After a few days of using Ice Cream Sandwich in my Samsung Galaxy S2, I can say that it is more than worth it. Though not totally. Why did I say not totally? Let me point out the pros and cons that I have experienced so far.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life. No matter how long I play, the battery does not get drained quickly unlike Gingerbread.
  • Fast charging. I noticed charging does not take forever compared to before.
  • You can disable useless apps easily even when your phone is not rooted.

Cons

I think there is only one flaw that I can jot down. And this problem still persisted from when I first had my Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread OS. Why the hell did they not unify the system and internal USD partition? I still am limited to 2GB of apps and games to install.

It would have been nice if users can move the installed data to its internal USD partition. The “move to SD Card” option under Settings > Application does not work and is only good if you have an external USD card added to your phone. The label is so misleading!

I am against using custom ROM since it would just make any Android smart phone ordinary and not unique. Because Samsung still did the same stupid thing by not unifying the partitions, I am definitely awaiting the time that Cyanogen Mod 9 will come out.

Not so Pro+Con

This falls as an in between. I would have liked it if Samsung changed their user interface a bit. Instead, it is the same TouchWiz display with only a few minor tweaks in other user interface areas like the Task Manager.

So is Samsung’s Ice Cream Sandwich stock ROM worth it? Depends on your usage. If you like to install many apps and games, this is crap. But if you are not much of a gamer and just want to do social networking, then the ICS stock ROM should be okay.

As simple as this game is, it is actually quite fun. Tintin does more. And you get to use Snowy too plus some other characters, pilot a plane, sword fight against pirates shoot a gun and more!

Plus I kind of like the fact that I think this game is really action packed in the sense that you have to pay attention all the time, even with the cutscenes because you can interact with the surroundings by collecting coins and puzzle pieces.


The game is a movie tie-in where you as TinTin and his dog at times, who are on a mission to solve the Secret of the Unicorn. The game features amazing 3D graphics and game play even though I think this is more catered to kids since it is not hard to finish it. The tricky part is in trying to collect all the coins and puzzle pieces.

Thank you Gameloft for another amazing game! Even though the overall file size for their games is always big, they are worth it.

So I just found out recently that my Samsung Galaxy S2 has FAT partition. I was confused at first because I was surprised why I could not copy a 5GB file to my phone. I thought there was some problem during the download.

I tried to re-download the file again (yes, I wasted bandwidth by downloading it all over again) only to see the same result again. I was clueless so I searched Google why this is so. Turns out that FAT partitions cannot handle more than 4GB of data.

It had been a long time since I encountered this situation so I totally forgot about this one. Tsk, guess the manufacturers did not want to use exFAT (extended FAT) or else they probably will have to pay Microsoft more patent fees.

Toink!

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