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Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II 16 GB Sim Free Smartphone
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- 4.3 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus display
- Dual Core processor
- 3D graphic performance and fast data processing
- 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Full HD 1080p recording and playback
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|Display Size||4.3 inches||4 inches||4 inches||4.5 inches||5 inches||4 inches|
|Item Dimensions||6.61 x 0.85 x 12.53 cm||1.2 x 6.2 x 12 cm||6.31 x 1.08 x 12.16 cm||0.9 x 6.6 x 13 cm||14.23 x 7.1 x 0.79 cm||7.11 x 0.76 x 10.16 cm|
|Item Weight||118 grams||129 grams||126 grams||134 grams||139 grams||—|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB||128 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
|Special Feature||camera; dual_core_processor; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; internet; mp3_ringtones; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||camera; e-mail; flash; GPS; mp3_ringtones; quad_core_processor; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||SAMSUN GALAXY J1 MINI PRIME SM-J106/DS GOLD; DUAL CAMERA; DUAL SIM; 4.0 SCREEN SIZE; 2016 MODEL; BOX CONTENTS - HANDSET - BATTERY - EARPHONES - MANUAL - 2 PIN CHARGER ALL CONTENTS ARE FULLY CHECKED BEFORE POSTAGE AND PICTURE OF THE ITEM AND IMIE NO IS TAKEN FOR OUR AND AMAZON RECORDS||camera; e-mail; GPS; mp3_ringtones; quad_core_processor; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||—||—|
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Books, browsing, movies and more come through in clarity never before seen on a smartphone. The brilliant 4.3" SUPER AMOLED Plus display lets you see every detail in vibrant colour. Read, surf or just experience the spectacle of sight as you stand out with the Samsung Galaxy S II.
4.3" SUPER AMOLED PlusExpress your colour! This brilliant display delivers superior color, enhanced readability, and great battery consumption. The Truly vivid colour reproductions will really surprise you and because the contrast ratio is very high, you can clearly see separations of light and dark. It also has an ultrafast response time, which akes for smoother graphics. Put that together with it's amazing thinness and 4.3-inch size and you’ve got PC-like browsing in the palm of your hand.
Content is King. Drop the apps and get direct access to your content through Samsung’s new personalizable UX, a magazine style layout that selects contents that you use the most, your gallery, music, video, email, notes, games and weather then displays them on your main screen. This live content ecosystem can be customized to your taste and provides easy access to your contents. Don’t search for content, live it!
Leave the bookshelf at home and carry your Samsung GALAXY S II in your hand. Readers Hub is a great place to flip through your library of classics & best sellers or browse through more than two million books to choose from. On top of that, you will have access to more than 2,500 magazines in 20 languages and 2,000 of newspapers in 47 languages at your fingertips. Crisp, sharp text makes reading a pleasure and your experience will be easier to manage with magnification, text only and page views (for magazine and Newspapers), audio access (for Newspapers), one touch sharing via email (for Magazine), and more features. Believe in books, but look beyond paper.
PC-like Web Browsing
Unmistakably informative! Mobilize your information gathering capabilities. Put PC-like web browsing in your palm or pocket to access a universe of information with the upgraded user interface. Fully optimized for Android Gingerbread, the Samsung GALAXY S II’s brilliant web browsing function will put it into perspective with easy search optimization and a clear view of your subject matter. The 4.3” SUPER AMOLED Plus and Adobe Flash Player capabilities let you get the full multimedia experience. Surf in style with Samsung.
Show off? Why not when it’s this easy. AllShare lets the Samsung GALAXY S II link wirelessly with a TV, laptop or even audio system to play multimedia files directly from the phone. AllShare synchronizes the phone with a compatible DLNA based product. So start the streaming to the big screen in HD. That’s media convergence made simple!
8MP Camera with LED Flash
Get your shots in. The 8MP auto focus camera doesn’t miss any details whether you’re shooting idleness or action. Take beautiful, detailed photos even in low light with the built-in LED flash. And thanks to the much improved user interface of Android Gingerbread, fast scene switching is possible. And a quick switch to the 2MP front-facing camera makes self-portraits a snap. Picture the difference.
Full HD Recording & Playback
Be a star. Let the Samsung GALAXY S II’s video shooting capabilities bring out the celebrity in you. Featuring 1080p Full HD Recording, every moment is a potential masterpiece in the making. Capture the action in high resolution and in dual core speed, instantly play back your HD footage in incredible clarity on the 4.3” SUPER AMOLED Plus display.
Organise and synchronize better all in your online contacts through Social Hub. Streamline your email, SMS, IM and SNS information into one unified box, and interact faster with more people in the way you want to.
Join in on the action. The Samsung GALAXY S II’s Game Hub lets you to download high quality games, providing over 20 social network games and premium games. Search for games and new release information or play away. With an accelerometer, and gyroscope sensors dynamic hand and arm movement games stand out from the crowd. The slightest tilt and you’re dead – now that’s entertainment.
Keep your music close, while accessing the world of 13 million tracks of songs. Samsung’s Music Hub, powered by 7digital, provides an intuitive playback system while you search, discover, preview, purchase and download tracks on the go. The app will also provide you with the viewing experience for rich information, with access to all the artist bios, discographies and reviews you desire. Get recommendations on hot and new albums and add to the excitement with the virtual 5.1 channel sound.
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I could go on and go on and go on and go on and go on and on, but I think you got it. Basically, if you were dreaming of a hand held supercomputer that could understand what you say and help you, way back in the nineties, this is the reality.
Yes, the newer ones are EVEN BETTER, but if you have one of these, do you really even understand exactly what you have?
The screen - it's a genuine thing of beauty. Colours are rich, details are pin-sharp, and although I suffer from eyestrain a lot I seem to be able to look at this one for longer than others. Everyone who's seen it has commented on how good it is.
Performance - it really goes well. Web browsing is into laptop PC speeds, unlike any other phone I've used. It just eats up whatever I throw at it, embedded Flash included.
Battery life - a long day of heavy usage, or two days of light use. It's great not to have to worry about the battery meter hurtling down as soon as I turn on mobile data, GPS or push notifications. This is really a tablet computer rather than a phone, and I wouldn't expect anything more than two days battery life from it, although if you used it solely as a phone I'm sure you'd get longer. The battery is user-replaceable too.
Android. I have an iPod Touch running iOS 5, and I think Android ICS is a better all-round operating system. It just seems easier to do key things like switching between apps, the widgets are great, and integration between Facebook, Twitter, email etc all works well. It's also highly customisable - I wasn't over-impressed by the standard on-screen keyboard, so just installed a different one with better features.
The Google Play app store is as easy to use as Apple's store, and the apps themselves are as easy as iOS ones, with the bonus of consistent menu and `go back' keys, which Apple devices lack. I like being able to move files around (and between apps) how I want to, not how Apple thinks I should. There's no need to install Samsung's Kies app (equivalent to iTunes) which I've read is not especially good.
General appearance. This is a matter of taste, but I like it. It's big in surface area terms, but slim and surprisingly light. For me it's the perfect size for a smartphone, unlike its too-big sibling the Galaxy Note.
Sound - someone said their S2 heated up when playing music, but I haven't found this. Sound quality from the built-in speaker is nothing special, although it's quite loud. Plugged into headphones (decent in-ear ones are supplied), or to a stereo, it's very good - clear, solid sound with plenty of bass and definition.
WiFi. Generally it's OK (and very fast), although it has frozen after losing wifi connections a couple of times and had to be rebooted (hold the power key in for 10 secs - no need to remove the battery). Mobile data performance (3G/H+) is very good (I've used it on the T-Mobile and GiffGaff/O2 networks).
Phone - yes, it does phone calls and texts too! I've had no problems with it, and Samsung's phone app makes it easy to choose which number to call for each contact. It echoed a lot during calls on T Mobile, but doesn't on GiffGaff.
Camera/movie recorder. The camera is 8MP and can produce some great pics, especially in good light (and they look quite beautiful on that screen), although the digital zoom is no better than average (i.e. not worth having). It's also slow to react, meaning that you often lose `the moment'. A physical shutter button would be a big improvement. HD movies look amazing on the phone, but are a bit jerky, and mine has a problem of background hiss on the sound, caused by over-sensitive, and non-adjustable, microphone gain, which does spoil them a bit (actual sound quality is very high). Overall the visual kit is amazing, but also slightly disappointing.
GPS. EDIT - the S2 was slow to lock on to satellites when I first got it, but after upgrading to Android 4.0.2 (pushed out automatically by Samsung), GPS performance is transformed. It now locks on to satellites very quickly.
Not so good points:
Connectivity. I bought an adaptor which I hoped would let me stream YouTube etc to my TV via HDMI, but found that the S2's wifi didn't work properly when it was connected (although it would play pre-installed movies OK). The supplier said this was a known issue with the S2. Big disappointment.
It can get hot. This hasn't happened to me with music (see above), but it did happen with the Opera Mobile browser, which seemed to go into a loop which resulted in the screen becoming too hot to touch (presumably due to those two high-speed processor cores getting over-excited). It doesn't happen in normal use, but I do feel I have to keep an eye on it, and unload apps before putting it on charge at night.
I bought my S2 more as a pocket computer than a phone, and it's pretty much everything I hoped it would be. It has its weak spots, but overall it's a big, fast device with lots of storage and a beautiful screen, and a software system that seems infinitely customisable yet easy to use. Outstanding value for money.
Fortunately I have both O2 and Tesco Mobile "Live" SIM cards as it is the O2 network the phone is locked to.
On inserting the SIM card one is prompted to select"O2 Pre-pay"; "O2 Post-pay" (Contract); or "Tesco". For the first few hours the phone refused to recognise either SIM and I was ready to return it to Amazon.
However leaving it sat on a desk and watching a couple of hours TV, I returned to find the phone
>Knew the network (although it calls Tesco "O2" as they use the O2 network)
>Knew the phone number
>Said the network was enabled.
So onto download Samsung Kies. Two passes, one to install and immediately a second to update to the latest version.
Connect the phone via USB. Kies immediately offered a firmware upgrade with warnings (make sure the battery is fully charged, etc.) to version PDA:LP7 / PHONE:LPS / CSC:LP5 (CPW) which meant nothing to me, but I went ahead anyway. The first attempt stalled and I was prompted to remove the battery and re-start. The 2nd worked. This turns out to be the upgrade from the "Gingerbread" operating system to "Ice Cream Sandwich", the very latest.
So far so good and I'm now learning all about the SII and am mightily impressed. It manages to get enough signal to make and receive calls here in the depths of the Somerset countryside where my previous Nokias were challenged to say the least.
I'll come back in a few weeks and update this with my feelings to date, but if I forget its because the phone is fantastic and I'm very happy with it...... !
I've had mine about 15 months and am very happy with it still - no s3s or iPhone 5 wanted here. When they get round to releasing a 5 core processor (one while its at rest and the other 4 a modern quadcore mobile processor) to massively improve battery life, I'll consider moving again.
I just want to point out how tough it is - by accident it fell with considerable force (it was effectively hurled) down 20 feet of stone steps, hitting several on the way down. I expected to find it in pieces, but was thrilled to discover some marks and light dents down the edges and corners and a small scratch on the screen and that was it. The much maligned 'flimsy' back panel didn't even come off, and it hadn't even turned powered down.
I don't plan to see if it could take such abuse again, I think I might have been very lucky to get away with it, but on that evidence this is the a veritable Toyota Hilux of phones.
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