1. Post #1
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    DarkWolf2's Avatar
    July 2007
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    I've recently realized that I'm done with my 2 year contract from T-Mobile, meaning that I can get a new phone. I'm currently using the Samsung STAR, and I've enjoyed it as a phone and its homage to the indestructibility of the ancient Nokia brick phones. However, I'm ready for an upgrade as the STAR has basically no internet as is now quite slow compared to more recent models.

    I'm not looking for the cream of the crop of paying top dollar in monthly costs. I took the STAR and a 2 year contract in the first place because I wanted a reasonable future-proof phone and low monthly costs. I've been gawking at the SII for a few months now, and with prices down to a reasonable 30 euro's per month (+ free phone, 16GB expansion card and 15 euro's first six months), it's on the top of my list as of now. However, I haven't really dived into the phone market in a long time, and I'm looking for opinions of people who are more up to date with the current models. I'm thinking that waiting for the new Galaxy SIII/HTC models is futile, as by the time they're down to a reasonable price point (for me) it will already be 2013, and maybe even later than that.

    Another question would be: What is qualified as a good speed to browse the internet/play youtube movies/download on a phone. I'm currently looking at a 2 year contract which has 3.6 Mbps. I have no idea if that's quick, average, or bad as I've never had the luxury of having internet on my phone. Alternatively, I can go with a 7.2 Mbps plan, but that's a bit more expensive and I don't want to pay for something that's completely unnecessary. I want it to be quick enough to play high quality youtube movies, download with a decent speed and browse really quickly.

    EDIT: Silly question, but am I correct in saying that you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots/Home modem and not use up any data limit your provider sets?

  2. Post #2
    C4rnage's Avatar
    November 2009
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    i would wait for SIII
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  3. Post #3
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    July 2005
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    3.6mbs is fine
    The GSII is a great phone
    GSIII hasn't even had spec leaks yet so don't expect it any time soon
    You can connect to wifi and it won't use your contract data

  4. Post #4
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    March 2008
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    3.6mbs is fine
    The GSII is a great phone
    GSIII hasn't even had spec leaks yet so don't expect it any time soon
    You can connect to wifi and it won't use your contract data
    There were spec leaks but we don't know for sure if they are valid. And looking back to Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, I would expect the same or even greater improvements in the S III. Even if you don't want the SIII, I would wait and see what phones come out in the next couple months.

  5. Post #5
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    There were spec leaks but we don't know for sure if they are valid. And looking back to Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, I would expect the same or even greater improvements in the S III. Even if you don't want the SIII, I would wait and see what phones come out in the next couple months.
    As said before, it will take months, probably more, until the price of new models drops to a reasonable level. Even though the SII is almost a year old, I still had to pay 100 euro's in addition to the 20 euro's a month, for a 2 year contract.

    Still, I value the input! I wish I paid more attention to the SII when it was released so that I knew more about the phone. Seeing as I didn't, could anyone that owns/used the SII give a rundown on what I should expect, watch out for, and try out as a beginner coming from a quite old phone?

  6. Post #6
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    I know 2 people who own SII's and I own the Galaxy S. It's a great phone and very fast compared to my Galaxy S. I suggest watching Youtube videos. They are a very detailed and it's the closest you're going to get to it without touching it.
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  7. Post #7
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    January 2009
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    As a Galaxy SII owner, I would say go for it.
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  8. Post #8
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    March 2009
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    I love my Galaxy S2. The camera/video is pretty damn good and the battery life is great!
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    As a Galaxy SII owner, I would say go for it.
    Definitely. If you're going to wait 4 months for a new model and/or a price drop, you might as well wait till the end of the world.

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    I love my Galaxy S2. The camera/video is pretty damn good and the battery life is great!
    lold
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    about 3g speeds, when they talk about max speeds for a phone it's the theoretical maximum that the network the phone runs on can handle, which is never actually that fast.

    my phone's specsheet has 3.6 mbps but i generally get 300kbs and have never gotten more than like 900kbps, and even speeds that slow are good enough to surf and listen to pandora and watch videos with some buffering
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    I love my Galaxy S2. The camera/video is pretty damn good and the battery life is great!
    I'm disappointed with my battery life, especially when compared to an iPhone. Still I prefer it over ANYTHING out right now, so it's enough to put up with.

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    The good thing about Android is that you have the ability to control just about anything about it. If you're having battery life issues try turning off data when you don't use it (widgetsoid is great for that) or turn off autosync.

  14. Post #14
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    February 2012
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    Wait for it, I have the Samsung Infuse by AT&T which is basically a dumbed down version of the Galaxy SII (I got this phone a month before the SII came out unforunatly). I love this phone, it has a extremely sufficient battery life which lasts two days if I use it just for texting and calling and a full day if I'm using it constantly. The SII offers all this but with even more power and battery life. Its worth waiting for, and if possible maybe one of its branched phones like the SII Skyrocket.

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    August 2011
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    I'm disappointed with my battery life, especially when compared to an iPhone. Still I prefer it over ANYTHING out right now, so it's enough to put up with.
    I would say different, my parent has an iPhone 4s and its battery life terrible. Even compared to my older over clocked Galaxy S

  16. Post #16
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    April 2007
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    wow tmobile charges more for a faster internet speed?

    with att 3G and 4Glte cost the same

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    You could get a Galaxy Note, that huge ass 5.3 inch screen phone/borderline tablet.

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    October 2008
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    wow tmobile charges more for a faster internet speed?

    with att 3G and 4Glte cost the same
    AT&T is also fucking annoying in some places.

    lucky for me I live in an area where it's not that bad

    Edited:

    I use my S II about as much as an average player uses the Pip-Boy in Fallout and it still has enough power to last me from 6:30 AM to about 5 PM (when I'm home and able to put it on the charger).

    And I mean actually use: Check SMS, manage calendar and to-do list, log my life and/or say something witty/stupid on Facebook and Twitter, leave a messenger or two running, upload files to Dropbox, occasionally listen to Spotify, and play some CPU-intensive phone games on the bus ride back. And this is all with 4G turned on all day.

    It doesn't last as long as my Treo 680 did (and I used that thing intensively as well) but given the extra load phone batteries are expected to take these days, as well as the fact that some phones have absolute shit battery life, this is actually a damn nice battery.
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  19. Post #19
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    December 2009
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    Just wanted to say thanks, I'm in the same position myself so this has helped. Quick question though, I'v heard from some that it can get quite hot when under load, Anyone got a good answer for that ?

  20. Post #20
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    July 2007
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    Fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK!!!.

    I've only got this phone less than a month and it got submerged in the fucking water for a few seconds. It was on when it happened, and I saw a weird line on the top of the screen when I tried to activate it. I've dried it off, taken the battery out, put a hairdryer to it (cold, max setting) and put it in a box of rice. I'm not touching it until it's Sunday.

  21. Post #21
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    April 2010
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    Just wanted to say thanks, I'm in the same position myself so this has helped. Quick question though, I'v heard from some that it can get quite hot when under load, Anyone got a good answer for that ?
    mine sometimes got noticeably warm playing graphic intensive games like PES and FIFA ect or if you were on the phone more than 30 mins but nothing that would be so warm it would worry you. kinda wish i never got rid of mine, but hey ho my Xperia S comes next Tuesday

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    September 2011
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    HTC One X