- Dec 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm #1282787Jeremy PlattBPL Member
I am planning to get a Samsung Galaxy S2 as a camera replacement phone. The ability to bring a couple of batteries along has sold me on this one. Does anyone have any experience with this phone?
Jeremy.Dec 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm #1809578Ben FMember
I'd suggest the Nexus Prime, but the camera's not supposed to be so great on it.Dec 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm #1809587Will InmanBPL Member
@empacitatorLocale: Western Australia
I agree, best phone on the market at the moment
I have used the camera feature a little bit and find it very impressive, for what it isDec 7, 2011 at 12:12 am #1809599Christine ThuermerMember
I want to do the same thing and have been doing a lot of research on so called "outdoor" phones. Although the Samsung Galaxy is a great phone and has a lot of features it is not water proof or dust proof. If outdoor use is your primary use I would look for a more robust phone.
I am personally leaning towards a Motorola Defy that is not only water and dust proof, can be used with extra batteries and is much cheaper.
ChristineDec 7, 2011 at 6:09 am #1809624Erik BasilBPL Member
The Galaxy S2 is likely a great phone in terms of the camera, and certainly in terms of the display, but there's a potential glitch: its predecessor the "Galaxy" is intentionally crippled by Samsung so that it cannot possibly update to Android 2.3. Although some folks that have rooted their phones have done it, the official word from Samsung for the last several months has been…"working on it, but you can buy our new product instead".
The display is amazing when compared to competing products and the camera is pretty good! The potential you can't update the phone to use newer software, and that it will be planned that way to ensure 2013 phone models sell, is something to be cautious of.
On the dura-phone front, I have the Casio Commando, which can swap batteries, is waterproof, shock-resistant and etc… but the camera is terrible.Dec 7, 2011 at 6:53 am #1809631Ben CBPL Member
I have this phone. I just switch over from an old iphone. I REALLY like it a lot. Its fast and pretty easy to use. The camera is good. The selling point for me, though, is the screen size. I hate to admit, but my close vision is not quite what it used to be. The big screen helps a lot. I am a lot more likely to use my phone now and not have to g over to the ipad.Dec 7, 2011 at 7:06 am #1809636Walter CarringtonBPL Member
I got one recently.
Impressions so far:
GPS seems to work well. I haven't downloaded a topo map app yet.
Phone signal reception seems quite good in weak signal areas.
It's screen is good enough to read kindle books even with my old eyes, but the larger screen of a real kindle is better.
The camera surprised me — it seems decent. I've yet to do a comparison to my real camera.
What I don't like:
My old dumb phone was more convenient as a phone.
Texting/typing is very awkward for me; I miss having a full size keyboard. I am getting better at it.
From what I've read, at least on ATT there will eventually be an upgrade of the Android OS to the new version.Dec 7, 2011 at 7:35 am #1809645Forest CrunkMember
This phone is pretty fantastic and I would recommend it. I've brought mine on a trip since I got it a few weeks ago and have used it as a camera multiple times. I'll upload a few pics if I get the chance.
I usually leave it on flight mode while on the trail so I can leave it on to get quick snapshots and the battery will last multiple days.Dec 7, 2011 at 7:50 am #1809652scri bblesBPL Member
@scribblesLocale: Atlanta, GA
Have you considered the S II from Credo Mobile?Dec 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm #1809803Ernie FuentesBPL Member
We have had ZERO returns on that phone since we started selling it. NO COMPLAINTS. I personally use a My Touch 4G slide, I love it…but I am going to switch to a Galaxy II.
ernie the eyeballDec 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm #1815467Jeremy PlattBPL Member
Thanks a bunch for all of the advice. I bought the phone and am super impressed with it!!
To follow on, do you guys have a lightweight case/ screen protector on yours? I have been looking at the tactical and otterbox ones and man they look heavy!
Jeremy.Jan 1, 2012 at 9:54 am #1818223Ben FMember
Casemate Barely There is my choice. It's not going to offer much drop protection, but it's thin, light, and will prevent scratches.
My choice for screen protectors is Steinhall Ultra Crystals.
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