Samsung Galaxy S II

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Reviewed by kalikot (Currently owns)

I've had the Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 for 6 months and it's been a pleasure as my daily driver.

The Exynos processor really powers this beast and it's pretty much the smoothest Android experience due to the hardware accelerated touchwiz 4.0 and browser. It's unparalleled in performance and not even the latest from the competition such as the Rezound or Razr can match it when it comes to it. Touchwiz doesnt have the best customization options, but the smoothness and ease of use, along with the Toggles and options make it top notch, even better when you customize it with the mods over at XDA.

The camera is excellent. It's probably the best camera on a smartphone right now (unless you compare it to the N8) and It's performed favorably compared to the iPhone 4s. The shutter speed is decent but it would help if it focused faster.The 2mp front camera is the best front camera i've used so far and it surprises me with its results.

Viewing media on this thing is a pleasure due to the codecs. Flash has never performed this well on a mobile device. It doesnt have ANY hiccups, and it's amazing to see the Exynos SoC in action.

The battery life could be better but it's better than most smartphones especially compared to those HTC ones. It could better and the iPhone 4 outlasts it by a good amount but it's usually enough for a workday and sometimes more.

The Super AMOLED plus is a joy to behold and the 4.3 inch screen makes colors lively and it's really wonderful to read things compared to an LCD screen. The resolution is not the best compared to the current crop of smartphones but it's not really a huge deterrent as the RGB nature of the Super AMOLED plus works wonders. It's a miracle

The plastic housing is very light and durable, but it can indeed feel cheap compared to an iPhone, but in turn you get a very slim profile, very light and easy to grip. And adding a case to it remedies the cheap feel. There is always something to improve though.

One of the major annoyances is that the i9100 (and Note) tends to heat up when performing processor intensive things. It hasnt damaged my phone but it's annoying especially after using it and placing it in my pocket. Also, sound quality isn't the best compared to the iPhone 4 and the first Galaxy S. I would say it's mediocre

What I really love about the i9100 is the developer community and massive support over at XDA. I've been customizing my phone since I got it and been very happy with the constant official and unofficial updates from the community and Samsung. It's never been faster and the battery has become better with age.

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