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An iPhone is more like just phone + personal entertainment device, while Android is more like a small PC in a phone. The open system gives you much more freedom with regards to what to install and how you plan to use your phone. I basically chose this model because it offered better hardware features to the iPhone 4S, at a much lower price. So far, I am good with it. It was hard to stop using my iPod 4 (the UI is better in iPhone, I believe), but it was a reasonable compromise to avoid carrying two gadgets. I am impressed with the phone camera quality, even under low-light situations. Battery life is OK, however if you are a heavy user, you might need an extra battery (I bought an additional 2000mAh just in case, but I never need it). At addition, i`d like to present the three things that make me love this phone are: 1) Speed. It is MUCH faster than the Iphone 4. You open the map and borderline instantly your location is pinned down and you are ready to scroll in and out. I use ADW launcher and the flow of using the phone is very smooth. 2) Screen. The phone has a massive 4.3 and gorgeous screen. Even at low levels of brightness the imagine is very clear and crisp, and quite visible at daylight. 3) Light and slim. It is the first time I own a phone bigger than 4 inches, and I have to say that my fears were completely unfounded. First of all the phone is lighter and thinner than both the Iphone 4, so it does not feel bulky even with such a large screen. I find it very elegant and stylish.
I got this phone though vodafone on a contract, the reates were quite good and the phone itself was amazingly fast compared to my last phone and in comparason with te other phones on the market it was much better in spec and in functionality. I have had this phone for almost 2 years now and although its starting to show the stress of high useage every day it is still powering on and running like the day i received it. there are a couple of scratches and bumps from drops or accidents but the phone has stood good through most it has been put through. when i first got the phone i was amazed at how fast it loaded apps and the android system has only got better since then. The big downfall of this phone is the bloat ware that samsung insist on pilling onto the device pulling adverts and using mobiel data by the gallon. there are multiple ways of removing these but most involve voiding the warrenty which can be a good feature to keep as the batery in mine gave up just before the warenty was due to run out. From playing gmaes to reading documents or seding and receiving emails this phone has all the bases covered with a strong email setup and a good wireless and data conectivity. the screen has amazing colours and depth to it which is perfect for the 8mp camera that is packed int othe back that leaves no detail un captured with its full 1080p video pater and high res images. taking out the bloat ware the phone is perfect for any mediaum to high end user although for any tech orientated person like me there is much better phones on the market now that will do what this little phone does and more.
This is not my first Samsung phone but it is by far my favourite and I can't wait until my upgrade when I can try the next phone in the series. It's a really nice looking phone and incredibly user friendly - as many Samsung phones are. The 8mp camera is good and has auto focus, digital zoom and supports JPEG formats. It doesn't bother me any more if i forget to take my camera on days out as i have been able to take very good photos with this camera. Ease of getting on the internet is fab, loads of apps and games which are free to download and a really good size screen which is sensitive enough to play on. When I got this phone I had considered the HTC Sensation (which my husband got) and I couldn't find much between the 2. At the time this was rated at the top of many mobile phone lists and I quickly agreed that it deserved its place there. With Android as its operating system, i have found the phone very user friendly with plenty of Android apps to download. My phone can now do almost as much as my laptop! I got the phone free as part of my new contract. I am currently with Orange and for around £36 per month I get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. As well as this there are options such as magic numbers and swappables which make the deal even better. The size of the phone took a little while to get used to as it is fairly thin but a cover which I bought from Ebay for 99p gave the phone just a little bit more substance. Its 16GB memory is easily expandable by inserting up to 32GB card. I have stored loads of music on it, downloaded lots of games, taken photos and still have plenty of memory between the phone and memory card. It only has a couple of buttons on it for power, volume and to get back to the home screen so the highly responsive screen is a must. Previously I had insisted on having buttons on my phone but very quickly adapted to not having them. It is very easy to use with easy to find menus and took me no time at all to initially set it up for use. The address book is very easy to use and allows you to store addresses, email address and much more for each contact. It is also very easy to share these with other phones using Android. I have been using it for over a year now and I still love it - which is incredible considering how quickly I get bored with my phones.
This is my review of the samsung galaxy s2. I have had this phone now a little over 10 months and it was a toss up between this and the iphone 4 and i'm glad i chose this one. The Display is Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, moving from page to page is effortless. The feel of it is good also, as it's very well built. It runs on the Android OS v2.3 gingerbread but can now be upgraded to run on ICS. The jack is a standard 3.5mm. It has an impressive 16gb internal memory and 1gb ram and a Card Slot microSD up to 32GB. It runs on a 3g network has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct. Bluetooth is 3.0. It also comes with a usb port & can be charged by plug or connection to your pc/laptop. It comes with socila intergration, so all you twitter,facebook etc users will be happy as you can access them all from one place. I'm very impressed with the navigation apps on the galaxy s2 and i have used it more often than my stand alone sat nav and it has never failed me yet ( touch wood ). The camera is superb, hd and 8.0 mega pixels with loads of features. Also the video playback is in hd too. As an alternative to the iphone, this is the one you want. To sum up, a simply fantastic phone.
My wife (Sue) upgraded her mobile in February 2012 from her old Nokia to the Galaxy SII when her previous contract with O2 came to an end. To upgrade, Sue paid an upfront fee of £80 and he monthly charge is £16.50 for unlimited texts, 20 picture messages and 200 minutes with an additional £5 for 500Mb data. To me as I decided to buy the more modest Galaxy ACE which is currently still on Top Up with Tesco this seems slightly excessive particularly as I know Sue will never need unlimited texts, and I know Tesco's SIM only is only £7.50 per month for 500Mb data, 5000 texts and 250 minutes - not that I'm jealous of Sue's phone or anything! I did have the opportunity myself only a few months ago when I bought my Galaxy ACE by exchanging Tesco clubcard vouchers but at £368 I thought that even at double points value in their exchange programme that it was a little excessive with my mobile use. Although our phones are different models in fact they are very similar in design and functionality. They both have android operating systems - the Galaxy ACE is restricted to Gingerbread, the Galaxy SII can be upgrade from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich (which Sue has done) which was done by cable connection to the Kies Air app but dependant on your mobile operator as to whether the upgrade is available. In terms of storage, the Galaxy SII has internal memory of 1GB which compared to the ACE's 278MB allows much greater flexibility and many more apps to be downloaded. It is important that when looking at any android phone you realise that part of the app is stored in the internal memory, so the more apps you have the more memory you lose and eventually the less responsive your phone will be - still it would take a fair few to get to that point. With both phones there is a slot for a micro SD card allowing additional storage for photos etc - the Galaxy SII has capacity for 32GB and additional internal storage or 16/32MB. The Galaxy SII has a dual core 1200MHz processor, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen giving bright vivid colours. It has an 8MP camera (with touch focus and smile detection) and can take full HD pictures and videos. There are a range of features including panoramic, sports, night, party/indoor, sunset and text. Unlike my Galaxy ACE it has a second 2MB camera that allows you take photos of yourself or can be used for video conferencing. It works on 2G and 3G networks, and has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) functionality. It has HTML browsing and has Adobe Flash. The Galaxy SII has built in sensors - gyro, proximity, accelerometer and compass. The Galaxy SII has a really noticeable difference to my phone - its size which is a benefit and drawback. Certainly when texting, taking photos or using any of the many apps having a big screen is very useful, but as it doesn't fit easily in your pocket it isn't so good and in fact Sue has dropped her phone 3 times in 9 months and has had to have a replacement screen on one occasion as it was totally cracked and only held in place by the screen protector that she bought for a £ or so off of Amazon. The dimensions are 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm and weighs 119g. The phone comes in 3 colours - black, white and pink although Sue's only had the attached black case and a white additional cover. Battery life on the phone under standard operating conditions - ie with 3G switched on is only 8 hours 40 minutes and 18 hours 20 minutes with only 2G so it is highly recommended that you install a battery life saver - Sue and I have both installed a free app called juice defender that significantly increases your battery life. The only difference in respect of pre-installed apps is down to the mobile operator as both phones have virtually the same ones - Navigation, YouTube, Calculator, FM Radio, Maps, G-Mail, Clock, Calendar and Music. The Galaxy SII allows qwerty text input or numeric touchscreen keypad and can also be configured for voice input. Sue and I both have some of the same apps on our phones which we downloaded from the app store including Google Sky Map (where you point the phone at the sky and it tells you what stars, planets etc you are looking at), JuiceDefender (above), Spotify (which allows us to create music play lists that we can listen to through our Virgin tv package) and Kies Air which allows you to see everything stored on your phone either wired or wirelessly on your pc / laptop - including all your text messages. The feature I love most about the phone is that you have a full log of all your text conversations (unless you delete them of course), the one I don't like is the requirement to have a gmail address to access many of the features including the Samsung website. The Galaxy SII is a great phone with a large fragile glass screen. I love the phone and would recommend it to anybody as part of their next contract upgrade, however for anyone buying a new android phone I would suggest the Galaxy ACE that has pretty much the same functionality apart from being unable to play the latest demanding games, less internal memory and not having the extra camera because of the significant price difference £368 (SII), £150 (ACE). (Yes Sue does let me use it from time to time). Sue has a number of games installed including Bubble Spinner and Jewels and loves being able to play them whilst out on the move and can't talk highly enough about this phone. Whatever you decide, you have to buy plastic screen protectors that will prevent you scratching the glass and I would seriously suggest a proper cover to keep your phone in.
The Samsung Galaxy S11 has to be one of the best phones out there. The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the S11 is its weight or more accurately, its lack of weight! That is not to say that it is flimsy, far from it, this is still one very well built phone. The only problem you might have initially is finding out how to get into the battery compartment at the rear of the phone. As you look at the rear of the phone, on the right hand side there is a small notch about a cm wide. You need to pull quite firmly using your nail and it will unclip from the back. Once you get over the initial fear of breaking the cover you will soon get the hang of this! The fact that this is about the only negative thing I can find to say about the Galaxy S11 speaks volumes. The processor is exceptionally fast and browsing the web is a delay free experience both with 3G or Wi-Fi. There are enough settings on the camera and video to enable you to take pin sharp photos the majority of the time without too much shutter delay, although if you want to take quality pictures from a distance then you really need a proper camera for this. My phone is filled with pictures and videos of my daughter doing all her various activities and the videos are crisp and clear and I have printed off many a picture taken by the phone. The sound from this phone is excellent too and tunes can be accessed quickly from the menu. A great feature of this phone is the customizable screens. You can have as much or as little information or widgets on your home screen as you like, enabling you to access all your favourite features, whether this be social media or your favourite apps. I haven't even mentioned the touch screen as it is so good that you instantly forget about it and just carry on whizzing about from screen to screen to locate whatever information you need. All in all, this is by far the best phone I have ever used and I have never had a single problem with it so if you want a phone to listen to your music, take cool pictures and videos as well as keeping up with all the latest news and gossip via the net and social media, you can't go wrong with this phone.
I got my Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II last Christmas and it is by far the best phone i've purchased. The fact it only has one button on the front of the phone makes it very stylish and its ultra thin. Customize the pages to your taste with browsers, widgets, shortcuts, folders plus many of other things. The fact i can do anything i could on a desktop but with as much mobility as the phone is great. Surfing the web is a breeze and even typing up small documents. Highlights- The Camera is 8mp with autofocus and takes quality pictures and videos. Fully touch 4.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen. Use the phones wifi to connect other devices wirelessly to the Internet. Dual-Core 1.2GHz Cortex CPU. Battery life of upto 8 hours depending on the brightness and settings. Bad Points- Can be hard to type with big fingers. Not as touch responsive with some apps.
Well I've had my Samsung Galaxy SII for a month now so think it's time to give it a review. Now I'm not technologically minded so this is a review from the heart, just my true feelings on the phone. After years of being a Blackberry owner I decided it was time to give another phone a go. I never considered an IPhone as I personally just do not think they are as good as everyone thinks. So I decided on a Samsung. The S3 was just out and I was seriously tempted until I saw it in person, it was HUGE. I remember the times when phones were getting smaller not bigger. So I instead went for the smaller, older S2. Now at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 it is still bigger than the IPhone but not so much that it causes issues when carrying or holding. The bigger size does lead to a huge plus point, big screen! The screen is a whopping 4.3 inches and the colours it displays are amazing. When I got mine home and took it out the box I was surprised by the weight and thinness of the phone. I actually had to go back out and buy one of those Gel cases for the back just to give it a bit more weight as I felt like it was so light I'd drop it too easily. After 5 minutes of playing with the phone I pretty much had the basics worked out so it is very easy to use and understand. I did go through it and delete a lot of apps that came on it as there was a lot of stuff I'd never use and a lot of free trials for games etc. Free trials are a nice idea and I'm sure a lot of people will try them and maybe then go on to buy them but Guitar hero on the phone just wasn't for me. The camera is amazing! I liked my 5mp camera on my previous Blackberry Torch but it is nothing compared to the S2's 8mp. It is so clear and the colours are amazing. First thing I did to try it was take a picture of a bee on a thistle in my garden and you would swear it was taken with a ridiculously expensive professional camera. You can also switch the camera to the 2mp front facing version which is great for taking pictures of yourself and friends but I guess is really meant for video calling. The only thing I don't like about the camera, and this applies to most phone cameras nowadays, is that you need to use the button on the screen to activate it. Sometimes I wish there was a physical button, preferably on the side, to work the camera. The battery life on the phone is good. I use mine a lot and always have applications running but I don't need to charge it several times a day unlike people I know with other types of smartphones. The official times given in the handbook are up to 710 standby hours using 2G, up to 610 standby hours using 3G, you will get up to 18 hours 20 minutes talk time using 2G and up to 8 hours 40 minutes using 3G. I'm not here to review android or it's apps but I need to mention one as it has made my transition from Blackberry to Samsung as lot easier. One of my favourite features of the BB was the BBM and I thought this would be the thing I'd miss the most when leaving Blackberry. But I have now discovered Whatsapp which is basically the same thing but even better. It uses your data to send messages so no pesky text charges to friends in the US or Australia but unlike BBM this app can be downloaded on Blackberry, Android or Apple so I can chat to anyone that has it no matter what phone they have. Overall I am very glad I went with this phone as so far there are no complaints from me on it.
I've had the Samsung Galaxy S II for over a year now and I've only got one fault with it, the battery! Otherwise why would you want to pay the extra £200 for an iPhone when the Galaxy S II does an equally good job! The Galaxy S II is the second in the Galaxy range of smartphones developed by Samsung. It has a front facing and rear facing camera, a processor and screen quality to match the iPhone and a multitude of applications available through the Google Play store to more than match Apple's iTunes store. Use: This phone is easy to use, Samsung have put on their Sense variant of the Google Android operating system. This comes with a stock internet browser which is relatively quick and simple to use. It has no add ons and is very basic. The messaging and call functions are simple as well. Installing apps is easy enough, just navigate to the Play store and search for what your after and install it. Other standard features, such as the camera, clock, alarm are equally easy to use and don't differ from many other smartphones in their operation. Look & Feel: The phone looks sleek and professional to me. Its not heavy in the slightest and is quite light to hold and carry around. It fits seamlessly in a pocket as well. The build quality is outstanding, as you would expect from Samsung, it may feel slightly plasticy in your hand but having dropped the handset a number of times it still looks in perfect condition and works equally as well as I when I first got it. Also I have never had a cover or screen protector on my phone and it still has a perfect looking screen with no scratches, you just have to be careful where you put it! Negatives: Battery life, as with all smartphones, is a nightmare. The Galaxy S II needs to be charged every day, even with minimal use, power saving mode on and no apps running in the background. Also the screen doesn't hold up too well in bright sunlight. Overall, this phone is a great competitor to the iPhone and for the price difference it is a wise choice.
INTRODUCTION The Samsung Galaxy S II was Samsung's flagship phone and one its most successful phones ever for Samsung when it was released last year. The 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 4.3 in Super AMOLED Plus display and super thin 8.5mm profile made the S II stood out among all the Android based phones out there. However since then, the S II has been eclipsed by many other phones including its successor the Samsung Galaxy S III. While the S III has many bells and whistles that the S II lacks, the S II is still a very capable phone and a recommended buy if you are not the type that has to own the latest and the greatest. HARDWARE FEATURES The beautiful Super AMOLED Plus screen is still a marvel to look at even though it cannot match the HD resolution of today's latest phones. It works well both indoors and outdoors. The 1.2 GHz dual core processor may not match the quad core offerings but personally I have yet to find anything that I can throw at it that will choke it up. Playing the latest 3D games or watching HD movies has always been smooth. The interface is very responsive and flicking the screen or navigating on the web browser or apps is always smooth. The camera is still one of the best I have even seen on a phone. It is 8MP but what is important is that the quality of the images taken are very good. It is also capable of taking 1080p HD video. I am so happy with the quality of the camera, I now use the S II as my main camera even when going on holidays. The only thing I miss when compared to my digital camera is optical zoom. As an added bonus, the front facing camera is 2MP and also of high quality. I even use the front camera to take self portraits and the quality is good enough for online postings. The phone comes with either 16GB or 32GB storage but you can easily expand this by another 32GB with the external memory slot. The extra 32GB is more than enough for storage of hours of HD videos. SOFTWARE FEATURES The S II comes with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface which is very good although not considered the best. It lacks a bit in terms of wow factor but what it lacks in eye candy, it makes up by being user friendly and smooth. Samsung has also released Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for the S II so you are not missing out on new features that are only available on Android 4.0. If the phone did the come with Android 4.0, updating it is easy and can be done on the phone itself without the use of a PC. I updated mine from Android 2.3 and the new OS makes my S II feel like a brand new phone. If you are the tech savvy type, you can replace the ROM with tons of alternative versions of Android out there as the S II is widely supported by the hacking community. CONCLUSION If you are looking for a new Android phone and you do not care for the latest models, you can do much worse than considering the Samsung Galaxy S II.
The build quality is the first thing you notice and it is good but not great with a shiny plasticy feel although the bumpy back offers a better grip. There appear to be no glaring manufacturing defects but the phone does arguably feel cheap due to the plastic construction rather than the aluminium or glass other manufacturers use. Although the phone runs android version 4.0.4 (when updated, it comes with android 3.2 out of the box), Samsung have skinned android with TouchWiz 3.0 which give you a very different experience to other phones. They have added several features, and one of the first ones you will notice is the picture lock screen which you can customize and simply have to swipe to unlock. Another key feature of TouchWiz is that you can organize the app drawer ie the screen that shows all the apps you have installed. You can add or remove pages to group together apps such as games, or you can create folder to put apps in to minimise scrolling. This is a feature that is unavailable on most other phones. The phone has a 4.3" AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen with a screen resolution of 480x800 giving you 217 pixels per inch. This is a common and widely supported screen resolution meaning apps will fit nicely and you wont see many 'black bars' when watching videos. The screen supports 720p HD videos making the movie watching experience pleasurable, even on a (in terms of watching movies) smaller screen. This screen also has the flaw that, when you press too hard the screen around your finger discolors. The phones ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor is more than able to handle web browsing, HD videos... or both! It keeps up with all the day to day tasks and more and when paired with the 1GB of RAM available it means you can open several applications at once and still continue to comfortably use the phone. The built in storage impressive, offering 16GB as a standard and also offering expandable memory via micro SD card. This means you should have plenty of memory space to store all your favorite movies and songs, but if you need extra it is always available. The camera is 8MP with flash, it can take good pictures at reasonable light levels, but at low light levels the picture quality is questionable, although this is just an amateurs point of view. There is an extensive built in photo editor meaning you can brush up any pictures with options from white balance to ISO, as well as have a bit of fun with them with a variety of frames and effects. Now onto what a phone is actually meant to be used for, calls and texts. The call quality is crystal clear most of the time, and when its not its still clear. Another special feature available is predictive calling. There are two ways to use this, as an example say John's phone number is 07912345678; you can either start typing the numbers ie 07912... and it will predict the number, or you can type the numbers corresponding to the letters of the contacts name ie 5 (JKL) 4 (GHI) 6 (MNO)... and it will predict the contacts name and bring up their phone number. There is an additional way to call as well. If you are in your contacts list, if you swipe to the right on that contacts name a call will be initiated. Leading on to the next point, if you swipe left, the messaging application will be opened. Texting is great as the keyboard again is very user friendly and the screen is big enough to display all characters easily, but small enough that you don't have to struggle to reach the characters in the middle of the keyboard. The messaging application also contains the predictive functionality to bring up a contacts phone number. I bought this phone for £450 a year ago, but the price has now dropped quite a bit and can be bought for under £350. This makes it a great buy as it has all the features to match current phones and a price nearing half of many top end phones. The updated Samsung Galaxy S III is available, but for anyone who is not obsessed with having all the latest technology or is on a budget, this is a very admirable phone. Overall it is a great phone and although it is old, it is by no means outdated, even for a tech savvy user like me.
I like technology, I like gadgets, I even have an i-pod - but until three months ago I was of the firm belief that a mobile phone should be used for two things - phonecalls and sending text messages (OK - three things - to tell the time/set an alarm). That was before the galaxy SII came into my life. I should warn you that this is not going to be a technical review involving lots of statistics about processor speeds or megapixels. This is more of a simpleton's point of view who has just discovered that a phone can be more than just a phone. I love this phone and want to tell the world about it - it is so simple to use (I hate reading manuals/going through days of setup wizards) and the screen is so big and easily readable! Before I go on, I would just like to say that I have absolute sausages for fingers, so I have struggled in the past with touch screen phones not recognising/being precise enough when pressing the on screen controls. This is not the case with the SII - instead the full keyboard option for typing (escpecially in the horizontal position) is easy to use and has big enough keys even for me to press. As a bonus, my wife no longer things I need spelling lessons! Other controls, such as video/music playback and those involved with the internet are also precise enough not to annoy. The menu is simple - though that's a trademark of the operating system (so I am told) - something to do with gingerbread? this has opened up a whole world of apps to me (my previous phone was not an android), some of which are useful, some are not. The internet is easy to use, the screen is HD (and clear as anything) so movies/clips of people hurting themselves are great to watch. I also found the whole 'how do you connect to the internet' question quite easy to solve with this phone. There are two on screen buttons at the top, one for data and one for wi-fi, which are very easily switched on/off. This makes it handy for stealing the office's bandwidth whilst at work, instead of using up my limited data allowance! The camera should also be praised. 8 megapixels (OK - I lied about there not being any mention of megapixels) is plenty enough definition to get every wart/spot on my daughters face (which obviously she is very pleased about when I show her), and the picture viewer is also easily controllable. The phone is also light, which I'm not sure is a good thing - I've lost it from my pocket a couple of times now without noticing - fortunately someone else has noticed though as I'd now be lost without it. The battery life is decent enough, providing you don't leave it searching for wi-fi access (that really drains it) and have the brightness not set to 'the light of the sun' (again this is easily changed and can be set to 'auto'). Although it comes with 16gig of memory on board (which is plenty), it also comes with a slot for additional memory - so you can hold as many music albums/video files as you like! The even better news is that the Galaxy SIII is out now - though I would buy the (now) cheaper SII given the choice as it does everything that I would want from a mobile phone (and much, much more!)
I got this phone when my HTC decided to give up the ghost and while initially I was constantly finding myself comparing one phone to another I quickly realised that the processing speed of the Samsung was phenomenal and the phone was so packed full of features that I didn't know where to start. It has a great camera with functions such as the ability to take panoramic photos as well as sat nav and MP3 player all cased in a sleek, smart looking phone. The functionality of the phone means that my PC is often made redundant because there is not much while at home that I need to do that cannot be done on the phone. The picture quality of the camera is out of this world and there have been several times where I have managed to take better pictures on the phone than on my expensive digital SLR camera that I bought a few years ago.
This is the first mobile phone I have ever owned that I have not regretted buying several weeks later. It is a fantastic replacement for a camera, mp3 player, personal organiser, Sat Nav, torch, calculator, books and even my laptop isn't used as much! The things I think are the best are: The camera and flash - this phone takes better photos than my normal digital camera, and the fact that using apps allows these photos to be instantly emailed, posted to Facebook, used on Ebay, uploaded to Photobucket, even changed and enhanced all from one device is brilliant. The memory - I had a 2GB memory card from an old Samsung phone that I have not yet needed. It is advertised as having 8GB of memory built in but actually it is nearer 14GB, and I am nowhere near to using that much. The internet browser - I have recently downloaded a Google Chrome app on the recommendation of a friend, however I have never had a problem with the built in browser, and since the Icecream update, browsing normal desktop sites is so much easier. The phone can carry out most functions online. Ease of use: as proof of how easy this phone is to use, a week ago I recommended this phone to a friend of mine who has had a 10 year old phone since forever and so using a smart phone was a bit daunting. They took the plunge and bought the S2 and 6 days later they were using it like a pro! Apps - I love having my email portable as it allows me to keep in touch with my business while out of the office, I love being able to buy things on Ebay while travelling, I love having hundreds of games at my finger tips when I'm sat on a four hour train journey, I can get up to date currency conversions, I can write my blog posts while on the go, do my online banking, Tweet, book train tickets, scan a barcode in a shop and read reviews for that product, buy and read a book with Kindle, the list goes on and on. The only app I have ever found problematic is Facebook. For some reason this never works and crashes the phone constantly, as does using their mobile site too. Maps - it is so handy when you are miles away in a strange town and you want a decent meal, so you go into your map and search for restaurants. Then you can read through reviews and pick where you want to go. Then there's the sat nav function, which has come in handy many times! Being able to update this phone means it is always excellent, and the only bad thing I can say is the battery life isn't great, but I understand that this is something that has been sorted in the S3. I'm not due an upgrade for another nine months though, so for now I'm very happy with the S2.
This phone was my first smartphone. I chose it as it was one of the newer phone out and had enjoyed samsung phones in the past. It is an attractive phone, and although quite big I find it to be a great size for using apps, watching iplayer and still small enough to be able to reach the whole screen easily. I find the weight of the phone to be an advantage as it does feel very light. After having the phone for a year I have found the silver coating around the phone has begun to chip off at the corners which makes the phone look more cheap although I am to blame for not using a case. I find the phone very easy to use and although there are many useless apps preinstalled which you are unable to delete, being able to hide these in folders stops my phone from looking cluttered. I like the many ways in which you can lock the phone, but I find the face recognition option annoying has it does not always recognise you and the phone can be unlocked by holding a photo infront of the screen. Overall I would recommend this phone to others.
The Galaxy S II is the first handset to offer Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, the largest, brightest and most colourful screen available in Samsung's portfolio of devices.
Super slim and lightweight Samsung's Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is super-fast thanks to its dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The device's exceptionally bright screen makes it perfect for watching movies and TV or playing games and looking at apps, with its ground-breaking 'organic' LED technology, Super AMOLED Plus also saving energy so you can enjoy watching content without affecting the battery life.
The Galaxy S II is built for multi-tasking, its dual-core processor makes switching between applications and loading web pages such as Google, Yahoo and YouTube quick, whilst superior 3D hardware means games and videos can be loaded and played with ease. What's more, there's immediate access to content and services such as catch up TV and movie downloads, thanks to super-fast connectivity and WiFi, with speeds up to 21Mbps which provides increased download speeds, and Bluetooth 3.0+HS which reduces data transfer times significantly.
The Galaxy S II also features an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording and playback, Samsung's patented AllShare technology so you can share pictures, movies, and music with other devices and Samsung's Kies Air which lets people manage their smartphone contents from their PC via local WiFi connections.
A 'Live Panel' feature on the Galaxy S II allows aggregation of live web, social networking and application contents to a single customisable home-screen, whilst it's possible to place all the important parts of your life onto three adjacent home screens which you can switch between simply by pressing and holding on the screen. As with all the Samsung Galaxy family, the Galaxy S II features Samsung Hubs, providing a huge range of entertainment content, advanced mobile games and the ability to manage social networking accounts.
|Product Description:||Samsung GALAXY S II - Android Phone - GSM / UMTS|
|Product Type:||Android Phone - 3G - 16 GB|
|Service Provider:||Not specified|
|Mobile Services:||Google Play, Samsung Apps|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||66 mm x 8.5 mm x 125 mm|
|Technology:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM|
|Band:||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Integrated Components:||Digital camera, 2nd camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder|
|Wireless Interface:||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Display:||OLED display - colour - 4.27" - Super AMOLED Plus|
|Input Device(s):||Touch sensitive screen|
|Operating System:||Google Android 2.3|
|User Interface:||Samsung TouchWiz|
|Instant Messaging Services:||Yes|
|Supported Social Networks and Blogs:||Yes|
|Playback Digital Standards:||WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, FLAC, AC-3, XMF, AAC +, OGG, eAAC+, MIDI , VC-1, XviD, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, H.264, H.263|
|Supported Memory Card:||microSDHC - up to 32 GB|