Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 Black
When it seemed that this is the end in the futuristic mobile phone market, Samsung unleashed its brightest star, Samsung Galaxy S2. The phone nearly created history with its record number of pre-bookings. Samsung Galaxy S II, puffed up with power and energy, has a spec-sheet waiting to be frowned upon. With an overdose of specs, Samsung Galaxy S2 gives its buyers no chance to contain themselves. Rightfully tagged, Samsung Galaxy S2 carries a tag line of “The next generation Smartphone”. With a few out-of-the-world features, the phone is all set to blow your minds off. With the dust still settling from the previous Samsung’s benchmarks, Samsung Galaxy S2 is just a class apart. One of the glorious chapters in Android History, its name will be remembered forever. Spotlessly manufactured, Samsung Galaxy S2 has a spec-sheet that cannot be beaten easily even after a year of its birth. The 4.3 inch super AMOLED plus screen takes you step beyond the real world and let you experience a whole new world of extremely vibrant colors. The dual-core processor clocks lightning fast speeds and showcases an overdose of performance. The ultra-slim design and the full HD 8 megapixels camera is just one of the few extravaganzas offered by the phone. All in all, Samsung Galaxy S2 is a completely different experience from the usual phones in the market, and with everything to offer, the phone will remain one of the best offerings by Samsung for a very long time.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung sure has put in a lot of research to build this out of the box magic piece. The changes brought about in the phone are readily visible right from the very start that is the lock screen. The improved version of TouchWiz is noticeable and has surely put the command in Samsung’s hands. Rather than just swiping sideways, you can now swipe in any direction to unlock the phone. The core of Android, widgets are refreshed in a true sense. Editing the home screens is more or less the same, by pinching in and out. Task manager can be easily accessed and there is now only one ‘clear’ button unlike the previous version, which had two of them. There are a few additions in the gesture section as well. Overall, the improved TouchWiz 4.0 is a welcome change. Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Loaded with an Exynos 4120 chipset, the phone drives enormous power to run each and every application smoothly. Powered by a Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor, Samsung Galaxy S2 clocks lightning fast speeds.
The phone just got bigger and better from its predecessor, and has overall dimensions of 125.3mm X 66.1mm X 8.5mm. and weighs merely 116 grams. The all-plastic body might be a small setback and a little bit of metal could have done the trick, however the glossy finish is well suited for the hands. The 4.3 inch Super AMOLED plus display is one to look out for. With a very fine touchscreen, now you don’t need to worry about the lights, you don’t need to worry about the angle, the Super AMOLED plus screen does a very pleasant job. The 480 X 800 pixels screen resolution lets you enjoy a perfect color combination. The AMOLED screen and Samsung Galaxy S2 are just meant for each other.
Bundled with a wide variety of multimedia features, Samsung Galaxy S2 boasts its superiority in this field as well. It uses a standard Android gallery, which locates photos or videos wherever they are stored. Photos can be toggled with a single swipe and zooming retains its gesture of pinching in or out and double tap. Image editor and video editor come pre-installed and offer many additional features such as cropping, context fill, red-eye correction etc. The TouchWiz music player comes with sound enhancing DNSe technology and leaves no trace of any fault. The speakers are pretty loud and things remain decent even when you plug-in headphones. The video player is very impressive. Capable of playing almost any video, Samsung Galaxy S2 has an impressive battery life as well.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Galaxy S2 is just a level above everyone when it comes to camera quality. The 8 megapixels auto-focus camera with a resolution of 3264 X 2448 pixels captures amazingly beautiful and flawless pictures. In terms of features, Samsung Galaxy S2 is a complete package with almost everything to offer such as LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, image stabilization etc. The user interface is a good one with a customizable panel on the left. Video recording is just top-notch, and the full HD videos are recorded in .MP4 format. Overall, the 8 megapixels camera does a very fine job and captures stunning images.
Samsung Galaxy S2 provides a pleasant browsing experience. The web browser has hardly changed, but definitely has gone larger and sharper. The browser supports both pinching zooming as well as double tap zooming and can even play 1080p flash video. It even comes with a GPS receiver, Google maps and navigation, though all of these require Internet connection.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy S2 offers enough space to store a huge collection of songs, movies, images etc. It is available in two variants- 16GB and 32GB internal memory. Also, a memory card slot is available to expand the external memory up to 32GB using microSD card.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor that is capable of powering almost any game or app. It runs on Android v.4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, which has a huge database of free and paid games and apps that can be easily downloaded and installed on the phone. The Google play market is easy to access. There are a few pre-loaded utility apps such as document editor, calculator, calendar, alarm clock, YouTube, Facebook, memo pad etc.
Samsung Galaxy S2 has an excellent battery backup. It runs on lithium-ion 1,650mAh battery. It has a standby time of 710 hours (2G) and 610 hours (3G). The talk time offered by the phone is 18 hours 20 minutes (2G) and 8 hours 40 minutes (3G).
Samsung Galaxy S2 is bundled with a wide range of connectivity options. Starting off with the basics- quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G. It is loaded with fast paced Bluetooth 3.0, which promises transfer speeds of up to 21Mbps. There is W-Fi support and an optional NFC too. Finally, we have MHL port, which is a look-alike of USB port. The MHL port has yet another feature, USB-on-the-go. More or less, Samsung Galaxy S2 is loaded with almost every possible connectivity option available in the zone.
This outstanding device of Samsung already has many competitors in the market. Challenging one of the best of almost all the manufacturers, Samsung Galaxy S2 sets its eyes on the throne. Sony Xperia S is one of the major competitors of Galaxy S2 offering nearly similar features to it. A better display, faster processor and a 12 megapixels camera are a few of the advantages of Sony Xperia S over Samsung Galaxy S2. However, Super AMOLED Plus display, 2 megapixel front facing camera and a faster Bluetooth gives Samsung Galaxy S2 an upper hand. LG Optimus 2X is yet another smartphone giving tough fight to retain its spot among the top phones of the market. An extremely sharp LCD display and a flawless camera are few of the battle winners for the phone.