- Tim Stevens , Engadget
T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II didn't fall far from the family tree. It's good looking, fast and an overall great phone.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
With its roomy screen, thin profile, speedy performance, and powerful media capabilities, there's little to dislike.
As their flagship phone for 2011, the Galaxy S2 from Samsung is one sexy smartphone. With the subtle sophistication that we've come to expect from this Korean company, Samsung's latest offering gives users a frustration-free multitasking experience in a sleek, compact package.
This smartphone is fast and handles many apps simultaneously, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor paired to 1 GB of RAM. This means users can update their Facebook status, shoot HD videos, and receive text messages and calls without needing to close any programs.
Weighing in at a airy 116 grams, this thin smartphone has dimensions and design similar to the iPhone 4. This makes it large enough to be fully functional without feeling like you're lugging a laptop in your purse or pocket.The textured back and slightly curved sides makes holding the Galaxy S2 comfortable and secure in the users palm.
Along with all the features now considered standard among smartphones like GPS, in-browser Flash player, and social hubs, the Galaxy S2 has a generous 4.3-inch screen that makes viewing the intuitive navigation menu quick and simple.
When it comes to making a phone call with the Galaxy S2 (yes, some people do still use their smartphones as phones) users enjoy enhanced call quality with the integrated noise reduction control. Video calling is simple with Android Platform 2.3.3 onboard, and if you've ended your call before the conversation is complete, Samsung makes redialing or sending a message to your last contact easy with instant onscreen prompts.
The Galaxy S2 Android phone is available now, providing an alternative for consumers who don't want one of the popular fruit-branded smartphones (namely those from Apple or Blackberry).
Need to know: Samsung Galaxy S2
1. The super-speedy response time will keep users with challenged attention spans satisfied with the ability to run numerous apps simultaneously and flawlessly. (The Good)
2. With a 4.3 inch 800 x 400 Super AMOLED plus display shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass, the display on the Galaxy S2 is fantastic, with crisp images and colors. (The Good)
3. Like most modern smartphones, this unit likes to eat batteries, especially when browsing the web or playing games, so keep the charger handy. (The Bad)
4. With no way to silence the camera shutter, you can forget about taking sneaky candid shots with the Galaxy S2. (The Bad)
Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)
The complete package
Offers solid performance, a vibrant screen, and a great multimedia experience
You might think the $369.99 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is merely a repackaged relic offloaded to Boost Mobile by its Sprint overlords. And you’d be right, at least in part, but that’s not the whole story. Sure, the Galaxy S II is by no means a spring chicken, but this gray-haired device still boasts the enviable abilities that helped it achieve legendary status among Android phones. Of course you can opt for the $299.99 HTC Evo Design 4G, which offers Android 4.0 and 4G data for less. I wouldn’t recommend doing so, though, since the Galaxy S II 4G features the same Android software, 4G, a... Full review
A powerful, gorgeous smartphone for U.S. Cellular, but 4G is on the horizon
Absolutely beautiful screen, very good camera
The S II was a technological marvel when it first came out. That's closing in on a year ago now, but the phone is still one of the top phones out there. With a chipset that puts most phones - and tablets - to shame, enough RAM and ROM to not cause any of the typical low-end Android phone issues, a screen that is hard to hate, and a camera that you would actually use for proper photos it seems to have it all. It falls short in the audio quality department, and could do well with smarter solutions for things like external file systems and accessories. Its place as Samsung's top model has now... Full review
Respectable battery life and a beautiful screen
It’s a fantastic phone that has been cleverly created to stay relatively up-to-date in the near-future, with a high-speed dual-core processor, wireless syncing to your computer and the very latest version of Android. That luscious screen stands alongside the iPhone 4 as a market-leading display and Samsung’s clever touches, like a special “outdoor brightness” setting for outdoor photos, makes it more intelligent too. We think this is the best Android phone yet; all that extra power has made using Android as reliable and as smooth as the iPhone 4. With all that extra power, respectab... Full review
Thin, light and powerful
It's hard to find any real negatives regarding this particular phone
If you're on the market for a new smartphone, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy contender. It performed well in all of my standard tests except for slow performance when using the GPS and included navigation apps.
Photos and videos look really nice on the large screen, and the sound quality on the external speaker is very good. Voice quality is much better than usual, even though there were a few coverage issues (which says more about T-Mobile's network strength in my area than it does about this phone). It was hard to find any real negatives regarding this particular phone.... Full review
The most high-quality smartphone to have been released by Samsung in the US thus far
Large display, faster processor and zippier wireless data radio
More compact than its brothers and boasts a great camera and fast data speeds
AT&T subscribers now have two stellar smartphones to choose from at $199: The Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S. The S II has a bigger Super AMOLED Plus display packaged in a lighter design than Apple's handset. It also offers a great camera and one of the fastest processors inside a smartphone, plus a highly customizable interface. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S offers more apps, more advanced voice recognition, and a faster camera packaged inside a more premium (albeit older) design. The Samsung Galaxy S II is definitely the best Android phone on AT&T, but we prefer the Sprint and T-Mobile... Full review
Samsung S 2 X on Koodo... Great performance for the Dollar
Had this for 3 days now. Impressed with the beautiful screen and fast processor. Upgraded from the Galaxy Ace which had bad resolution, slow processor and inefficient memory. Very happy so far, except for the battery life which doesn't last as long as my previous phone (G. Ace). Pros: Camera takes nice pics, Wifi and Data is fast, screen is beautiful & bright (not like Galaxy Ace), large phone but it is light and evenly balanced, inexpensive = great phone for the $. Downloaded 'Opera Mobile' and browsing is faster than installed browser. Cons: Battery life could be better. Phone is a little slippery, will get a skin to protect it and fix this problem. Some Google/Samsung 'bloatware' is evident. If you get that stuff off this phone would be even faster!Less
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