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    Samsung Galaxy S2

    Has anyone got a Samsung Galaxy S2? After hearing glorious things about it I've decided to plunge rather than wait for an iPhone 5.

    It looks incredibly sexy and most importantly very thin!

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    I have the original galaxy and I must say it's currently working a lot better since I uninstalled a bunch of resource hungry apps.

    Ben

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    I have :-)

    And I'll say this, it's very quick, very thin and the screens amazing.

    More importantly, samsung haven't totally gummed it up with extras - the ROM is very close to stock. and what they've added is actually useful.

    Although I have rooted mine and removed the 'social hub' - as it's a bit of a battery hog.

    Highly recommended :-)

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    Is it worth rooting or just sticking with the stock ROM?

    I've heard Cyanogen is currently being worked on for the S2 which might be worth a punt but I 'think' I like the software after a demo of it in a store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butters View Post
    Is it worth rooting or just sticking with the stock ROM?

    I've heard Cyanogen is currently being worked on for the S2 which might be worth a punt but I 'think' I like the software after a demo of it in a store.
    Rooting doesn't necessarily mean a new ROM.

    Mine's running stock, but rooted, so I can uninstall or freeze default apps, give superuser rights to things like TitaniumBackup, etc

    Gonna run mine stock till it annoys me - good so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Rooting doesn't necessarily mean a new ROM.

    Mine's running stock, but rooted, so I can uninstall or freeze default apps, give superuser rights to things like TitaniumBackup, etc

    Gonna run mine stock till it annoys me - good so far
    Ahh mi scuzi, I'm thinking back to my old HTC Diamond days when rooting meant sticking a new ROM on as all the HTC ones were rubbish.

    Next concern, battery life.....how does it handle the day to day geek usage?

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    I got the Galaxy S2 about 2 months ago, first non Nokia phone i have ever had since 1998, always been a die hard Nokia fan, and i can see why!

    Previous phone was an Nokia N900, which would last me till about 9-10 at night from 7AM

    I have to charge my Galaxy S2 2-3 times a day

    Sometimes when the phone is in my pocket i will start to feel pain, its my phone getting EXTREAMLY hot, it hurts!

    Call quality is not impressive. If the call is from another Galaxy S2 user i may as well not bother, sound will be muffled as hell, other phones clearer but not as crisp. Do these even support EFR?

    Reception is poor compared to what i am use to everywhere i go, same network. So took my N900 to work where i would get 3G no issue, side by side N900 1 bar short of full on 3G, Galaxy S2 1 bar. Force 2G on both Nokia full bars, Galaxy S2 2 bars.

    But i do love the screen, and i am enjoying Android, but as for the hardware, its not upto Nokia standard, yes they might be a bit more 'bulky' , but they at least get a good signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butters View Post
    Ahh mi scuzi, I'm thinking back to my old HTC Diamond days when rooting meant sticking a new ROM on as all the HTC ones were rubbish.

    Next concern, battery life.....how does it handle the day to day geek usage?
    You're gonna be charging it every day - with a screen that big and vivid it's unavoidable.

    However, if you're clever with controlling the power options, you will get a full day use of it - I watch about an hour of video, use social media,browser etc all day and still get a day out of it.

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    I've got an iPhone 3GS at the mo which drains out from 7am to about 10pm so once a day charge is normal.

    I've heard good things about JuiceDefender though for saving powaaaaa.

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    +1 for JuiceDefender its saying its increased my battery life by x2.59 in the last 48 hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    I have to charge my Galaxy S2 2-3 times a day
    As the screen is so big, it drains the battery fast; this is the same for the majority if not all smart phones. If you want a couple of days battery life, you will need to turn things like wifi, gps, bluetooth, data sync etc off until you need them otherwisew your battery has no chance in lasting a day.

    Loving my Galaxy S and intend to upgrade to the S2 at the end of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    I got the Galaxy S2 about 2 months ago, first non Nokia phone i have ever had since 1998, always been a die hard Nokia fan, and i can see why!

    Previous phone was an Nokia N900, which would last me till about 9-10 at night from 7AM
    Me too, but...
    I have to charge my Galaxy S2 2-3 times a day

    Sometimes when the phone is in my pocket i will start to feel pain, its my phone getting EXTREAMLY hot, it hurts!

    Call quality is not impressive. If the call is from another Galaxy S2 user i may as well not bother, sound will be muffled as hell, other phones clearer but not as crisp. Do these even support EFR?

    Reception is poor compared to what i am use to everywhere i go, same network.
    Nothing like my experiences so far. Heavy use of the toys - I'd need to charge a second time / early evening. Reception and speech quality, no problem, and it doesn't even register as warm unless working hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    ...and it doesn't even register as warm unless working hard.
    TBH if my phone started to burn me I'd be returning it instantly for a new device

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    Definitely agree with the battery life issue, but I just got a second charger so I charge it at work and at home. It's worth it for all the different facilities from having GPS and WiFi on allt he time.

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    I get two days charge from my Samsung Galaxy S2 but thats largely due to JuiceDefender Ultimate.

    Really recommend it although I'm going out tonight and it's on the 2nd day so might have a dead phone come this evening....

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