Samsung Galaxy S II Overview
Since the success of the Samsung Galaxy S, the Korean tech giant has developed a number of powerful and innovative devices from the Galaxy Tab to the Nexus S. Now with the Samsung Galaxy S II, the manufacturer hopes to create a handset with enough next generation hardware and software to rival a traditional desktop.
Featuring a massive 4.3 inch WVGA display, a stunning 8 MP camera, a 1.2 GHz processor and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the Galaxy S II is a beast of smartphone packed into a remarkably sleek chassis.
If there is something to dissuade users, it would be the price. SIM-free, The Galaxy S II will cost consumers in the neighbourhood of £500.
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A Guide to The Samsung Galaxy S 2
The exterior of the Samsung Galaxy S II is very similar to another popular handset, the iPhone 4. The chrome detailing and rounded edges are somewhat derivative, although the back of the handset features a latticed, textured countenance.
However, despite its aesthetic similarities, the Galaxy S II is thinner than the iPhone 4, and its plastic frame removes much of the weight whilst still maintaining durability. At only 4.1 ounces, the Galaxy S II is lighter than its competitors and still packs twice the hardware.
The display has a moderate resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, with both text and icons produced sharply by its Super AMOLED Plus technology. A wide viewing angle imbues every colour and hue with a spectacular vibrancy regardless of your position.
The Galaxy S II's delayed launch was auspicious given the recent advances in software and hardware. Under the hood, the S II boasts a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a slight improvement over the original 1 GHz chip planned for the handset. There is no lag when shuffling through apps, playing Flash video, or multi-tasking. Browsers load web pages quickly, and motion control allows users to tilt the phone to zoom in and out as opposed to using fingers. Motion control can also be utilised for shuffling through home screens.
If there is a drawback, it's that the motion control may be too sensitive, causing unnecessary zooming or shuffling at the slightest twitch. For all its power, battery consumption is tolerable, its 1650 mAh Lithium Ion battery slightly more powerful than the standard 1500 mAh, yet still lithe enough to keep the Galaxy S II from burdening your palm.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread software has been overlaid with Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 interface. Samsung specific software such as the Task Manager allows you to quickly shut down applications to conserve battery life. Polaris Office provides a platform to edit Microsoft Office documents. Samsung Hub apps help organise social networking, gaming, and music into easy to navigate centres. Kies Air helps identify Wi-Fi signals and synchronises the Galaxy S II with other wireless devices.
The Galaxy S II is loaded with an 8 MP camera that is capable of high resolution photographs and full 1080p video. Playback is sharp and crisp, and overall the handset functions as a serviceable camera, albeit still not on par with your average digital snapper.
Features and Specifications
- Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI 4.0
- 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC processor
- ARM Mali-400 MP or GeForce ULP GPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB flash memory with up to 32 GB microSD expansion
- 1650 mAh Lithium Ion battery
- Dimensions: 5 × 2.6 × 0.33 inches
- Weight: 4.1 oz
- 8 megapixel camera with Auto-focus and 1080p video recording
- 800 × 480 pixel WVGA Super AMOLED Plus (218 ppi)
In the age of slimmer, faster, and greener, the Samsung Galaxy S II is almost a true next generation smartphone. It combines blazing speed with a brilliant display and an astonishingly lightweight frame, although its plastic chassis is derived from oil. The power of its tech make it ideal for snapping pictures, browsing the web, playing games, or listening to music.
Although some consumers prefer a naked installation of Android, Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 software provides useful apps that enhance the overall experience, integrating and organising various themes into easy to use portals. With hefty specs and a hefty price tag, Samsung hopes the Galaxy S II will attract high end users looking for handset capable of being an all in one machine.
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