Samsung Galaxy S2 review

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

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  • Samsung Galaxy S2 review

    Love

    • Glorious screen
    • thin body
    • Decent battery performance
    • Good camera/video mode

    Hate

    • Feels plasticky
    • Can't play some Tegra games
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    Samsung Galaxy S2: Other features

    Samsung’s included motion controls. Hold an app down then move the phone left or right to scroll through the homescreens and reposition it. Elsewhere hold two fingers on the screen and move towards you and away from you to zoom in and out.

    We're not sure how useful these are - to us they felt awkward, but maybe with more time with the phone  you will become more familiar with them.

    Polaris Office lets you create and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. In portrait mode we did find the keyboard a bit cramped and frequently tapped the wrong keys and the predictive text isn’t as impressive as the iPhone 4.

    Alternatively the Swipe keyboard detects words as you drag your fingers over the keys, it works pretty well, although frequently didn’t recognize our choices, although this probably has more to do with us hitting the wrong keys. In landscape mode typing is far easier.

    Elsewher you get Exchange Activesync, and Kies Air for accessing phone content over WiFi from a PC

    Samsung Galaxy S2: Battery

    With WiFi on, maximum brightness, moderate browsing, some video and photos we got into our second day. One of the most useful features is Task Manager, where you can view and kill active applications and clear the RAM, and you can enable Power Saving Mode to cut in when the power gets to 50%

    Samsung Galaxy S2: Verdict

    Our main complaint about the S2 is the build. It’s doesn’t feel premium and considering it will set you back close to £500 on pre-order, this isn’t good enough.

    From the HTC Incredible S to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, there have been some great Android handsets this year; however none have been fantastic, until now.

    Combining top-notch connectivity with one of the best screens available on a smartphone, backed by a powerful dual-core and good camera, the Samsung Galaxy  S2 is quite simply a fantastic phone, we just wish the Korean giant had produced a handset with build closer to the feel of a top-end HTC or Apple handset.

    Samsung Galaxy S2 release date: May,

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    Samsung Galaxy S price: TBC, pre-order for £499-£529

     

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    Samsung Galaxy S2 review

    Love

    • Glorious screen
    • thin body
    • Decent battery performance
    • Good camera/video mode

    Hate

    • Feels plasticky
    • Can't play some Tegra games

    The original Galaxy S was famously skinny and light, and at just 8.5mm thick, the Galaxy S2 will be the thinnest smartphone on the market, effortlessly pinching the 9.3mm iPhone 4's crown. The Galaxy S2 will be familiar to those Sammy fans who picked up the original Samsung Galaxy S (to which we gave a glowing review), with a super-light plastic shell and brilliant AMOLED touchscreen.


    The screen on the Galaxy S2 has been beefed up from 4-inches to 4.3-inches. In the past we've found large-screen handsets like the HTC Desire HD a bit chunky for some users, here paired with the device's slim side-on profile the Galaxy S2 actually sits very comfortably in the hand.
     

    Into this shell Samsung have found room for a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage as well as the Near Field Communication (or NFC) technology seen in the Google Nexus S, which will, at some point, allow the transfer of data and money in a similar way to an Oyster Card.

    Watch the Samsung Galaxy S2 review video below

     

     



    Samsung Galaxy S2 Android

    The Galaxy S2 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread overlayed with Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 UI, which is a joy to navigate and now comes with 3D graphics.


    Samsung Galaxy S2  Screen

    The Galaxy S2's number one selling point is its Super AMOLED Plus display - which is blacker than black and with almost retina-burningly bright contrast. Aside from an excellert film and video watching experience, the AMOLED technology uses less power than LCD displays.  If you're buying a mobile primarily to watch video content either off the phone's storage or online, this is worth serious consideration.


    Samsung Galaxy S2 Camera

    Sporting a an 8MP rear-facing snapper capable of full HD 1080p recording, the only thing it doesn't do is 3D video recording, although that's only being promised on the LG Optimus 3D, which shoots 720p quality, instead of full HD.


    Samsung Galaxy S2 Battery

    The Super AMOLED Plus screen takes only the tiniest sips of battery to keep lit, so we hope the Galaxy S2's 1650mAH runs for a respectable amount of time when charged - although until we get a more extended chance to play with it, this is just rational speculation.


    Samsung Galaxy S2 Price

    The Galaxy S2 has cropped up as an unlocked pre-order on several web-based mobile dealers' sites, priced at around £650. We'd expect that to drop a bit once the high street retailers start offering the phone SIM free and on contract...

    Samsung Galaxy S2 Launch Date

    ... although exactly when that will happen remains a closely guarded secret. Samsung are promising Q2, but anything more precise than that would be merest speculation at this point.

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