Saturday, April 16, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on review

THE FIRST THING we noticed about Samsung's latest smartphone when we picked it up at The Gadget Show this week was its weight. It is comfortable to hold considering its large screen size but feels worryingly light, which gives the impression of poor quality. But this is easily forgotten and makes other phones seem bulky.

The chassis of the phone is quite plasticky and seemed a bit fragile. We would expect more for our money in this case, with many competing phones coming with better build quality such as an aluminium uni-body.

The Galaxy S II has a 1.2GHz processor that is more than capable of the tasks it has to carry out. We found that browsing the Internet and watching videos were no problem for this smartphone. It can also seek through video in real time with ease and zoom in and out using the built-in gyro, a cool but unnecessary feature.

Navigation around the screens is reasonably easy on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but when compared with HTC's Sense overlay on Android the Samsung phone just doesn't compete on its user interface.

The 8MP camera on the phone produced great results with bright and sharp photos. The camera is also capable of recording high definition video.

The large 4.2-inch display uses Super AMOLED Plus technology, which we found impressive and lends itself to typing on the onscreen keyboard. The screen is bright, it's a great size for browsing the Internet and is well suited for watching videos.

From our initial look at the Galaxy S II, we'd say it is definitely a decent upgrade from the Galaxy S in a number of areas including the screen, processor, camera and weight. We'll bring you a full review of the handset soon.


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