Rogers Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Review

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  • Yay

    Picking this phone up tomorrow, exciting stuff.

    Couldn’t wait for the Galaxy Nexus, so sed 🙁

  • Rogers Fails

    So late in the game, however good to know that Rogers is still fighting for its customers. Now, lets just hope that Rogers pushes Galaxy Nexus on its expected January release or sooner, rather then delaying it until inbetween 2012.

  • Alex Perrier

    LTE speeds are impressive, but not the pings, and plans remain expensive. Not getting LTE just yet…

    • Tom

      I don’t understand your concern about pings?

      The article says that latency is a problem with HSPA networks and that LTE is expected to bring a 4x improvement

      Am I missing something? It seem like LTE is a solution to your concern.

    • Adam

      You can get 6GB LTE for $30, exact same as HSPA, how exactly are those more expensive?

  • T H

    I gave up waiting for this since the day they announced the GNexus. Great review though, and it’s still a slick phone. If for some reason there was an extinction-level event for all the Galaxy Nexii worldwide, I would happily fall back to SGS2 LTE as a fine backup.

  • jeff

    Does anybody know if this is the same size add the Telus SGS2X? I need a case or holster for mine and Telus has nothing yet

    • soulstar

      the size and shape appear to be about the same, however, the rear speaker on the SIIX is on the left, and the speaker on the SIILTE is on the right, so that may muffle the sound a bit. i say hold tight, cases should start coming out soon. best buy in toronto has a case-mate hard case if you just want something to cover up the back

    • Dan

      Telus has that little gel case. This thing is so big in my pocket already I wouldn’t want any more case around it. LOL, “that’s what she said”

    • Todd

      You cannot use the same case for this and the Telus SGS2X. The headphone port and speaker are on different sides between the two phones. Also, this phone is more square than the Telus version.

      Just more evidence that Telus got the crappiest Galaxy S2 possible. While there are all sorts of good cases for the Bell (international) and the Rogers phones (which is the same as the AT&T Skyrocket), there are very few cases for the Telus version. You don’t even have the same availability of screen protectors.

  • drewski

    My wife got on after falling in love with my original Galaxy S. I’ve played around with it and absolutely love it. I’d have one too but I’m holding out hope for an LTE version of Galaxy Nexus. I have no problem with the screen resolution. It might not be the best out there, but the difference to my eye’s is negligible for what I use it for, net surfing, occasional game, word/excel doc editing. As for the battery, as was said, its not great, but its not surprising bad, its what I expected.

  • Marc

    I’m so getting this 🙂

  • Tom

    “the official word is that Samsung’s entire fleet will be getting the upgrade in Q1 2012.”

    That sounds pretty reasonable to me, so I don’t think this phone should be dinged for its ICS support. Lots of Android phones come with no official word on updates at all. I don’t mind waiting as long as I know it is coming and have a reasonable idea of when.

    On the whole I think this phone sounds pretty great and I’m surprised that you gave it a 7.5. You mention that the GPS is good and this is a traditional Samsung weakness.

    The only thing that would make me hesitate is “Screen resolution very low”.

  • Marc

    @Tom, i’ve tried this device and the screen pixels aren’t noticeable even if you bring it right up to your face. The only thing i’ve realized are some live wallpapers you’re able to see pixels when you look really closely

  • Chris

    its pretty close. to the degree that you should be ok.

    Took this device over to bell. to bad its just 21Mbps rather than the 42 you can achieve with the raider. Changed the resolution and added a different launcher to help with the giant icons (which really stands out when you look at this device and then look at another one)

    • jaydee

      @Chris Which launcher did you use to help with the icons?

  • arber

    I have this phone and I can say that the battery life on it is the only crappy thing. I can only pull off 8 hours max with moderate usage….

  • mike

    How are you getting 8 hours with moderate usage?
    I listened to music at work for 5 hours. Browsed the web for about 2 hours in total. Have push notifications on and when I got home I watched ~2 hours of the google music + other android conferences. The battery was at 23% at the end of the night.

    Maybe tweak your power settings.

  • someone

    I’m in a non LTE area so I wouldn’t use it at all. I’m confused about the battery life. Is he saying that with the current configuration with a separate LTE chip it will use the battery fast anyway? Would it be an awesome battery in a non-LTE area or still suck the power? This might be the most important question for a lot of us because I don’t think anyone without LTE is willing to put up with reduced battery life for a feature they aren’t getting. But if it’s a good battery life, then this is Rogers best phone for non-LTE customers.
    Mobile Syrup, please clarify!!!

    • Adam

      You can disable the LTE radio.

      Most phones have the ability to select GSM only, HSPA only, auto HSPA/GSM, well this one has those options combined with LTE as well. Simply go to GSM/HSPA auto or HSPA only to save battery life.

    • jaydee

      My understanding is that once you disable LTE you will basically have an original Galaxy S2 except with an 1850 mAh battery (instead of the normal 1650 mAh) so the battery should last longer.

    • bob

      Except that the original Galaxy S2 is cheaper, will get updates faster and has a better SoC (especially better GPU).

      If you don’t need LTE than the Bell version is clearly the one to get.

    • jaydee

      It’s only $50 dollars cheaper. For some $50 might be worth it to have longer battery life.

      Also, the Rogers LTE version has NFC enabled while I believe it’s disabled on the Bell version.

      Plus, Rogers is offering a 6GB LTE data plan for $30 right now so one could sign up with that and perhaps take advantage of LTE immediately when it becomes available in their area.

      Finally, for those with a Rogers plan, they would have to unlock the Bell version to use it on Rogers. Unless they did that themselves they’d likely be paying around $40-50 for an unlock code.

      So, I don’t think it’s that clear cut, it still depends on some factors.

    • jaydee

      @bob

      It’s only $50 dollars cheaper. For some $50 might be worth it to have longer battery life.

      Also, the Rogers LTE version has NFC enabled while I believe it’s disabled on the Bell version.

      Plus, Rogers is offering a 6GB LTE data plan for $30 right now so one could sign up with that and perhaps take advantage of LTE immediately when it becomes available in their area.

      Finally, for those with a Rogers plan, they would have to unlock the Bell version to use it on Rogers. Unless they did that themselves they’d likely be paying around $40-50 for an unlock code.

      So, I don’t think it’s that clear cut, it still depends on some factors.

  • arber

    I don’t understand how people get that much battery life. I listened to music for 3 hours, display is set to lowest, I have juice defender ultimate on balanced, I used the web for 15 minutes, sync happens every 30 min, I take out my phone at 7am and plug it back in by 3pm(20%). This is on the Skyrocket btw. My screen uses 45% of my battery.

  • Jason

    Any word on the GS2 LTE HD coming to Canada before year end? I would take that over a Galaxy Nexus. was about to pickup the GS2 LTE today but luckily I read about the HD version.

    • jaydee

      The Galaxy S2 LTE HD has only been released in Korea.

      However, there are rumors that the FCC may have tested a similar device and that MAY mean it could come to the US. Though it could just mean that it’s approved to be used in the US and doesn’t mean that Samsung will actually sell it in the US.

  • jaydee

    I’m trying to decide between this and the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus display while higher in pixels is Super AMOLED and not Super AMOLED Plus. There are also rumors that there might not be a 32 gb version of the Nexus. Plus, the Nexus camera is only 5 MP rear and 1.3 MP front as opposed to 8 MP and 2 MP on the Galaxy S2.

    I don’t live in an LTE area so that’s really not a huge concern. However, apparently you can turn off the LTE chip in the Galaxy S2 LTE so I would assume the battery would be way better than in the Galaxy Nexus or the non-LTE Galaxy S2. Basically you’d have an 1850 mAh battery on a non-LTE Galaxy S2 (instead of the 1650 mAh on the original Galaxy S2 and 1750 mAh on the Galaxy Nexus).

    I dunno, it is a difficult decision.

    Complicating things further are rumors that the Galaxy S3 is coming in 2012 😉

  • DontGetit

    I’m not as torn as I was, but I am still interested in the HTC Raider.

  • Russ

    I had this device reserved and would have been one of the first in Canada to get it. Then I cancelled when I heard rumours of the Galaxy Nexus. So glad I made the right decision. I’m #9 for the Nexus.

  • Todd

    “While the development community has been falling over itself bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the original Galaxy S II, the official word is that Samsung’s entire fleet will be getting the upgrade in Q1 2012.”

    Where was this ever announced? Samsung UK said that the Galaxy S2 would get ICS, but that’s the international version. AT&T said that the Skyrocket (same as Rogers phone) will get ICS. But no one has said anything about the Telus Galaxy S2 X / T-Mobile Galaxy S2. The only thing we have to go on for that phone is Samsung’s previous history on T-Mobile Galaxy phones and it isn’t hopeful: the Vibrant never got Gingerbread.

  • Bryan

    I have the telus gs2x and the only difference i see between my device and the rogers version is the lte capability, thats it…

  • ACZ

    I have purchased and returned three of these devices so far due to faulty display panels. Could you test using the method detailed on XDA (Search Supercurio, AT&T Skyrocket) I really would like to find out if the local Roger’s stores just have a faulty batch.

    • rnewton01

      i returned mine for the same display issues. waiting for a nexus now.

    • dee

      ugh, why did you have to mention this! now all I can see are those vertical lines and blobs whenever viewing anything grey. i’m exchanging mine tomorrow.

      (but seriously, thanks for the heads up!)

  • Jerrik

    I’m bummed that this phone only has Snapdragon. I really noticed a lack of performance with the Galaxy S2 X compared to my Galaxy S2. I returned the Galaxy S2 X because it was such a disappointment. The reason why I brought the Galaxy S2 X up on this post is because the Galaxy S2 X has a Snapdragon processor in it as well.

  • abualjooj

    Had the phone for over a week now and must say it’s pretty impressive….
    Battery on 3g lasts me a full day with moderate usage…
    Screen resolution is very acceptable….u can barely see any pixels…screen size is beautiful.
    ics is going to come soon as any other device out there at the moment….
    Best phone camera i’ve ever tested.
    So I think the phone deserves a 8.5 if not 9.

  • pete

    I get at least a days worth out of this battery. I have it on hspa, no gps, no bluetooth, wifi on. Moderate usage and have about 35-40% battery left at night.

  • Levi

    You know a lot of people will probably dislike this, but for the rest of you…..who else was rather unimpressed with what we heard from the review of the Galaxy Nexus?

  • jaydee

    @Levi

    I was quite unimpressed. I was hoping it would basically be a Galaxy S2 but with a larger and higher resolution display and ICS.

    Instead it has a crappier camera, no SD card capability, no TV/HDMI out, a slightly inferior processor, no radio, and the battery is only slightly larger despite having to power a higher resolution display.

    Quite a few trade-offs and not a slam dunk as best mobile phone on the market. :/

  • s.c sharma

    I have a glaxy s2 samsung moblie phone and want to activate GPS navigation on this phone I have also visited at samsung customer care kalkaji new delhi on 18th nov 2011 but could not solve the problum plese guide us to know about this set

    s.c sharma

  • jeff

    this phone is crap the battery dies fast it hangs up on the customers it locks u out and it freazes non stop so im tell do not get this phone it s**t

  • jaydee

    @Chris Which launcher did you use to help with the icons?

    @asdf Aren’t those issues with the T-Mobile version which is the Telus version in Canada? I haven’t seen anyone mention display issues with the AT&T Skyrocket which is the equivalent to the Rogers version here.

  • amanda

    love this phone, from blackberry to newest thing..only thing i’m shopping for a spare battery as we speak..i’ve gone through all the power saving tools and added an app to save power..still the battery burns quick, and it be nice to run things without having to turn them back on when wanting to use them..should be an added accessory just like the charger.

  • Bob

    I find it sad that you cannot convert kbps to Mbps. 43870 kbps is equivalent to 42.8 Mbps. Where exactly did you get 44?

  • erikaa1212

    im really debating whether to get this phone because of the battery life. i don’t want it to die halfway through the day when it was charging at night

  • lloyd

    Does amyone know if the serius radio is any good on this phone?