Samsung Galaxy S2 review

The Samsung Galaxy S II is that the phone the Korean firm deems the successor to its best smartphone up to now. And with a one.2GHz processor, super-slim chassis and feather-light innards, it is simple to examine why.

The dual-core race is ready to heat up massively over future few months, with the LG Optimus 2X already released, and the Motorola Atrix, HTC Sensation and iPhone five geared up to bring the tech to promote too.

Coming in at £35 a month and £519.99 SIM-free, the Galaxy S two is not the cheapest phone out there by a long chalk – so let's examine if it can match up to that larger price tag.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is nearly impossibly skinny once you pick it up – dimensions of a hundred twenty five.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm mean it's one among the thinnest smartphones on the market at the moment, rivalling the likes of the iPhone 4 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for the title.
It's crazy-light too – after we show you what tech is rammed beneath the hood, you'll be amazed that it all goes in a device that weighs only a shade over 100g (116g, to be precise).

Samsung clearly traded the premium feel an all-metal chassis might need brought to keep the grams off the Galaxy S2 – pop the battery cowl off and you'll notice you're holding a bit of pretty flimsy plastic.
However, most of the time you will not be removing this and it fits nicely into the contoured chassis – the mesh feel on the rear additionally helps keep your hand from getting heat during extended holding.

The other thing you may notice once you 1st obtain the Galaxy S2 is that the screen – at 4.3 inches it's exhausting to miss, and once you flip it on the Super AMOLED plus technology hits you sq. within the eyeballs (once it's got through the toughened Gorilla Glass).

We called the Samsung Galaxy S "the best phone on the marketplace for media" after we reviewed it, thanks to its first-gen Super AMOLED screen. currently the Galaxy S2 has positively improved on that, with a superbly crisp and vibrant screen.

The only problem could be a slightly schizophrenic auto-brightness - if you are trying and save battery by having the sensor monitor ambient light levels, then the screen decides to bounce regarding with light levels even in same conditions.

Samsung has released a fix to resolve this problem already, so ditch it. Un-read what you simply scan. we tend to might delete it, but that may be lying to you.

In the hand, the Galaxy S2 sits much better than we'd have expected, given the whopping screen on supply, and that is mostly down to its slim depth.

The front of the phone is pretty sparse, with the house key the only piece of furniture on supply. This rectangular button flanks two touch-sensitive buttons – Menu and Back – so there's no space for contextual search here.

The volume keys are located on the left-hand facet, and also the power/lock secret is on the alternative flank; both are easy enough to hit while not error, and crucially the travel on the facility secret is softer so that it's much easier to hit when you're juggling it within the palm – compare that to its predecessor, where you could accidentally drop it making an attempt to shut off the screen.

The 3.5mm headphone jack lives on the top of the phone, bucking the lower placement on alternative 4.3-inch screen phones, {and the|and therefore the|and additionally the} microUSB slot (which also doubles as an HDMI out port) lives on very cheap.

The only alternative component of note is that the 8.1MP camera with single LED flash on the rear – it's slightly raised, but not so much that it disrupts the Galaxy S2 when you're inserting it on a table, thanks to a rear lip to help you hold the phone.

We really (foolishly, in hindsight) unboxed the phone while bouncing regarding on a powerboat on the Thames - and by chance, there was a camera rolling the complete time. (note - we're well aware of the stupid spec mistakes on the boat. Some were down to info given to us by Samsung that has since changed, and some thanks to sheer confusion at being thrown ten feet within the air and having our spine crushed.)


Joel V said...

I think the Galaxy SII is a great looking phone! The things on it I am most excited for are the dual-core processor, the large screen and 4G. All of these features should make it awesome for streaming movies and shows! In fact, an app that I use now would be perfect for the Galaxy SII, and that is the DISH Remote Access app. I love this app because it lets me watch live TV on my phone! Being able to watch live TV or recorded shows from my 922 SlingLoaded receiver anywhere I am is fantastic. As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have been using the app for a long time and it is one of the best apps I have. I encourage anyone and everyone to take a look at here to get all the information on starting an account to get your TV Everywhere!

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