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Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays

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Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays
There is a growing thread over at the XDA Developers forum where a display issue plaguing some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units is being discussed. As the issue has been described, “vertical lines and dots” become apparent on the screen under certain conditions, most noticeably when viewing the display in a dark room with the brightness level set to minimum. Poor color reproduction and below par contrast levels are being reported as well.

The forum member who brought up the faulty screen issue made a comparison between the displays of a T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II and its Sprint version – the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, both of which boast a pretty similar Super AMOLED Plus display. Interestingly, the Sprint model used in the test was not perfect either, but its flaws were far less noticeable as it had been “calibrated considerably better”. Other GALAXY S II variants that are reportedly affected include the Skyrocket for AT&T, as well as the models sold by Telus and Rogers in Canada.

This isn't the first time when the Samsung GALAXY S II is being accused of having troubles with its display. Back in August, a bunch of users in Vietnam had what looked like a mini GALAXY S II user convention in order to discuss what they claimed was a screen issue affecting locally produced units.

If you fear that your T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II may be showing the symptoms listed above, you might want to check the thread at the source link below. There you can find a detailed guide to figuring out whether your smartphone is affected or not.


Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays

Some Samsung GALAXY S II for T-Mobile units may have faulty displays

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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 05:11 3

1. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


wow but then again not a big problem I think

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 05:20 2

2. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Galaxygate?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 05:32 3

3. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


its not apple......no android phone gets the same treatment, if something is wrong with a android phone, the only people that would know is people who visit these phone sites, but if it was apple it be on the news or trending every where, so I doubt anyone who do not constantly check phone websites could tell the difference unless a friend of theirs points it out, but I could be wrong

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 05:46 3

4. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


"they claimed was a screen issue affecting locally produced units."

it means that only products produced in the US...


no biggie... samsung can get over this....

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 08:22 3

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you missed the part where they were talking about Vietnam.. THEY had the locally produced units, not the US.



Now the question, is are these first run sets or is this still happening? There is a reason they call it "early adopter syndrome".. lol

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:14

20. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I dont remember you saying this about battery gate.:-3

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 06:00 1

5. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Another fail from Samsung. All the KIRF manufacturers should end like that.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 06:20 3

6. Dmann (Posts: 165; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Riiiiight... All the KIRF manufacturers that make the iPhone components... Sigh.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:15 3

11. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


that mean the iphone is a kirf? since its 95% samsung inside?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:18

17. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


C\'mon 95%? Really? His comment was stupid, but yours is hardly better.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 12:03

21. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Omg, remixfa you\'re becoming a second taco50.

Gongratulations, you feel proud now?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 06:32 1

7. acer007 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


same problem in india also......when u take a dark scene u can clearly see the vertical lines and dots etc......for me samsung dealer repalced the handset twice and the third handset also iam feeling some lines and dots....now iam ignoring that............poor build qlty by samsung..........

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 06:39 2

8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Crapsung sux.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:14 2

10. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


hahah victoria court.... XD

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:08 1

9. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Samsung has copied again on apple

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:25 1

12. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


Was your auto-correct set on "Yoda" when you typed this? :-)

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:07

16. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


it would be more like \"copy again, samsung has on apple\"

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 07:56 1

13. M2Iceman (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


And on Sprint they have crappy radios. Every time I walk into a building I loose a signal. Yeah Im past my 14 days and I will hard pressed to buy another Sammy until its fixed. Please Sprint/Sammy Do something about the Radio/Modem!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:19 1

18. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


AT&T does well in buildings if you looking for other options

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:31 1

19. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


did you already called sprint for this?? maybe tech support can help out.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 14:57

22. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


If tech support doesnt work you could just go direct to samsung and complain to them of the defect. You're still under manufacturer warranty, after all.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 22:28

25. theo14461 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Better yet, stop playing around, and get on a real network like Verizon.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 09:56 1

15. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Yeah sammys radios need some more work

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:01

23. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


the thing is about the radios, the FCC has certain guidelines in place for 3G and 4G radios that can be put in the device, hence why they gotta go do FCC cert before they can be released. As far as that is concerned, nearly all phones have radios of equivilent effectiveness. So maybe its some kind of antennagate scenario like the iPhone 4 has, I doubt its something to do with samsung actually using crappy radios because Qualcomm is pretty much the sole supplier of CDMA radios.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 21:30

24. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I tried this test on my SGSII Epic Touch and fortunately could not see any blobs or vertical lines. If there were any, the screen was still too dark with the sample image the XDA developer gave, but now that I look at those images I feel somewhat concerned lol (paranoid). I feel sorry for users with the T-mobile SGSII. Man, Samsung better fix this (as well as the antenna issue... even though for me it seems just fine, but it questions their future products) or else goodbye Samsung & hello HTC/Moto.

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