Samsung Galaxy S II (Unlocked) Review

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Best Android phone we've seen so far, the Samsung S II Galaxy is not only a competitor to the iPhone today. Compete with the upcoming iPhone. Galaxy S II is the fastest Android device that I used, with the best display, best camera, and the latest version of Android software. It's a shame that few people in the U.S. going to buy, because it is only available in open, without carrier subsidies, for $ 799. That's just priced too high in a nation where people are accustomed to buying smartphones top of the line for $ 199.

Physical design

Galaxy S II is an attractive phone, but could be constructed from luxurious materials given its price. Samsung decided to go slim and light, rather than rich feel here, providing a plastic phone with a black, textured new sound in a surprisingly slim 4.9 by 2.6 by 0.3 inches (AAP) and ounces 4.1. All plastic is good, to be sure, but not noticed "high end" of how Apple's iPhone 4 ($ 199, 4 stars) and T-Mobile G2X ($ 199, 4 stars) doing.

There is a volume button on the side, but there is no dedicated camera controls. Below the display, a large physical Home button together with the virtual buttons and menu back. There is no search button, so strange. The sensitive point is that the menu buttons and the back tend to disappear without notice, you have to memorize their positions, but since there are only two of them, this is not a big problem. Also a bit annoying, microSD card slot is under the back cover, and must remove the battery to replace the board.

The star is the touch screen of great beauty. The new AMOLED Super Plus has the deepest blacks and AMOLED hypersaturated traditional colors, but it is visible outdoors in bright sunlight. Beside this 4.3-inch screen, the iPhone screen is 4, sharper, but a bit colorless. 800 by 480 resolution is standard in the industry, for now, in your generation it would be nice to see something closer to the screen of 960 x 540 at Atrix Motorola ($ 199, 4 stars), but honestly, to 800 by 480 is good enough.

And Internet phone calls
Galaxy S II is a good voice phone. reception of AT & T is strong, and the headset is loud and clear. The phone has no side-tone, the echo of your voice that keeps yelling, but that's a matter of taste. Transmissions on the other end sounded decent, and the phone did a good job blocking out background noise. The speaker is a bit quiet, however. The phone connected easily to my Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset was ($ 129, 4.5 stars) for voice dialing and voice commands Vlingo.

Screaming along really 4G, HSPA + 21 speeds, this is also one of the fastest AT & T Internet phones available. (The phone supports AT & T 3G and foreign bands, but not T-Mobile.) The only phone that can match Samsung's 4G Infuse. I have 4.4Mbps down using and heard the application full-screen video through the implementation of SPB TV without problems. The phone also works as an access point Wi-Fi, if you have the appropriate service plan, and connects to Wi-Fi 802.11b / g networks. There are some more exotic options here, too. Wi-Fi Direct and Samsung software air Kies file-sharing computers on a network with Wi-Fi, while the Samsung Kies PC software lets you synchronize your contacts, calendar, and the media at the local level Outlook and other PC applications.

Operating system interface and applications
Galaxy S II is the first phone to use dual-core processor Exynos Samsung, Cortex-A9 equivalent running at 1.2GHz. The clock speed suggests that it is slightly faster than Nvidia Tegra 2, and our very basic benchmarks conducted, despite Nvidia chip in the G2X T-Mobile best in Neocore graphics / gaming test. I am suspicious of benchmarks, however, because the Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3, while all devices have Nvidia reference point is 2.2, and can affect the results. (AnandTech ran more benchmarks, and found the Tegra 2 to deliver better graphics and performance of Flash.) This is a super-fast phone, anyway. The user interface is generally quick, and your phone is compatible with most of 125,000 Android applications.

Speaking of Android, the Galaxy S II runs gingerbread (2.3.3) with overlapping Samsung TouchWiz. With its square icons and a little arrogant widgets, TouchWiz is not as elegant as the sense of HTC or even gingerbread base minimalist user interface. But it is functional, allowing you to do things like combine multiple calendars and contact sources in one easy view.

Samsung has done a couple of things peculiar user interface here, but you can ignore them if you wish. Flip through the phone mutes the ringer - that's fine. However, tilting the phone while touching the screen to zoom the browser? That's a bit silly.

Galaxy S II is loaded with unforgettable, and in some cases unusable, bloatware. That did not seem to decrease performance, but a lot of icons. The BBC iPlayer on my test unit did not even work in the U.S.. There are Samsung music, electronic books and games stores, the "social center" aggregator social networking Vlingo voice commands, two stores applications (Apps and Suggests Samsung Samsung) and more.

Some of the swelling is useful, of course. The Game Samsung Hub, Gameloft store power, with 11 great-looking "HD" games that showed the power of dual-core device. The Hub of music discs sold for $ 5, unless Amazon rates. And Social Hub allows you to reply to messages from Twitter and Facebook in an e-mail interface as.

users of AT & T also happy to see that as an unlocked phone, the Galaxy S II allows non-commercial applications, including applications to purchase on Amazon, GetJar, MiKandi or other alternative shops.

Galaxy S II is absolutely fabulous for your music and video capture and playback. Let me count the ways.

There 13.5GB available to the media, and a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 32GB. The 8-megapixel camera takes sharp, clear pictures with good color and light balance. In the pictures in low light to get a bit dark but not blurry, and react relatively quickly shot in 0.6 seconds. Recorded video resolution up to 1080p look absolutely fabulous. They are a brilliant 30 fps outdoors and 24 fps inside. There is a 2-megapixel front of the camera in front, which also worked very well.

Music and video playback was flawless in every format I tried, including XviD, H.264, WMV up to 1080p HD resolution. Supposedly, the Galaxy S II HDMI supports replication via a cable with the new standard for manual handling. Unfortunately, I could not really find any MHL cable on the market yet.

As mentioned earlier, Samsung Hub includes music, a digital music store that sells power new discs for $ 5. No video store on board, however, and Blockbuster and Bitbop not appear on the market, making it difficult to find legal movies for this phone.

The Galaxy Samsung S II is smoking. It is incredibly powerful, in general, well designed, and everything a high end phone Android should be. The screen may be a bit higher resolution, and you should be able to remove the bloatware. But this phone slots.

One thing that stood in their way, however, and that's the high price of this master key. Galaxy S II is only available from specialist importers around $ 800, and is simply too difficult to justify such a high price. Without a contract, the G2X T-Mobile is $ 499, Motorola Atrix (4 stars) is $ 549, and the iPhone 4 is $ 599. If price is an issue, the G2X offers much better value for money, even without a subsidy. Still, the power of Samsung Galaxy S II, speed and overall performance that is worthy of Editor's Choice Award "in spite of its price through the roof.

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