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A super excellent smart phone,
This review is from: Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB Sim Free Smartphone (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I bought Galaxy S2 after a thorough review of the phone and continuously monitoring feedback given. I must say, I am not disappointed but truly amazed how intuitive and well designed. I would agree with most of the reviews before and will try to cover some aspects not so far covered in reviews in the hope that it will help other prospective buyers in making a decision to buy a smart phone, after all you would be paying more than for a 42" HD TV.
I have been a iPhone 4 and Blackberry user and use the phone for e-mails and browsing a lot. Before deciding to purchase this phone (now have used it for about a week)I considered Blackberry Torch and iPhone4 and very much aware of capabilities and limitations of these.
e-mail, contacts, calander: you can set up multiple e-mail accounts (I have set up and using 3 accounts: gmail, hotmail and MS Exchange server). All work very well. You can synchronize e-mail, contacts, and calendar of all these accounts on the phone and they appear on the the respective application colour coded making it possible to see from what account it came from. Further you can access e-mails separately on different accounts on the same e-mail app.
Browser is very good and reliable. Yes, flash content can be viewed. Browsing is much faster and smoother than iPhone4.
Apps: Yes, it is not as extensive as the iTunes but there are enough Apps available (some preloaded, available from Samsung, and from Android market). Most Apps are free compared to iTunes. I did not have any problem with the Apps I downloaded so far.
Music Hub: It is primarily for you to download music from 7digital. The player there is not great. But there is a separate App for music which works fine with your downloaded music.
Social Hub: for e-mails, integrates well with Facebook, my space, twitter, LinkedIn etc.
Games Hub: There are free games for you to download and play as well as premium games for you to purchase.
Kies: provides the interface management App when connected to the computer (same as iTunes for iPhone). This is possibly one of the weakest. It is very slow to update. Having said that it works fine if you are bit patient. But to add music or download/upload photos or movies you really do not need it. You can use widows explorer to do that job directly accessing the phone and placing or taking content you need directly from or the the folder concerned.
Kies Air: this is one the good things. You can access all your content from the phone on a web browser by pointing the browser to the IP address given by Kies Air. For this you need to get connected on the your home wireless network. It works fine, and you can play music, view photos or videos wirelessly on any other device that is connected to your network and which has a browser. If you have a TV with a browser (Smart TV or other)or laptop you can play content fro the phone on it without any wired connection.
I connected my Galaxy S2 to a friends iPad this way wireless and could view photos but could not play music as iPad do not support flash. Good for the Galaxy S2 and shame for iPad/iPhone.
Maps, navigator, Google earth and similar Apps work fine. The Navigator works fine and is very responsive. It consumes the battery power and if you want to use it for long needs to be charged through the car charger. You would require a USB car charger and the supplied micro USB cable.
It has FM radio, treat on the move compared to iPhone. Comes with great set of high quality headphones with additional ear pieces.
The notification system is very good with all notifications iconised on a bar top of the screen which can be pulled down whenever you want to see the notifications.
Yes, with all these facilities battery life is low and you need to charge every day if you are a heavy user of these all functions. One way to improve battery life is to limit pushing of e-mails. These can easily be done on the settings menu.
Camera rear(8MP)works really well. The front camera at 3MP is also very good. Managed to get few very good quality photos. The quality of photos is better than iPhone. Screen quality is equal or better than iPhone. Comparing the screen size the iPhone4 now seems like a distant toy much smaller. There are many Apps available on the Android market (most as free downloads) which can integrate all your photos in (for example Facebook, Picasa etc.) one App.
Office & Pdf Documents: The Polaris App is pre-loaded in the phone. It can read and edit all office documents such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Voice commands: Works fine. You can easily dictate your e-mails and all is then converted to text. I could get over 90% accuracy even with my first attempt. It is a treat to use.
I am using the Sunny Savers gel/Silicone hybrid cover (£3.95) which nicely fit in to the Galaxy S2. A perfect companion.
All in all a very good phone and I am very pleased with the quality of it.
UPDATE after 3months
I recently went to Australia and used my phone as a Navigator. It works superbly without any problems. Google maps and the navigator gives turn by turn instructions (audio as well). GPS works fine. You need to keep the phone connected to the car charger otherwise the battery get fully drained quickly. It saved me more than $100 as map downloads and navigators are expensive over there.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2011 20:56:05 BDT
A really helpful review, thank-you.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 10:24:02 BDT
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Posted on 20 Nov 2011 22:32:25 GMT
Fantastic review, thanks a lot.
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 14:03:28 GMT
Moore Paul Patrick says:
A comment about using the Google GPS/Navigator while abroad.
Be aware that it requires a live data connection. So, what you save from not buying/downloading a self-contained GPS app can be more than offset by data roaming charges.
Posted on 28 Dec 2011 15:08:09 GMT
Michael Slade says:
the front camera is actually 2MP. not 3
Posted on 15 Jan 2012 11:34:13 GMT
Hi, I am going to write a further blog on the forthcoming Galaxy s3 and would like to add your appraisal of the S2 to my article to show how Samsung works for people so far. My blog is at ampers me uk and you need the three w's first. If you are agreeable, you can easily guess my email address (I am on gmail) but it is also at the very bottom of the blog page..
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 11:57:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Feb 2012 12:00:50 GMT
Mr. T. White says:
W*A*R*N*I*N*G - never buy from any marketplace seller claiming it's SELLING AS "NEW" but then adds in the description "tested" or "box just openend to test the unit". FACT: if the item isn't new plus factory sealed then it is not "new" no matter what condition the phone is in! What these 'scumbags' don't tell you is that they tested the phone for over 6 months in all kinds of conditions, and all for your benefit - just to check the phone was working well before they sold it to you as brand new. Yeah right!
Do not fall victim to these chancers and charlatans, who are just trying to sell well used phones as "new", only because they kept the packaging and the phone was kept in a case throughout its life!
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 12:02:17 GMT
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Posted on 22 Jun 2012 14:19:58 BDT
Mr. S. Winwood says:
a great review. many thanks
Posted on 13 Jul 2012 19:04:19 BDT
Don L says:
Great user review, these are always the most useful.