Samsung Galaxy S2

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Successor to the best selling Galaxy S, the S2 is ultra light. With a dual core processor, superb screen, and thin casing, this device certainly has that 'wow' factor.

THE GOOD

Vivid 4.3 inch display, super slim & light, smooth video and gaming, good camera, decent battery

THE BAD

Software keyboard has some quirks, build quality not up to the highest standard

9.3out of 10 read review

User Reviews (76)

7.3 read reviews
Talk Time9 hours
Standby Time24.0 days
Network (Band)Quad 850/900/1800/1900
Operating SystemAndroid 2.3
Software Memory1 GB
Display Resolution480 x 800 pixels
Display Size4.30 inches
Display Colours
Dimensions125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight116g
GPSYes
Camera Resolution8 megapixels
Video CameraYes
Camera FlashYes
Camera FeaturesAuto Focus
Data
Browser
BluetoothNo
TV OutNo
TouchscreenYes
Memory CardmicroSD
Internal Memory32 GB
MMSYes
E-mail
Java
Wi-FiYes
9.3out of 10

The Ultimate Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S2 in all its glorious colour

A fantastic smartphone that is super fast and super bright

What We Like

If you want a luxury smartphone that has it all, then look no further than Samsung’s Galaxy S2, because it would appear that this phone has it all including a 4.3 inch display, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.2GHz processor that powers Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Galaxy S2 is a big phone, but we were delighted with how light it actually is, and how easy it is to hold. It fit snugly into our hands, and although it weighs a mere 115g, it is very well made and feels solid.

The resolution is 480 x 800 pixels, which isn’t as great as the iPhone 4, but the screen is very clear without any fuzziness or blur. This is due to the Super AMOLED Plus display technology, which is very impressive and ensures that colours are bright and vivid, which means that even in sunlight we were able to see the screen.

We were absolutely thrilled with the dual core 1.2GHz processor; it makes everything you do with the S2 super quick, even when we were downloading new software, texting, had Flash video playing in the browser, and running a few apps in the background.

All that speed makes browsing a joy, but that is compounded by the large screen and the smooth touch interface.

Samsung have included some apps, which we actually found to be good. We particularly found the Task Manager useful because it monitors and closes down any apps that you have running in the background that are unnecessary to that moment, which is a great way of preserving battery life.

Also included are Samsung Hubs, which are preloaded apps designed to be useful when it comes to dealing with your music, gaming, eBooks and social networking experiences. We were particularly thrilled with the eBook app; you can download books, digital newspapers and magazines and there is quite a variety, although not as much as from the Kindle app from the Android store.

We were more than happy with the camera, the images are really good quality and there is a multitude of scene modes and different options for you to play round with. The camcorder shoots 1080p video and plays back smoothly and crisply.

What We Don't Like

There isn’t really anything bad to say about the Galaxy S2, apart from perhaps being really picky about the fact that it isn’t pure Android: Samsung has put its own mark on Google’s operating system with a new version of its TouchWiz 4.0 skin.

Conclusion

The Galaxy S2 appears to be an almost perfect phone; it is amazingly fast, has a fabulous display, a great camera and an excellent operating system, and if that isn’t enough it looks good too. The downside is that it doesn’t come cheap, but if you are in the market for this calibre of phone, then we think that the S2 is a serious contender.

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7.3

I don't own this phone yet, but I've played with it.. I think Samsung hit it out of the park with this. Super screen and super hardware - dual core, great camera, great performance. Argh I want one.. hm a tablet or an S2.. decisions decisions.... :P

9.5out of 10

One of the many things that make the Samsung Galaxy S2 a major hit in the cell phone industry is the fact that it is the very first Samsung phone with a dual core processor. With more and more mobile phone applications and uses, this kind of innovation is something that most users would want to have. More than this, the 4.3 Super AMOLED touchscreen and the 8 megapixel camera are more than inviting. Add the fact that it operates using the Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and 1080p Full HD video recording, then there is really no way to say no to this phone.

9out of 10

Of all the phones that I have used, I have been very impressed with Samsung Galaxy S2. In fact, I was blown by its features and I think no other phones will be able to match what the Galaxy S2 could give.

8.5out of 10

Got this phone two weeks ago and I have never been more impressed. This is the total package! It definitely fits what I want and need to have in my smartphone. Make sure to get this phone now. You will really not regret it.

9out of 10

This phone is currently the hottest phone! Everyone seems to want to buy this and I don't blame them. It's fast and efficient, it's got everything I need. From applications to browsing to multimedia and camera... that's what a Smartphone is about! I got this through Three Network deals and it's great, easy to pay, no worries!

9out of 10

i've been thinking about getting this phone because it has a lot of online deals. then i finally decided to buy it last week and honestly this is the best phone i've had. very easy to use, lots and lots of features and i find it more useful than my last iphone! it is very fast too. buy it guys, the deals are not bad too.

8.5out of 10

this phone is superb! dual-core cpu makes it very fast!! hell yeah!! i got this here in finland around 580 euros! but its worth the price!!! this is the best mobile phone on earth!!

10out of 10

This is a very slim yet powerful phone. I have this since its release and because I'm a big Samsung Galaxy fan. I love their phones, they create actual useful phones and not cost too much unlike the iPhone. This phone has the brawns and brains. Powerful CPU a Dualcore 1.2 GHz and has an 8 megapixel camera. Performance is superb and battery is alright. I bought a new and more powerful battery from e-bay and it lasts 2x the original battery. This is totally worth it. I fully recommend it!

10out of 10

This is currently the best phone ever to be made by Samsung. It's the best phone I've ever had too! This phone has all the things a Smartphone should have! It's very speedy and has no lags at all. User interface is really good looking and very efficient. I love the social network integration on this phone. The build quality is very nice, feels good to hold. Camera is awesome, no lags if you're moving it around taking pictures. It's easily the best phone you can ever have! Buy it!

10out of 10

amazing phone. so fast and efficient. all things i want in a smartphone is in this. totally worht it.

9out of 10

People who complain about the battery: turn OFF 3g and GPRS! Turn it on only when you need it. That will help you conserve battery life. Mine can last 40 hours of use!! Great phone guys only if you know how to use it!

10out of 10

i got this phone 2 months ago. so far so good. fast, smooth and nice camera. it's just that the dead pixel is annoying me. aside from that, this is a pretty good phone.

8.5out of 10

i pre-ordered this phone and been using it ever since its release. currently the best phone in the market. it has excellent performance and speedy internet connection. it has a very nice camera that can take pictures like a pro. the size and build quality is magnificent, samsung really put emphasis on its design as i really love it. android os is amazing, very easy to use and very efficient especially if you're into facebook, twitter or any other social networking.

9out of 10

samsung galaxy s2 is awesome! installed a lot of games and it's still functioninng good! no lags on mine!

9out of 10

i am a proud owner of this perfect phone. it has all the gimicks inside this slim smartphone! it has the best operating system and all other features like a high 8 megapixel camera that can capture excellent quality pictures with sharp details. it has a dual core processor that can make the user interface, graphics and all processes fast and smooth. battery could be better but that's what you get for having a high end smartphone. if you're a collector, a smartphone addict or just want a great performance smartphone, then the galaxy s2 is the smartphone for you!

10out of 10

this is the best phone..! compared to the iphone.,., this phone is so much better!

9out of 10

this baby is the best!! screw iphone!!!

9out of 10

this is a monster phone in terms of specs! super high quality screen and very fast performance! operating system is the leading platform in mobile industry! i just cant get enough of it!! i love playing with it!!

10out of 10

I find this phone a bit troublesome. Many people say it is cool and all, but when I tried it I was not really amazed. Maybe because I was expecting too much. Anyway, it has some nice features like the camera and the android. But beyond that, it does not relaly enthrall me that much.

8out of 10

This phone is totally superb. It does not lag and I could play all the games I love. Definitely something that I have been looking for a long time.

9out of 10

fast and very sleek. i so much prefer this phone over the iphone!

8out of 10

Very good phone. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.!!!

8out of 10

The iphone is better, i should say. But I like it more because the design is much better. Well, there is not a lot of difference when it comes to features.

8out of 10

I would say it is a little bit hyped but it really has a great screen and it is really fast. These are just two of the things I like about phones and this phone delivers them. I would have wanted it to have more features.

8out of 10

It's super fast compared to all the other phones I have tried. All thanks to its dual core processor. I always think that no matter how high-end all features are of a phone, if it does not operate fast, then everything is useless. That is why I never regret buying the Galaxy S2.

9out of 10

hi friends! i bought this 2 months ago and it is the best phone i've ever used! it has the specs of a monster!

9out of 10

This phone is amazing! I've been saving up to get this and now I finally have it! It is truly remarkable! The style, the functionality and the user interface and internet browsing on this phone is just awesome! Never had a fast and completely all around phone before! The multimedia is also great, I purchased a multimedia pod for this and it's working great. My friends love it! The battery is alright for a touchscreen phone I think. Anyway, this is totally the phone for me.

10out of 10

This is the best... everything else is rubbish.

8.5out of 10

No matter what they say iPhone is still better. I am just so surprised with myself why I even doubted that for a sec. I bought this phone thinking that it has more to offer. I am just disappointed.

8out of 10

This phone is really good. Too bad though, for a phone this size it should have made the screen resolution much more high-end.

8out of 10

i ownd this and it rocks!!!

8.5out of 10

i totally prefer this phone over the iPhone!!

8.5out of 10

This is the best phone of the century! The features are more than what you pay for!

8.5out of 10

Seriously, there is no better phone out there anymore. This one is on top of the food chain baby!

9out of 10

Do not have any second thoughts. Get this phone now and you will never regret it!

8.5out of 10

The screen is immaculate. Its fast and plays high quality videos and display high quality pix. Internet connectivity is also a breeze! For now, I think I have nothing bad to say about it.

8out of 10

This is a top selling phone, even though S3 is already out, this one still is a top quality phone, even compared to the iPhone 4S. Apple is going down and Samsung is gaining ranks. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a high quality phone with top notch hardware and features. It is more durable and more advanced. I highly recommend this phone to all of my friends.

9out of 10

this phone is so amaizing from the specs to the preformance is very good. the best phone that i ever have.

8.5out of 10

A light and thin phone which gives you a powerful performance. A comes with a very fast processor and a great bright huge screen.

8.5out of 10

This phone is great! A very attractive screen sized 4.3-inch, very light and slim, Fast, and has a very attractive design.

8.5out of 10

It has a high definition of video recording, It is capable of providing a long battery life span enough for you to talk more longer. Its features are superb.

9out of 10

One will love its high resolution camera. You won’t stop taking pictures.

8.5out of 10

My friends were jealous when they knew I am using Samsung Galaxy S2.

8out of 10

This is the best handset for recording and watching full HD video.

8.5out of 10

Browsing is fast using this phone and the screen is amazing.

8out of 10

Well, so far I don’t have issues with this handset so I am still satisfied as of the moment.

8out of 10

My galaxy s2 is heating after 20 mins of hd gaming I played eternity warrior 2 and after 20 mins my mobile is heated and its screen is also heating too much.

7out of 10

Almost a year now and still loving my ceramic white S2, its been running beautifully currently on Android 4.0.4, experiencing amazing battery life.

9out of 10

I just got this phone for a months already and I notice the error telling no space for new applications and downloads need to delete some, so I did when I am trying to upload a new one it is still not working.

7out of 10

My galaxy just stop working and turn off, I don’t know the reason when I restore it it works again which is keep annoying me because I have to turn it off and on again every time it will happen.

6out of 10

I have been using a Samsung product since I started to use a phone, but with this galaxy s2 I am bit disappointed because it has too much problem.

5out of 10

My phone gets switched off automatically n this happens daily, its now the part of this phone, get my phone's signal lost just before the phone gets switched off automatically, what could be its reason, I guess it has some hardware issues but all other things running pretty smooth, its either battery issue or hardware issue, I did factory reset but the problem is still there, I went to service centre n they told me to get a new battery... as the phone is running latest firmware n cannot be updated further.

8out of 10

The best phone I have ever had, hands down. I’ve had many, many Phones in my lifetime including ip4 and s3 and have to say this is the greatest phone for me. I use it as a phone, music and take a few happy snaps, check my emails sometimes and that’s about it. great design, small, slim good screen size, nice speaker, smooth enough. user friendly, not to overbearing with things like message bubble color etc.

8.5out of 10

Don’t buy this phone, if u will wait for a month, you get the best android phone for value of money with handsome features, the LG nexus 4 which would be cheaper than S2 in any case n specs r close to S3 with approx same screen as S3, better cpu n gpu than S3, with android 4.2 jelly bean out of the box... only drawback is that it has 8 and 16 gb versions without support of Sd card but I guess 16 gb is more than enough, while another is that battery is non removable.

7out of 10

I am from the Philippines, and I have been using GSII for 15 months now. I recently upgraded my phone's firmware version to 4.0.4 Baseband I9100DXLPB via KIES. Now, I am planning to finally root my phone and install JB in it. I understood very well the rooting procedure that you posted here. I would just like to ask if the files found in those link are also applicable to my unit.

8out of 10

I’ve been using sgs2 for 13 months now. The built in hardware parts like camera, video, radio, Bluetooth, Amoled screens and others is doing nice & fine. The hardware responds well as long as the firmware and software are bug-free. Built-in browser is getting smoother and sleeker. The feature that certainly distinguishes this thing from other devices is the thickness and slimness, maybe that’s why its pricier than its neighbors.

8out of 10

I would like it if someone can suggest me which best games I can download. I am new a Android user so I don't know much. My previous phone b4 the S2 was a Wave S8600 which ran on Samsung's very own OS, BASA & it did not have many cool games or apps to download. Your suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

8.5out of 10

Battery is not working properly it gives me approx only one and a half hours of internet browsing when its full even it discharges faster n recharging takes a lot of time also sometimes the phone gets hang n when I put out the battery n put it again it shows low battery even if it was full recharged all this problem started after upgrading to ICS 4.0.3 n before that it was working good.

7out of 10

The BEST Phone I have ever had, hands down. I’ve had many, many phones in my lifetime including ip4 and s3 and have to say this is the freaking greatest phone for me. I use it as a phone, music and take a few happy snaps, check my emails sometimes and that’s about it.

8.5out of 10

I just bought this Galaxy S II Phone a few days ago and now I can't use it anymore unless I'll have it repaired. Screen accidentally got broken while it is inside my pocket. I am asking for a replacement but Samsung told me that they can only have it repaired free of service but I have to pay for the led screen.

7out of 10

Don’t buy this phone, if u will wait for a month, you'll get the best android phone for value of money with handsome features, the LG nexus 4 which would be cheaper than S2 in any case n specs r close to S3 with approx same screen as S3, better cpu & gpu than S3, with android 4.2 jelly bean out of the box.

7out of 10

Seriously? If you think that only Apple iPhones are doing the releasing of phone series that do not really offer much, then think again. How many galaxy phones do you think we have?

5out of 10

This phone is another living testament that Galaxy phones are way, way much better than their Apple counterparts. Simply the best in everything. Except for the battery which is always an issue with phones that are really often used, everything about it is smooth. It does not lag and it is so responsive.

9.5out of 10

there is a very big reason why this phone was honored to be the best smartphone for 2012. It is really good. I have had this phone for some time, not even the s3 versiion would make me want to let go of this. It is that good. Since the time I had this, I can never remember a time that I was disappointed with its performance

9.5out of 10

Well, this phone definitely has everything. But like all good stuffs, this phone has one major set back. The inconvenience of having to remove the battery whenever you load or unload the memory card. I wonder why this was not noticed during design conceptualization.

8.5out of 10

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