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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Re: Galaxy S2 Thoughts, Tips, Tricks & Problem fixes.


foxbat121 wrote:
You downloaded from Samsung UK site, not US site. And yes, Kies Mini from US site is for Windows.

Kies or Kies mini is not available for download for my phone at Samsung's site, I've registered my phone with Samsung and under "Softwware" for downloads the only file available is the USB Drivers..

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/SGH-I777ZKAATT

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Because current Kies mini is not compatible with GS2 yet and full Kies is never offered in US. You can download it Kies mini from Captivate section.
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foxbat121 wrote:
Because current Kies mini is not compatible with GS2 yet and full Kies is never offered in US. You can download it Kies mini from Captivate section.

Ahhh ok I'll look it up.. thx

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foxbat121 wrote:
Because current Kies mini is not compatible with GS2 yet and full Kies is never offered in US. You can download it Kies mini from Captivate section.

Well that was a lessen in futility... Tried everything under the sun to get Kies  Mini to see my GS2 but never got past "connect Device"..

Tried uninstalling IE9, Installing Framework 4.0, uninstalled Kies Full version, uninstalled Kies  Mini and reinstalled multiple times, Toggled "Unknown sources and USB Debugging" ever possible  way, Put GS2 in Storage mode,  reinstalled drivers multiple  times from Kies Mini pull down menu, installed USB drivers  from Galaxy S2 Support site at Samsung and did this stuff all over again on our other computer (both running Win 7 32bit)... It just does not see my GS2 when I connect it.. I'm stumped!!

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DId you not hear me: it is not compatible with GS2 yet. There is a supported device database comes with Kies/Kies Mini installation that contains all the models Kies or Kies Mini can connect. If the DB doesn't have your phone model listed, you can't do anything about it. There are ways to hack the DB in the past to fill in your device model numbers and fake Kies to accept you but it never worked for me.

 

Samsung will update the Kies Mini if there is a need to use it to update the firmware of GS2. The only functionality of Kies Mini is to update firmware. Also Kies Mini is more restrictive. If you are running custom ROMs or any ROMs it doesn't recognize (like leaked ROMs), it won't let you connect either.

 

There is no need to do it right now because there isn't any firmware to update until probably next year.

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foxbat121 wrote:
Because current Kies mini is not compatible with GS2 yet and full Kies is never offered in US. You can download it Kies mini from Captivate section.

My bad, I took the "you can download it Kies mini from Captivate" to mean it would or has worked with the GS2.. Well there's a hour of my life I won't be getting back lol... 

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Screen Auto brightness

When I set my screen bightness to auto, sometimes I see the screen adjusts its brightness when the environment lighting stays the same.

 

Has anybody else seen this? I just wanted to know if it;s a problem with my unit, or in auto brightness setting you will expect to see this. 

 

Thanks.

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Shangri-La wrote:

When I set my screen bightness to auto, sometimes I see the screen adjusts its brightness when the environment lighting stays the same.

 

Has anybody else seen this? I just wanted to know if it;s a problem with my unit, or in auto brightness setting you will expect to see this. 

 

Thanks.


Never had that happen the little time I used "Auto Brightness" but the light sensor is up on top, just left of your earphone on the Screen(not the earphone jack input)..  Is your finger or case if you have one close to the sensor??

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^^^ It is quite easy to accidentally cover the light sensor on top. And since the screen brightness change has a built-in delay of a few seconds, by the time you noticed it changes, your finger already stayed clear of the sensor. I had this happen to me all the time.

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New Hotmail app

I posted earlier that using the built-in email client to sync hotmail calendar with ActiveSync causes continous sync and the resulting battery drain. Microsoft recently released an official Hotmail app for Android. So I downloaded today to try it out. It syncs your email, contacts and calendar without any side effects. Has its own widget as well. The only downside is the lack of customizable ringtone to email notification. Have to stuck with the default Andorid notification ringtone. Running it for the day and no extra battery drain that I can notice.

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Samsung just posted today Oct 11 the Kies download 2.0 for the att galaxy s2 on their website under software downloads...

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brentemery wrote:

Samsung just posted today Oct 11 the Kies download 2.0 for the att galaxy s2 on their website under software downloads...


Nice, they must have been reading my posts here today lol.. downloading it now..

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Kies update: 

The main reason I wanted and used Kies is to backup my phone in case of problems down the road and I definitely did not want to root this phone just to use a backup program and I'm happy to say it did just what I wanted.. ALTHOUGH the first couple times I tried to do a backup the process hung up at 0% but after a reboot of both the phone and PC it worked perfectly.. I was able to back up my Messages. Memos, Call Logs, Photos, Miscellaneous files, Preferences & Ringtones, Network Settings & Bookmarks and Email Account Information..   I didn't use it to backup my Music and Contacts because Google already handles my Contacts and DoubleTwist loads my music although I use Google Music 4.0.1 for listening.. 

There's also a Firmware update option which I assume will notify me of any updates for my phone(I know never assume anything lol)... But bottom line, Kies did exactly what I wanted..

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So when are you going to wipe your phone and try a restore so we all know Kies backup works?  Smiley Wink

 

Apparently many of the backup solutions sorta fall down in the restore area, something that seems like it would be kindof a Bad Thing.

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tonydi wrote:

So when are you going to wipe your phone and try a restore so we all know Kies backup works?  Smiley Wink

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Ha, now that you mention it I think I'll make a copy of the back up file just in case if I ever do need to do a restore and/if things screw up and corrupt the original I'll have a back up of my back up Smiley Happy

 

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