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A near flawless phone,
This review is from: Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
The last phone I had was a Samsung Galaxy S Plus, great little phone but with no LED flash and not enough RAM causing frustrating lag. The S II fixes those problems, and by a mile! I've bought this in 2013 even though the S4 is now out as the phone is quite future proof.
The phone comes with a nice internal 16gb SD, or little less as some is system used. There's a an Arma 1.2Ghz dual core processor that combined with the 1GB RAM has caused only flawless smoothness. I can play N64 games with no lag.
The camera is a nice 8mp with the much loved LED flash, along with a decent front camera and many onboard features providing many video/snapshot options, the shutter speed doesn't take forever either which is very welcomed. The LED flash with an app can be turned into a strobe and very bright torch, better than torches their selves.
Touchscreen sensivity and responsiveness is great, the speaker clarity when on the phone or listening to music is sharp. The super AMOLED 4.3" screen looks vibrant and beautiful with the brightness up, all the way up looks unreal (it's so pristine) Samsung have even added Jellbean firmware 4.1.2 that can be got through the awkward Kies application or an OTA update. Which adds a nice improved GUI and host of features. Also normal usb devices can be plugged in as the phone accepts OTG cables.
The only bad points however, and please take note! Firstly the battery (1650 mAh) doesn't last forever we hich is to be expected. More noticeably after getting the JB 4.1.2 firmware. I had to install a custom kernel called Speedmod that stops unneeded debug/trace log features, enables faster dormancy with the 3G etc. Also I removed lotsss of bloatware and unneeded apps running in the background, freezing one or two more important ones using Titanium backup pro thanks to being rooted. (for any help rooting/backing up or what apps are safe to remove, look on XDA forums, holy grail of smartphones) I finally reduced screen brightness, and can now get about 8 hours out with moderate use, sometimes less with heavy use.
Problem #2! If you get a SGS2, avoid the ICS 4.0.4 firmware as these phones plus the stock kernels for the 4.0.4 rom can have a process on that firmware which is called cap erase memory. This command happens if you use Clockwork recovery mod, wipe any caches, do any factory reset. The outcome? hardbricked phone, expensive bit of plastic/glass. Your phone can avoid this if you have a different chip to the ones affected (insane chips) get an app called eccm check. If you do have an insane chip flash a custom kernel! Siyah is good, then you can safely factory reset/update to the new JB 4.1.2 firmware.
Other than battery life, and the dodgey hardbrick bug kernel on 4.0.4 it's an amazing phone.