Since getting my Galaxy S2 back from repairs about a week ago, I thought I would give it a few days on Stock Samsung Touchwiz before I flashed CM9 or CM10 onto it but that never happened. I did not even last a day. Before 24 hours were up, my phone was back on JellyBean aka CM10 and there was no turning back. At the time of writing, the CM10 for Galaxy S2 I9100 is more or less good enough to be used as your daily driver. However, that is not to say that it is without bugs,
some most of which can be blamed on Samsung not releasing their codes or adequate references/sample codes. If you happen to visit the Galaxy S2 I9100 CM10 thread over at XDA-Developers, the one thing that you surely would have noticed is that one of the most common bug that people are talking about are RIL crashes (aside from all the other nonsense like “Oh no. My phone is bootloop after flashing Siyah”).
After I9100G entered the nightly stage some time ago, the I9100 has followed suit and is now in the nightlies stage too. While I haven’t tried it yet (still using Galaxy Ace at the moment), I have followed the XDA thread and by all accounts, it is mostly working fine (except for RIL crashes and some memory leak). Going through the thread may be daunting (at last count, it stood at 1121 pages long) but here’s the basic summary:
RIL crashes may occur. Try GetRil app from Google Play Store. Matching RIL may help to reduce or eliminate this.
Memory leak may still occur. Rebooting your phone every now and then when the memory gets low is the only thing to do right now.
Last but not least, CM10 does not have Jelly Bean’s Hardware Composer (HWC for short), it is using the Ice Cream Sandwich HWC which makes Project Butter not working everywhere. This sparked a debate on whether HWC is broken or not since the ICS HWC is present and working but the JB HWC is not. My take on this, ignore all posts regarding HWC and just remember that JB HWC is not yet present and will not be present until Samsung releases the JB sources for S2. Maybe the JB sources for S3 may work. Wait and see.
Head on over here to get the latest:
CM10 for S2: http://get.cm/?device=i9100
CM9 for S2: http://get.cm/?device=galaxys2
Take note that starting CM10, the device name is now i9100 as opposed to galaxys2 previously.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus was taken off DiGi’s website some time ago but has now returned and offering Jelly Bean preloaded!
The price is also quite low and worth considering if you are looking for a new phone with a contract. For a 2 year contract @ RM48 per month DiGi Smart Plan, you can get the Galaxy Nexus for only RM849!
If you decide to go with a RM88 per month DiGi Smart Plan on a 2 year contract, the Nexus is yours for only RM499!
In the open market, this phone costs roughly around RM1300-RM1500, if you can still find it. Some shops have told me that they do not carry it any longer or that it is out of stock already. This makes the DiGi contract an affordable and perhaps the easiest way to get a Galaxy Nexus.
If you are looking for the Galaxy Nexus without a plan, the best price I’ve found so far is from SuperBuy which lists it at RM1275 (excluding shipping charges, if any). However, I believe that the SuperBuy Galaxy Nexus comes with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. Still, you can easily upgrade it to Jelly Bean so that’s no big worry. In fact, if you don’t wanna do it yourself and you’re on Penang island, I’ll gladly help you to upgrade the phone!
This phone is also well supported by the Android developer community and has a smooth CM10 working beautifully. Of course, it also has CM9 support but really, when you already have CM10 Jelly Bean, who needs CM9?!
If I wasn’t on a DiGi contract (expiring 2014), I’m quite certain that I will be getting this Galaxy Nexus package.
To Galaxy Ace users out there,
Unsatisfied with the performance/battery life of stock CM7 and/or CM9 on the Galaxy Ace, I’ve decided to test a few more ROMs to see if any of them is able to provide a better, smoother and longer lasting experience on the Galaxy Ace. I’ve decided to focus on GB ROMs for now as ROMs based on Maclaw’s CM9 still has the camera issue (beta10 is more stable than beta9 but still has issues).
Most of the ROMs below do have ICS-styled layouts so you get a feel of ICS still. But if you must have ICS, I would say that SII ICS v9 ROM that I’ve tested earlier is the best available for now.
This time up, I’m testing the few ROMs listed below. Its going to be a long test for sure.
1. Apocalypse 090712 Final (FireKernel-OC edition) — Testing underway (090812)
2. DroidAce v1 (or v2 if it comes out in time)
3. AA (FireKernel-OC edition)
5. Democracy v2.1 (BlackHawk edition) or Democracy v2.0 (FireKernel-OC edition)
6. Stock Lite
Anyone with prior experience with the above mentioned ROMs?
My Samsung Galaxy S2 just had a cracked screen this morning. It simply would not display anything. Turning on the phone, you will get the vibrations, the touch key lights coming on and even calls can get through. However, there was nothing that I could do to get the screen to turn on. In the end, I was resigned to visiting the nearest Samsung Customer Service Center.
I took a number and waited for around 30 minutes before it reached my turn. During that time, I saw quite a few people with S2 coming for service. Though most of them seemed like minor issues or perhaps a software upgrade. I was told that the cracked screen is not covered under warranty (no surprises there) and in any case, my phone had already celebrated its one year birthday and had lost warranty coverage. But they said that a replacement was available and it would take about an hour to do it.
The cost: RM469.30 (roughly USD150)
Wishing that the cost was lower, I still agreed to do the replacement. There was no way that I would abandon my phone because of this. While RM470 is not a small sum of money, it still does not justify me throwing this phone aside and getting a new one (Nexus or S3).
Surprisingly, the service was fast. I left the service center to withdraw the cash from my bank and to have lunch (it was around 11.15am when I left the center). In about 30 minutes, I had received an SMS from Samsung saying that my device is ready for pickup.
New screen fully replaced and working again (1 month warranty on the new screen). Now I’m gonna go get a new screen protector for my phone. Probably go with a matte one this time.
By the way, I had CM9 on the phone and no comments or such from the Samsung staffs there.
Have you experienced replacing the display and how much did it cost you?