Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II review


A new smartphone from the Koreans

The much beloved Korean company has released a new smartphone on the market. The latest Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II belongs to the category of dual-core devices available nowadays. Should you buy it? We performed a test with this smartphone and wrote the following review.

Similar with iPhone 4

The Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II is a good-looking product. It looks elegant, stylish and minimalist with its black color and body. The device measures 8.5mm x 66.1mm x 125.3mm and weighs 116 g. When compared to other smartphones, the one we tested for this review was a bit too big; we had to grip it with our fingertips because it didn’t feel comfortable otherwise. It also looked like, if we dropped it or sat on it, it might break in a flash. The manufacturers probably foresaw the effect of the measurements, because they made it possible to lock or unlock the phone by simply touching the main button on the front of the device; also, the power button sits on the right edge for ease of use. The front of the gadget looks like that on the iPhone 4. The rear is a mix of a finely chequered black plastic and glossy black plastic; they both hid scratches and fingerprints very well. The camera is on the back, the volume button is placed on the left, the microUSB sits on the bottom and the microSD is to be found next to the battery under the cover. Samsung-i9100-Galaxy-S-II

4.3 inch Super AMOLED display

The i9100 Galaxy S II sports a 4.3 inch Gorilla Glass Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen. This translated into sharpness, great colors, infinite viewing angles and pure blacks. On the downside it displayed a slight blue tone, which means that editing photos won’t give great results. The 480 x 800 pixels resolution offered by the display gave blurry images and jagged edges to black text on a white background. The on-screen keyboard was great and very easy to use.
The processor this smartphone uses is a 1.2GHz CPU one. It gave excellent speeds when we performed the test with this smartphone and it never froze. The fast graphics hardware and the extra 200MHz add to that great performance.

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

The Samsung Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The interface offered by it was changed; the lock screen is part of this change: it took the smartphone a while to notice that we were trying to unlock the display, because it had no visual indicator that could tell us how far we needed to swipe. A second frustrating change is the main home screen, because it annoyingly bounces off when you swipe as though you want to access a screen to the left of the home screen. Other than that, navigation was extremely easy and the home screen manager was excellent.

Grab and drag functions

We could easily resize widgets by using something called grab-the-corner-and-drag; furthermore, the smartphone has split the screen: the home screen appear as shrunken versions of themselves arranged as a carousel at the top, making it easy to see where you want to place things.
The 3264 x 2448 pixels camera was able to take 8-megapixel photos and shoot 1080p videos. The results were good, pictures and videos had detail, brightness and weren’t blurry. The Galaxy S II smartphone also offered 4 hubs, namely Readers (via readers such as PressDisplay, Kobo and Zinio), Music, Game (no exciting ones) and Social. Browsing the web was very easy and fast; the smartphone comes with Flash support. The device also supports formats like DivX, mkv and Xvid.
We encountered no problems when calling someone, but receiving calls was a disappointment, because the earpiece and the speakerphone were much too quiet.

Review conclusion

As a conclusion of this review, the Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II is a superb smartphone. But, if you want better battery, then you should buy something else.

Technical specifications

GPSGPS NavigationGPS / A-GPS
ConnectivityUSBUSB 2.0
DisplayScreen TechnologyMore Super AMOLED touch
Screen size4.27 “(800 x 480)
Number of colors16 million
Video RecordingRecorded video resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Networks3G + (HSDPA)
MessagingSMS / MMS / Gmail / Email Function / Instant vCardMessagerie
BluetoothBluetooth 3.0
WiFiWi-Fi (801.11b/g/n)
CameraSensor8 megapixel camera with autofocus
ZoomDigital zoom
FlashFlash LED
Photo featuresCapture mode: Single shot, smile, beauty, Panorama, Action, Animated
Effects: Negative, Grayscale, Sepia
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
Package ContentsSupplied AccessoriesCharger, battery
Music PlayerAudio FormatsMP3
FM RadioYes
Voice FeaturesHandsfreeYes
Voice recordingYes
MemoryInternal Memory16 GB
External memory card slotYes
Type of memory card supportedup to 32GB microSDHC
ErgonomicsDimensionsHeight: 125.3 mm
Width: 66.1 mm
Depth: 8.49 mm
Weight116 g
BatteryLithium-Ion 1650 mAh
Customisation / entertainmentPlatform DownloadAndroid Market
Compatible social networksSocial Hub 2.0: Facebook, MySpace and Twitter
Integrated applicationsDocument viewer
LanguagesGerman, English, Bulgarian, Korean, Croatian, Danish, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish, Czech, Turkish, Ukrainian
General InformationOperating SystemAndroid 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Processor1.2 GHz
KeyboardTouchWiz Interface 4.0