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PostSubject: Samsung Galaxy S 2 i9100 Review   Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:50 am

The Samsung Galaxy S II brings it up a notch — a powerful and sexy Android superphone that comes with all the bells and whistles.



The very thin frame of the Galaxy S II gives it that sexy appeal.
Just like its predecessor, its mostly made out of polymer making it very
light and almost unnoticeable in the pocket.

Yes, it sometimes looks like an iPhone, both in design and UI (though
I’d wish the iPhone 5 would very much have an exact form factor)
prompting Apple to file a lawsuit against Samsung. Still, it’s admirable
that Samsung is able to pull it off and somehow retain a little bit of
design signature.



The large 4.2-inch display is surrounded by a thin, dark bezel with a
front-facing camera on top, a couple of sensors and earpiece beside it.
At the bottom end, the usual physical home button is sandwiched by a
touch panel button for Menu and Back.

On the left side is the volume rocker while the power/sleep button is
on the right side. On the top end is the 3.5″ audio jack while the
micro-USB port for data and power is situated at the bottom. The absence
of a dedicated camera button is a little disappointing.



The bright and crisp display of the Galaxy S II is one of its best
feature. Just like the first-gen Galaxy S, the AMOLED Plus display is
among the best screens we’ve seen on a phone — deep contrast, vivid
colors and smooth display quality. I’m not able to discern the
difference between AMOLED and AMOLED Plus but I guess the benefits are
all behind the scenes (like low-power consumption).

At the back panel is the huge 8MP camera and there’s a little
protrusion at the bottom end (perhaps to give it a good grip) is where
the audio speakers are placed. The entire back cover (for the battery
compartment) has a rough mesh-type finish.



Contrary to what we’ve posted before here and the specs that we’ve
gotten earlier, the Galaxy S II unit that we’re using has a slightly
lower specifications. It still even has the dual-core 1.0GHz processor
instead of the recent announcement that it’s going to be 1.2GHz. That’s
probably due to the fact that it’s just an engineering unit and not the
final release.
The battery is also rated at 6.11Wh (and a voltage rating of 3.7V),
which translates to roughly 1651mAh. That gives us about a full 2 days
with mostly calls and SMS with light WiFi browsing. We’re not able to
test out 3G usage since I could not figure out the settings (copied the
one from the old Galaxy S but that didn’t work either).



Based on the System Info App, here’s the partial internal specs of the unit we got:

CPU Frequency Range: 200MHz – 1,000MHz
SD Card Storage: 11.5 GB
Internal Storage: 1.97 GB
System Storage: 504 MB
Memory: 833 MB
System Cache: 92 MB
Sensors: 9
OS Release: 2.3.3
Resolution: 480×800 pixels
Density: 240 dpi
Refresh Rate: 60 fps

That does not include the external SD card (A2SD) slot found at the
back, behind the battery, which can accommodate an additional 32GB of
storage.



The Galaxy S2′s camera is among the best ones we’ve used and is at
par with the likes of Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4. The camera takes great
photos — images are crisp and well saturated. There’s far less blurry
images since the shutter speed is quite fast. Oh, and it’s got an LED
flash now, too! Would have been nice if they added a dedicated camera
button. See sample shots taken below.




What makes it better than all the other cameraphones out there is
that the Galaxy S II can record up to 1080p videos (full HD!) without
even breaking a sweat. It can also play the 1080p videos effortlessly,
something my 11″ Macbook Air is having a hard time to do.

The handset performs really well, thanks to the improved CPU, more
generous RAM and graphics chip. Apps load faster, games run more
smoothly and even web browsing is much more efficient and pleasant.

The Galaxy S II uses Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android
Gingerbread. It comes with 7 panels or home screens and navigates just
like the old Galaxy S. There are a number of very noticeable
improvements, especially with the additional of more functional and
eye-candy widgets (reminds me of HTC Sense). See video demo below:


Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II specs:
4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus @ 480×800 pixels
Gorilla Glass display
Dual-core 1.0GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor
Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset
833MB RAM
2GB + 12GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash
Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS with aGPS support
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
1080p video recording
2MP front-facing camera for video calls
Li-Ion 1650mAh battery
Android 2.3 Gingerbread

I was not able to test out other integrated features such as 3G/HSDPA
and WiFi-Direct due to compatibility in the settings. Samsung PR
stressed that this is not the final unit which is the reason why we’ve
encountered numerous system and app errors.



The Samsung Galaxy S II definitely brings new excitement to the
Android smartphone line-up. The souped-up specs, dual-core processor,
sexy form factor and large AMOLED screen certainly elevated the Galaxy
i9100 to the top of the heap.
It’s probably going to be the first dual-core Android smartphone to
hit the Philippines this May (unless of course LG will beat it to the
punch). Samsung is yet to release this handset in the Philippines
(although I hear it’s definitely going to be this May) and we’re still
guessing what the suggested price will be.


If it’s going to be anywhere near the price of the first Galaxy S (~Php32k), then it’s going to be another hot item once again.






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