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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||5 inches||3.5 inches||4 inches||4 inches||5 inches|
|Item Dimensions||0.85 x 6.61 x 12.53 cm||0.79 x 7.1 x 14.23 cm||0.59 x 5.9 x 11.2 cm||6.3 x 1 x 12.2 cm||6.3 x 1.1 x 12.1 cm||6.9 x 0.8 x 13.7 cm|
|Item Weight||118 grams||138 grams||113 grams||112 grams||124 grams||130 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB||8 GB||32 GB||8 GB||4 GB||16 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||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; GPS; internet; mp3_ringtones; stereo_jack_connector; radio; touchscreen; usb; wifi||camera; dual_core_processor; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; internet; mp3_ringtones; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||camera; dual_core_processor; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; mp3_ringtones; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; quad_core_processor; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi|
|Wireless Communication Technology||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; WiFi||4G||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; WiFi||3G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; UMTS; WiFi||Bluetooth; GPRS; Edge; GSM; HSDPA; 3G||3G; 4G; Bluetooth; Edge; GPRS; GSM; HSDPA; 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.
Samsung Galaxy S II handset
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Fast forward to 2013 and a whole two years since the Galaxy S2 has been launched. And two years is an eternity in the mobile phone world. Has it still got what it takes?
Well Samsung of course haven't stood still, having introduced two successors the S3 and S4. Quad Band, 13MP cameras,4G LTE compatibility. Surely the S2 has been left so far behind it isn't worth considering.
The S2 was so far ahead of the game at the time it can still deliver an outstanding smartphone performance even now.
Recently updated to include NFC and Android 4.0 the Galaxy S2 is still in there. In fact rivals such as Sony (Xperia T) and Apple( iPhone 5) took almost 18 months to catch up.
And BlackBerry's Z10 took two years!
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface is silky smooth and the screen Super AMOLED screen is still a reference standard IMHO.
In practice, I've found the S2 to offer good battery life,superb reception, excellent call quality, great pictures from its 8MP camera. Oh and the video performance ain't bad either. Apps such as Google Maps aren't too slow either.
As will all smartphones, battery life is meagre. I found that I have had to keep a couple of spare batteries with me to be safe. The back cover is incredibly flimsy , made from a razor thin piece of plastic and could break. I will be purchasing an extended battery soon so this isn't such a problem.
The biggest let down is Kies-Samsungs own software for things such as ripping music-AWFUL! I've given up on it and intend to rip any music from my laptop via WAV. I'll lose the album artwork but that isn't too much of a problem.
However this phone is still a formidable performer. Given a good 3G signal, it can still make the most of data intensive apps.
IMHO Samsung could still carry on with this handset. Give it 2GB of RAM, allow it to use DC-HSDPA (what Three UK refer to as 'Ultrafast') and give it the latest Androd OS and there's no reason why it wouldn't be good for another 12 months at least.
But then again some people might not buy the S4 if that happened.
I cannot think of a more cost-effective handset as things stand.
I was not happy to wake up to a phone that could only make/receive calls & send/receive text messages!
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.
Having said that, the Huawei phone I had previously, though not so touch sensitive or such a a high quality display was able to pick up and respond to poor WiFi signals more effectively. We just returned from holiday in Turkey and my old phone out performed the Galaxy on internet connection each time. I gave four stars because the Huawei was one third the price!
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