Samsung Galaxy S II coming to the UK on May 1, 2011

By Emil
Apr 11, 2011
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  1. Samsung Electronics has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S II (model: GT-I9100) will arrive in the UK on May 1, 2011 across all major networks and retailers. There's no release date for the rest of Europe yet, but given the excitement surround the device, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled.

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    I hope it doesn't carry any baggage (read issues) from the original SGS. By the way Emil, I've heard/read that Samsung has 'limited' FPS rate on this device (through software); is that true?
  3. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Considering it's not out yet, I'm not going to confirm or deny this. If it is true, I'm sure we'll be able to bypass the limitation just fine.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Fair-enough, I guess it will be interesting to see how Samsung's Exynos competes with Tegra 2 when the final product is launched.
  5. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Maniac Posts: 376

    Hmm, I am currently using an SGS i9000, I'm not so sure about limited FPS rate, never quite experienced that... then again the moment I got my phone I rooted and flashed it within a few hours after playing around with stock.

    So far the phone's really great, and I'm really looking forward to the SGS 2.

    What were the "issues" encountered with the phone? Its got me semi curious.
  6. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,238   +208

    hurrr, I wonder when it'll get to the States...
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Well to make long story short, the issues I encountered with it were:

    1) Lots of Force Closures/crashes; it turned out that most of these were caused by Touch Wizard UI Samsung placed on top of Android along with the default Messaging App. Since I've replaced both (after much trial and error and pain I must say) things improved considerably.

    2) The other issue is never solved i.e. it just doesn't want to connect with any PC via USB cable, only thing it would do is 'charging'.

    The second issue is rather not so un-common; I've been using Android Wifi Manager to get around this issue, but one thing which it can't do is 'upgrade' the OS; I got Froyo on it by sending it back to Samsung; and I guess when they will release Gingerbread for it the same will have to be done again.

    My general impression is the basic concept of Android i.e. 'open source' and all is commendable but it also means there can be issues depending upon quality of the software any device manufacturer places on their products; and, well the default UI just seemed to be 'diet copy' (to put it mildly) of iOS.
  8. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    As long as the price and reviews will be as expected, this should be a nice upgrade from a Nokia. Hopefully it will be as good as it looks on paper.
  9. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    2) The other issue is never solved i.e. it just doesn't want to connect with any PC via USB cable, only thing it would do is 'charging'.
    My brother has the same issue. He said he thinks the port rusted from "sweating in his pocket". Don't know if that should be the case, his phone is 5 months old. My Crappia (nokia) is 2 years old and mine doesn't rust.
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Mine is doing this from day one, so there isn't any rust involved here. If it was rusting, it shouldn't charge either ...... so I am sorry but I can't agree with that assertion.
  11. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Maniac Posts: 376

    Hmmm okay, I'm running Darky's rom and I have never encountered those problems you've stated in the above... :x Froyo 2.2.1 here with Dark Kerne.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Without USB connectivity, I am not sure there is a 'safe' way to root this thing.

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