The Samsung Galaxy S II is reaching to Canada soon. We arenât healthy to divulge carrier info but during a media briefing we had a quantity to play with the device, my prototypal impressions are beneath and module study up with a flooded analyse shortly.
Samsung has a solidified competitor not exclusive to the iPhone, but to the rest of the highly-competitive smartphone market. It seems aforementioned theyâve taken their hard-earned lessons to heart, and reinforced in every artefact upon the original.
The element is every plastic, but its inheritance owes farther more to the Nexus S and Infuse 4G than to the original Galaxy S series. Itâs country Samsung learned a whatever things from the original: impressible is dustlike as daylong as it doesnât creak; impressible is dustlike as daylong as it doesnât elicit fingerprints.
The SGS2 improves upon the prototypal in both respects: the main impressible embody extends finished the sides and partway to the back, creating a rattling rugged âunibodyâ casing that feels farther sturdier than whatever previous Samsung figure Iâve used, patch keeping it praiseworthy anorectic at 8.5mm. Thatâs 1.4mm thinner than the original.
Before agitated onto the front, I must state that the shelling cover, which exclusive fits over a assets of the whole back, seems thin and breakable. But Samsung has done whatever wonderful things with plastic, as this abstract unwellness and unwellness patch maintaining its shape. It also has a wonderful riblike ornament that feels enthusiastic in the assistance and provides more appendage than the uncreased backwards of the original Galaxy S.
The concealment is hands-down the prizewinning in the business. Discount for a ordinal that the 4.3â³ pass ease displays the aforementioned number of pixels as the 4â³ original, and whatever 30% fewer than the 3.5â³ iPhone 4. Once you wager it, you module understand. The blacks are the blackest, the emblem the most vivid, the book the sharpest. I donât undergo how else to explain it, but when I am reading black book on a white background it feels aforementioned Iâm reading a warning of paper. There is no concealment at all. This is probable because the concealment itself is so near to the glass, preventing that garbled instrument you get from looking at a lower-quality LCD. I desire this didnât feature aforementioned hyperbole, but itâs the exclusive artefact I crapper exposit it. With a slightly higher resolution, the Super AMOLED pass of the Galaxy S II would be perfect. As it stands, there are issues with element spacing and aliasing that are not inform on the iPhone 4â²s Retina Display. But the 4.3â³ filler makes it farther easier, for me at least, to comfortably feature articles, books and scheme pages.
The design is also commendable. There is a naivety to the grappling that is abstracted from most another Androids. When the concealment is off, exclusive the Home fix is visible, as the Back and Menu buttons are lit exclusive when needed. There is a noble austerity to the whole device, from its solidified lightness to its demand of pretension. It has meet two ports: a compounding USB/HDMI opening on the lowermost (known as a MHL port) and a 3.5mm headphone diddley on top. The mitt side finds the diminutive black volume rocker and on the correct a power button. There is a single speaker on the lowermost side of the device, where a diminutive lineament protrudes.
The sound at 116g is meagre, but heavy perfectly. Holding it to speech is not cumbersome, despite its plenteous size.Software
The Galaxy S II ships with TouchWIZ 4, a skin which at prototypal resembles its much-derided predecessor. Luckily, Samsung has prefabricated whatever drastic improvements to action and esthetical over the time year, and I crapper happily feature it rivals Sense in sensitiveness and usefulness.
Give me a hit Android skin whatever period of the week, but whatever of the features Samsung has additional to the newborn TouchWIZ are admirable. But more than anything, this is Android streaming flawlessly, without slowdowns, crashes or module problems. That it took a figure with a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM to eventually accommodate the wild creature that is Android is a taste mystifying, but accommodate Android it does.
Browsing flies. The hit application is hardware-accelerated, and over 3G or WiFi action is unprecedented. There is an iOS-like kinetic scrolling execution that every but does absent with j***y Android application scrolling. Pinching your fingers unitedly brings up the tab menu. Itâs a simple abstract that, combined with the flawless performance, makes me poverty to ingest the hit browser. I havenât done that since 2008.Elsewhere
The Galaxy S II has Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread loaded, and the dark esthetical has been adapted nicely to work with TouchWIZ. The camera app has been presented a pleasant visual overhaul, and the 8MP camera takes enthusiastic shots. Focus is fast, and photos hit a pleasant amount of detail, though emblem are somewhat soft gift environment a dull look. Some grouping favour the artefact emblem âPOPâ on the iPhone 4, but I think itâs a misnomer to feature its quality is superior. Rather, it seems that Samsung captures emblem more accurately, and sure with more detail. Itâs a concern of instrument whether purists module favour Samsungâs results. The 2MP grappling camera also verify pleasant photos in beatific lighting and the sound natively supports video calling, though as farther as I crapper verify exclusive between Samsung devices.
Bundled apps are appreciated, but cannot be removed, which is a shame. There are four hubs: Games, Social, Music and Readers, apiece supercharged by a assorted third-party service. For example, Music is a modified version of 7Digitalâs Android app, and Readers is a compounding of Zinio, PressDisplay and Kobo. Surely Samsung could hit mitt these out without opposition, but for them itâs a concern of trying to delude content on the figure a la iTunes and differentiate from the another Android manufacturers who are without licensing deals.
While the SGS2 doesnât hit a Tegra 2 processor in it, itâs arguably a meliorate gaming machine than the equal Optimus 2X or Motorola Atrix. It achieves an awesome 3200+ points on the Quadrant benchmark, compared to around 1500 from the Nexus S and 2500 from the Atrix.
Battery life has proven a marvel. At 1600mAh, itâs whatever 300milliamps inferior than the Atrix, and ease it seems to terminal farther longer. In fact, the Galaxy S II has the prizewinning shelling life of whatever Android figure Iâve proven to date. I clocked nearly 26 hours on a single charge and ease had 19% mitt before I recharged it, and that was with doing what I normally do finished the day: browsing, calls, Twitter, telecommunicate and camera. Iâve heard beatific things from another users, too, so I undergo Iâm not a lucky aberration.
Iâll yield the rest for the review, but so far, so good. If youâve had a bad undergo with Android before, there is ease a aggregation to aforementioned about the Samsung Galaxy S II. Make no nonachievement though, this is digit of the smoothest smartphone experiences Iâve ever had, and that includes comprehensive ingest of the iPhone 4. Sure, the undergo is different, and whatever would feature not as refined, but there are whatever if whatever tasks digit cannot fulfill as apace or easily on the SGS2 as they crapper on an iOS device. Itâs taken this long, but with the latest process of Samsung, HTC and Motorola devices, it seems that the element has eventually caught up with the demands of the Android software.
In no portion order, here are a pair field notes of what Samsung has additional to the experience:
- Double-tap the bag concealment for Vlingo-powered voice commands. This also entireness at the bag concealment - Touch two points of a scheme page / picture and lean the sound to zoom in and out - Move icons around the homescreens by tilting the sound - Mute inbound calls and sounds by motion over the sound - Press and stop an blank part of the bag concealment to alter up a bespoken editing menu with superior widget hold - 7Digital-powered Music Hub - Extensive social media hold finished the Social Hub - Readers Hub with News/Books/Magazine hold (PressDisplay/Kobo/Zinio) - Game Hub supercharged by mobage - Built-in Video Maker and Photo Editor - Kies expose management to enter sound to PC or Mac - Built-in IM client, FM Radio, Polaris Office
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