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Samsung Galaxy S 2 review

Samsung Galaxy S 2 review
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Samsung Galaxy S II has been announced by Samsung at the MWC 2011. The Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0. Samsung also includes 4 different types of hubs into the device, Social, Readers, Game and Music hub.
Review On : Samsung Galaxy S 2
July 20, 2011

By Nigel Chew


At a glance:
+ Speedy
+ Slim and light
+ Superb screen
- Overheating issues caused by intensive processing

18 July 2011 – The Samsung Galaxy S II is currently the world’s best selling Android smartphone, a title bestowed to its predecessor as well. It is not difficult to see why this device is so highly sought-after, as it integrates the best things you could ever want from a smartphone.

In the box:
microUSB cable
Charger set
Headset

Exterior, Controls and Screen


The Samsung Galaxy S II is so slim that it should be illegal – at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm, it is currently the thinnest smartphone available right now. Unsurprisingly, at a near weightless 116 grams, the Samsung Galaxy S II is also among the lightest out there.


A 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 pixel display on the Samsung Galaxy S II is impossible to miss, and as soon as you turn the device on, you will be treated to a visual spectacle unlike any other. The Gorilla Glass reinforced screen with Samsung’s patented Super AMOLED Plus technology renders every detail and colour to the most minute level.


Samsung went with the minimalist approach when Designing this device, evident with a single Home key that adorns the bottom of the screen. It is however, sandwiched in between the touch-sensitive Menu and Back buttons. Then there are the volume control and power buttons, which oppose each other at the sides of the device.


The 1650mAh battery should last users roughly a day of moderate to heavy usage, though you could probably push that limit to about two days if you are conservative enough.

Features


As you would have come to expect, the Samsung Galaxy S II is shipped with just about everything up to date. Out of the box, it runs on a previously new version of Gingerbread, Android 2.3.3, which you can now upgrade to 2.3.4. The Samsung Galaxy S II also boasts an overhauled TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.

How does this translate to usage experience, you ask? One word - Glorious. The Samsung Galaxy S II’s dual-core 1.2GHz Orion processor handles just about anything you can throw at it with absolutely no signs of being bogged down. Diving in and out of homescreens while opening multiple applications simultaneously proved to be a mere stroll in the park for the engine powering this vehicle of technology.

With so much screen real estate at your disposal, users can stuff in widgets and shortcuts for easy access, and we absolutely like how everything can be resized accordingly to increase or decrease functionality. Given how intuitive the controls are, having seven homescreens at your disposal to tinker with is a godsend. If that prove insufficient, the built-in folders should help store whatever applications you may have obtained as a result of a download spree.

What you have in your hands at the end of the day is an interface that will, at first, seem a little complicated with all its contextual menus, pinches, zooms and dragging. But if you allow yourself some time to bond with the Samsung Galaxy S II, you will soon be awed by this beast of a device. Power consumption aside, one drawback is how easily the Samsung Galaxy S II heats up when you run some of the more intensive applications.

Camera, Video and Audio


The Samsung Galaxy S II’s 8-megapixel shooter does a commendable job at doing what it was designed for – producing really good pictures with sacrificing too much of the trimmings. The quality is not on par with say, the Nokia N8, but is certainly leaps and bounds better than offerings on most smartphones on the market right now.


Incidentally, it also does 1080p video recording at 30fps, which again, is not at the level of commercial products, but is better than what other smartphones are capable of right now.

When you have a screen this large, one of the most obvious things you would want to do is to play videos on it, and boy, has Samsung really gone all out this time around. The Samsung Galaxy S II now has its own video player that comes with functions that is designed to enhance your experience, such as a screen lock that allows you to watch your movies uninterrupted. Its range of supported files is also very extensive, so you need not really have to worry as to what formats your video are.

The speakers on the Samsung Galaxy S II on the other hand could have been better, but when you plug in a good pair of earphones, it performs rather well. The built-in music player comes with functionalities such as equalizers, as well as a Smart Playlist which remembers all your most-played tracks and places them as favourites for future listenings.

Connectivity


As a high-end device, the Samsung Galaxy S II includes every connectivity feature you can think of, so there is no real need in mentioning them. It would be however, worthwhile to note that the microUSB port also acts as an HDMI out, allowing you to connect your Samsung Galaxy S II to your television.

Verdict

We are hard pressed to find anything wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S II, because it is as flawless as a smartphone can get. It may be a little pricey for some, but if you do decide to plop down the cash for this, you are assured of the fact that you are getting the best Android smartphone on the market that money can buy. Even as time goes on, its high specifications would mean that it borders on being future-proof, so you will be sticking to this for quite some time to come.


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