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Life in the old dog yet
on 2 May 2013
About 18 months ago I worked for Orange and this was then the top spec handset in the shop. Nothing could beat it for spec, call quality or raw power. And a lot of people foolishly signed up for inferior iPhone 4's on a more expensive tarrif. More fool them I suppose.
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.