With the GALAXY S II, you will no longer be limited when it comes to enjoying your mobile life. However some of it's features are not so obvious or easy to find.
Here are some tips and tricks, which will help you to get the most out of your SGS2 mobile device and discover some hidden features of this great mobile device.
Taking screenshots on Android devices is a pain, but on the Galaxy S2, you can simply hold down the home button and then briefly press the power key to take a screenshot. You can then see your screenshots in the Gallery.
Adjusting Brightness with Notification Bar
The notification bar can serve as a brightness scroll on the Galaxy S 2, if you are not using the automatic brightness option. Just hit the notification bar, hold for a second and swipe left to decrese and right to increase the brightness.
Browser Text Wrapping
Out of the box the Galaxy S2 doesn’t automatically reflow the text in the webpage if you zoom in. But if you just goto settings and check the ‘auto-fit pages’ option, all is well again.
Changing User Agent
The SGS2 browser lets you change the user-agent without needing an extra app, just type ‘about
:useragent’ in browser's location bar and you can choose between the iPhone, Nexus One, Desktop, Galaxy S or even enter a custom string.
Dialing *#0*# in the dialer enters the LCD test mode, useful if you are looking for for dead pixels, debugging sensors and other hardware parts of your SGS2.
Although SGS2 like the SGS doesn’t have a dedicated search key that all other Android devices have, but if you long press menu, it launch the search screen, anywhere you'd need it.
Video Screen Lock
Pressing the power button while video player is playing locks the screen, now you can hold the device any way you like, no more accidental presses will happen. To unlock, just press the power button again.
Customizing App Launcher Bar
If you would like to change applications shortcuts in bottom application launcher bar, press the Applications button, then Menu -> Edit. You can then rearrange those shortcuts or replace them with other applications or remove them completely. There's limita of maximum 3 shortcuts and the Home button will always be there.
Changing USB to File Transfer Mode
When you connect USB cable, SGS2 mounts it's file system read-only and transfering files between PC and handset is possible with Kies only. To change this behavior to normal read-write USB file transfer mode, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable USB debugging.