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Master Geek

  # 474158 25-May-2011 21:07
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ooooh k.   well after some good scrunching it's not such a death grip on the phone.  no more restarts.

but man ..shessh, tight.  still pops out fine though.

pretty premium looking pouch for sure though. top cm edge of the phone is pretty much un protected tho.

but yeh. nice  

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Ultimate Geek

  # 474159 25-May-2011 21:09
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Also, can anyone recommend: 
- good resources for prettifying/customising my SII?!

Have a good look through here:

I use both Geekzone and XDA, but XDA is where almost everything starts. It's where the developers live and tend to first post their efforts. Have a read through the various sections and you'll soon be away laughing.
Flashing the SGS2 is very simple, but I'd personally recommend the Odin method as Kies can be rather unpredictable and unreliable. I've flashed three updates to my phone now, it only takes a couple of minutes once you've downloaded the files. I'm now seriously looking at the Lite'ning Rom (, for the battery mod, CRT effect and for a slightly different look.


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Uber Geek


  # 474163 25-May-2011 21:15
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Nice to see nofam and R2D2 here. 

Darn cloaking device isn't working, huh?

Last time I buy a Cloak-O-Matik® from Mobicity then. Unreliable bunch of X-Porterz.

Hope the 4.2 didn't rattle your cage too much Neets.


Galaxy S has gone to its new owner. HTC Sensation has gone to its new
owner. Galaxy S3 has gone to its new owner. Now using Galaxy Note 3. Skipping Note 4 I think...

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Master Geek

  # 474171 25-May-2011 21:22
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nomiss7: They just charge prices like they have already included the gst, and if they dont declare the correct amount then customs won't stop it an they make more profit, simple as that.

Rubbish. If you can show they charge GST inclusive prices, then post a link. Otherwise you're spreading FUD.

If you can show that you paid a GST in the country of export, then you can claim that internal consumption tax back. Did you?

How do they "make more profit" if they charge you what they say they're charging? I think you're very confused.

If you presume to post your opinion as fact, then back it up. Otherwise, state it for what it is. Bollocks.


WHHHOOOOAAAA slow down, i never stated as fact that they charged GST. all I meant was that the prices were in line with phones imported from elsewhere that had GST charged on them, clove for example, someone else stated that incl gst their phone cost them about $1160 so very similar to what mobicity were charging($1220) and yes i will admit that i assumed incorrectly that it included gst because of that, until someone pointed it out in another forum.

And I apologize since I have obviously offended you in some way since you felt the need for the above blast.
I'm not here for an argument whatsoever so shall we just leave it at that?

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Uber Geek

  # 474174 25-May-2011 21:24
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All good questions, and quite important to have your head around!  Rooting and flashing are completely different things:  rooting means granting yourself root permissions to the operating system of your phone (in this case, Android).  It's the highest level of access you can have in a linux-based O/S, giving you the ability to read, write and execute anything in the O/S.  If you're famailiar with Microsoft Windows, it's analogous with being an Administrator.  It's important because Android, in it's unrooted form, prevents you from doing a lot of things, such as even seeing parts of the filesystem.  Without root access, you can't even back up your applications properly.

Flashing is the act of putting a ROM on your phone to replace the current one.  It must be done while the O/S is unloaded, which is why you either do it from ClockworkMod recovery (on the phone itself before the O/S loads), or through Odin (phone connected to your PC, with the phone in a special download mode).  Custom ROM's offer a multitude of advantages, such as better performance, better battery life, a modular approach whereby you can strip out all the apps you don't want, the ability to customize the look of the phone etc etc.

In terms of reviews, both Android Market and Appbrain user reviews are a pretty good indicator of quality.  In terms of themes, keep an eye on the following - more themes will be released over time:

Hope that helps!

Thanks nofam :)

I definitely want to root (the phone version, since I can't talk about the OTHER version in public Innocent ) I guess next question is how do I go about it safely. Also does it void the warranty of the phone?

As for flashing, take it thats what we do when we get updates for the firmware? Or am I getting it confused?


I want to understand the difference between rooting & flashing, why I should do them... and most importantly... HOW


I gotta get a screenshot of just that line, you have made my day lmao (double entendre)

LOL! I wondered if I was opening myself up for a few ribs there :P

And I did tweet recently (after first reading this forum infact) that a lot of tech terms are quite naughty! 

Ha ha yeah, some of the terms would raise eyebrows in polite company!!  Yes, rooting does void your warranty, which is why having a 'exit strategy' of getting the stock ROM back is a good idea.

To be honest, I'd just enjoy your new phone once you get it; the development scene is still very young for the SGS2, and to be honest, it sounds like the phone is quite funtional out of the box - the SGS suffered from quite bad lag within days of getting it, so the need for "intervention" was a lot greater.

In terms of flashing, the official updates you get through Kies are technically a flash, but it's a pretty invisible process, whereas the other two methods I mentioned are quite hands-on.

Totally agree with nofam, the out of the box experience of the SGS II will be great anyway. Plenty of apps available on the market, however some will require root access.

One of my fav phone reviewers on GZ is NZtechfreak who is reviewing for looking forward to his media section of the review, if he hasnt done so already. 

- Telstra HTC Touch Pro2 - Energy ROM WM6.5.5 20 Oct/Cyanogen Mod Froyo 2.2 - R.I.P
- AT&T Galaxy S Captivate 16GB on XT (now with brother)
- Samsung Galaxy S2 on XT- Runs ICS 4.0.3 Resurrection Remix 9.2
- Business Hours - Work In The Electricity Industry, After Hours - DJ/Turntablist - Will Scratch Vinyl For Free'
- What's next??? S3?

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Uber Geek


  # 474177 25-May-2011 21:29
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Save your money for the SGS2 R2D2 ;)
Didn't feel this mornings aftershocks. was up and out the door for a run. Thoroughly recommend it as a way of avoiding the bumps.

Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900I

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Master Geek

  # 474179 25-May-2011 21:47
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btw ..while the pc app kies sucks big time .... kies air actually works pretty well.


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Ultimate Geek

  # 474184 25-May-2011 22:06
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Lite'ning Rom v1.0 XWKE7
CRT effect and battery indicator mods are nice

Litening Rom  Quadrant Score

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Master Geek

  # 474190 25-May-2011 22:25
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How many people have come across the m4a file issue?

Discussed here

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Ultimate Geek

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  # 474199 25-May-2011 23:00
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Lambchop: ok bad news re the sena case ... hope no one else here actually put an order in, if yr about too ..cancel it.

the pouch is really nice, super slim ...but ...too tight fitting. ? basically the phone keeps restarting the moment you put it inside.

with the power button now on the side ..and the fact a long hold of that button results in a restart, even with a screen lock in place .... ?ouch. ? battery would be dead in a couple hours no doubt.

is there a way to maybe?change?that long press?behavior?of the phone? ? either way though i don't like the idea of the button being constantly pressed ...?

Mine arrived and first fitting was exactly like you describe.
But if you read through the couple of tiny brochures provided you find out that this is quite normal.
I've gone and dome some "stretching" of the case, as is suggested, and it now fits perfectly.
So stick with it and it will be all good after a couple of days.

The only thing I would say is that it mutes ringing and text notifications quite a bit, even when set at high volume.


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Uber Geek


  # 474208 26-May-2011 01:24
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Just confirmation that Fruit Ninja THD working beautifully with Chainfire 3D. Sounds like Samurai Vengeance 2 and Pinball HD are both also running perfectly. Mixed results for some of the other Tegra 2 games.

Twitter: @nztechfreak

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  # 474371 26-May-2011 12:56
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Just had confirmation email from the MHL consortium this morning - they are sending me an MHL cable. I don't think its one with the adapter, so will be interesting to see whether it works without a charging connection (I think it will, its a standard after all, I think Samsung baked the requiment for charging into the adapter for the SGSII, like they did with the Galaxy Tab 7 HDMI dock, which I am using with my I/O Tab 10.1).

Twitter: @nztechfreak

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  # 474375 26-May-2011 12:58
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Is there anywhere else to get MHL cables or is that it?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 474377 26-May-2011 13:03
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Mid june from Clove.

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Master Geek

  # 474429 26-May-2011 14:25
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cool wee mod for the rooted SGS2's out there ....  set yr default home pannel:


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