Reviewed by WQ (Previously owned)
Samsung sent me the Galaxy S II to review and when I had it I really liked it. First of all the design is just amazing on the camera, it's extremely thin and very light. And even though the 4.3-inch display is pretty large it felt better in the pocket than a smaller 3-inch smartphone which was a bit thicker.
Samsung packs a whole lot into the thin body on the Galaxy S II. From the outside you can see things like the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display which is low resolution but extremely high quality. I didn't mind the low resolution probably because my eyes aren't the best but it also seemed to make reading eBooks easier on my eyes since I didn't have to have the phone as close to my eyes. You can also find dual cameras one is an 8MP camera but neither really take amazing pictures. But the cameras do get the job done and I guess that's alright.
Inside you find a really fast processor which powers the smartphone along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. From my experiences with the phone I didn't have to use any task management apps at all. I could just run the phone and it would run smoothly no matter how many applications were open in the background. No apps had any real problem running, they loaded up fast, and I could switch apps fast. So performance isn't an issue here. And even though the smartphone has really good internals I was still able to get a day on a single charge of the battery which is ideal.
As far as the software goes I wasn't too impressed. It runs TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. TouchWiz is one of the better skins on Android in my opinion but it still isn't great. I prefer the stock Android user interface. But even Android 2.3 Gingerbread's stock interface is kind of outdated when compared to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which right now the Galaxy S II doesn't have. But Samsung has promised an update to ICS in Q1 2012 so stay tuned.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 10
- Software 7
- Battery life 9
- Ecosystem 9