Samsung Galaxy S II User Reviews
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posted on (Posts: 1; Member since: )
Samsung Galaxy S II Review Great Phone
Mateja94 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Maybe the revolutinary S phone and probably the best.UI works good but after 2 years of Gamer using starts to bug unbelivabely.Charges very fast but battery life is short.Also has the really good specification and camera.The best phone of 2011.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Good specification
- Good camera
- Good build quality
- It can be really buggy
- Battery life
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posted on 12 May 2015, 01:11 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 May 2015)
SterkMun has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Restarts once or twice a day by itself, slow as hell, super buggy, TouchWiz, and many other reasons as to why this is a bad choice, I wouldn't even recommend this as a first phone. Freezes up and when you turn it off, then back on (screen) it's full brightness. Won't run certain apps, terrible storage.Build quality 6/10Reception 5/10Call quality 6/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 5/10UI speed 4/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 6/10Display 4/10Battery 4/10
- Nearly Indestructible (For Me)
- Frequent Unannounced Restarts
- Freezes A Lot
- Full Bright Screen Randomly
- Grainy Pictures
- Prone To Adware (Hardly Any Internet Use)
- Takes Forever To Execute Simple Tasks (I.E. Uninstall)
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posted on 27 Dec 2014, 17:51 (Posts: 0; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
It is a great phone for it's time.
GordonInc has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Currently I would not suggest it, because it's simply old.
However, at it's time it was really a great phone.
I still use one and it serves it's purpose.
Battery could be better when used with synchronization services.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- internal storage size
- small size and low weight
- no LED indicator
- lack of nice accessories
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posted on 12 Sep 2014, 07:44 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)
Amandamyerss has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
worst phone i have ever experienced, its has no pros absolutley none i have had it for nearly two years and keeps dissapointing me everyday, firstly when ever it is cold eg rainy day, cold wind and if it has a cold screen , the screen wont work it gets lines all through it and takes away your ability to do anything with your phone, secondly battery life if actual s**t as well as the charger it just brakes ,im onto my third battery which is not good considering they cost over $50! i do not recommend this phone to anyone, plus i forgot to mention the signal drops out quite oftenly, the speed of the phone is ridiculously slow, the display is unclear half the time and the lowest setting for brightness is still really bright!! so annoying oh and the camera is so badddddddddd like really really badBuild quality 2/10Reception 2/10Call quality 5/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 2/10Camera 2/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 2/10Display 4/10Battery 2/10
- battery life
- just everything
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posted on 08 Sep 2014, 06:57 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)
ovidiu_98 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It is a great phone. I have it for a week, but i am very impressed about it's performance. It has a good procesor, you can play any games without lag. The battery it's the problem, i have to charge it almost every day, but generally Galaxy S2 it's a great smartphone.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 06:13 (Posts: 0; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
saraatoma has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Over the past two years of owning a samsung galaxy s2, i have experienced ALOT of internal damages in the phone especially the battery as well as the charging port. The build quality of samsung is really good, no damages, the real damage is in the internal part of the phone. The battery dies out too quick, camera quality not so great, most applications just shut down randomly or freeze especially apps like snapchat. Personally i regret the day i bought this samsung galaxy s2, cant wait to get an iphone when my contract is over.Build quality 10/10Reception 6/10Call quality 4/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 2/10Camera 2/10UI speed 3/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 2/10Display 2/10Battery 2/10
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posted on 20 Feb 2014, 20:22 (Posts: 0; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)
better than an iphone
alienz has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
once in a while it says i have no service, wether at home or out and its quite annoying if i have to make a emergency call or to receive any. also the internet is great when it wants to be. I havent had any problem for the first year i had this phoneBuild quality 10/10Reception 8/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
posted on 17 Dec 2013, 18:11 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Dec 2013)
Do not get this phone
kitten-mash673 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Of course, to any phone there will be the pros and cons. But seemingly, Samsung Galaxy S2 is all cons. The battery is absolutely terrible. This is my third battery and I have another coming in. The phone might last four hours before it goes dead. On heavy use it lasts up to 2 hours. I literally charge my phone three to four times a day. While the screen is bright and it is extremely hard to damage this phone (unfortunately) this phone's problems rest mostly on the inside. The Swipe feature is very cool but other than that I would frequently get annoyed with the keyboard. More often than not my phone would not respond to me pressuring certain letters and had to flip to landscape mode to write. Unless you have 4G LTE in your area, the 4G feature will not work. The GPS is a drainer, actually everything is a drainer. The call quality was meager at best and I don't even want to think about the internet usage. I am so ready to get rid of this crappy phone for my upgrade. Do not buy this phone, I don't care if the whole world tells you you should , don't do it. And if you do, well then I warned you.
P.S. My phone was at 66% when I started this review. It is now at 46%Build quality 9/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 3/10Multimedia 3/10Camera 3/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 3/10Display 8/10Battery 1/10
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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:27 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
Disappointed with Samsung
gr33n has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I had the Sprint variant "Epic touch 4g" (that's not confusing at all), anyway everything started to go on this phone. The battery puffed out from overheating, The GPS antenna died because of poor build quality "Known issue with this phone", and the bottom screen buttons lagged or sometimes did not work at all. If you get this phone beware you will have to buy new batteries (Sprint won't cover the dud batteries for this phone even if you have a warranty). You will also not have access or have limited access to the GPS and this phone's speaker phone option was pointless. No one could ever hear me on the other end and I would have to end up putting the phone up to my face making it useless.
The screen is bright and beautiful and it’s extremely hard to scratch. The metal around the screen is also strong and feels good in the hand.
On a side note (not really a Samsung issue.) there is no 4G LTE on this phone so if you live in an area that does not have 4G but has 4G LTE you will be stuck on 3G. This was extremely disappointing knowing my phone would never get higher speeds than 3G since Sprint is ending 4G.
Build quality 3/10Reception 5/10Call quality 5/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 1/10
- Botton screen buttons
- speaker phone
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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 18:38 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
Levixavier has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've been using this phone ever since. No other problems and is totally fast & smooth. Programs and Applications are doing well and is also intense when it talks about gaming and browsing through the internet. The Video and Music players are just awesome. The Camera is also insane, I don't have any complaints about it since it has 8MP Back Camera + a 2MP Front Camera + 4x Digital Zoom, no worries about it, nice and handy. Keyboards are fine and is also user-friendly. The notification panel is updating me well. Currently running at the 4.1.2. Jelly Bean version, I can somehow describe it as fast and furious. Display, Effects and Transitions are working as expected. Signals are fast too, regardless to any spot that you are in. As a part of my everyday life, it has really been useful enough. A good life technology-partner. The battery life is fine as long as you don't rape it every single second. Got no plans of replacing this with another phone since I'm already and overly satisfied. While making calls, it's never a problem. I can hear them loud and clear, maybe a 0.1 static effect only hehe. The casing and built protection is not really that durable, but note that it won't break or crack if you're not stupid. Even though there's still alot of phones that are coming out, i can still somehow recommend this phone to all the people out there who has hunger for smartphones.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 21 Jul 2013, 11:16 (Posts: 0; Member since: 21 Jul 2013)
Galaxy S2 - a smartphone for everyone.
ppaul has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I bought a Galaxy S2 about 4 months ago and I'm still using it because the smartphone is so awesome. My Galaxy S2 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean so it's a Galaxy S3-like smartphone. I take care of my smartphone - there are no cracks or even scratches and the performance itself of the smartphone is very good. I use it mostly for gaming and internet browsing. Even though it's been 2 years since the smartphone's release, I still recommend buying it.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- 1080p video recording.
- Very slim and light.
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean might be released).
- RGB matrix.
- Replaceable battery.
- 1 GB of RAM.
- 8 MP camera with LED flash.
- Expandable storage.
- Low resolution screen (800x480 pixels).
- No shutter key.
- Narrow field of view when 1080p recording is enabled.
- When playing games, the phone heats up a little.
- Plastic body.
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posted on 07 May 2013, 23:46 (Posts: 0; Member since: 07 May 2013)
Samsung Galaxy S II
kumvinod has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The samsung galaxy s2 is a very problematic phone. It has a lot of problems. The battery life is very poor. Battery charging takes a lot of time
The GPS didn't work from day one. The GPS keeps on searching.Build quality 7/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 7/10Display 9/10Battery 6/10
- Great Design , bright display
- Great UI
- External storage
- GPS doesn't lock. This is a problem with many samsung phones
- No updates or very slower updates
- poor battery life. Keep a mobile charger if you are going on a long trip
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posted on 06 Jan 2013, 09:15 (Posts: 0; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)
very good functionality plus poor battery in an average shell.
Smbat has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone has a lot to offer but I couldn't fall in love with it because of the handling and battery problems. I bought it 8 months ago as a everyday tool and i use almost all its functionality. Although it is very light and thin , i would prefer it would have been a little thicker and had bigger battery. Also the thicker phone would fit in hand better.Build quality 8/10Reception 8/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 6/10Display 9/10Battery 5/10
- very good display
- very speedy
- good photo and video
- thin and light
- a lot functionality
- poor handling
- poor battery life
- poor text input
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posted on 24 Dec 2012, 03:20 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
A Mixed Bag
vindicadi198 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I have owned the phone over a month now, i was an iPhone user for 2 yrs before this. I use my phone to make calls, messaging, music and occasional camera usage to take some photos. The s2 is pretty good at doing all this but not what i expected from this old flagship. The music quality was surprisingly bad through any good headphones .The text input and touch sensitivity if frustrating and slow coming from the iPhone. A switch from the S2 to iphone would be a much happier experience in these aspects. I am tempted to try out a custom ROM to fix some of these issues, but i am worried about my warranty so I am holding back. For now i think i am going to use my iPhone for messaging and the S2 for other tasks, and also for some app dev and testingBuild quality 8/10Reception 7/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 8/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- Customisability of android
- Future update to JB
- Music quality
- Touch Sensitivity
- Text input
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posted on 21 Dec 2012, 05:18 (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
MRSHAH has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
THIS IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST ANDROID SETS THAT I HAVE OWNED
THERE IS JUST NOT ANYTHING THAT THIS SET IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING AND TO BE FREANK IT EXCELS IN EVERYTHING
THE ONLY NEGITIVE THIS ABOUT THIS SET WILL BE IT'S BUILT QUALITY WHICH MAKES IT APPEAR A BIT CHEAP COMAPRED TO SOME PREMIUM DEVICES EG HTC VIVID THAT I ALSO OWE
IT LITERALLY FLIES ACROSS MENUS & APPS & IS GREAT FUN TO DO ANYTHING FROM BROWSING INTERNET,MAKING CALLS,PREPARING DOCUMENTS,TYPING EMAILS, TAKING PHOTOES & VIDEOS BLA BLA BLA
IT IS ONE OF THE BEST & MOST COMPLETE DEVICES TO EVER BE LAUNCHED IN THE SMARTPHONE WORLDBuild quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
- JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PHONE IS PERFECT
- BUILT QUALITY
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posted on 18 Dec 2012, 09:09 (Posts: 0; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
davidbot has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
this phone is good but not so much ........................................ i made a mistake by buying it and not getting iphone 4s instead .... the iphone look better and more professional ... but the s2 is just piece of plastic which is sticky .... i cant use the phone without a case on it ..Build quality 2/10Reception 2/10Call quality 2/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 2/10Camera 2/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 2/10Display 2/10Battery 2/10
- poor battery life
- camera lens get strached alot
- the screen not strach resistance
- apps crash alot
- super amoled plus isnt amazing
- yellow tint
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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 02:50 (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
THE Best Mid-Tiered Smartphone. Period. (Just Carry a Spare Battery)
Odeira has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
As a Smartphone user who has had experience with using phones of practically all major Smartphone platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian), I was always on the hunt for the ultimate smartphone- the "One" smartphone that would be my cure for "Phone Hopping."
So I got myself a Galaxy S II before the June classes.
I would like to highlight a few things:
- I have yet to own, or get hold of, a device powered by a Krait or Tegra 3 CPU, but I can say that the Exynos processor in this phone shoots par- Very fast scrolling, smooth gameplay, solid web browsing performance on Chrome.
- This has some of the better color outputs on a display I have seen, nevermind that this has a rather paltry (if respectable) WVGA resolution- Black is Black, Red is Vibrant Red, Blue is Blue, White unfortunately is a muddy white, but that is a minor quiggle; Bottom Line- This is a very fine display.
- The 8MP Camera is a very solid camera- Shots produced exhibit somewhat noticeably more noisy images than a Galaxy S III, but overall this is a very good camera, definitely better than my other phone (T-Mobile (LG) G2x).
- Battery Life SUCKS. Three Hours tops when I am always on my phone. Four or Five hours when used as a Music Player and there is not much screen activity. Barely goes past three hours on web. Even on Airplane Mode and WiFi only, I can't get past 3:30 hours on this phone. Recommended: SPARE BATTERY.
- I have some good quality headphones (Sony MDR-ZX100), there is much...Build quality 8/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- Speedy Performance
- Solid Connectivity
- Great Camera
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update (Faster General Performance)
- Media Playback Excels
- Super AMOLED Plus Display
- Battery Life is Underwhelming
- Touch Screen is not Foolproof to Scratches
- Build Quality
- Audio Output in Headphones Could be Better
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update (Worsened Battery Life Consumption)
- Camera Lens is Prone to Scratching
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posted on 25 Sep 2012, 02:15 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
The best phone I have used so far
fahadahmed101 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Clearly the greatest. Passed every single test and hit all the checkmarks for me. Very pleased with the purchase and unless a SPECTACULAR change takes place in the requirements of my life or technology (whichever), I doubt I will exchange this one. Even my family uses it. Hardly any weaknesses. As near perfection as commercially possible.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Great design
- Great features, overall
- Battery life is great
- The list goes on!
- Hardly any, but the back cover is difficult to take off for me.
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posted on 14 Sep 2012, 03:09 (Posts: 170; Member since: 21 May 2012)
Master of All Droid
AmitMajumder has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The greatest phone I've ever had. Great display, not too large nor to small. Super Amoled plus, excellent camera, 1080p video with continuous auto-focus good not great battery and all over it's android....Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Every Dam'n thing about it
- Battery LIfe
posted on 12 Sep 2012, 22:09 (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
I Love It.
Nafiz has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I love this phone,, but what I hate is the Camera and when browsing the battery is get my tens up. i love the display amoled, the thin this phone, but too big for my pocket, this phone SGS 2 is an awesome phone i've ever have :DBuild quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Size, great for watching videos & movies
- Super AMOLED Plus display
posted on 12 Sep 2012, 10:44 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Simply the best
gloup81 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
i'm in love with this phone. Far easier to handle and use than S3, since it has the optimal size. As far as Iphone comparison....b1tch please...there is no comparison at all! Blazing AMOLED screen, rapid processor, beautiful graphicsBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 05:21 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
The best phone ever
mixalisnatsis has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have this phone and it's the best. There isn't reason to buy galaxy s3. I has great camera , display and browsing. If you put on it android 4 ics it will be much better . Many people don't like build quality of this phone but I have to say them that the build quality of this phone is excellent.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- Camera 8.0 MP
- Super Amoled Plus
posted on 12 Jul 2012, 04:50 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Best mobile I have ever owned
ricky0702 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Best mobile I have ever owned. Never looked back after taking the drive from my iPhone. GS3 is out now and looking like
another winner. But really it's the Android Platform thats the winner. Android platform with Goolge's backing is always going
to win in the end. Android have over 60% market share of smartphone devices and growing while the iPhone stick with their
dated UI and static home screens. SG2 for me has been a bloody great mobile never looking back.That is why i decided to find
outhow much galaxy s11 are worth and why.
http://www.careace.net/2012/06/22/galaxy-s-ii-price-guide-which-has-the-highest-resale-value-and-why/Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 6/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 8/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
posted on 08 Jul 2012, 14:58 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
samsung galaxy s2 review
eddienimz has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
this phone is awesome .... but the only thing thats not so great is the battery life .... i like how fast it is and the keyboard and the screen is amaaazing ... my friends r impressed by it and they r so jealous :PBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 6/10
- everything is great
- battery life
posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:48 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
BEST PHONE ANDROID I HAVE.
LuisDaniel has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY THIS EPIC PHONE. ITS SO VERY WORTH ON MY MONEY. THERES NO EVEN LAG AND ANY PROBLEM I GOT WITH THIS PHONE. IT SHOULD BE THE TOP 10 PHONES OF ALL.I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY THIS EPIC PHONE. ITS SO VERY WORTH ON MY MONEY. THERES NO EVEN LAG AND ANY PROBLEM I GOT WITH THIS PHONE. IT SHOULD BE THE TOP 10 PHONES OF ALL.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BECUASE OF PURE EPICNESS.
- NO PROBLEMS WITH THIS PHONE SO BLANK.