Nowadays, a high-end mobile phone's specs can give a complex to most Intel Atom based netbooks. Dual-core smartphones are promising unmatched performance, but an additional core means a deeper hole in your pocket. Is the performance boost really worth the premium price tag? Well, the answer lies in the review. Read on to find out.
Design, Build Quality, And Display The retail package contains the device, a headset, charger, and a micro-USB cable. The headset is too cheap for a premium phone. Moreover, the Koreans aren't even generous enough to include an MHL adapter (for HD-Out) and USB adapter (for USB On-The-Go) in the bundle.
The first thing you'll notice about the phone is its large 4.3" screen covered by Gorilla Glass. Below this screen is the dominant Home button, with two capacitive backlit keys for company.
There aren't many buttons to talk about, except for a volume rocker on the left and a power switch on the right. The other thing that grabs your attention is the ultra-thin body, and at dimensions of 125.3 mm (l) x 66.1 mm (w) x 8.5 mm (d), it s currently the thinnest smartphone in the market. Being insanely slim adds to its looks, but grip-wise it feels like holding a thin bar of soap. Even the textured back doesn't help much in providing a grip. This is because due to the phone's size, the back barely contacts your palm. You're left gripping the gadget by its sides, which feels very insecure.
Design wise, it's still a run-of-the-mill Samsung phone, with only the display size and slimness hinting at its flagship status. The phone is all plastic; this helps in reducing the weight to a mere 116 grammes. However, I would have preferred some metal at the cost of increased weight, as found in most premium phones. Moreover, a fresh design wouldn't have hurt either.
Surprisingly, the SIM slot is hot-swappable, while the memory card slot is not. This is stupid.
The Galaxy S II (GS2) is one of the fastest devices in the market. Packed with a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU and a Mali 400MP GPU, the phone is absurdly powerful. Additionally, it has a maddening 1 GB RAM to take on all the crazy multitasking you ever wanted to. Other features include an 8 megapixel snapper, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio, gyroscope, accelerometer, and an NFC chip. When it comes to the screen, bigger is better, and Samsung knows it very well. The 480x800 pixel, 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen not only impresses with its size, but also its pixel density. The brightness level is great, and is automatically adjusted with the help of an ambient light sensor. Colours can be as vibrant as you like, and I literally mean it. Samsung has thoughtfully given three Background Effect settings to adjust the the colour intensity. The viewing angles are exceptional, and the display remains perfectly visible in sunlight. All in all, no other phone's display can come close to the GS2's extraordinary screen.