pkchi, 17 May 2011It's because I've been using Nokia since the 6630 and my fiance the 6600. Back then, it was li... moreIf you been programing to Android, I think you should check out how this OS consumes battery and processing power monstrously because it's UI runs over Java, while on Symbian everything works natively. Every OS has it drawbacks and you are just like any other Android user that thinks that their OS is perfect.
The browser is slow not because the lack of a lot of RAM and CPU (RAM has nothing to do with browsing speed), it's because it still a bad conversion from the S60v3 browser to touch. Yyou should check out Opera Mobile or take a look how even an iPhone 3GS runs the web smoothly.
And I still don't get it what's the point from "10 years old UI", MUCH has changed since then and that's such a generic argument that every Symbian hater uses.
Also, I'm sure that most N8 users are very happy with their phone and don't find it a "useless fasion" like you, Nokia phones are well known for have great hardware functionality and there's almost nothing that GSII do that N8 can't. N8 has even a FM Transmitter and Pentaband 3G just in case someone needs it. So don't dare call N8 useless and fashionable like it was some kind of toy. "Useless and fashionable" applies much better to iPhone.
Oh, and don't get me wrong, I don't want by no means convince that Symbian is perfect or that it offers the same amount of usability as Android, obviously it's a immature OS for the touch era, it's just that I can't accept people saying nonsense thing when they are trying to bash it.
marat, 17 May 2011samsung has made ALMOST an excellent phone. ALMOST. i dont get why they are so obsessed with g... morehey marat spot on... man..me personally after using so any smartphones regret for only one reason in common that is poor battery life when do these people gv equal imporrtance to the basics ..from being carried away by screen echnology and so,,,..pls do mind the customer complaints and work on them
Can someone pls tell me if the Bluetooth 3.0 in SGS II has A2DP support? which streams high quality audio through bluetooth headset?
samsung has made ALMOST an excellent phone. ALMOST. i dont get why they are so obsessed with getting it so thin. ????? WHY???? has anybody from u hear ever complaints about smartphones being thick??? i've never heard such complaints. what is the only BIG COMPLAINT u can hear all the time about smartphones? is it that its too thick??? no, all smartphones suck because of battery life. those smartasses in samsung were so clever to create the worlds thinest smartphone but WHY ???? why did not they dedicate some extra 2mm for the battery??? some extra 2mm would at least triplle the size of miseralbe 1650mah battery and would triple the gaps between charging.
has any body heard complaints about smartphones being too heavy??? i have not. so some extra 20-30 grams would make a difference.
i had HTC desire and soldi it shortly after i got it. why? batery life. its miserable. all the time hassle with the charging. u forget accidnetly to charge it and when u have to leave the house u discover its 20% left and u know already it wont last all night. MISERABLE.
and SAMSUNG turns slowly into S%ITSUNG.
WHY?????????? the perfect smartphone is ALMOST THERE!!!! but why r they so sstupid and ignore complaints about battery life!!!
i've read so many reports about so many smartphones. one has problem with this the other phone has a problem with that. different proplems for diffferent phones. BUT. one thing is in common - BATTERY LIFE.
WTF !!! have i ever had a dream to hold a smartphone which is only 8,49 mm thick??? no - after htc desire i understood i wont buy any smartphones doesnt matter what super pupper amoled plus screens they have doesn matter what dual or quattro processors they hold.
i will buy only if all these features are combinded with battery life of 4-5 days under heavy usage. HEAVEY USAGE.
SAMSUNG just missed their chance to cash in my 500 pound. stupidd arsholes.
I invite people to vote - who wants to have the worlds thinest smatphone and who wants to exchange 8,49 mm to trpple size battery which means a bit of extra weight and etra 2mm.
currently in korea....and doing a quick hands on on my seniors Samsung Galaxy s 2. Speechless. The phone is so damn smooth. Lightweight and absolutely slim. I've no complaint on the back cover, because the phone not look cheap for me.
Anonymous, 16 May 2011How dare you abandon Nokia for this phone? You should have bought an N8 and support the best m... moreIt's because I've been using Nokia since the 6630 and my fiance the 6600. Back then, it was like one of the top smart phones with office and pdf capabilities. Also had great third party app support. Ten years later, the OS UI still hasn't change, browser is slow (due to CPU and lack of ram) and all the 3rd party developers have ditched it. The last great overall phone from Nokia was the N95 8gb (dual arm and hw graphic accelerator).
I've some experience programming in both Symbian and Android also, and Using Symbian language and memory management instructions is like working for Hitler. Symbian has very poor OS memory management, so all apps have to clean it's own memory usage, so if an app developer forgot to clean the ram or it crashes on some instructions, you'll end up with lost memory and get the notorious out of memory message.
Lack of app support, memory management, ten year old UI, and cpu/ram made me switch to Android. The only thing I miss is Nokia name brand, fashionable phones, and their beautiful meticulously designed camera cmos and carl zeiss lens.
A Nokia N8 to a Samsung Galaxy S 2 is akin to a Versace belt to Batman's utility belt. One is the epitome of fashion but useless while the other is multipurpose but reeks fashion monstrosity (would you ever walk around under normal circumstances with it?).
joonius, 17 May 2011LOL I didn't ask you to advertise your ever so slow web browsing N8.
I shouldn't even have ... moreJust like he didn't ask your opinion about N8.
Anyway, HDMI out is the kind of feature that you only want when you start to use it. And since most phones on the market doesn't have it, most people simple don't care about it.
The problem is, when you get used to a phone with HDMI out that you can enjoy your HD videos from your phone directs on your TV, you can't think about getting a phone without it.
Lol I had a n8 and besides the camera which was good, there is nothing else which matches the galaxy s2. My sister has an iPhone 4. I must admit that the iPhone is smooth..... But i don't like the restrictions on it eg. You can't pair two phones and Bluetooth pics across to or from other phones.this is something that most people do and I am surprised it has not even been fixed with the latest iOS update. I am one of the very few people who use videocalling and appreciate the videocalling over 3G on this device. I could only videocall other iPhones which most people I know didn't have. The lack of flash on the iPhone was disappointing. Even though other phones like the n8 had flash support, it didn't run as smooth on some sites and the low screen resolution messed up things.
The only thing I was disappointed with on the galaxy was the all plastic body. But trust me.... Until you hold the physical phone in your hand, it still feels really good.
Anonymous, 17 May 2011I do. It's one of the best features of my groundbreaking Nokia N8. LOL I didn't ask you to advertise your ever so slow web browsing N8.
I shouldn't even have asked the question... It's answered on that survey GSMArena did. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand it says it's 4th least used feature and 4th least desired feature, oh well. lol
joonius, 16 May 2011Just curious... How many people use HDMI out?I do. It's one of the best features of my groundbreaking Nokia N8.
Anonymous, 16 May 2011How dare you abandon Nokia for this phone? You should have bought an N8 and support the best m... moreim trading my n8 for this baby with my carrier...not a good experience at all! and i will renew the contract and get the ACE
You are awesome GSMARENA. Go Samsung!
See! Even the experts here know that this phone is the best!
And to all those who say they don't need this... is making a phone call and or receiving a text or two all you realy do? If not then you are just being odd.
If you make call, browse the internet, take pics or vids, listen to music, watch movies or music videos or concerts, use gps, and so on(even if seperate devices) then a power smartphone, especially like the gs2(the most powerfull and well rounded) works out more then perfectly for you.
anaheim, 16 May 2011For the piece de resistance, did you know that Samoled and Samoled+ have a short life of 2 yea... moreBwahahahaha! You just read that somewhere where either a unlucky and UNCOMMEN event happened to one or very few users (which happens in every single electronic device) or a hater posted bull crap and you are just regurgitating it.
Anonymous, 16 May 2011I don't care much about these beast phones with huge displays etc - it's just that I don't nee... moreColors are more VIBRANT on Amoleds as compared to lcd's because of the difference in technology. LCD screens use a backlight which make faded colors and sometimes uneven lighting. Amoled screens have organic diodes that light up themselves and produce vibrant colors of their own lighting rather then a bright backlight creating faded washed up colors
Anonymous, 16 May 2011I don't care much about these beast phones with huge displays etc - it's just that I don't nee... moreIt has three viewing modes - 2 of them reduce colour saturation...
(similar to a TV) - dynamic, movie, etc.
Something for everyone!
pkchi, 16 May 2011Just got the SGS 2 and tested it: 1. I had a Dell Streak before, and already used both Mave... moreHow dare you abandon Nokia for this phone? You should have bought an N8 and support the best mobile phone brand. People say Symbian sucks and Android rocks and others say that Symbian is like a sinking ship; well I'll stay loyal and sink with it then.
anaheim, 16 May 2011Yeah, its one of the dealbreakers for me.
I have several ones, actually, for SGS 2:
1) N... moreJust got the SGS 2 and tested it:
1. I had a Dell Streak before, and already used both Maverick and Locus (free) for Navigation before, and works here too. I find GPS more useful here as it locks on faster than my old Nokia 5800 and my fiance's older N95 (she chose the dark side and uses iPhone 4 now).
2. Ya. I felt like I paid a premium for $730 CAD-ish but it was the best spent money ever. I never use the laptop anymore and do all my web surfing, email, and gaming on phone. I highly doubt you can find a $730 3ghz laptop though, and no such thing as 520GB of memory (did you mean storage?).
3. MHL cable not included because it's not made yet. The MHL consortium is coming out with it and will be out in June. I think it's going to cost $20-ish at most? I live in Hong Kong, so I can probably get it in China about a month from now for $2.
4. The single LED is actually quite blinding. I've tested it and it's bright enough to light up a pitch black room. Also brighter than the dual led in my Nokia 5800 (which I missed for a while with a Dell Streak's crappy camera CMOS and LED), but now am happy again.
5. If you owned this phone and held it in your hand, it feels rich. I really like the textured back, and it's material also contributes to it's lightness. You can't blow it off just because it's not might out of iron or steel (which is heavy), as it has a really strong plastic feel to it (similar to PCV piping) on the inside. The cover is reinforced when on the phone because the inside is perfectly flat (ex. paper towel is thin and can be punched through, but lay it on a wooden table, and try punching through it). :P There's no way that it would pop out, or sink in, because the inside of the phone is perfectly flushed with the back cover. In addition, it has (I didn't count, but when I look) about 10 latches that clip on quite tight. I wish you could hold it in your hands. It's a lovely phone.
I hate to say this, but it also dropped a few times already (I left it on the table and the cat whacked it!) :S The phone is in perfect condition still (but I do have a rug too though). :S
This phone is light and easy to handle - and the plastic frame around the screen has a shiny black metallic color to it.
Seriously - I never had a phone that made me feel so good to own. Perfect in every manner (except my model is missing the NFC). :P
Honestly though, the Symbians (Nokia N8, E6, etc), other Androids (Motorola Atrix, LG Optimus 2x), and almost all the other top of the line phones (I wouldn't include iPhone 4 since it's not as good due to it being previous generation technology) that compete with the Galaxy S 2 are all around the same price. I don't understand why you think that this phone is a bad investment. I think it's just a different type of phone.
Some people like heavy metallic phones that feel like a sword or a slab of metal, some people like carbon fibre svelte like phone which feel like your holding a feather from the wings of an angel. I'm the latter. :)
I guarantee you though, it really is a very firm and sturdy phone.