I just left my iPhone 3G for a Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone. I am trying to recreate certain iPhone behaviors and am wondering if it's possible, and how.
Android 2.3's default lock screen is just a giant picture tile that you have to tap-swipe out of the way. I don't like it, as the tap-swipe distance required is ~3/4 of the screen. Are there any better alternatives?
On the iPhone, I could customize the bottom four "home row" icons. Is there a way to do this in Android? (I couldn't find one.)
On the iPhone, I could achieve a speed-dialing of sorts by choosing Favorite phone numbers, then dial them by tapping on "Favorites", then the person's entry. The closest I've found in Android, navigating through the Phone icon, requires a ridiculous five or six clicks. Is there a better way? I tried making a folder and then populating that folder with "Direct Dial" shortcuts for each person in my favorites list. But it seems very manual. I would prefer to have this folder be in my home row of icons as well.
On the iPhone, I could arrange the order of items in a folder. Is this possible on the Android?
On the iPhone, when someone sent me a text message, the message would appear in a dialog window on my screen. On the Android, I just get a icon indicating I have a new text message. Is there a way to configure Android to just display the text message contents immediately?
When I'm looking at someone's text message history, is there a way to call them directly? The iPhone had a button at the top for allowing this.
(Answer to #3: hit the left-menu button and then hit Call.)
As you're using a Galaxy S2 which has Samsung's TouchWiz interface layered over the Android OS, some of your questions are specific to Touchwiz, so I'll answer them that way too, in a way that may not be helpful to people with a different interface:
Yes, there are a number of Lockscreens built in, if you go into Settings -> Location and Security, then you should see a section labelled Screen Unlock Settings selecting Set screen lock gives you some options.
This is TouchWiz specific. On the home screen press the Applications icon to get to the Apps list, then press the Menu button and select Edit. You should now be able to drag any icon off the "home row", and drag any other icon on (to maximum of four apps).
There are a couple of other questions on this site about setting up quick dials (like this one) etc. But it sounds like you could do what you want by creating a Starred Contacts folder on your home screen. Firstly go through your Contacts and "Star" any contacts that you'd regard as favourites, then find an empty space on your home screen, long-press there, sleect Folders from the menu that pops up and then select Starred Contacts.
Don't really use folders myself, so I'll leave that to someone else.
That was the first annoyance I noticed when I got my first Android phone a few years ago, I use the SMS Popup app for that, couldn't use an Android for messaging without it.
Never even tried doing that, but when you're in their text message conversation you can press Menu then More then Call.