Samsung Galaxy S II

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Reviewed by Ebony & Ivory (Currently owns)

When this was released it was the best Android phone on the market and it held that spot for many months. But this is Android and no phone can stay at the stop for too long before it is eclipsed by the next great thing.

The 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is the star of the show. It is great. It features dark blacks and bright saturated colors. It has an 800x600 screen and while low compared to other high-end phones, it still make Android look great and it is a pleasure to use the device for reading, and viewing videos. It come with Android 2.3 and an Android 4.0 update should be forthcoming by mid-2012. Samsung's dual-core processor 1.2 GHz Exynos processor is the best in class. It is also amazingly light and thin! And yes it is a BIG deal. The phone feels great to hold.

Now for the bad parts. Battery life is not so good. It will last a day of light to normal use, but if you forget to charge it overnight, expect to have a dead battery come morning. Another fault is it's extraordinary cheap build for such a high-end product. It has a flimsy plastic battery door. It has plastic buttons and body. After less than a month with the device, the power button is already starting to wear out and I anticipate sending this off to Samsung to get fixed in the not too distant future when the button finally stop being functional.

As of the time of this writing (Dec. 2011) there are only two other phone I would get over this one. The Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound. Both of those are on Verizon. If you are on any of the other 3 networks, Galaxy SII is you best option.

I give this a 7.8. If the battery life was better (at least 2 day on a single charge with moderate use) and if the plastic button were more durable this is a 9! Regardless, this is the best Android phone on AT&T, T-mobile and Sprint.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 8
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Reception / call quality 6
  • Performance 9
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 4
  • Ecosystem 9
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