Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) Superphone…But Surely it Has Issues?

We’ll make no bones about it, we are excited by the Samsung Galaxy S2 (or S II) and although it has not yet been released in the U.S. we know from comments to our many stories that an awful lot of you are waiting for it. Although virtually everything we have had to say about this impressive Android smartphone has been positive we are starting to wonder if this superphone has some faults after all.

We’ll quickly fill you in on some of the specs and features of the Galaxy S2 including it’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM and of course the fact that it runs on the Android 2.3, Gingerbread, operating system. In our recent review roundup we noted that the experts were mightily impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S2, probably more so than just about any other smartphone we remember writing about. Even so there were some minor quibbles in some of the reviews about the 1080p DLNA streaming, keyboard, camera lens and software but certainly these were not seen as enough of a problem to deter anyone from buying the Galaxy S2, which received rave reviews.

As is often the way with devices though, sometimes they need to be used for an amount of time before any snags are noticed. Jacob Palmer over on Gizmo Crunch had used a Galaxy S2 for around a week and after that time some issues had come to light, particularly with the software. Palmer notes that Samsung has already rolled out 2 OTA updates for those lucky regions where the handset is already available but despite these updates some minor irritants were still found. For example the time it takes (around 2 seconds) for the phone to wake from a locked state can make the Galaxy S2 feel sluggish and there’s also a notification that tells you when its fully charged which you cannot turn off.

Another annoyance noted was that you have to close foreground apps if you want to connect using USB to a computer and another minor glitch involves the camera app. It seems that when opening the app the audio is controlled and causes whatever is playing in the background to pause. It is noted that these may be minor quibbles but that for a phone that so much is expected of, it’s surprising these issues weren’t ironed out before release. Gareth Beavis over on Tech Radar tells a little more about the OTA updates so far and what they have achieved and also gives more information about a USB connectivity issue. You may also be interested in our look at which extra pre-installed apps on the Galaxy S2 might be useful.

We’d still like to point out that in the grand scheme of things we still think that the Galaxy S2 is a great Android smartphone and with any new device, no matter how good, there will always be minor issues and quibbles that annoy some people. We would like to know though if you would be so bothered by any of these irritants that it might stop you purchasing the Galaxy S2? Let us know with your comments.

  • Michael Westling

    Minor issues which have come to light thus far would not stop me from buying this phone. However the pricing I see where it is available will definately stop me. At $899.00 it is defiinately NOT worth the price.

    • Kon

      In Germany you get it for 500 (Euros) sim unlocked on amazon? O_ô It surely should be in the same price segment? I'd go for the 16gig version and just put in a 32gig micro sd card…I don't have that much to store anyway…and I'm pretty sure they'll update the amount of space the micro sd supports…it's only a software limitation after all, not the hardware………

  • Adrian

    One annoying issue is that the phone automatically converts SMS messages longer than 3 x160 characters into MMS. Hope this is fixed soon!

    • Kay

      You can download an sms app like handscent sms to have more control of your text messages. I use this app and it is amazing. It also has a very high rating on the Market. You can disable notifications for text messages on settings for the stock sms app so you only receive one notification. Most importantly is its FREE

  • gordon

    best phone ever, i had iphone4 but after my upgrade… ufffff, what a change lovnig it :)

  • Alan

    I went from a Nokia 3310 to the S2. Quite a big change… It's the only smart phone that really caught my attention as having everything iportant to me 'right'. I've had quibbles with connecting it to my computer, and I'm ignoring the Samsung Kias as it's useless. It forever wants me to update the phone (even after I just had) and disconnects. Windows media player and dragging and dropping work fine.

    The only other quibble I have is with the camera. Yeah, it's 8mp, but the lens is rubbish. Horrible barrel distortion! But I didn't get it for that, and wasn't really expecting anything else.

    Other than those, nothing has been annoying me, which is rare with technology.

  • Jon

    Ugghhh it's a bummer to see small things like the laggy wake time after being locked. Also, if I interpreted that right, the screen doesn't shut off when it has a full charge when it's plugged in? What about when I leave my phone on the charger all night? It stays lit up for that many hours? Come on Samsung!!!
    I hope i read it wrong…

  • lawrence bartholomew

    its samsungs iphone,,everything they saw wrong with the iphone they jst fixed it and put a 2 on the back of it…thats good thats great,, the phone can also go 2days witout a charge…mannn from that nasty nexus s to a beautiful GSII what the hell happened???

  • Joshua Standley

    It’s a Samsung, of course the software is terrible. Don’t get me wrong they make amazing products and the Hardware is always top notch but I just can’t stand Touchwiz. And my best friend has a Galaxy S and there are so many things that make you think why have they done that? And why doesn’t that work? Why can’t these manufacturers realize that you can’t just throw awesome hardware specs in, you actually need to have good innovative software to go with it.

  • beau danner

    I have a few issues:

    Opening a web page after connecting vpn causes full shut down. This is a big issue living in China.
    Maps only FC or says no active data network but pages will load fine so don’t understand the issue
    Data connection often fails
    No send button on sms when replying to a received message. I have to back out and reopen as a draft.

    Anyone else having these issues? If it’s just me I might be looking at a return.

  • beau danner

    . I have a few issues:

    Opening a web page after connecting vpn causes full shut down. This is a big issue living in China.
    Maps only FC or says no active data network but pages will load fine so don’t understand the issue
    Data connection often fails
    No send button on sms when replying to a received message. I have to back out and reopen as a draft.

    Anyone else having these issues? If it’s just me I might be looking at a return.

  • Ross Brooker

    I, and a few others I’ve found on the various forums, are having problems with the media player pausing randomly. Sometimes it occurs when the phone raises a notification (ie a new gmail message), other times with no apparent cause. There is speculation that dropping the cell signal from 3G to 2G maybe the cause, but that’s unconfirmed.