so as stated earlier, ordered my Samsung Galaxy S2 on Sunday morning on £10.50/month 24-month contract - works out to be about £300 over 2 yrs including the phone, minutes and text
played with it a little bit now (it is locked to o2! £14 to unlock)
I have in my hands - a san francisco (AMOLED), Sony Ericsson Arc, and the G2
Firstly, let me say I am keeping the Samsung most likely. But its the least favorite of the phones - however, it has the most advanced technology - so will keep it.
San Francisco - best phone by far of the three (AMOLED). Feels GREAT (I have used it for the last 6-odd months). Display is SUPERB - the best of the three by far. Upgrading from this because the small memory has limited the number of apps I can download. Other than that everything about this phone is first class. And it only costs £65-75 outright
Sony Ericsson Arc - Feels great. Nice and solid. Didn't play with it much. Had bought this phone as the upgrade from San Francisco. Cost: £215 on ebay. But within 2 days this Samsung deal came out from O2. I want to make this my phone for the next 1-2 yrs. But its lower memory is no-no for me now that I think about it. The physical buttons are a nice touch. Definitely the best designed phone I have seen - beats the iPhone's design for sure. The colors are a lot washed out.
Samsung Galaxy S2 - a little disappointed with it. With talk of Super AMOLED + blah blah and the display is outdone by a £65 phone in San Francisco. The phone itself feels VERY cheap and light and plasticy. But being dual-CPU, support as a USB host, lots of memory, great camera/flash, front facing camera, etc its the one I am going to keep (but for the wrong reasons).
Truly I should just stick with San Francisco and return the rest.
Yep totally agree with this - my perfect condition 6 month old San Francisco is the best phone I have had so far. Its worth atleast 250 quid.
But got a cracking deal on the Sony Arc (200 quid new out-right in UK ebay) - so its goodbye San Fran, two batteries, 16gb card. Its AMOLED screen is unbeatable but after a while I needed more ROM/RAM so I can install tons of apps. And a great camera / flash on the Arc is a bonus.
Thanks for everyone else's help. Modaco single handedly is the reason I reckon most people got this phone!
I was really looking forward for this ROM to work but had some major issues. Admittedly I only gave it about 2 hours - but there were too many problems on my ZTE Blade (early model with OLED - got it in the first week).
I was using Modaco's r12 but felt it had two problems - phone kept rebooting mid-phone conversation and ridiculously battery life
Anyway I hope my feedback fixes issues if any issues exist.
Generally, the phone would freeze pretty much straight away after rebooting. The 32gb micro-sd card would not be recognized- it was working fine with previous ROMS. But if I quickly went to mount sd card option as soon as the phone rebooted then the card would be mounted onto my Windows XP machine.
Yes I get this too. My phone is stock standard. Unlocked. It always happens to me mid-conversation - the phone just reboots. Its happened about once a week since I got the phone the day it was released.