- Size (LWH): 4.93 inches, 2.6 inches, 0.33 inches
- Weight: 4.16 ounces
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 3 hours
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 250 hours
Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 Unlocked Phone with 8MP Camera and Touchscreen - International Version (Black)
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- The Samsung Galaxy S II is an Android Smartphone with touchscreen
- 8MP Camera, Dual-core 1.2GHz, A-GPS support
- User memory: 16GB,Expandable memory (MicroSD up to 32GB)
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, what this really means is that you can not ROOT your phone or install CM9 ROMs on it!!! All of the available cutom ROM's out there, including CM7 & CM9, only support the GT-i9100 chipset, and not the G model. So you will be stuck with whatever bloatwear Samsung puts on it.
I returned mine unopend within an hour after receiving it. I will buy a i9100 model just as soon as I find it somewhere.
First of all, I had an N8 Nokia phone which I loved (mainly for the camera and GPS navigation), but had enough draw backs with the OS (Symbian) that I started looking else where for my next phone.
I evaluated carefully this phone for a month and decided to keep it, at the end.
The phone is crazy fast (changing between screen, menus, apps, etc.), the OS (Android Gingerbread) is really smooth and friendly.
The resolution is amazing.
The 5.1 sound is really nice (saw a movie with this option ON, and it sounded great).
Internet browsing is as fluid as with a PC.
There are TOO many apps, so you'll have a lot of fun with that.
One issue that a heard before was the battery life, so my test and results are these:
* 3G ON, Wifi ON, Sync ON, Notification ON: 8 - 10 hours
* 3G OFF, Wifi ON, Sync ON, Notification ON: 20-24 hours
* 3G OFF, Wifi OFF, Sync OFF, Notification OFF (only turning data ON when needed): 36 - 40 hours.
So in my case, it really depends on how much time 3G is ON and how my personal configuration (data sync) was set. In my opinion, this is not a problem at all.
Camera is great (even compared to the N8).
Video is great.
GPS is good, but not great (I miss the Ovi Maps ... which, at this point, would like them to sell their software). Google Maps won't do without data (or at least won't work efficiently). Bought CoPilot and the result is average, but at least it was cheap (around 10 dollars).
Tested (successfully 3G) with the following carriers:
* AT&T (U.S.)
* Telcel (Mexico)
Of course, if I compare any of these features with the N8, the difference is enormous, but the real rival is the iPhone. So I tried my wife iPhone4 for a while, so I could get a better perspective. And I'm sorry to say (to Android fans ... or Apple fans, for that matter) that between these two, it totally depends on taste or the one that you actually own.
I wouldn't trade this phone for an iPhone, and my wife wouldn't trade her iPhone for my GS2 (but we both thought that the other ones phone seemed really great), so you see, I guess what I can resume from this is that both phones are really good ... the details, well it depends on the user, I guess.
Anyways, really fast, fun and time consuming.
So overall, really happy with the phone.
Oh yeah, before I forget, one important fact (for some, I'm guessing), although I'm a tekkie and might ROOT and put some special ROM on the phone at some point (just for kicks), the review and my final opinion is on the phone as sold, so I wouldn't go and say that these android phones are only for geeks/tekkies.
I bought this phone from Amazon itself, a couple of weeks ago. What they sent me was the GT-I9100G (note G) model. I reported it, but the item description has not been changed. I don't know what the other sellers are sending out, but I think only the G model is now being made. Samsung changed the processors, and put a lesser video chipset in the G model, but it is supposed to get better battery life, and not overheat under heavy load, because the cpu max is limited.
There is a huge outcry internationally, because Samsung put the G model in the non-G box originally, without telling anybody, but the box I got had the G on the end.
I spent many hours on this because of the SA-I9100 listed in the item model section, and it was not what Amazon shipped at all!
Also, this phone works on ATT if you can get a signal. Does not work well in my house, even though I am in Birmingham, AL, where Bellsouth was big, and merged into ATT. Duh! I ordered a T-Mobile sim card, also, but only get Edge because this phone does not have the 1700 MHZ frequency that T-Mobile uses for 4G in the US. I think ATT uses the 1900, but has made post failed merger deal for T-Mobile to deploy it at some time, whch is a rumor only. It might already be available out west in the US.
You have to know or search how to set the APN to even get this phone to show the data availability.
At least T-Mobile works every time slowly, but during the day, ATT is unusable at my house in the city limits. Good luck! If you are in US, you need a strong ATT signal to make this one work right, but when it does, it's a babe.
Which brings me to the second part of this review, the software: The firmware it comes with is actually rather good, and this version of TouchWiz isn't as bad as I've heard previous versions were. There are many quite customized roms available, including a stable release of cyanogenmod, but I went back to the stock firmware but rooted and with various samsung components uninstalled, and I like it quite well. I'm not fond of the default lock screen options, and it is silly that one has to root the phone to uninstall junk and customize the lock screen, but most phones are even worse in this regard.
Rooting and installing mods is not very hard and doesn't depend upon security holes which samsung would periodically fix in updated firmware requiring new rooting tools: instead you restart the device and hold a combination of physical buttons to put it into "download mode" and use a tool available for windows or an open source one available for linux or mac to flash new software onto it. There's no cat-and-mouse game with Samsung. It's worked quite well for me.
One final note, this is the European original GT-I9100 I'm talking about, the galaxy S2 variations available from US carriers are going to have worse prospects with rooting and rom compatibility (in addition to being thicker and generally being worse designs).
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