Samsung SGS9100 S2 went kaput in june 2014.
RIP dear friend. It was a very nice phone whihc lasted for more than 3 years with the more than normal use and abuse that i gave it. I was able to backup data from it after i got nand flash write failure messages in dmeg whic alarmed me to backup the phone data. The next day it didnt start at all.
Many nice ROMs and software options were tried.
I was stabilized on dorimanx kernel and any of "resurrection ROM" slimKat or AOKP ROMs
After trying to manage with my old LG Optimus P500 I couldn't tolerate the slow phone anymore and finally decided to spend on a new current generation device.
After dilly dallying between Samsung S5, LG G2, micromax models, even Lumia I finally went for an imported LG G2 from ebay.in India. Dorimanx moving to G2 was a good motivator for me to go for this device. its a sprint model and cost me around 22k after applying a very good HDFC coupon which saved me about 2500 :)
LG G2 sprint model
Very nice specs, good screen and battery, very good camera, but no sd card or removable battery though.
lack of sd card is a problem and we have to mitigate this by enabling backup to cloud service provider.By the time the 3000mah battery dies probably it would be time to either get a new phone or replace it with a new battery. swapping battery is not much fun anyways.
Unfortunately, the LS980 piece i got had some digitizer issues which i found after few days. (I was waiting for the case and cutting the SIM which delayed the usage of phone).
The ebay india seller vaibhav (zipinc) was very helpful and replaced the device with another MINT condition phone. kudos to him and ill surely check with him the next time I'm looking for any imported items
Things going great at the moment. no issues. Sticking with stock ROM for now for some time till i understand the LG ROM flashing world and recovery when things go bad. Also, with no SD card support the entire phone is cleaned up with resetting to stock rom so everything has to be copied out and back again.