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Old September 24th, 2011, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you plan to purchase this phone on release date or wait for hands on reviews?

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Yes; already had a hands on with the Epic and have heard nothing but good things from Europe. Only concern is the unit getting hot question.
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Yup, I plan on buying as soon as the doors open on release day. I'm counting the days til I get rid of this damn iPhone 3G. (Ironically I typed this reply and do most my surfing of androidforums on my iPhone. Still, it's days are numbered.)
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Nope, with the release date pushed back so far. I might as well just wait for the LTE version or the HTC Holiday because I will be using this phone for the next 2 years
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lol@lte

These guys cant even get 4g speeds right. Remember when they pushed all the 4g devcies out when they werent even 4g ready. I'm pretty sure the same thing will happen with lte devices.
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I don't care too much about LTE because the 3G speeds will already be a huge improvement over Sprint. I can only get Sprint 4G in the middle of the city. Tampa has it but you can't get it on the outskirts. What's the damn point?!

/rant. My 3G is less than 1mb download speed. My sister's iPhone4 kills it.
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No, the lines will be way too long. I will wait until the crowds dwindle and the riot police are no longer needed for crowd control.

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Plan to wait until after Oct. 4th to see if the other phone is worth it. I want a larger device screenwise and really only considering this, the iP5 and the Samsung focus S.
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I don't care too much about LTE because the 3G speeds will already be a huge improvement over Sprint. I can only get Sprint 4G in the middle of the city. Tampa has it but you can't get it on the outskirts. What's the damn point?!

/rant. My 3G is less than 1mb download speed. My sister's iPhone4 kills it.
Sprints network is crippling the samsung epic touch sg2, whatever they named it, experience from what I hear. I almost went there, glad I didnt.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It really is terrible. What good is unlimited data if it's too slow to stream? The only time I go over 2g on Sprint is if I wifi tether on a road trip. (I looked so that I could choose the best data plan on AT&T)
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Old September 25th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I plan on purchasing this phone *before* release date. There's always some retailer out there that has them for sale the Friday before release. I bought my Captivate and my Thrill both before release. Call around starting Thursday. Call your local Costco, and your local AT&T Corporate store. Ask if they have any in stock that they can sell. Then call on Friday. Make sure you call kinda later in the day (after 1pm usually works for me) after they get their shipments.
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Why do we still not have a definitive release date from ATT? The splash page still says "Coming Soon!". I would think at a week away, they'd put the date on it.
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This phone took way to long to come out. My Captivate was on it's last breath. Went ahead and bought the Thrill. I have no regrets at all!
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Sprints network is crippling the samsung epic touch sg2, whatever they named it, experience from what I hear. I almost went there, glad I didnt.
Yeah I am getting terrible service with Sprint, Sprint needs to step it up. The Epic Touch is one of the best phones I have ever used.

I have been thinking of switching to AT&T since I do not have to pay a cancellation fee, I would either get this or the International one. Either way, this phone is going to be awesome.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 06:31 AM   #15 (permalink)
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This phone took way to long to come out. My Captivate was on it's last breath. Went ahead and bought the Thrill. I have no regrets at all!
Yeah I got the Thrill too. Gave my Captivate to my Wife. Then we got another Captivate from my neice and I was setting it up as a game device for the kids. After having the Thrill for 2 weeks the Captivate was so light, and so thin, and I emitted an audible "mmmm" when I held it. To make sure the other Captivate wasn't broken I put my SIM in it for a couple days. At 5pm the Captivate was still at 65% battery life while the Thrill was consistently at 35% or lower at 5pm. That was when I knew the Thrill was going back for the SGSII.
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Are you sure you have your display brightness, screen timeout time, sync frequencies, etc the same on both phones?
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Old September 26th, 2011, 08:37 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Are you sure you have your display brightness, screen timeout time, sync frequencies, etc the same on both phones?
Yup. Display brightness was set to auto, screen timeout the same 30sec, and all configurable sync set to as close as I could make them.

There was one difference though. The Captivate was running a leaked (but otherwise unmodified) Gingerbread release, while the Thrill was stock FROYO. GB isn't worth 30% battery though.

In my tests between the 2 phones, I noticed 2 major "elephant-in-the-room" differences regarding battery life. 1) With auto-brightness turned on, the Thrill measured consistently higher brightness in the same light as the Captivate. 2) The Thrill let programs run in the background much longer than the Captivate. I was consistently killing 3-4 apps manually with the task killer versus 1-2 with the Captivate.
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I cant believe the sgs2 will have such a great battery life. I just haven't been that spoiled with battery life when it comes to android devices.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 12:02 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Do you plan to purchase this phone on release date or wait for hands on reviews?
I will be waiting on the sidewalk when they open. I've been using ye olde flip phone since late July and the untimely death of my Captivate. The wait has been painful.

I still need to call in and find out if I have an upgrade on my line. My parents have been gracious enough to keep me on their crazy cheap legacy corporate plan and I can't remember the last time one of us actually used our own upgrade to buy a new phone. When I got my Captivate no one but an AT&T store would sell me a phone at the discounted rate because they claimed that only an AT&T corporate store could authorize an upgrade line swap. I really hate buying phones at AT&T stores and hoped to get it a little cheaper elsewhere, but this is one of the rare instances where instant gratification is worth an extra $50-100 to me.
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Waiting for reviews, personally.

Actually, I'm waiting until the other devices I'm curious about (Atrix 2, HTC Holiday, Nexus Prime) come out as well so I can compare them all side by side.
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This phone took way to long to come out. My Captivate was on it's last breath. Went ahead and bought the Thrill. I have no regrets at all!
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Why should he? If the Thrill meets his needs and wants in a phone, then he has no regrets and shouldn't be chastised for it.

I'm waiting on the SGS2 and if that phone does everything i need it to do without any major problems then i wont have regrets or buyers remorse.... not even if the Prime or Holiday or whatever else comes downt the line. It's inevitable that newer/faster/better performing devices are ALWAYS right around the corner. Just get what meets your requirements/wants and be happy.... without judging others' decisions
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Why should he? If the Thrill meets his needs and wants in a phone, then he has no regrets and shouldn't be chastised for it.

I'm waiting on the SGS2 and if that phone does everything i need it to do without any major problems then i wont have regrets or buyers remorse.... not even if the Prime or Holiday or whatever else comes downt the line. It's inevitable that newer/faster/better performing devices are ALWAYS right around the corner. Just get what meets your requirements/wants and be happy.... without judging others' decisions
Hardly chastising and not judging. The discrepancy between the two devices is large, but I understand why somebody would get tired of waiting. I'm always an advocate for not waiting on devices if you want something new. If you're always waiting for what's coming, you'll never buy anything. But at the same time, if I just bought a new device (even if I loved it) right before they released one I'd like even better, I'd still regret it. To each his own though.
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Looks like I will have no choice but to wait. I just realized today that the account holder will be on a cruise Fri-Sun. So I will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.
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Looks like I will have no choice but to wait. I just realized today that the account holder will be on a cruise Fri-Sun. So I will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.
Irony at its worst!! The one that starts this thread and has provided all of us GS2 fiends a place to congregate has to wait an extra day! That sucks!
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I know!! I hate that it is out of my control. But she is adding me to her family plan to save me a lot of money, so I'll wait as long as I have to. lol
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Looks like I will have no choice but to wait. I just realized today that the account holder will be on a cruise Fri-Sun. So I will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.

Ouch

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I just preordered mine at Best Buy, so I will pick it up Sunday morning.
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OK, like many others here, using my daughters upgrade for my line.
I am getting this phone. Does anybody know if we can use the upgrade without the sim activation? I just want the phone so I can slide my Sim card in..honestly, I don't want them to be touching the phone anyway.

Kind of like ordering a new car from the factory, and when it arrives, the salesman gets to drive it first? Almost makes we want to order online. Don't want to wait though, want it Sunday
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OK, like many others here, using my daughters upgrade for my line.
I am getting this phone. Does anybody know if we can use the upgrade without the sim activation? I just want the phone so I can slide my Sim card in..honestly, I don't want them to be touching the phone anyway.

Kind of like ordering a new car from the factory, and when it arrives, the salesman gets to drive it first? Almost makes we want to order online. Don't want to wait though, want it Sunday
I should make this my sig. :-)

AT&T doesn't care who has an upgrade as long as there is an upgrade on your plan. I know both Best Buy and Costco will happily do it for you. Its really not an issue. So you will be fine using your daughters upgrade.
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Looks like I will have no choice but to wait. I just realized today that the account holder will be on a cruise Fri-Sun. So I will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday.
Ask her/him to make you an authorized user. This will allow you to make changes/upgrades in an att store.
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Oh! Duh. I didn't even think of that. Thank you! I'm sure she will. It's my sister.
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Oh! Duh. I didn't even think of that. Thank you! I'm sure she will. It's my sister.
Once she does that just make sure you have the last four of her SSN. They will ask for it. If she does that you are good pretty much anywhere that can access AT&T systems (Best Buy, Costco).
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I should make this my sig. :-)

AT&T doesn't care who has an upgrade as long as there is an upgrade on your plan. I know both Best Buy and Costco will happily do it for you. Its really not an issue. So you will be fine using your daughters upgrade.
Thanks, but that's not my question.
I Am buying the phone
I Am using the upgrade
I want to know if they have to physically activate the phone,
as in - opening box, inserting SIM card, etc..

I just want the phone. In the box. Unopened.
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Thanks, but that's not my question.
I Am buying the phone
I Am using the upgrade
I want to know if they have to physically activate the phone,
as in - opening box, inserting SIM card, etc..

I just want the phone. In the box. Unopened.
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, they do have to open it. I know, it sucks - most techies would MUCH rather be the first person outside of the factory that birthed it to fondle their new gadget. But I think they have to activate it on the network before you walk out of the store. Which obviously makes no sense since AT&T will ship you a sealed box and let you slap in your own SIM and call in on your own, but expecting logic out of retailers is asking too much.
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If you buy the phone from amazonwireless.com you get a phone in a box unopened and unactivated. But you gotta wait a day or 2 after release for shipping to get that privilege.
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Thanks, but that's not my question.
I Am buying the phone
I Am using the upgrade
I want to know if they have to physically activate the phone,
as in - opening box, inserting SIM card, etc..

I just want the phone. In the box. Unopened.
AT&T phones do not have to be "activated." Just open the box and pop in your SIM. The new phone will come w/ a new SIM, do not activate it because it will zap whatever SIM card belonged to the line that was upgraded.
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AT&T phones do not have to be "activated." Just open the box and pop in your SIM. The new phone will come w/ a new SIM, do not activate it because it will zap whatever SIM card belonged to the line that was upgraded.
Then you have to buy it online. Pepe is correct that GSM phones do not "have to be activated" however if you go to an ATT store, Costco or any retail store they will activate them, no option. If you buy it online you get a sealed box and activate it yourself. You may find an exception or 2 for some people who get a dumb rep but that is the "rule."

Only if you pay FULL RETAIL (no contract) at AT&T will they just hand you the sealed box.
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Thanks, but that's not my question.
I Am buying the phone
I Am using the upgrade
I want to know if they have to physically activate the phone,
as in - opening box, inserting SIM card, etc..

I just want the phone. In the box. Unopened.
Yeah i am pretty sure they DO NOT have to open it. Plus, if you can wait till you get home and activate it and then turn on your Wi-fi, you won't use the 200+ or so MB it takes installing all the updates and market aps.... i know i'll be askin' them to keep their grubby paws off of mine...lol

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So they are finally releasing the phone. Best-looking phone there is right now. Too bad they couldn't release it on VZ LTE.
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I picked mine up locally about a month ago =D
It's been great
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Man, AT&T is being stingy on this one. Everybody I've talked to (Costco, BB, Corporate store) say they're getting it, and will probably have it on release day, but they don't have stock and don't know or can't tell me when they're getting stock.
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Just Called my local AT&T store and they said they had the SG2 but only 10 units. She said get there early....and I plan to.

May call tomorrow to see if more were delivered.
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Oddly enough, the person I talked to at Target was the most helpful. She offered to call me as soon as she gets a box of them in (including tomorrow). She took my name and number and sounded excited about them herself.

Edit to add that not one single person/place I've talked to today other than AT&T has pricing on the SGSII yet. Nobody knows what they're selling them for. That seems strange.
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Spent a couple hours this afternoon doing recon work all along the consumer-mecca nearest me.

Wal-Mart: Knew what it was, thought they would have it tomorrow, but didn't have any in yet. Said the price would be either $150 or $200, whatever price the AT&T store had it for (er, right ...).

Radio Shack: 1 in stock, $200.

AT&T: Wouldn't divulge numbers on hand, $200.

Fry's (because I never pass up an excuse to go to Fry's): Won't have the phone for at least a couple of weeks, but it should be $50-$100 cheaper than everyone else then (although the prices on the phones they had out weren't that much cheaper than everyone else's).

Best Buy: Should have them tomorrow, but didn't have them in stock yet (gave me a card to call them and check tomorrow).
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I guess I'll be buying on release day afterall. For whatever reason this phone is a lot harder to get than others have been.
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ATT has the web page up and running!

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=Samsung+Galaxy+S(TM)+II&q_sku=sku5370319

Interesting that it confirms built in FM radio... I was hoping but was not going to believe it until I saw it in writing!
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