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
    title: Galaxy S2: Processor / url: processor-camera

    Samsung Galaxy S2: Processor

    The Galaxy S2 has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In use the phone feels incredibly quick – one of the fastest smartphones we’ve used, whether you’re browsing a web page or swapping between applications it never feels slow.

    During our tests it loads web pages over WiFi quicker than the iPhone 4 - loading a content-rich website like T3.com in just 15 seconds.

    This isn’t a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, so we couldn't download  games designed specifically for this (such as Samurai II: Vengence THD), but there are a decent selection of games to play.

    We defy anyone to not enjoy Shrek Karting with the 3-axis gyroscope, and it ably handles speedy gameplay.

    Samsung Galaxy S2: Camera

    Samsung has boosted the camera resolution from 5-megapixels to 8-megapixels, instead of a dedicated shutter; you tap the virtual shutter, which is fairly quick if not quite as nippy as the offering on the iPhone 4.

    There are plenty of manual controls. Adjust the ISO from 100-800, choose from five white balance settings and choose between three metering settings.

    Samsung has also included Smile Shot, Beauty, Action, Cartoon and Panorama scene modes. Alongside auto focus, Macro mode captures sharp shots to around 10cm and there’s an effective Face Detection mode.

    Still results are pleasing, the S2 is pretty good at controlling noise, and we’d like them to be a little sharper, colours are very natural.

    The S2 shoots HD video at 720p and 1080p at 30fps and results are pleasing; it’s smooth, with natural colours, perhaps lacking a little definition.

    Samsung Galaxy S2: Music

    Music Hub lets you browse and buy tracks from 7Digital, downloading directly to your phone, expect to pay around 99p. It’s very well laid out with Featured, Genres, My Music and My page icons along the top.

    Confusingly there’s also a Music Player, the interface is very similar, although can create playlists here.

    We’ve no complaints about the sound quality, when you plug some headphones into the 3.5mm jack, and here you can access nine Equalizer modes and some Sound Effects, including the useful Bass enhancement and Wide.

  • Samsung's super-thin Galaxy S2smartphone is an eye-watering feast of high specs. Here's what T3 thought of the supposed Apple iPhone 4 rival

    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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