We love
Gorgeous slice of Super AMOLED, stunningly fast
We hate
Succeeds in spite of Samsung's software hubs, not because of
Verdict
Of course you should buy this phone
Launch Price
£Varies

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The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has the weight of expectation crushing down on its skinny 8.49mm deep frame – and with an iPhone 5 possibly still half a year away, that’s a lot for one handset to bear. So does this Android 2.3, dual-core handset live up to the hype, and the hope? We’ve been testing it out ahead of its 27 April launch – read on and find out in our in depth Samsung Galaxy S 2 review right here.

The first Samsung Galaxy S was a triumph of engineering with a surprisingly accessible bake of Android. That was in part down to the phone’s eery resemblance to the iPhone – so uncanny in fact, the Apple is now suing the South Korean company for allegedly plagiarising its designs and software.

Regardless of where Samsung is getting its inspiration right now, if your contract is currently up for renewal, we can’t think of any reason not to get the sequel. Let’s take a look.

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Design

The Galaxy S 2 no longer looks like an iPhone on steroids

While the original Galaxy S resembled a giant iPhone 3GS a year late, Samsung has crafted something slightly more original this time around. While the Samsung Galaxy S 2 doesn’t stray from the typical “black slab” design ethos of almost every handset these days, its flat back, plastic casing and long straight lines at least don’t ape the iPhone 4 too much. On the top, you’ll find the the 3.5mm audio jack, while a volumer rocker and screen lock button sit on the left and right hand sides respectively. On the bottom is the micro USB port, which can also be used to output video to a HDMI cable with an MHL adaptor.

Holding it in your hand, it feels like someone’s stretched out a Samsung Omnia 7 with a rolling pin. The textured plastic back doesn’t scream premium, but it is pleasant to the touch, shrugs off fingerprints, and the plastics don’t ever creak as they’re wont to on occasion on the Galaxy S and Nexus S handsets. While it’s not a unibody phone, it still feels more like one than another recent anorexic Android phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

It's not healthy, is it? Actually, it's pretyt strong so we're not complaining

Speaking of eating disorders, the Galaxy S 2 is shockingly thin. This time around the small hump at the bottom barely adds any depth – it makes the handsome Google Nexus S look bloated and chubby by comparison. Samsung really should be commended for pushing the boundaries in this way – we can confirm that smartphones this thin are not just practical, but preferable.

The buttons below the screen are the one issue we have with the build

If we must have a moan, we’re still not convinced about Samsung’s buttons below the screen: we’d be quite happy with a capacitive home button instead of a clacky key, and we’d prefer all three to be illuminated all the time when the screen is unlocked. As it is, they spring to life sporadically, which can be a bit confusing if you forget which one the back key is.

The Galaxy S 2 isn’t beautiful in the same way the HTC Legend and the iPhone 4 are, but it’s perfectly functional, and we mean that in the most flattering way possible.

Screen

On paper, Samsung’s screen sounds a tad last gen. While the iPhone and other Android phones are moving to qHD (960×650) resolution screens, Samsung is sticking with 800×480 – and this time, it’s stretched it out over 4.3-inches instead of 4-inches, so it’ll look even grainier. Right?

Nexus S versus Galaxy S 2 screen comparison

Nuh uh. When placed next to a Google Nexus S with an older generation, but more pixel dense Super AMOLED screen, we struggled to make out the individual dots in the app icons where we could see them on the smaller phone.

Samsung says this is down to its new Super AMOLED Plus display packing in more sub-pixels – we can’t say for sure, but it looks marvellous, with the same vibrant colours and deep blacks you’re used to on Samsung’s biggest and most bestest smartphones. Outdoor visibility also appears to have been improved: we could still (just) read emails with sunshine pouring onto the screen.

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We did notice one curious trait however: you can’t always set the brightness to maximum. If the phone gets too warm, it caps it to around 70 percent, warning you of “overheating”.

Overall, we welcome the new screen tech – touch response was everything you could hope for, and it’s good to know a Gorilla Glass overlay will keep your keys from nicking it (A sad omission on the Nexus S, as we discovered the wrong way).

Android 2.3

Android 2.3 on the Galaxy S 2 has been tweaked, and in many areas improved

For Android newbies, a little primer: the Samsung Galaxy S 2 runs the latest build of Google’s operating system for mobiles, Android 2.3 or “Gingerbread”. You can read all about that in our Google Nexus S review: in short, it’s a stunning and feature packed OS, with everything from Flash support to mobile hotspot connectivity and awesome Google services, including Maps and intelligent voice commands.

But it’s not the quite same experience as that on the Nexus S, because Samsung has added quite a few extra features, and changed how navigation on the phone works. We typically frown upon these Android skins, but Samsung’s is largely successful – though we can see why Apple might think Samsung has been studying up on iOS 4. From the side swiping app menus to the row of icons that appears at the bottom of the screen when you try to add a new widget, there are some striking similarities.

Power toggles and music controls can be found on the pull down notification tray, but not recent apps as HTC offers

Just as on the original Galaxy S, Samsung has slapped music and power controls on the drop down notification bar for easy access, and added its own keyboard. With large, responsive keys (The extra screen size helps), it’s one of the most accurate around, but it lacks the auto-punctuation smarts of the standard Android 2.3 keyboard – you’re best off grabbing that off the Android Market, or switching to Swype, which comes preloaded.

Samsung’s seven homescreens are pretty enough, and you can pinch on the screen to zoom out for an overview of each of them, but the only widget of interest is Samsung’s email window, which actually lets you see the subject and sender of your latest messages. Google still hasn’t figured this one out for Gmail, oddly, so it’s a welcome touch.

Much more useful however are Samsung’s social network integration and media streaming apps. While we disapprove of the Social Hub app pulling in your email, it does a good job of showing your tweets, Facebook updates, and LinkedIn/MySpace ramblings in one place, and it’s an easy way to chat on Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger if that’s what you’re down with. The phone also makes a good stab at linking your Facebook friends list with your Google contacts, and lets you manually connect others as well – considering Google actually removed this feature from the Nexus S in the last over the air update, it’s a welcome option to have for virtual social butterflies, if not quite as comprehensive as HTC Sense on the HTC Incredible S, Desire S and upcoming HTC Sensation.

Kies air provides a simple way to transfer files wirelessly

As ever, Samsung’s allShare app lets you easily stream media over DLNA with no particular problems, but an interesting feature we’ve not seen before is Kies air. Fire it up and you’re given an IP address: pop this into the browser on your PC or Mac (Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox are supported, and Chrome works fine too) connected to the same network, and you can then see the entire contents of the Samsung Galaxy S 2, browse through files, messages, call logs and even ringtones, and transfer files over the air. It’s not fast, but it’s easy to use and certainly beats using Samsung’s stupid Kies syncing software, which starts up on the phone whenever you pop a USB cable in.

You’ll also find basic photo and video editor apps on the Galaxy S 2, but our favourite and final add on is tucked away in the settings – Motion. Turn this one and you can mute calls by turning the phone face down, tilt to move through photos and double tap the home button to trigger voice search (It’s Vlingo rather than Google search, but the latter is still readily accessible, and you can set which you use).

There are few little problems with the whole software experience on the Samsung Galaxy S 2 however. While you can mount the phone and its memory as mass storage on your computer with a USB cable, you can’t set it to automatically – you have to follow a several step process every time, which will irk Songbird and doubleTwist users no end.

Samsung's hubs are rather dull, if we're honest. You could just download 7digital's app on any Android phone

Then there are Samsung’s much vaunted new hubs, which are pretty much just apps you can find on the Android Market anyway. The Music hub is just a front for 7digital’s a la carte tune download service, while the Reader hub simply provides a shortcut to the free Kobo eBooks app and Zinio, a magazine app that amounts to little more than a rubbish PDF reader. The Games hub meanwhile packs in some crude, sub-Farmville titles that definitely aren’t worthy of a place in our best Android apps 100 list, and the virtual shelves of the Samsung Apps store are as sparse as ever – we honestly think Samsung should give up on this already. We can’t see many people using any of these much, but that’s alright when everything else runs just fine.

Early adopters might want to think twice about the Samsung Galaxy S 2 – there’s no way this will be getting the next Android update, Ice Cream, before the Google Nexus S. But for everyone else, the other friendly, even human touches will more than make up for staying a step back from the bleeding edge – and it’s worth noting that Samsung has shown real commitment to Android updates with the original Galaxy S, which is on Android 2.3 before the sequel is even out.

Video skills

Every video file we tested ran flawlessly. This phone plays e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g

If you’re after a mobile for watching video on the go, there’s no question you need the Samsung Galaxy S 2. On top of the lush screen, Samsung’s video player opened every file we threw at it in every resolution, including 720p MKV containers (though subtitles didn’t work) and 1080p MP4 files, and played them back without a hint of stutter.

We weren’t able to test out the HDMI-out skills of the Galaxy S 2, but will update our review as and when this changes.

Camera

The eight megapixel camera on the Galaxy S is pretty damn acceptable

The Samsung Galaxy S 2′s eight megapixel camera turned out to be quite the snapper, grabbing photos with very satisfying detail and sharpness where HTC’s standard five megapixel sensor turned in washy, mediocre results.

Things go to pot a bit in lowlight – there’s lots and lots of noise as you might expect, but at least there’s a flash on it this time. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc with its Exmor R sensor is still the Android cameraphone to beat, but the Samsung Galaxy S’s camera app is at least easy to use, with a lorra lorra options, so you can tweak ISO, white balance, metering, exposure, focus mode and more. And then of course, there’s its video recording prowess.

As you can see in this clip, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 has no problems snaffling up 1080p video without a stutter, and when objects are in focus things look mighty fine indeed. As you can see towards the end of the clip however, the auto focus is rather erratic. A small price to pay we think, and something we suspect most potential buyers will never even notice.

Performance and battery life

Call quality was more than pleasing for a phone so slim: we were able to comfortably conduct speakerphone chats without our voice being scrunched up at the other end. What you’re likely more keen to know about is the speed of this phone: it’s packing a dual-core processor clocked at a sizzling 1.2GHz.

The Galaxy S 2 scorches along - it melts the competition

Now we don’t normally like to do benchmarks at Electricpig – rarely do they equate to real world experience. But if you must know, the dual core Galaxy S 2 trounces the competition with a Quadrant score of 3,166, and this translates into real world experience. Unlike the LG Optimus 2X and its laggy launcher, the Galaxy S 2 is never anything less than blazingly, disgustingly fast. Dungeon Defenders, which uses the Unreal mobile engine, looks gorgeous and plays smoothly, HD video runs without a fault. This is the fastest Android phone we’ve tried to date.

And yet, it doesn’t accelerate through the battery life because of the twin hummers inside. The high capacity 1650mAh battery drops at the same rate as the Nexus S’ does in day to day use, we found. With syncing, Wi-Fi and GPS on we had no problems clearing morning until night – it won’t leave you high and dry like the power slurping HTC Desire HD will.

Verdict

Samsung has triumphed again with the Samsung Galaxy S 2, almost in spite of itself. Its software hubs are deathly dull compared to the movie service on the upcoming HTC Sensation, but they still don’t hamper an otherwise class act.

From the internals to the lavish display to the friendly touches that make Android 2.3 helpful, we’re confident this will convert all but the most die hard of iPhone fans. An iPhone should be this big, it should be this thin and it should bally well play all the video the Galaxy S 2 can.

Samsung can stand tall and proud, and begin moving away from iOS imitation: the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is a surefire contender for phone of the year, and gadget of the year too.

  • Hemlockbones

    so, how much did Samsung pay you for this article?

    • Anonymous

      Nothing Hemlockbones. We genuinely love this phone. What problem do you have with it?

      • kratos

        Hey bensillis
        you said in your reveiw that dungeon defenders worked smoothly. Was you playing the deluxe hd version and was the graphic settings in the options menu at max?

        btw great reveiw! :)

      • Chukkie

        Dude, you guys didn’t mention the browser at all…

      • Chukkie

        Dude, you guys didn’t mention the browser at all…

        • Anonymous

          To be honest it’s not a very interesting aspect of an Android phone anymore. They’re all fast, but more importantly, if you have a problem with them ever, you can just go grab Firefox or even better, Dolphin Browser HD for free off the Android Market. The great thing about Android is you can then set these as the default for opening all links, something you can’t do on iPhone.

          One complaint about it on the Galaxy S 2 though – it doesn’t auto-realign text to fit the screen as other Android browsers to.

          • kratos

            Hey bensillis
            U did not reply back to my question?

            you said in your reveiw that dungeon defenders worked smoothly. Was you playing the deluxe hd version and was the graphic settings in the options menu at max?

          • Stozk

            I disagree… as far as I know, this is the first android device, which offers a rotation transition effect inside the standard browser… that would be worth a mention…

      • WagTwo

        Hi Bensillis !
        Can u please tell us some more information about Dungeon Defenders. Were the graphic settings at max ? Did u experience any crash or graphical problems?

        Thank you for the review.

        • brucio

          Hey I finally played Dungeon Defenders and maxed graphics and aside from the screen getting a little hot to touch, it runs beautifully.  So smooth and very attractive

    • Zzzaf

      Alert ! Alert ! – Apple Fanboy

      • Anonymous

        Nonsense. I use a Google Nexus S day to day – ask our resident Apple expert Mic Wright.

        • Zzzaf

          I was refering to Hemlockbones.

          exellent review by the way.

          • Anonymous

            Ah right! Sorry. Thanks Zzzaf!

    • http://twitter.com/narcoustic Louis

      hater, Iphone fan boy by any chance?

    • http://www.facebook.com/allen.p.knox Allen P Knox

      samsung don’t pay for there reviews, unlike apple.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLK7CATMDGJI72FL57VKXT2R5Y James

      Be quiet. This is easily the best smartphone on the market. There is virtually no faults with it.

    • Chaulagain

      u must be steve job’s pet mate

  • Anonymous

    I still think the HTC Sensation is a better buy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLK7CATMDGJI72FL57VKXT2R5Y James

      I’m unsure whether to get the Sensation or S2 as my next phone. They both look like outstanding devices, but i’m leaning towards this one atm :L

      • Anonymous

        Yeah it’s a tough call – we’ll compare the pair in depth when final retail HTC Sensation units are available.

      • Anonymous

        hm whats so good about te htc sensation, the screen crap and its not as fast (maybe the ui but the new samsung one is very good)

    • Anonymous

      Really, HTC sensation better? What are you smoking? You need to go get yourself a Samsung galaxy S II ASAP. Your life will never remain the same. LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/narcoustic Louis

    Nice review guys!!! Glad I pre-ordered this bad boy

    • Anonymous

      Thanks!

      • Abzsta

        Hey, one of ElectricPig’s Australian fans here. I just have a couple of small questions. Firstly, i’ve noticed on some spec sheets and photos that the GS2 has a noise cancelling mic, can you confirm this for me? And secondly, would you be able to try out the USB OTG at some point and see how that works?
        Thanks, from Down Under :)

        • http://twitter.com/atoarkhurst ato kwamina

          yes it does and i have tried the USG OTG on mine and its works as smoothly as the rest of the phone, thanks samsung. keep it up

          • Abzsta

            Thank you! That’s great to hear, but i just have one more query. I heard the GS2 natively has the ability to capture screenshots by simultaneously pressing both the home and power buttons. can you please check this for me too? thanks heaps :)

          • Liddle5

            Yeah tap the power and home button and it takes a picture

  • Beaker491

    Great review, Thank you guys.

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome, let me know if there’s anything else you want to know about it.

      • raviraj

        One thing to know,
        Is the bootloader locked or unlocked?

        • http://twitter.com/atoarkhurst ato kwamina

          unlocked

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLK7CATMDGJI72FL57VKXT2R5Y James

    I agree with this review, apart from the bit about it not being beautiful in the same way as an iPhone 4 or HTC Legend. Imo this device is way better looking than either device. The iPhone 4 is looks stunning, but not as stunning as the S2, which makes it look fat in comparison. The SuperAMOLED Plus display looks outstanding. I have to say when I tried out the iPhone 4 in store, although the display looked gorgeous, it doesn’t even come close to Samsung’s screen technology. It’s sharp, but looks slightly dim and washed out in comparison, and is way too small.
    When my iPhone 3GS contract is up this may be my next device :D

  • Anonymous

    Just a shame once again Samsung have not put on an essential LED notification light, I know there is an app for amoles screens, but a LED light is way way way better & always works.

    Silly sammy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLK7CATMDGJI72FL57VKXT2R5Y James

      Most smart phones don’t have LED notification lights. Anything excuse to complain -.-

    • Asas

      LED notification light is so 1990. And no, nobody thinks it’s essential or even wanted at all.

      • Anonymous

        Disagree, everyone who has seen the notification light on my HTC, just say I wish my phone had one, they are samsung & iphone users. LED notification light on a touchscreen is so 2011

      • Anonymous

        By “nobody thinks it’s essential or even wanted at all”, you mean just you? The only fault I find with this device so far is the lack of a notification light.

  • George

    Great Review.
    I have one question. The kies air app, can it be used with other android phones instead of a PC or Mac so that we can transfer large data quickly over wifi. In case you still have the phone please do test it out.

    • Anonymous

      Hey George. It blocks mobile browsers so you need to use a browser like Dolphin and set the user agent to a desktop. You can then log on, and everything loads eventually, and you can download individual files, but you can’t do batch functions – you get a message telling you you need to install Java when you tick more than one file. It also caused a tremendous amount of slowdown on my Nexus S – you won’t want to do this often.

      • Anonymous

        PS You can also upload files but only individually, and you’ll need Astro installed to browse anything other than photos and videos.

        • George

          Oh, I was thinking I could use it as some kind of makeshift wifi-direct. Ben, Thanks for clarifying it.

  • Anonymous

    the only thing that i don’t like about this phone is the lack of vanilla android.i have a nexus s at tye moment and i really dont wanna upgrade till the next google phone.but i really want to try this phone,the only way is to trick some friend or relatives into buying it!

    • Anonymous

      Is there not a Carphone Warehouse type shop nearby you where you could test it out? Like you, I have a Nexus S as my day to day phone – I love the SGS2 to pieces, but I know I’m the sort of geek who’ll relish the fact that it will get the next Android update first. The point is, not everyone is like that, and will be more than happy with 2.3 for a long time.

      As for the vanilla issue, you could always grab LauncherPro and Android 2.3 keyboard from the market – that’ll give you almost the same experience.

      • Anonymous

        hi, i be thinking samsung will update fast due to they have been doing a good job with the gs1

  • Svensin

    two things i would like to know that NEVER get reviewed =
    1) sound volume?
    2) heat after long term use?

    Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not the loudest phone I have ever heard, but it is pretty booming for something so thin still. What scenario do you have in mind? Hearing it ring in a bag or playing music on the speaker?

      It doesn’t get quite as warm as the Nexus S does on occasion, but as I mentioned in the review, it does actually reduce screen brightness for this reason, something I’ve not seen before on an Android.

      Hope that helps!

      • Svensin

        yes it does thanks.
        i currently have a 5800 music Xpress and have become use to the loudness. in general, if i can hear the thing ring in my pocket, its useless. but it was a choice over some other phones like the HTC which (IMO) has a crap volume/speaker.

  • http://twitter.com/EricSeale Eric in Cupertino

    Can anyone confirm it’s quad band HSPA?

    • http://twitter.com/atoarkhurst ato kwamina

      yep

  • http://twitter.com/fa1313 Faruk Polat

    Samsung 9 Series kills Macbook Air.
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 kill iPad.
    Samsung Galaxy S II kills iPhone.

    I can understand why they sued.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLK7CATMDGJI72FL57VKXT2R5Y James

      Agreed.

    • Davies Daniel

      Have you actually used a Galaxy Tab? It’s a second rate copy of the iPad and looks and feels like toy version.

      • Anonymous

        he is on about the new galaxy tabs that use Android 3.0 and samsung ui that makes the ipad look crap

  • Charsiew888

    Great review Electricpig, have been waiting for a review from you guys on this. Interesting to hear about ice-cream

  • kratos

    You said in your reveiw that dungeon defenders worked smoothly. Was you playing the deluxe hd version and was the graphic settings in the options menu at max?

    The reason im asking you this is becasue someone else has tried this game on their galaxy s2 and the game messes up.

  • guest

    Some GPS performance comments would really be appreciated ?

  • guest

    Some GPS performance comments would really be appreciated ?

    • Anonymous

      We took it for a test drive on G Maps Navigation around London – it didn’t drop location like the Galaxy S occasionally did. We also found location lock on was faster than on our Nexus S. All seems well in this respect! Hope that helps.

  • Chris

    I might have missed it but is the dual core 1.2ghz processor you mentioned the exynos non tegra one? I know that samsung plans to release the s2 with 2 different SOC configurations so it would be good to know which version you are looking at. Thanks

    • Anonymous

      Yup, non-Tegra 2 in the UK model we’ve got.

      • Leo@pard

        @bensillis – you gay dickhead?

  • Rich

    Unfortunately, while it’s great to have a very positive review, I feel this is not a very detailed one, and I would have expected better from a reviewer with a final retail unit in his hands. The following things bugged me:

    1) GPS performance was not tested… which was a CRITICAL issue with the original Galaxy S and one that owners would obviously want to hear about.
    2) No mention of which chipset was used… Exynos or Tegra 2.
    3) Battery life testing was minimal… “it lasts a day” does not constitute an accurate test by any stretch of the imagination. Would it really have killed you to do a couple of proper tests, including one under stress, one music, one video etc?
    4) No mention of browser and flash performance.
    5) No mention of of everyday useful things like speaker volume/quality, music quality etc.

    Seems like in the rush to be first you have sacrificed quality of journalism. Phone reviews are not difficult, you just need to work to a common template and make sure all bases are covered.

    Rich.

  • Rich

    Unfortunately, while it’s great to have a very positive review, I feel this is not a very detailed one, and I would have expected better from a reviewer with a final retail unit in his hands. The following things bugged me:

    1) GPS performance was not tested… which was a CRITICAL issue with the original Galaxy S and one that owners would obviously want to hear about.
    2) No mention of which chipset was used… Exynos or Tegra 2.
    3) Battery life testing was minimal… “it lasts a day” does not constitute an accurate test by any stretch of the imagination. Would it really have killed you to do a couple of proper tests, including one under stress, one music, one video etc?
    4) No mention of browser and flash performance.
    5) No mention of of everyday useful things like speaker volume/quality, music quality etc.

    Seems like in the rush to be first you have sacrificed quality of journalism. Phone reviews are not difficult, you just need to work to a common template and make sure all bases are covered.

    Rich.

    • Jeanreno

      +1000!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, and there are some other common issues with Android phones that could have been tested:

      * Does it support proper multitouch (more than 2 fingers)?
      * How does the compass perform?
      * Does it have gyroscopes? Do they work well?
      * How much internal storage? How much is available for apps?
      * Can you mirror the display via HDMI, or just video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229770842 Tim Craven

    Good review as usual guys! Nice to see a real world review rather than one just cluttered up with figures and stats that no-one really cares about.

    Not sure whether to get this or wait it out the next iphone 5? I hate the android OS, like you mentioned above it just seems a rip off of iOS. I dont see the point of having a homescreen and a app screen….and the standard just doesnt seem high enough even with these highend phones (music store, app store) and the openness of the OS just makes me even more cautious than i already am. However, the 1080p video capture is a ‘must have’ for me, because i need a very good quality for my youtube films. What do you reckon the chance is, of the iPhone 5 having 1080p video capture? The iPhone 5 seems a long way away with so little known about it and its release date :L Also i have an iPad already so the apps are already there downloaded ready for the iPhone…..

    What phone – Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 5 – in your opinion, all things considered, would be the best partner for the iPad?

    Cheers.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Tim! We really don’t like to do benchmarks and talk about RAM unless it’s really relevant – the simple fact is that most people (though not the more vocal commenters) don’t understand or even need or want to grasp these concepts. They want to know if something is fast, and they want to know if something is easy to use.

      As to your question, it’s hard to say – the iPhone 5 will likely use the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2 since Apple loves its economies of scale. That shoots 720p video – but who knows what software advancements iOS 5 could bring? It does indeed seem a way off still – I think it might be best to got for the Galaxy S 2 now since integration between iPhone and iPad is pretty minimal atm. That said, it sounds like you appreciate iTunes a lot, and nothing on Android compares to that yet.

      • Rich

        It would be nice if you replied to my comment and concerns above about the review too please.

        Rich.

        • Manimal

          Calm down mate! You don’t have to use this site! Go away if you’re not happy.

  • http://profiles.google.com/maansleroux maans le roux

    Pitty no one is reviewing the much talked about “Enterprise support”

    How good is the exchange integration? Access the GAL?

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    Great review as always, even though this phone boasts of a fantastic screen and hardware, it still has some software issues!!..

    • Anonymous

      Does it? Not really, other than the fact that Samsung has a different idea of what people want in terms of entertainment than us – their Games hub really is filled with garbage.

      • kratos

        Bensillis can you please answer my question!!! ive posted it serveral times and it seems that you are ignoring it?

        “You said in your reveiw that dungeon defenders worked smoothly. Was you playing the deluxe hd version and was the graphic settings in the options menu at max?

        The reason im asking you this is becasue someone else has tried this game on their galaxy s2 and the game messes up.”

        • Anonymous

          He’s ignoring you as you are behaving like a stalker. Just a quick hint, don’t be so needy.

      • Anonymous

        i eb thinkiing its for testing and new things will go on

  • http://www.bigjobsboard.com/ Brad Jobs

    Now, that really looks like the iPhone! I don’t know why both Samsung and Apple is battling about the ingenuity of their design. I don’t know but what I know is that both phones are cool!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WI5PORPGDDBPWBENW4UQ52G4A Ashraf

      if it has square icons, then it sure resembles the iphone!! so if iPhone invented the square, who invented the rest of all shapes?

  • kratos

    bensillis I have no idea why you said the galaxy s ii can run Dungeon Defenders smoothly. Clearly it cannot yet!!!!!
    Several people who have the galaxy s ii in the UK (people over xda) have tried it and it does not work.
    Plus you have not been replying to me, which indicates to me that your trying to avoid answering me!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WI5PORPGDDBPWBENW4UQ52G4A Ashraf

    Great review guys, I thought it would be a sensation too….since we talked about it, is it this one or the HTC sensation? I already have a Desire but will I miss much if I ditch HTC sense vs. Touchwiz 4.0?

    • Anonymous

      It would be unfair to judge until we get a final HTC Sensation in house to review. I don’t think you’ll miss too much though, apart from the new lockscreen on Sense 3.0. We’re quite fond of that and it’s a bigger deal than it sounds.

  • Satyakumar

    Is the scratch guard or screen protector is necessary for the gorilla glass display of Samsung Galaxy S 2?

    • http://twitter.com/atoarkhurst ato kwamina

      nope

  • guest

    OOO, I wish I could watch Naruto with english subtitle… that would be perfect.
    is there K-lite codec pack for Android app?

  • Tommy

    Hello,
    I currently use the BlackBerry Tour but am planning to get the Galaxy s2 when it is released in the US. My main use is using the telephone, email, text & picture messaging and taking picture as well as an occasional video.

    My question is this. I enjoy using cell phone pictures of my family of four on my wall paper in it’s true size. I have been told that on Android phones that if I were to do it, the picture will be magnified and the faces will appear slightly stretched. And the entire picture will not be seen on the wall paper. Does Gingerbread 2.3 take care of this problem?

    Can you please email me your response, VisionBiz@gmail.com?

    Thanks…

    Tommy

  • JJStyle

    Have to agree. I have an iPhone 4 now and just ordered the Samsung Galaxy S 2 online. GOODBYE iTunes at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apple have made no decent software changes in ages, while Android has advanced out of sight.. Can’t drag and drop files. No Flash. EVERYTHING has to use iTunes (including syncing) and adding photos. No REAL multitasking. Stupid notifications. No USB. Can’t play videos or music unless it’s in iTunes. Can’t play AVI files unless they’re converted. Can’t download files from websites. No file manager. Played with a Honeycomb tablet recently and it blew me away too. All of the iPads strengths with none of the weaknesses. I thought Steve Jobs didn’t want Flash because it was buggy and drained the battery life? My friends Motorola Xoom uses flash, lasts for 10 hours and nothing (so far) has crashed because of it. Unrestricted web browsing. Tabbed browsing too. Apple have excellent marketing and frightening lawyers, but as more and more people see what’s out there (and how restrictive Apple has become) they’re going to switch. It will take time, but it will happen. The innovator has become the oppressor…

    • Radu

      You are right JJStyle, I couldn’t have said it better! Apple has a very powerful marketing strategy but hopefully people will wake up and see that Apple’s smartphones are not so smart any more.
      I am a Nokia 5800 user who wanted to switch to Iphone 4 first, but after many reviews and forum readings will go with SG2 and never look back.

      • Anonymous

        Wise move Radu! You’ll have a blast.

  • AhmedAlnazi

    Does the phone have tap to focus during video or continues auto focus when recording 1080p video..please answer me its importent.

  • Jesus

    I am very excited about the release of the Samsung Galaxy
    S2, especially since it is equipped with the Tegra 2 dual core processor and a
    1080p HD camera. Paired with my employee Sling receiver, the Samsung Galaxy S2
    will be the ultimate mobile device. With my Sling adapter, I can stream live
    and recorded HD TV to my Android phone wherever I have 3G coverage or WiFi. You can expect greatness from the Galaxy S2 since it is on the T-Mobile’s 4G network.
     

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  • Geko95gek

    Have had this monster for 3 weeks now and have to say its all that an Android phone should be! Few extra features that I think should have been added, not a biggie for me really just a preference. Uhm so, notification LED should have been there, camera dedicated key and slightly bigger battery. Honestly though, this phone rules all Android phones to date. Even HTC Sensation (which I was REALLY dissapointed with). HTC is definitely falling behind.

  • Lloyd

    Anybody having issues with wifi strength ? mines terrible. Had to fit a booster and even now only shows all three lit when under 10 foot away from it.

  • Darbs

    Hi
    I’m registered partially sighted & wanted this phone for the size but i do alot of texting & the text is far to small for me. I went to a few shops & none of them could help with this issue even when i asked if they knew of an app to sort it. Is there anyway of making the fonts/text larger ??..

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