Summary: Excellent phone in general. The only weakness is the 4G. It is not LTE, but WiMAX. Indoors is where the WiMAX really suffers. Works pretty well outdoors. Processor is not state of the art, but still fast in it's own right. The contrast of the display is great, although the resolution has been greatly surpassed by modern phones. Durable as well. I don't use a case, and have dropped it pretty hard many times. Still works flawlessly.
Bottom line is I am very happy with this phone and how it handles my needs.
13 January 2014
Summary: I bought this phone because I wanted to upgrade from what I had before, as it just wasn't fast enough to keep up with my needs. And I wasn't going to shell out $400+ for a new phone. While there are many things about this phone that I really like (useability, both cameras, speed, storage, screen resolution, etc.) there are only a few that I dislike.
Summary: This is a nice upgrade for someone coming from a much simpler android. That said, it has some quirks. I have had constant issues with its ability to communicate properly with the towers. It will randomly change the time, time zone, etc which causes the alarms to sound at the wrong time (read: this reviewer ends up late to work). I have communicated with Virgin about this without a great solution besides changing the settings to not get this info from the towers.
Summary: I have owned the Samsung Galaxy SII from T-Mobile (SGH-T989) for more than a year and can confidently say I understand it. There are many things I look for when smartphone shopping: camera, battery life, functionality, price, storage, size, materials, accessories, durability, speed , popularity, and adaptability are the most important. These items are what I think make an amazing phone.