Samsung promises that the Galaxy S II is thinner, lighter, and faster than the Galaxy S. They were able to make that correct with the Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S III runs Android 2.3 with TouchWiz. This phone is similar to the Galaxy S but much more powerful. Read on for all of the juicy details.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. The measurement grows a little at the phone’s bottom. Even with the bulge it is still under 1cm. There is a small crevice between the phone’s frame and the screen that is extremely prone to gathering dust if used in dirty environments. The phone packs a 4.3 Super AMOLED screen with a front facing camera and an ear-speaker above it and 4 capacitive buttons below. On one side you have the volume rocker and on the other you have the power button. On the Top you have a 3.5mm headphone/mic port and on the bottom you have a micro-USB port.
The Galaxy S II’s screen is spectacular. Blacks are darker than imaginable. Colors just pop right out, and viewing angles are almost endless. The Galaxy S II’s screen only has a resolution of 800 x 480 which is behind the average leading smartphone. But with the excellent colors you don’t even car about the lack of pixels. No matter what you are doing from a Movie or a game the Super AMOLED but you will be amazing at the quality. And yes I am going to say, this screen is better than the iPhone 4/4s’s screen. One think that I did not like was the auto-brightness. It is a little bit to corrective. It likes to jolt around to a better brightness level which got annoying. I ended up just having it set to a position.
The battery life of the Galaxy S II is on the same par with any other leading smartphone. From some various website I heard that the Samsung Galaxy S II is run by a 1.2GHz ARMv7 dual-core processor. Also these sites stated that they have seen the phone down-clocking the CPU to under 500MHz. That would explain how such a large and power full phone has a good battery. I was then surprised that I did not notice and performance lags because the phone is supposed to be boosted up to normal when needed.
Samsung gives you the standard Android Camera application with a few of their own customizations. The Galaxy S II contains a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera that includes a LED flash and is 1080p video capable, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Samsung also includes some extra settings for your photos and a photo editor application.
The Galaxy S II comes running Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 with Samsungs TouchWiz 4.0 which will be coming later. Samsung commented me and told me that Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming soon to the Galaxy S II. Is speed tests it excelled above almost every high end smartphone. Sprint also throws in some Sprint customizations that were nice.
Browser performance extremely fast until you need to render something. That is when it gets a little bit slow. The browser was able to power Adobe Flash fine tho, which is much needed.
Android has become familiar to most people by now. And of course if you have used a Samsung Android device you are probably familiar with their TouchWiz. Personally I like how the lock screen is set up with missed texts ands missed calls. A long hold on the home button launches an app switcher showing 6 recently used apps and your task manager access shortcut. I like how this is used so you can easily shut down some applications that are running in the back ground. Samsung also has some motion assisted functions. Some people praise this functionality, but personally, I do not like it. The Galaxy S II’s touchscreen keyboard is modified a little from the default Gingerbread making me able to type on it even quicker.
First off, after using the Galaxy S II now I want the Galaxy S III. It is definitely in the top 5 slot for best smartphone yet. Some people, like myself do not like huge screens. But some people like large screens, so this 4.3 inch would be great for them. Also with the device being so thin it makes the screen not feel like a nuisance. I give this phone 4.5 out of 5 gear. This is a must have if you are wanting a super-power-smartphone.
Video Hands-On and pictures within article are provided by Solomon Massele (Managing Editor)