Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II review

Samsung Galaxy S II

Released more than one year ago the Samsung Galaxy S II is still in the front line of dual core smartphone. Samsung equipped it with latest technology hardware which is the best in its range even today after one year.

The Galaxy S II come with a SuperAmoled Plus 4.3 inches display with 16 million colors. It supports a resolution of 480×840 pixels and 217ppi pixel density. Gorilla Glass screen is making its job protecting the display which is a capacitive one with multitouch and touch sensitive controls with physical home screen button. TouchWiz v4.0 shows up when we turn on the screen. When you see the phone it looks big but when you take it to your hand the sensation disappears and you will see that it can be handled with one hand. It has 125x66x8.5 mm and only 116g.

Android OS version 2.3 Gingerbread comes out of the box with this phone but the Galaxy S II has just received an update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung announced that the phone will receive the update at the last version of Android, v4.1 Jelly Bean.

It has an internal memory of 16GB or you can give some extra money and buy the 32GB version which is more than enough but you can still add a microSD card up to 32 GB. So with 64GB memory you have lots of things to do, like watching 1080p HD movies, listening all your favorite music, and playing all the HD games from Play Store.

The Galaxy S II comes with an extraordinary 3G speed: 21Mbps HSDPA, and 5.76Mbps HSUPA. With the 21Mbps in 3G mode your internet connection is running like hell in big cities where you have good signal. Wi-Fi supports all the protocols a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot. USB connection is made by a microUSB v2.0 with USB on-the-go cable. Bluetooth is v3.0+HS.

The 8mp camera makes superb photos. I visited a cave and at that time I was having a the Galaxy S II and I made some photos with it inside the cave; I can say you that photos made in low light conditions are very good. The camera has LED flash and autofocus and it features geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization. It can record videos at 1080p HD quality. The front camera designed for video calls has a 2mp sensor.

On the hardware side the Galaxy S II has the powerful Exynos chipset with a dual core processor at 1.2 MHz the GPU is the almighty MALI-400MP. Samsung combined the best chipset and GPU and made the best dual core smartphone which is helped by 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy S II blew away all its competitors.

The most important features at this phone are: DivX/XviD support, dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), document editor (for word, power point, excel and PDF) and the gyro sensor. It also has accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors.

When it comes to battery the things aren’t encouraging. The Galaxy S II has a 1650 mAh battery but the big screen with SuperAmoled and its powerful hardware are eating all the battery fast. If you play games, browse on the internet, watch a HD movie and make short calls you will remain with about 20% battery before the end of the day. But Samsung integrated on the Galaxy SII an application to manage the power consumption, so when the phone is idle it saves the battery quite good.

If you want a good smartphone but you don’t have enough money to buy a quad core, you can choose the Samsung Galaxy SII which is a very good dual core phone.


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