Review of the Galaxy S II. Most of us here have a good understanding of Android 2.2+ So I'm reviewing the Galaxy S2 from the point of view as a current SGS owner and/or Android user. So I'll skip or the boring stuff like default android applications etc.
I would like to thank Chris at Clove UK from whom I order my Galaxy S II, their service was outstanding and I received my SGS2 here in Spain only a few days after the Official UK release. I can't recommend them enough.
Samsung has built on their successful Galaxy S mobile releasing the Galaxy S II. Now I wasn't sure if it was worth upgrading from the Galaxy S as I'm very happy with the last gen phone. However my opinion defiantly changed once my Galaxy S II arrived.
Samsung has taken note it seems where the Galaxy S lacked and improved it in their next model. Its like the first Galaxy S, only lighter, thinner (8.49mm) and the SAMOLED plus screen in 4.3” is just amazing! The overall design is just about perfect. The mobile packs a powerhouse dual core Exynos CPU @ 1.2 Ghz with a huge 1GB of SDRAM. The new cpu is stunningly quick and silky smooth. There is absolutely no slowdown on this phone. No lagfix's required here! No RFS to EXT4 file system converting either. Samsung run with ext4 this time round Vs the SGS with rfs.
With this CPU, the SGS2 can play a MKV 1080p video flie smoother and quicker than my PC can. Gallery loads very quick with over 200 photos. It doesn't seem to even work up a sweat. Nothing phases this phone. Samsung have really outdone themselves on the hardware here.
One of the biggest issues was the Galaxy S had no flash, while it records 720p at 30fps we were left a bit disappointed when it came to low light photography. No flash really limits this. *Cough* Kills it. Samsung addressed this issue by adding a 8mp snapper with an LED flash. And 1080p video at 30fps. Top of the class HD video is now one of the leading sales features for the SGS2.
GPS was another issue, the GPS chip-set in the last gen was a bit off at times. Lock times could be slow and accuracy hit or miss. This too has improved.
Touch Wiz 4.0
Gone is Touchwiz 3.0, in its place Touchwiz 4.0 which is sleeker and much more refined. Transitions are smoother and quick than Touchwiz 3 or launcher Pro (A popular Touchwiz replacement). Widget placement and variety is much improved. There seems to be almost two versions of every widget now. We can now add folders and its easier to edit the application menu.
New features on the phone like a gyroscope add to the experience, allowing users to touch the phone with two fingers and moving it forward or backwards you can zoom both in and out.
The music player is great too, new auto play lists like Most Played and Recently added are handy. The qaulity the the audio is like the SGS, A+. When you hear a 320 kbps Mp3 over some decent headphones your ears tell you that the quality is very decent. The included ones in the box aren't bad neither are they the best.
So the negatives of the phone? There aren't many and they certainly aren't deal breakers. For example the SGS2 has no dust cover over the usb multi port. This could be an issue in the future. Maybe not? But if your phones going to live in your pocket for the next year or so it might fill with dust. The phone also gets quite hot when gaming. I haven't had any heat warnings as such. But if your gaming or using the GPS and charging it starts to heat up somewhat. I was disappointed too to see that there was no usb multi port to HDMI cable. For the premium we pay for this phone it should be included.
- Galaxy S II Initial impression
- Galaxy S II Battery life
- Galaxy S II GPS Performance
- Galaxy S II Benchmark & App Performance
- Galaxy S II Camera & Photo samples
- Galaxy S II Video samples
- Galaxy S II Gaming
- Latest Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
- No signal issues / No "Death grip"
- Music playback quality is superb
- Very quick mobile, no slowdown what-so-ever.
- Smooth 30fps 1080p video recording. Best seen yet.
- Will handle any 3d intense game or application with ease
- Play's 1080p video files (DivX, MKV, AVI) easy
- 4.3" SAMOLED Plus screen is a step up from the SAMOLED. A beauty of a screen
- Good battery for a large high powered mobile
- No dust cover on the multi USB port or 3.5 mm stereo jack
- Can get quite hot when gaming or using GPS
- No shutter lens or lens protector on the camera
- No usb to hdmi cable included for such a premium mobile.
- Voice commands is a bit of gimmick, unless you have perfect American? accent (Or it doesn't work on New Zealand accents?)
This is certainly phone of the year or the best phone there is at the moment. SGS owners: It is worth upgrading to the SGS II from the last model. 100% in my mind. Once the mod and rom scene kicks of it will only get better! So keep that in mind...
*Best phone of 2011*