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  1. jbliv63's Avatar
    JuiceDefender has been great for me. Despite what was said above, I still get calls and texts while the phone is locked. Then it turns on WiFi and data at a variable interval to check for emails, tweets, rss updates, etc. Works very well for me. Heavy user and it doubles my battery life.
    dingbat005 likes this.
    12-27-2011 08:21 AM
  2. mojoman1234's Avatar
    12-27-2011 11:57 AM
  3. mcl5000's Avatar
    After reading some of these posts about Juice Defender, I figured I'd give it a shot. It's definitely helping my battery life. Getting ready to leave work and it's at 59% after a normal day's use. Before the update this would be up around 70% or so, but after the update and without JD, I'd probably be around 20%.

    I'd rather sync all the time, as I could do that before the update, but this is definitely a good temporary solution until (hopefully) another update is released that fixes it.
    12-27-2011 04:00 PM
  4. ttlphotography's Avatar
    great phone until i installed the update yesterday.
    To those who havent updated yet, for the love of God, DONT!!!

    made my phone go totally off the wall bat ^&%$ crazy. Im heading to an att store to get either a replacement battery and/or a replacement phone thats on 2.3.4. 2.3.6 is a total black hole and a waste of time and effort. Avoid it!!!
    12-30-2011 09:51 AM
  5. jedah's Avatar
    I jumped to the Skyrocket, and the verdict is still out whether I made the right move.

    Things I like better about the Skyrocket:
    -No lag when I hit the home screen button
    -No lag to wake up screen
    -LTE recently lit up in LA, and faster speeds on HSPA+

    Things I like better about the SGS2:
    -Screen. Higher pixel density, and Skyrocket has these weird blotches and lines on dark greys. Not noticeable in the light, but obvious in the dark.
    -Stability: Skyrocket has crashed on me once or twice, while the SGS2 never did in the month I owned it (maybe it would've sooner or later.. but who knows). Bluetooth is acting up on the Skyrocket , and I don't remember having this problem on the SGS2 either
    -Size: Fits alittle better in my small hands
    12-30-2011 12:48 PM
  6. GJMX's Avatar
    01-03-2012 02:41 PM
  7. GJMX's Avatar
    Would suggest anyone thinking of upgrading to 2.3.6 read the forums first. It fixes nothing and causes problems that were not there with 2.3.4. If you have any doubts just google the upgrade and you will understand. Still like the phone but wished I had not upgraded from 2.3.4. Waiting for a fix.........
    01-04-2012 04:17 PM
  8. onlinesunshine's Avatar
    I upgraded from the Blackberry Curve to the Samsung Galaxy S II the day after Christmas.
    The main reason for the switch was for a larger screen. Originally I was going to get the new Torch touch screen, but since it's not 4G (even though the AT&T site says it is, the guy at the cell place said it's just 4G "compatible" which isn't the same thing).

    Here are the things I don't like about it, compared to my BB:

    The bluetooth doesn't work as nice. I have a Jawbone Icon and have never had any problems with it until I got this phone. Now, when I press the button to voice dial, I may or may not get the prompt...which means that many times I have to dig my phone out and use the screen. Not very safe when I'm driving, so I would say this is the worst part of the phone. Several times I have had problems even getting it to dial out from the screen. It says it's dialing, but nothing happens and then eventually it just shuts off. Again, very frustrating when I'm trying to make calls on the road.

    Secondly, the quality of the call is not very good with the bluetooth. I get a squeaky-sounding echo, which is very distracting and annoying. I have found that with no bluetooth, there is not an echo. But the last thing I want to do is hold the phone to my head. Ever. It's annoying. I like my bluetooth because calls become hands-free.

    I hate Vlingo. It's slow and doesn't work right. Whatever BB uses, I wish my SGS2 had it for voice dialing. And I wish you could disable Vlingo and use something else.

    Aside from that, the rest of the things I don't like about the phone are just little annoyances:

    When I am listening to music, if I get an email or text, it pauses the music. I would rather the notification just came in OVER the music. It's very startling when I'm on the treadmill and all of a sudden the music stops! The only solution that I have found is to turn off ALL notifications while I'm working out, but then I run the risk of not remembering to turn them back on.

    I miss my shortcut button that my BB had. I had mine set for the camera, so I could just push the button on the side and I was ready to shoot!

    I also miss the pause, ff, rw buttons on the top for my music from my BB. It was really nice to be able to pause my music instantly. At least they put the same functions on the unlock screen.

    I miss being able to have the choice of deleting my emails from my phone only, or on both the phone and the server. There are times when I want an email saved....either for PC viewing or for reference....that I don't want on my phone. I no longer have that choice, which is really sad. Oh, and I miss getting my emails right away. It seems to take up to an hour to get my emails on my SGS2.

    I wish you could hide icons that you aren't going to use like you could on the BB. I had to make a folder called "Crapps" (Crappy Apps) and dumped them all in there.

    And now for the things I like about the phone:

    The screen. It's huge. It's pretty. Movies, pictures and everything look soooo much better.

    It's fast. My BB was slow and scrolling was tedious. Now I just zoom around, which is really awesome! I can browse the internet and everything else so much faster!

    The camera. Great quality pictures. Great apps available for editing and effects. And a flash.

    Speech to text is cool, but I wish it worked better. It doesn't always interpret what I say very good, and I speak very clearly.

    Lots of great apps.

    I love the multiple alarms (one for pill reminder, one for sleeping....both with different tones).

    Kindle. With the larger screen, this is a great addition to my phone.

    And one last note in regards to battery life. All I ever read is people writing about how great the battery life is. If I am actually using my phone (with the screen active), the battery life is short. But I would expect that with such a large screen. I have ran down the battery in a day and had to recharge more than once because of a game or movie. I purchased an extra battery (I had two extras for my curve) because I travel a lot and sometimes charging isn't an option. So, I can just pop in the extra battery and be back up and running in a minute.

    Oh, and that reminds me....the booting time on this is so much faster! My BB would take 5 min to come back up after a battery pull. My SGS2 is up in about a minute.

    In regards to accessories, I got a TPU case (matte black) on Amazon and a REALOOK crystal clear screen protector and I love them both. Headphones are always KOSS zipline earbuds (for tangle-free and good sound).
    Vetdoctor and Fr3lncr#AC like this.
    01-10-2012 01:49 PM
  9. jmcarlos's Avatar
    I recently moved to the SGS2 from a Palm Pre classic. I love it! No doubt it's a huge upgrade. I love how Android OS works and the customization that can be made. I love the speed and smoothness of the OS. I am looking forward to ICS, though I'm happy with what I got for now.
    01-11-2012 01:51 PM
  10. Intake's Avatar
    Just moved from a 3G iPhone to this and I'm loving nearly every bit of it. There's only 3 things that I miss from my iPhone and that's the silencer switch on the side and the battery life was much better when listening to music. And speaking of music, I was having issues with iTunes and the Touchwiz music player since it puts all my songs on, but only a select 20 of them in my playlists..

    Other than that, it is in every way better.
    01-15-2012 02:40 PM
  11. Duality84's Avatar
    i switched over from an iPhone 4 after being underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S...i'm fairly satisfied with it, although my iPhone was much better with battery life going day to day...anxious to see the changes that ICS will bring, but so far my thoughts are my stay with Android will be a fun diversion but depending on how the next-gen iPhone turns out, i may switch back
    01-15-2012 08:07 PM
  12. slvrevoix's Avatar
    I truly loved my gs2 but I just switch over to the iPhone 4s. I don't Know what the hell I was thinking lol . The 4s is an awesome phone for sure though :-)
    01-16-2012 01:30 AM
  13. jrmoore10's Avatar
    I absolutely love mine. I had a Motorola ATRIX and it was a hot mess. My s2 is amazing comparatively.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG Galaxy S II
    Same here!!!
    01-21-2012 03:35 PM
  14. mclifford82's Avatar
    I've had each iPhone as they came out and always shied away from Android due to the touch screen lag.

    I can't say enough awesome things about the S2. The camera on it is superb and the size is just right. The Skyrocket felt too large to me.

    Edit: the screen is also gorgeous. In fact, seeing pictures on the device is so much better than on a computer

    Sent from my Galaxy S II via Tapatalk
    01-21-2012 04:03 PM
  15. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Just got mine a week ago. And I'm in love. It's super fast and stable. The sreen size is perfect, and the display is beautiful.
    01-21-2012 04:09 PM
  16. zero.'s Avatar
    thanks to you all... this thread convinced me. GS2 on the way.
    1jaxstate1 likes this.
    01-22-2012 01:16 PM
  17. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    thanks to you all... this thread convinced me. GS2 on the way.
    Yay!!!! You won't be disappointed!!!!!
    01-22-2012 06:35 PM
  18. irish003's Avatar
    Having also owned a Captivate this phone blows it away, even with the Captivate having ICS. My GSII is stock 2.3.4 rooted w/Entorpy's kernel (late Dec. release) thanks Entropy, w/ QQ launcher on top, . Battery life is amazing, it's fast, no lag (but I keep cache cleared regularly), and it does anything I want and more. Great phone. My only gripe is the back cover, would have liked some lite alloy, but it works.
    01-23-2012 09:53 AM
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    02-16-2012 10:30 AM
  20. s14tat's Avatar

    I also miss the pause, ff, rw buttons on the top for my music from my BB. It was really nice to be able to pause my music instantly. At least they put the same functions on the unlock screen.

    I'm not sure if the the GS2 has the option in the music player that allows to put the music controls on the lock screen in the settings. If there is an option for it, it will have a pull down tab on the top of the lock screen. I know for a fact that power amp music player has the option to put music controls at the lock screen.
    02-17-2012 10:08 AM
  21. IndigoBlueSky9's Avatar
    Peace~Respect, All:

    After debating and researching for months, I finally purchased the phone this week.
    I love it. It was so worth it. I have my phone inside a Ballistic Case and with the shield.
    Not taking any chances. lol.

    I was expecting the battery life to be shotty, but it's not and I have "played" with it
    for a while.

    I'm really excited to learn what else this phone can do.

    Be Easy, Be Love.

    1jaxstate1 likes this.
    02-23-2012 07:41 PM
  22. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    It really is a great phone! Welcome aboard!

    Sent from my Galaxy S II
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    02-24-2012 09:17 AM
  23. natehoy's Avatar
    Thank you all for the feedback. I've been lurking this thread and my wife's birthday present is now selected.
    03-08-2012 09:35 AM
  24. fldude99's Avatar
    Yes, I'll add that coming from the Captivate, the S2 is everything that device should have been. The S2 is great on 2.3.4 and I have no plans to update to 2.3.6 or ICS.. it's great the way it is right out of the box
    03-09-2012 07:11 AM
  25. NEDNERBISH's Avatar
    Great decision... I've had mine since Nov.1 and I "play" with my phone at least 4 hours EVERY day
    It really is a time killer and life saver when I want info, music, games... you name it. I have 4 different "stores" installed on it and get every apparently I want free!!! She'll love it and if she can "program the vcr" she'll appreciate it even more
    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Tapatalk
    03-15-2012 08:39 AM
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