Samsung release Galaxy S II with Android 2.3 Gingerbread

by Klaus on February 21, 2011

in Reviews

It is no wonder that Samsung would release the new smartphone Samsung Galaxy S II as its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S, has been a great success in the past year. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what you will get with the new Samsung Galaxy S II.

When you get to hold the Samsung Galaxy S II, the first impression you will have is how thin (measures 125.3mm x 66.1mm x 8.49mm) and lightweight (weighs 116g) it is.

The screen is sporting an enhanced version of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus technology, which measures a whopping 4.3 inches and has a dazzlingly detailed 480 x 800 resolution. Samsung states that it is 18% sharper than its predecessor. Even with its large display, it surprisingly does not compromise battery life and is actually more energy efficient.

Hidden beneath the sleek exterior is the Samsung Dual Core Application Processor, which powers the Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread OS. This means that applications will load 70% faster and smoother.

It has 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, an 8 megapixel camera located at the back with a LED flash and can shoot Full HD (1080p) video as well as a 2 megapixel camera at the front. With Samsung’s AllShare (DLNA1.5) technology, you can capture, create and even share your precious moments easily.

Apart from all that, the Samsung Galaxy S II comes with a dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, meaning it has 5GHz support. It has Bluetooth 3.0+HS technology that significantly reduces data transfer times while its super-quick HSPA+ connectivity lets you download rapidly. It also comes with a GPS, 21Mbits/sec HSDPA as well as the NFC (Near Field Communication) that lets you transact with payment terminals in stores, tickets for shows, public transit systems and even advertising – all these with only the use of your phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S II possesses a 1,650mAh battery, which is certainly appealing as most smartphone batteries have only 1,500mAh or lower.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Going to the software side, Samsung has been keen to add quite a number of interesting software such as the Kies Air which gives you the ability to sync the device to your PC over Wi-Fi when sharing photos, videos and music. Samsung hasn’t forgotten the business-minded ones too, and so has made it capable of supporting on-device encryption as well as it has Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN and WebEx technologies. You will have the power to write text messages and e-mails just by “speaking” to it.

Another great thing about the Samsung Galaxy S II is the Samsung Hubs. With Readers Hub, you get to read from 2.2 million books, wherein about 1.8 million are absolutely free of charge. Fortunately, it also includes articles from Ezine. With Social Hub, you are kept updated with everything happening at social media sites. You can keep in touch with friends and loved ones. With the Music Hub, you get to listen to your favorite music and with the Game Hub, you can play your favorite games.

For many people, the top 5 best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S II are Angry Birds (a popular game wherein you beat down blocks by slingshotting birds); FX Camera (a widely known photo-sharing app with cool effects and filters; Chrome to Phone (useful for Chrome users wherein you can send whatever you browse on your computer to your phone); Instant Heart Rate (using your camera, you can measure your heart rate anytime); and last but not least, Google Maps (you can use your phone as a GPS navigation system with free turn-by-turn voice guidance as well as you can have access to other Google Maps features such as Latitude, Street View and Places).

To sum it all up, the Samsung Galaxy S II is considered as one of the thinnest Android phones that Samsung has ever managed to come up with. The Samsung Galaxy S II utilizes the newest version of the world’s rapidly-growing mobile phone operating system – the Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread. The gadget highlights a big 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, has an 8 megapixel camera that can shoot Full HD (1080p) video, has a dual core 1GHz processor and its memory is available in 16GB and 32GB (with the SD card expandable up to 32GB). It also has an updated user interface called Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0, which includes some of their multimedia apps like Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub and Game Hub. With all of these great features (and more) in just one nifty device, Samsung has really lived up to their promise, and you certainly “don’t have to contain yourself” with the Samsung Galaxy S, which is truly the next-generation smartphone.

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Sire February 22, 2011 at 09:30

That’s actually a very nice phone. My sister has the first version and I was playing with it a little just the other day. The touch keyboard system is unique in that it has this linking thing where you pick out the letters without taking your ginger off the touch screen.

The only thing I can see at the moment that the iPhone has in it’s favour is the amount of apps it has available.
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ipad applications February 22, 2011 at 10:57

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TJ McDowell February 23, 2011 at 03:55

Voice technology on phones is great when it works. I think up until now, it’s been pretty patchy with performance. I’m curious how the Samsung does with the translation.
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Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate February 28, 2011 at 04:11

Great review. This this sounds awesome.

I’m going to ride out my iPhone 4 contract for another year, then see where we are in the smartphone world at that point.

Should be interesting.
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