Samsung Galaxy S 2 – Design and Display
One of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S II is its display. The phone has a huge bright 4.3″ screen, which evokes these two words – “Absofreakinlutely awesome!” It has a screen resolution of 480×800 at 218 ppi with a and improved WVGA Super AMOLED Plus (0.37 megapixel) display which delivers better perceived resolution than the Samsung Galaxy S which has the Super AMOLED display. The reason why I recommend any other phone over the Samsung Galaxy S II in terms of display is of course is because of its much bigger display which has eye-popping colors and contrast ratios.
Design wise, the Galaxy 2 has dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm which is bigger in comparison to the iPhone 4S dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. The Samsung Galaxy S II was one of the slimmest smartphones, mostly 8.49 mm thick, except for two small bulges which take the total thickness of the phone to 9.91 mm. In terms of weight, the Galaxy S2 is extremely light and weighs in at 113 gms, while the iPhone 4s weighs over 138 gms.
The touch screen is pretty neat and responsive. The smartphone offers several virtual keyboards, including Android, Samsung, and Swype. It also enables users to easily navigate through the menus. Along with that, the smartphone also support motion gestures with which you can mute the phone by simply flipping it, or enlarge (zoom) a picture or the browser by tilting two fingers on the screen. You can also perform tasks such as composing and sending a text message, making a call, and play music.
There are four touch buttons which you will find below the screen – menu, home, back, and search. On the top of the device you will find a 3.5mm headphone hack while at the bottom it features a Micro-USB port. On the left side, there’s volume controller ad a power/lock button on the right.
Apart from the phone’s outer layer being constructed with plastic, like the original Samsung Galaxy S 2, the handset still feels a lot better when held in hand. The back cover of the phone has been re-designed to make it pleasant to hold and is scratch proof as well. However, the back cover is very thin, but isn’t easily breakable even if you twist it.