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cageycruz2's review of the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

original version, submitted Dec 15, 2013, 2:04 PM:

Very buggy

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Update: I've had the phone now for 9 months and changed my review from "somewhat disappointing" (3 stars) to "Very disappointed" (1.5 stars.)

This phone is just plain buggy.

For example, type part of a word, press the menu to auto complete the word, then press 2 digits. The first digit gets erased. eg press: "M e e meeting 2 3 0" and you get "Meeting 30"

The auto complete is inconsistent. Sometimes it puts a space in after your work sometimes it does not.

Menu placement is inconsistent. When viewing your messages the menu to delete one is in the upper right. Select the message and the menu moves. Read it and the menu moves again to the bottom.

The phone rings for no reason. Every now and then, often in the middle of the night, the phone ring tone for incoming SMS message plays. But check and there are no messages. Nor are there any missed calls, new email, or calendar reminders. It just rang for no reason.

The LED to indicate waiting messages is worthless. It does not come on reliably when a message arrives. It's usually just constantly on, with some random color, wasting battery life.

After only a few months battery life dropped badly. I can no longer go a full day without a recharge. And that's from checking email once or twice, 20 minutes of internet, and 1 or 2 short calls. In 4 hours battery will be 20% or less.

The phone comes on randomly. Every now and then I look at it and the screen is fully lit up asking for my passcode.

The passcode can be bypassed. If the phone was used to send SMS messages, left in the message app, then allowed to go to sleep, then you can plug in the charger and the phone will be on, open, unlocked, ready for anything without having to type in the passcode.

I could go on. There are lots of bugs like this.

Never again will I buy a Samsung Android phone.

edited Dec 15, 2013, 2:06 PM to the current version:

Very buggy

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Update: I've had the phone now for 9 months and changed my review from "somewhat disappointing" (3 stars) to "Very disappointed" (1.5 stars.)

This phone is just plain buggy.

For example, type part of a word, press the menu to auto complete the word, then press 2 digits. The first digit gets erased. eg press: "M e e meeting 2 3 0" and you get "Meeting 30"

The auto complete is inconsistent. Sometimes it puts a space in after your word sometimes it does not.

Menu placement is inconsistent. When viewing your messages the menu to delete one is in the upper right. Select the message and the menu moves. Read it and the menu moves again to the bottom.

The phone rings for no reason. Every now and then, often in the middle of the night, the phone ring tone for incoming SMS message plays. But check and there are no messages. Nor are there any missed calls, new email, or calendar reminders. It just rang for no reason.

The LED to indicate waiting messages is worthless. It does not come on reliably when a message arrives. It's usually just constantly on, with some random color, wasting battery life.

After only a few months battery life dropped badly. I can no longer go a full day without a recharge. And that's from checking email once or twice, 20 minutes of internet, and 1 or 2 short calls. Even with WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth turned off in 4 hours battery will be 20% or less.

The phone comes on randomly. Every now and then I look at it and the screen is fully lit up asking for my passcode.

The passcode can be bypassed. If the phone was used to send SMS messages, left in the message app, then allowed to go to sleep, then you can plug in the charger and the phone will be on, open, unlocked, ready for anything without having to type in the passcode.

I could go on. There are lots of bugs like this.

Never again will I buy a Samsung Android phone.

 

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