Galaxy S2 Thoughts, Tips, Tricks & Problem fixes.

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Galaxy S2 Thoughts, Tips, Tricks & Problem fixes.

I figured since thousands like myself will be playing with their new GS2s for the next few weeks/months we might as well have a thread for us Galaxy S2 users to share thoughts, tips, tricks and problem fixs.. Like any new piece of technology there will be things we won't be able to figure out ourselves so let this be a good place to find answers, get tips and learn of great user options available for this gem.... 

I've spent the last 6 hours customizing my new Galaxy S2 and honestly I'm loving every minute of it!! Coming from a WP7 I can't believe how many options and apps are available for me to make this phone "my" phone.. 

 

LET THE FUN BEGIN Smiley Happy

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Don'tleave the screen on max brightness. I typically leave it at auto. And don't leave screen on for extended time.

 

AMOLED/OLED screen, although gorgeous, is very easy to get burn in. More so than today's Plasma TV (which has at least 10 times longer pixel life than AMOLED).

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Is anyone having issues with the mic? Several people have told me my voice sounds low. I already exchanged the phone and results are the same.

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Everythings working great on my new phone except one important thing....it hardly ever catches the wifi connection or any kinda good connection. My wife's iPhone works fine in my house and outdoors but my Samsung seems to miss the signals a lot more than her phone does. I do have it on  the energy saver mode which turns off wifi etc etc when it's not in use but I keep checking the signal and at best it reads "weak"...which means it doesn't get my mail updates for a real long time as well as trying to use other programs that I need to be on the intyernet connection for... 

Anyone else having this issue?

Thanks

andy

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foxbat121 wrote:

Don'tleave the screen on max brightness. I typically leave it at auto. And don't leave screen on for extended time.

 

AMOLED/OLED screen, although gorgeous, is very easy to get burn in. More so than today's Plasma TV (which has at least 10 times longer pixel life than AMOLED).


Comparing a phone screen to a tv is a bit of a stretch.  First, the phone screen is on WAY less than a tv.  Second, at least for me, it only has to last for a year and then I upgrade. 

 

Mine is on max all the time.  I turn it down at night sometimes because it's too bright.

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TimStrader wrote:

Comparing a phone screen to a tv is a bit of a stretch.  First, the phone screen is on WAY less than a tv.  Second, at least for me, it only has to last for a year and then I upgrade. 

 

Mine is on max all the time.  I turn it down at night sometimes because it's too bright.


It's not a stretch. There are many ppl get burn-in on their Captivate, Nexus One, Focus etc in a few short months. It does happen.

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foxbat121 wrote:

It's not a stretch. There are many ppl get burn-in on their Captivate, Nexus One, Focus etc in a few short months. It does happen.



I can see that, I have friends who are on their phones non-stop  playing games, watcing videos and so on (I do not)... I did turn my display onto Auto but honestly didn't like it(too dark), as for display burnin  I use the Koi Fish Live  wallpaper which is always moving & time out is set at 15 seconds so burnin on my phone should be a non issue..  

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foxbat121 wrote:

It's not a stretch. There are many ppl get burn-in on their Captivate, Nexus One, Focus etc in a few short months. It does happen.



I can see that, I have friends who are on their phones non-stop  playing games, watcing videos and so on (I do not)... I did turn my display onto Auto but honestly didn't like it(too dark), as for display burnin  I use the Koi Fish Live  wallpaper which is always moving & time out is set at 15 seconds so burnin on my phone should be a non issue..  


How can you see that?  Playing games, watching videos etc...all the images are constanly moving.  Kind of like a screen saver.....to avoid burn in.  How could a movie cause burn in?

 

With that thought, your Koi thing can cause burn in.  Any screen saver then can also cause burn in, but isn't that what they are supposed to prevent?

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TimStrader wrote:

 

With that thought, your Koi thing can cause burn in.  Any screen saver then can also cause burn in, but isn't that what they are supposed to prevent?


The koi live wallpaper acts as a screensaver with constant movement(fish, waves, background ect), my point was I wasn't worried about my phone having burnin and the koi live wallpaper was just another reason why, I'm sure the chance of burnin is far less with a moving live wallpaper vs. a stagnant photo that many people use as their background.. 

 

There has been reports of image retention and burn in on the Galaxys already..

http://forum.xda-developers.com/archive/index.php/t-1100788.html

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Typical phone burn in happened in status bar. A live wallpaper won't save it other than slow down the phone and consume more battery.
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foxbat121 wrote:
Settings-> about phone-> battery usage. You can also download some apps that give you more details.

I use BetterBatteryStats for pulling wakelock stats.

 

Also, as far as BLN - I tried implementing a patch from the I9100 over the weekend.  It worked, and it didn't seem to cause any stability problems in the brieft time I tried it, but it DID hold a wakelock on the CPU when the touchkey backlight was on.  As a result, BLN caused significant battery drain.

 

I'll try again in a few weeks...  It's no longer "low-hanging fruit"

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NEW QUESTION:
Has anyone connected their GS2 to Kies and get at the opening screen under "Firmware Information" a message stating "This Version of the device cannot be updated" "Current firmware version ; PDA;KH7 / CSC:KH7 (ATT) ??????

What with that??  I checked and my version of Kies is up to date ( Installed version: Ver.2.0.3.11082_152)


Seems if this isn't rectified we won't get any updates from Samsung or AT&T!!

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Where did you download Kies from? I don't believe Samsung USA ever released any full version of Kies to US, there is only Kies Mini for US. But I tried Kies Mini recently and it is not updated to recognize the GS2 yet. International versions of Kies has always rejected any US versions since version 2.0.

 

In the remote chance that AT&T releases any update to GS2, it will be either OTA or through Kies Mini (which will be updated sooner or later).

 

With the Captivate, AT&T released one update through OTA and one update through Kies Mini.

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From Samsung's support page, there is no option for Kies Mini for windows, only for Mac??

http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/mobilesoftwaremanual/mobilesoftwaremanual.do?page=MOBILE.SOFTWARE....

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You downloaded from Samsung UK site, not US site. And yes, Kies Mini from US site is for Windows.
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I'm just reading this...did not know burn-in was a problem for AMOLEDs!  I thought they were the latest and greatest? Smiley Sad

 


foxbat121 wrote:
Typical phone burn in happened in status bar. A live wallpaper won't save it other than slow down the phone and consume more battery.



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