Samsung Galaxy S II Review

The first time we have in our hands the Galaxy Samsung S II in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​who were eager to get into the office to test it completely.
Galaxy S II is based on the successful line of Samsung phones Android Galaxy with new display technology, dual-core processor and 4G speeds. Galaxy S II is available in Europe and Asia, but Samsung has not announced a U.S. carrier, nor details on pricing and availability. How the Galaxy S II compared with the other dual core 4G beasts we've seen this year? Read on to find out.
Superthin design

The first thing I noticed when I took the Galaxy S II was so thin and light it is. He was very good in the hand, also, less plasticky than some of the previous generation of mobile Galaxy S. In general, the phone has an attractive and minimalist, but does not feel as well built as the HTC 4G Ray or the next sensation HTC T-Mobile. An interesting feature is that the face is gorilla glass, which is the same scratch-resistant glass that Apple's iPhone 4. shiny black plastic covering the edges of the phone while the battery cover is a plastic texture with a bit fragile.

Measuring 4.9 inches high by 2.6 inches wide by 0.3 inch thick, the Galaxy S II is very slim. However, since it has a 4.3 inch screen, which still occupies much space in your pocket or purse. However, 4 ounces, is comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

The button layout is a little strange in the Galaxy S II. Immediately, I realized that the Google search button was gone. Touch-sensitive menus and Back buttons flanking a physical home button. I do not understand the purpose of the large physical start button, but I need to find the key to finding missing much. Find the volume control on the left side of the phone and the power button on the right. The micro-USB port is at the bottom of the phone to a 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top.

Notably absent are an HDMI port (for connecting to high-definition television) and a camera shutter button on the physical (which we will discuss in detail later).
Super Plus AMOLED display

The display of the Galaxy S II is great, one of the best I've ever seen. Use Super Samsung AMOLED display technology Plus, which we first saw at CES. According to Samsung, Super Plus AMOLED subpixels are 50 percent more than the first generation of Super AMOLED screens and perform even better than their predecessors in bright light. With a 4.3 inch screen, the display of the new Galaxy is 0.3 inches diagonally, as the screens of mobile older generation.

The colors were bright, the details were soft, and the viewing angles are very good. Blacks were deep and were richly saturated colors without being overdone. Even when kept in direct sunlight, the display of the Galaxy S II was still very visible.
Renovated TouchWiz gingerbread 4.0

Finally we review a phone with the latest version of Android version 2.3 (also known as gingerbread). Despite the Galaxy S II also has a coating of Samsung-built, TouchWiz 4. 0, the bulk of the new features gingerbread are virgins.

The S Keyboard Galaxy II is not the native Android, but it retains the function key multitouch chords (which can simultaneously pressing Shift and a letter to get a symbol or number, without having to switch between modes) and the ability to use his voice to correct the words as you type. The copy and paste function behaves more or less the same as in the standard configuration of Android, but looks slightly different. You can select the text by simply pressing and holding the floor. You can then set the piece of text you want to select by dragging the arrows that appear around the text. The Samsung keyboard keys are a bit longer and more widely spaced keys on the keyboard of values ​​of gingerbread, and the source is a bit more on the keys. Samsung keyboard replace key on keyboard smiley Android with a return key, which is a more useful, in my opinion. And she gave fans can rejoice: The S Galaxy II comes with worldwide application pre-installed bookmarks keyboard.

The user interface of the camera differs from the version of gingerbread values, but you can still switch between the front-facing camera and rear facing one through a constant icon in the upper part of display of the camera. Google introduced this handy little ginger bread in anticipation of an attack of smartphones with the front facing cameras to be released this year.

TouchWiz 4.0 is not very different from the previous version, but there are some aesthetic and functional improvements here and there. I'm not the biggest fan of TouchWiz, simply because I prefer Android experience easier. With TouchWiz 4. 0, get seven homescreens that can be personalized with all the widgets and shortcuts that your heart desires.

Taking a page (or directly booting) HTC Sense, TouchWiz allows tweaking the home screen to see size versions of the thumbnails of all your screens. Samsung borrow another feature of the HTC Sense, too: When the phone is ringing or music playback, you can silence it by flipping upside down on a surface.

Contacts get some good new features based on the gesture. Go right to the name of your friend, and you initiate a call with them, go left on his behalf, and you jump to the SMS composer where you can send a text message. Each of their contact cards are included with the communication history, for example, who has called, text message or e-mail to the person.

A fun new feature is the ability to reject a call by sending a text message. Say your brother is calling to ask when it will pay for dinner the other night. A menu will come up giving you the option to answer the call, hang up or reject a text that says "I'll pay you tomorrow!"

Samsung launches some other gesture-based controls in the mix that more closely resemble something like the tricks that most people actually use. For example, you can zoom in and out images in the gallery or in the browser by tilting the phone. It seems clear, I suppose, but it feels a little awkward.
Multimedia: Hubs abound

The new version comes with new TouchWiz music, games, and shafts of readers who join the Social Work and shafts of the media. Powered by 7Digital, the Music Center is essentially an alternative Amazon MP3. Hub can also use the music to organize your own music library. I preferred to use the built-in music player TouchWiz, which receives a nice facelift in this version of software.

The Axis of game, developed by Gameloft, organizes games to buy social games and games in high definition. Hub readers is divided into three services: Kobo (for books), Zinio (for magazines), and press display (News).

Like all phones Galaxy, the S II provides the Media Hub for the movie and television viewing pleasure. Video looked fantastic on the phone screen and plays without problems. Even if you do not like the Samsung Media Hub, you'll want to see a lot of movies and TV shows on this phone.
Excellent 8-megapixel camera

Like many other recent high-end phones, the Galaxy S II has a 8 megapixel camera plus a front camera for video calls. I was very impressed with the image quality of my pictures, in photos of interior and exterior. The shutter speed the camera was fast enough to capture photos of sports, children, and other fast-moving subjects.

One of the unfortunate design trends I've noticed in charge of the various devices covered is the lack of a camera shutter button on the physical. But Superthin, mobile long as the Galaxy II S needs a physical shutter button. Trying to keep a phone, is consistent in its theme, and then touch the screen without moving a little is incredibly difficult. A physical shutter button solves this problem by allowing you hold the phone, maintaining stable grip and take the picture. I do not understand why manufacturers have stopped putting on the phones, despite the cameras keep getting better and better! OK, I'll get my soapbox.

The Galaxy Samsung S II qualifies as a Samsung 4G phone and sent it to us with a T-Mobile SIM card. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S II can reach speeds of HSPA + downloads of 21 megabits per second and upload speeds of 5.76 Mbps HSUPA.

We have very good HSPA + T-Mobile connection at the office of Macworld in San Francisco. In fact, I could not get the Galaxy S II to connect to the HSPA + network here at all, but kept me on edge.

We all speeds and with a grain of salt, however. In our five cities face 4G testing head phones T-Mobile achieved respectable speeds, such as 4G. 4G Galaxy S average of 3.38 Mbps download and 1.13 Mbps upstream. Although he could not hold a candle to the incredible speed that we saw in the Verizon LTE Network (18.30 Mbps, and 7.39), it did exceed both AT & T HSPA + network and Sprint's WiMAX network.

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S II is powered by a dual-core processor and dual-core power was evident in almost all aspects of phone performance. Displacement was fluent in Web pages and applications, play video smoothly, and I quickly zip through the menus of the phone.

Call quality through T-Mobile was just average. My friends on the other end of the line sounded clear enough, but I noticed some distortion in some of my calls.

If you're in the market for a new phone this spring, we'll have some tough decisions to make. A lot of hot phones that have come before or debit cards, including HTC beam, the G2X T-Mobile, the Motorola Atrix 4G, and the upcoming HTC EVO Sensation and 3D. But when it comes to quality of performance and display, the Galaxy S II is almost unbeatable.

The decision-making process really boils down to variations in the Android overlaps. TouchWiz 4.0 adds some interesting features and functions of the platform, but I think sometimes moves away from the experience of Android. There is also a large amount of content preloaded on the phone Samsung. If you are in pure experience, simple Android, I would recommend T-Mobile G2X instead. Like the Galaxy II S, 4G phone is a dual core, but normal working Android 2.2 (which I hope will soon be upgraded to Android 2.3)


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