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  1. GomJabbar

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    Hi all, first post here. Just discovered these forums and glad I did, looks like the place to get the best infos on Android phones.

    Well, I want to replace my phone this week and I want to enter the Android world. Been reading some stuff about many different phones and i'm a bit confused with all the choices we have.

    BTW, i'm with Telus and live in Quebec, Canada.

    The one phone that caught my attention is the Samsung Galaxy S II X, which my carrier have. Looks like the phone to get when I compare with, for instance, the HTC Desire HD or Galaxy Fascinate 4G and many other models. What I want is the most bug free phone and OS, quick snappy execution (the SGS2 has the dual-core 1.5GHz...so should be quite fast), nice resolution and clean image. Lastly a good camera. That's why the SGS2 caught my attention.

    I'm aware that the Nexus is coming and looks like the second coming of you know who but I don't think it's really worth the wait knowing that the SGS2 is powerful enough for my needs...or that's what I think hahah.

    What should I look at and what should I avoid for my next phone which I hope I'll keep for at least 2-3 years (I handle my stuff with care, no pun intended).

    Questions:
    - Will I be able to upgrade to ICS with the SGS2X?
    - Is there a good upgrade path planned for this phone?

    Thanks a bunch to everyone!
     

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    1. welcome to AF

    2. there is another site for more ROOTING info... XDA Developers

    3. SG2 is very good phone.. but all devices have issues. Samsung is known to have small GPS issues. but still usable.

    4. i am 99% sure it will get 1 upgrade. so ICS will be on it. 60% it should get one more to the next version. Most top end Samsung get 2 upgrades. That being said, samsung also is known to be the slowest to get the upgrades out.
     
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    Thanks for the info on the SGS2!
    GPS is a non issue to me since I won't use it. I never had one and never wanted to get one either. MAybe if it's available i'll probably use it but it's really not an issue for me.

    Thanks for pointing that out though, very appreciated.
     
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    Other question: Will the SGS2X be able to use LTE?
     
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    that depends on the carrier you get the phone from...
     
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    Well, finally ened up buying the SGS2X.
    Great phone, lots of stuff for a Android newbie but i'm getting the hang of it now.

    Is there a way to see the data consumption on the 4G with this phone? I only have a 100mb data plan (using Wi-Fi at home and everywhere it's available) and would like to see where i'm at.

    Thanks for the tips everyone!
     
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    do a quick search in the android Market .. for an app to record your data usage.. there are a few. and I hear it can tell you which app is using the data too.

    100mb is not much.. actually nothing., i can do that in 1hr easy... so be careful!
     
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    Ouch... You may want to look into upgrading your data plan. ..Dan is right you can suck through that very quickly especially given the power of your new phone, you will be tempted to use it more than you think off wifi.....
     
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    Is that the House Atreides GomJabbar? :D Love those books!

    I agree with the folks above about your data plan. Especially if you have access to a 4G connection.
    You could turn off your mobile data when you don't want to use it. Might save a lot of background processes from sucking up your data. :)
     
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    Yeah I always have the mobile data off anyways. Used it this weekend to check my emails and access a website really quick. I'll check next month if I exceeded but I think i'll have to control myself on the 4G.

    Other question, is GPS using mobile data? If I have the mobile data off and activate the GPS and use Maps, will I eat my mobile data or it's just getting it's infos off the satelite?

    BTW, yes it's the Gom Jabbar from Dune, awesome series that I just restarted reading. :)
     
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    GPS? like google maps?

    the only thing GPS satellite gives your phone is your position. nothing else.. very little info.. but every sec or so. and that does not eat your data.

    but the maps that get downloaded and updated constantly... if you get traffic info too...

    if you use maps once a day.... for 5 mins... driving... i would think that is more than 100mb a month.

    ... but there are Off-Line GPS apps.. that have no data needs... the maps and info are all pre-installed on your phone. which means it will eat about 5GB or more on your SDcard. Search the android market.. they cost about $10-40 (one time).
     
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    Google Maps has a limited offline capability. You have to load your entire route on wifi before you leave, then when it loses data, Gmaps will only show you a map of where turns/instructions are and when you approach them. Else, it just shows your speed, time, distance to next turn, etc. But not current location on the map.

    I'm just curious why you want an LTE phone with only 100MB data plan? That'd be like driving a fast car down a dead-end alley. Works great for the short distance, until you hit that brick wall.
     
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    You guys have (unfortunately) good points :p

    I'll upgrade my data plan tomorrow to something more fitting to my new needs hahahah

    Other question: Would you install a screen protector on a SGSG2X? I heard the gorilla glass was so awesome you don't need one...but for a phone like that, should I spend the money on a protector?

    BTW, you're all been of great help, I really appreciate it. I'm so newb to this world that everything looks like overly complicated...

    PS: I'm drunk at the moment so my writing may seem f'ed up :p
     
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    I have had countless touch screen glass phones with no screen protectors.. And no problems.. Hate them. Most have to try it out.

    If you are not in a sandy environment.. Then it is not needed
     
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    Ok other question...what is rooting?
    I really don't know $shit about it...what's it's purpose, how you do it?

    Keep in mind that i'm a complete noob about this, just got the SGS2X but rooting is completely new to me.

    Thanks a bunch!
     
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    Rooting is getting superuser access to the phone, like admin rights on a windows PC. You cant edit or copy anything out of the program files folder without that, and on Android, that is analogous to the system folder. It lets you have deeper access to your phone. Personally the only use I have for rooting is to make use of backup apps fully.
     
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    Wow thanks guys, this site is great help. I have a lot of reading to do it seems :p

    Thanks for your patience :)
     

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