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  1. TheAdvocator

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    I've seen nothing but threads discussing problems with this phone. Wifi, battery, camera, etc., etc., etc..

    Will the Galaxy S2 be the phone it's supposed to be on paper or has this experience put you off Samsung products like how many were put off previously because of the captivate?
     

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    Have you ever heard of something like the vocal minority?
     
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    In addition, I think these problems were brought to light by the recent 2.3.6 update. I'm rooted and still on 2.3.4 and I think this phone kicks all kind of ASS. In addition, I upgraded (yes UPGRADED) from an iPhone 4 and have absolutely ZERO regrets.

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    fact about life: no one talks about good things. Everyone complains about the bad things.

    No matter what phone you have, you will always hear more bad than good....its the way life works. This phone is amazing and I have no problems with it, whatsoever.
     
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    I'm close to making a decision on my first smart phone so I'm wanting to get some opinions, so thanks for yours.

    Are you stock or rooted by the way?
     
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    I 100% agree here and I am coming from an iphone 4 as well. I cannot be happier with my choice! :D
     
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    sgs2 is the best selling android phone, by a good margin i believe. it's natural to see more complaints, if you just look at it by the numbers.
     
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    The only complaint I have is the battery life, (I'm on stock + rooted) the battery life is way better since I rooted and underclocked my processor, but you can't really complain, it's a smartphone with some pretty good hardware, better than most.. nonetheless, I love this phone! I'm glad I decided on it.
     
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    Great phone, until 2.3.6 killed the battery life in the presence of Wifi, which AT&T and Samsung seem to be stonewalling, so far.

    I disagree on the "vocal minority" cliche, in this case. This is a legitimate issue. Shit happens, and then you fix it. And they are showing no signs of doing so.
     
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    I ran a Captivate for over a year and now have the GS2. IMO, the GS2 is a much less buggy phone. I'm still on 2.3.4 as I tend to wait when a new software upgrade (2.3.6 for example) comes along and let others test it before I jump ... and I'm glad I did.
     
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    im coming from the galaxy s and ill say... the gs2 is less buggy. it runs faster with less issues. if the reviews came in and gs2 had the same issues as the original galaxy i wouldnt have bought this phone
     
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    Battery life isn't great. But then, battery life wasn't great on my original Droid, either. Never had camera problems. Never had the thing crash. Never had ANY problems. This thing is solid.
     
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    right now I'm rooted with a custom rom but when I was stock, the phone was still great. If I had to complain about something, battery life is where I would put my vote. Although, what android phone DOESNT have a problem with battery life? I'm around a charger almost all day so I dont care much about battery life.

    Plus with the rom and kernel I'm running now, I can last all day on one charge with medium use.
     
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    I was in my local phone store with my S2 - Two people came in complaining about their S2 and another about the HTC Desire- In the same time I was there ! !

    All were about a combination of Battery, heat and restarts.

    For how "good" these phones are - a lot of general users dont seem happy.

    The assistant had a S2 and complained to ME it sometimes heated up. He also said they get a lot of returns.

    Must admit I was shocked and concerned now.

    I too have had issues with things.. manly battery and flash video.
     
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    Haven't ever noticed any heat issues, except for the ones that plagues ALL smart phones. The GSII does not run hotter, than any other similarly equipped phones.
     
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    i instantly flashed a custom ROM to avoid these potential issues... my phone has run flawlessly since.

    i usually mention that android phones generally need custom ROMs to function optimally, but some people tend to disregard it. i think that's why people say "androids are not as easy to use/user friendly as iphones."
     
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    I just bought a GSII i777 ATT refurb model, everyone tells me they are from folks that buy them and want to go back to their fruity model smartphones. If my version arrives with 2.3.6, I'll figure out how to get it back to 2.3.4, then root it, then set up my phone the way I want to, with some power saver app and get it to tether on occasion to my laptop with a full sized screen and normal keyboard.

    When you get past 45, and your eyes start to go, a 4.3" screen just isn't quite enough. I did my homework and what Samsung has offered, with the Android Gingerbread, and soon to be 4.0.3 Ice cream sandwich... pretty much made it a no brainer for me.

    Will this phone tether via a usb cable also, or do I have to turn the Galaxy II into a wifi hotspot via rooting it, then getting some app/widget that can over ride ATT's stupid lock down crap?
     
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    I am hoping to have the same experience as you, 2.3.4 sound pretty bug free. :thumbs up
     
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    I have had zero problems with this phone. Even on the new update I still get 2 days on a single charge. Right now I'm at 2 days 53 min and have 35% left dunno what all the fuss is about
     
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    What tweaks or mods are you running?
     
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    ha, my phone was a refurb too.

    you might as well do a custom ROM if you plan on taking all that time to revert the phone back to 2.3.4. no battery issue for me.
     
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    Perfect! You'll gladly steer me through the procedure in a written write up, with links, with ZERO accronyms in such a manner that even a Caveman can do it... right? No short cuts, no assuming I am even computer smart or literate with any thing computer science related, or code related or programming related. :eek: Think kindergarten level, baby steps, and I should be able to complete the procedure without bricking it. No run on sentences.

    Thanking you in advance... oh, btw, this is for a Galaxy S II with AT&T i777. I'll let you know more when the box arrives what version they flashed for me.
     
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    What do you use your phone for mostly, what apps? I'll need a phone first, access to my home wifi without huge drain second, access to said internet through my home wifi next.

    I will dim the screen some for more battery life, and want to get rid of some of ATT's bogus PIA APPS that run on and on and on in the backround too, for longer battery life.

    May buy some apps, tapatalk, is one, maybe a couple of others, power management.

    Want to root it, and know nothing about the ROM stuff you mentioned so please enlighten me.

    It may be a smart phone, but it's owner is dumb in the ways of technical stuff on computers.
     
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    flashing your rom is certainly not difficult, but i guess it's not a simple cake walk. instructions are pretty much available, though they can be a bit confusing. it all depends on how much time you want to spend trying to get your device to function properly.

    also, there is a workaround if you brick your phone in most cases (odin).

    i figured that if you're the kind to know what rooting and tethering are, then you'd be able to root and flash your phone.
     
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    To my knowledge...

    Rooting is just a term or a means to get super administrative powers on your smart phone. It also enables you to screw it up big time too, if you know just enough to be stupid and dangerous playing around and modifying things you know nothing about.

    Flashing, is just loading something into memory, after you stripped and deleted the original software or firmware that was on it. The question always becomes what firmware, why is it better, or why is it worse, for my needs.

    So spit it out, what did you do to your phone for mods?

    just because I know how to use root and flash in a sentence, does not mean I've done the procedure with success yet... with a Samsung Galaxy S II with i777. I don't wish to become a brick statistic.
     

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