Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)

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Reviewed by tywannabe (Currently owns)

I really love this phone.

I used to have an iPhone 4 and loved it, but always had to wear this huge, bulky case to protect the glass from shattering. It felt like a freaking vase.

This phone is sturdy, and I really like how I feel safe with it, especially with the plastic lip slightly above the screen.

Yes, the screen is bright, saturated, and vibrant; that comes at a cost. First of all, this thing has REALLY low pixel density. Around 254 ppi. It also is constantly brighter than I want it to be, leading to some really painful moments in the mornings when I look at the screen. It also drains battery like nobody's business. A full battery at moderate usage and lowest brightness gets me through only about nine hours. My iPhone would be able to last about two or three days under those conditions.

I'm not exchanging this phone for anything short of extraordinary. It's fast, vibrant, and I love android, but a short battery life and that terrible pixel density make me reluctant to recommend it to anyone but die hard techies under the age of 30.

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  • Design 7
  • Display 6
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 8
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 9
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