year I suspect that would mean I'd be missing out (and sometimes it's nice to get a newer phone with whistles and bells you don't currently have!)
Sound-wise from 3.5 is brilliant, I use FM Radio and Poweramp - the equaliser (both from GS2 and PA) really make a difference and 5.1 when watching films is GREAT!
Honestly guys, it's impossible to fault this phone, it's simply IMMENSE. Where do phones go from here? WHERE?!?!?
Fongy, 22 Jun 2011Hi all...
A lot of people asking a lot of questions about GS2...
If there's something specif... moreWill try that out the next time i go to the phone shop.Anyways I heard that this comes preinstalled with its own video and photo editor.Is it open to other devices?Looks pretty neat.
How is the sound quality from the 3.5 jack?
Also screen burn it?Yikes.Never heard that problem occuring on my HTC sensation.
Also about the bootloader thing.Currently mine is lock and no way to pry it open with custom ROMs from from xda.(maybe i am doing it wrong)
But how is the performance on the SGS2 with the custom ROMs?Any serious bugs?Will the motion action get canceled if you use a custom ROM?
Galaxy S II dropped my jaw. And with the unlocked bootloader and all the friendly attitude towards the developers/modders community, there is nothing else I could possibly want.
They raised the bar of chasing perfection.
Best gadget on the thing? Flight Mode that shuts down WAN WiFi, 3G, etc while still allowing GPS and LAN WiFi (Free Hotspots) to function. Great idea – I hate the idea of paying big for 3/4G data.
btw: My wife has an iPhone4 – it’s a bag of bolts compared to the S2.
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 of course... (I'll shup up now...)
Juicedefender (just the standard one) really does help with your battery life by turning off data when screen is off, and again, it's something that used to slow down the GS1 - but works perfectly with GS2... this is why anyone who says "we don't need dual core yet" is very much mistaken...
All these great HD apps that were sticky / laggy before (and remember that was on a 1gb RAM / 1ghz processor GS1) now run silky smooth...
and if you want to capture screenshots (I always like doing that as I change my theme so much) - press home button and then power button quickly (before task list comes up)
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!
Dee, 16 Jun 2011Hi Galaxy S 2 owners! Happy with your phone? I am =) Does anyone know how to assign your ow... moreDownload 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!
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...
Eyeless, 28 May 2011Hi, I tried to run a *.mkv file and the phone tells do not support that file. The Galaxy... moredownload a music player app from android market which supports the mkv file type.....
Lunks, 16 Jun 2011Dear Friends,
My Galaxy S2's upper part gets heated up very fast on the use of Wifi or GPRS... moreyup.mine does that too. even my playbook heats up occasionally. i'm wondering if it's the processor?
This phone should really allow the front camera to record and take videos and pictures.Seriously this buggs me
Lunks, 16 Jun 2011Dear Friends, My Galaxy S2's upper part gets heated up very fast on the use of Wifi or GPRS... moredont 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
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???
my lockscreen was freezen.i put the battery out and again in.now works ok.what do you think i could be the problem
hey my mates..
i am the proud owner of this beast gals2.its awesome...i m the first person to own it in Australia.cool 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!!!