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Samsung GALAXY S II
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GALAXY S II

  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 66.1 x 125.3 mm
  • Weight: 116 grams
  • Screen Size: 4.3 Inches
  • Device Control: Touch
  • Talk Time: 520 Minutes
  • Standby Time: 610 Hours
  • Camera Resolution: 8 Megapixels
  • Music Player: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: v3.0 HS
  • Available Colours: Black, White, Pink
 

Pros and cons

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU with Exynos chipset
  • Android OS v2.3.3 with TouchWiz 4
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4.3 inch 16M-color Super AMOLED touchscreen (480 x 800 pixel)
  • 8 MP camera with 2MP video call camera
  • Plastic body
  • Some reports of heating issues
 

“Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II is out of this world”

5

a quantum leap in terms of the new and improved processing power...


Samsung GALAXY S II Video Review

The Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II is the new head turner in the market. With a mix of the best technologies, support and the Android OS v2.3.3 with TouchWiz 4, the Galaxy S II vies to be the best smart phone available. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S, did quite a good job by itself, however the S II model has redefined quality in many aspects, leaving Samsung very confident with that its latest release will have the edge over its rivals.

An incredibly thin and light smartphone - the Galaxy S II is so much like a wafer that you begin to wonder how Samsung crammed in so many high end features to give you this stunning and powerful end result. Everything possible has been done to remove any extra grams of weight from the phone. And although the battery cover is a thin piece of plastic with a classy metal finish, it does help reduce the weight of the phone, which is an unbelievable 116 grams (Let’s face it, who want to carry a “brick” around, especially when you have the added inconvenience of larger screen sizes that smartphones incorporate these days). At this weight, you can very well imagine how thin the handset actually is. There are no unnecessary tabs on the surface and every port - the audio jack and the HDMI port included - have been neatly tucked into the sides.

The most sought after operating system available on the market today, the Android OS (Gingerbread), fuses user interactivity and ease of handling. With the TouchWiz Version 4.0 that comes standard with the Galaxy S II, nothing stops your phone from knowing exactly what you want it to do. The handset comes with a Gorilla glass display that is tough enough to withstand rough use and scratches. Powering the Galaxy S II is a dual core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB Ram and Samsung very own Exynos chipset that is all set to take over the market, and although the Galaxy S models’ initial CPU was sensitive and pretty fast with its single core processor carnation, the S II has just made a quantum leap in terms of the new and improved processing power for mobile phones.

Another feature that is impossible to miss is the 8-mega pixel resolution camera with Full HD recording/playback. At one stage in the industry, emphasis was placed on building handsets with increased megapixel specifications – you know, the bigger the megapixel, the better the camera (syndrome). It was made evident however, that picture quality is not necessarily based on megapixel size, especially when you’ve only got limited space to play with. In the case of the Galaxy S II, the cameras’ capabilities have been refined giving the user improvements with low noise, image detail and both color and contrast settings which will easily produce good quality printed images.. The same can be essentially said in the video capture department too, with the Galaxy S II features churning out smooth and high quality videos in [email protected] format.

And the best media phone award goes to..... The Galaxy S II! Truly, this phone’s huge 4.3 inch WVGA 480 x 800 pixel touch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen gives you simply the best resolution money can buy. It is perfect for games, videos, and any other crazy media applications that ask for clarity to give you the ultimate experience. In fact the I9100 Galaxy S II can run every application on the Android market so there’s no issue in that respect. And as many Galaxy fans have come to learn, the Galaxy series have become more than just a phone, they’ve basically evolved into a high tech computing device with a built in play station - that can also make phone calls. Although it may not give you the glasses-free 3D effect that LG Optimus promises (which I’m eager to see), but it does give you the quickest response times combined with tremendous quality and a multitude of features. What more does a smart phone seeker need?

Conclusion
So what is the ultimate factor that makes the Galaxy S II click? Apart from the fact that it’s the thinnest smart phone in the world with arguably the best display screen and multimedia, and application support, and intuitive touch input technology available (I could go on), the Galaxy S II joins the new era of evolving technologies for your simple and advanced media pleasures. This phone may be sleek, but it has a tonne of muscle to make its competitors very concerned about their future plans of combat. And with a line of rivals in the Galaxy S II sights – such as the iPhone5, and the already released, HTC Sensation, Motorola Atrix and LG Optimus, the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II appears to have them measured and will be destined to be formidable competitor for some time to come.

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