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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review

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The camera interface on the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus provides the user with a lot of control over the image being taken, which is great news for experienced photographers, although novice users might find the extra functionality useful as well. There are many scene modes to pick from, depending on the lighting conditions, while the panorama shot feature enables one to take impressive, digitally stitched photographs of landscapes. The two slots for shortcuts are very handy for enabling quick access to modes and settings that are used most often.

When the Samsung Galaxy S II came out, it offered one of the best smartphone cameras that existed. That same photographic potential has been transfused into the veins of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus, which also comes with a very capable 8-megapixel camera, paired with an LED light to assist in those low-light situations. Our daytime photo shootout yielded great results – photos with excellent detail even at 100% zoom and very low presence of digital noise. Indoor shots look fine as well, as long as there's enough light provided.

The only thing we aren't quite happy with is the slight shutter lag, which we've come to not expect seeing on contemporary Android handsets. And then after the photo is captured, it does take about a second until the camera is ready to shoot again.


As for its video capturing skills, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus can capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second. And it looks excellent – fluid and as detailed as the photos we described above. The tricky thing about it, however, is that when shooting at Full HD resolution, the camera's field of view is very narrow, meaning that you may have to move away from your subject in case you're shooting from up close.



Multimedia:

At first, the default music player on the Galaxy S II Plus seems rather stock-ish, but it does come with a few very neat additional features. One of them is the 7-band equalizer and all of its presets, complemented by several audio enhancements that add extra bass and reverb effects to your music. The other cool thing that the player can do is to build playlists of songs based on a mood you specify, ranging from exciting and joyful to calm and passionate. That is done via Music square, which scans your library and picks the tracks that suits your preferences best.

The music player on the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a few very neat additional features - Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review
The music player on the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a few very neat additional features - Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review
The music player on the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a few very neat additional features - Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review
The music player on the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a few very neat additional features - Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review

The music player on the Galaxy S II Plus comes with a few very neat additional features


While the low resolution display won't let you enjoy high-definition videos to their fullest, it is nice to know that all kind of video file formats are playable on the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus. All our video samples played fluidly at up to 1080p resolution with the exception of QuickTime videos (*.MOV files). The stock video player comes with Samsung's Pop-Up Play feature, which allows video to run in a window hovering above the phone's interface – perfect for watching that LOST season finale while tweeting about it at the same time.

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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:26 12

1. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Xperia L is a better choice.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:29 3

9. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I will never buy any Xperia unless Sony starts using decent scratch resistant glass on top of their screens with an oleophobic layer instead of that plastic sheet of crap that is supposed to protect the screen.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 11:10 4

10. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Apparantly some people don't believe me (why else would you vote down my comment?) so here is some proof:

youtube.com/watch?v=4GzYnDnZDRg&feature=youtube_gd​ata_player

without oleophobic layer, the glass (not the plastic sheet) catches fingerprints you can't get rid of anymore... Suit yourselves!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 11:16 5

11. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Let's say the Xperia T is a better choice then, can be had for €350 too.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:10

24. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Why?
Sexier design,faster krait processor,and more bang for your buck.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:29 9

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This really doesn't impress me. The OG S2 is just as good or better in almost every category and already has a great developer following. The S2 plus is Samsungs way of saying, "we really can get away with anything".

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:33 7

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I agree , just get an OG GS2 and cyanogenmod it and it performs almost as good as a Galaxy Crap 3

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:38 3

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Galaxy SIII 'Minus' should've been a better name fit for this.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:36 1

4. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


samsung is giving options.. doorknob...

if you cant afford the latest devices, you have this for a fraction of the price..

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:45 3

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Except they already have more than enough mid range options... I understand choice and options, that's why I choose Android. However, flooding the market and selling this phone as an S2 plus is insulting. You can buy an original S2 for $250-300 on ebay brand new with no contract. I doubt that the S2 plus will be sold at a competitive price.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:23 1

7. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


At a fraction of the price? LOL! €350 is the price for it in Belgium. I have been able to find a brand new Galaxy S3 for €379... Some great options Sammy is giving here. Looks like you don't look that smart anymore, hé?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:57 7

6. shadez10 (Posts: 398; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


I really dont get it why they call it the s2 plus when its really not an upgrde from the original s2 when in fact its a little bit downgraded...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:27 6

8. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Phonearena, come on! A couple of days ago you reviewed the HTC First and gave it a 7.5 because of the performance that is not top notch...
Now you're scoring this overpriced two year old repacked thing the same whereas it scores only half the points in Quadrant and Antutu? Saying it is an OK performing mid-range phone?

Where is your objectivity? Your scoring system fails big time!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:37 1

18. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


PA Loves Samsung and Especially APPLE!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:18

14. xvasek (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Will be possible make some camera comparison - Galaxy SII Plus vs Galaxy S4?
I would like to see the qualitative progress (in time)

Thank you very much

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 16:16

16. renjithr712 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


If it was atleast QHD resolution and the battery would have been a bit bigger, then it would have been the best mid-ranger. Those who couldn't buy S2 due to its price point can try this one.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:26

19. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Sad. I cant afford it still :(

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:27

20. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Where I live... this phone costs about $100 less than an S2 so I grabbed it right away to replace my old (no longer working) phone... and I can really say that it's a really great bang-for-buck.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:28

21. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


For who are wondering.. it cost me exactly $262

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:36

22. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Does it has scratch resistant glass?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:21

23. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


should have

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:43

25. KingKai (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


this phone needs a different name

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:58

26. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I bought one before 3 days , the device has some problems on the software i think .
it made a restart 3 times in the three days
i am so disappointed .

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 02:41

27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2457; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Shame on you Samsung, this device should have come up with upgraded features but you just sucks. Its should be named as S II Minus :X

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 12:48

28. Talish (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


I really hate this phone.Sold after hardly using 2 days. Let me list the reason for which I incurred loss of $25 on this set by reselling.
1. It does support flash so that you can not install Adobe Flash Player in it which is necessary to support various games i.e. Subway Surfers etc. Moreover, online TV channels need flash player as well to play on phone.
2. It hanged on the very first day while I was on call and ends up restarting the phone.
3. Touch sensation is no way near the low-budgeted HTC phones.
4. Camera result is ordinary, you find iphone 3GS 3.15MP result quite better than that of S2 plus.

Hope it would guide you positively.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 13:12

29. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


I can conclude three possiblities for your situation... Either you have been paid by HTC, or you've accidentally bought a Galaxy Pocket, or you were scammed hardcore and bought a chinese phone. I will respond to your points as per my experience with the phone for more than a week now...
1. You can install Flash player, you can play any game... Your info is so false it makes no sense.
2. Never hang on me... in more than a week, and I install lots and lots of apps and use the phone heavily.
3. Lol... Makes no sense
4. SGS2+ camera is equal to SGS3's.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 03:32

30. Talish (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Mr.Panda..If you citing your experience bona fide then I may be scammed. Please go to play store and try installing adobe flash player and do install subway surfers and let me know whether or not your phone playing it properly

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 06:04

31. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Adoble flash has been removed from the play store since the release of 4.1 Jellybean, you must sideload it... Plus (pun intended), Adobe flash player has nothing to do with subway surfer. Subway surfer worked perfectly before and after I installed flash player. No bugs whatsoever.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 00:40

32. Abhisheknallur (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Hey I guys I am planning to buy a mid range smartphone I have confusion with S2 or S2+ or xperia SP. Which smartphone would you guys suggest for gaming purpose? and for overall performance?

Thanks in advance!!!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 07:56

33. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


s2 with ice cream sanwish dont buy s2+ with the jelly bean

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 09:30

34. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Xperia SP definitely... Unless you want a cheaper phone then S2+

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 00:59

35. gsmfastest (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


glaxy s2 i user personaly its very good mobile specialy for email cammra result is very fine and very slim also new update of jalibeen is very reliable br gsmfastest.com

posted on 03 May 2013, 09:13 1

36. charming (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


i am going to buy this

posted on 04 May 2013, 16:33

37. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I have already one but i advice you to buy s3

posted on 04 May 2013, 16:34

38. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I have already one but i advice you to buy s3

posted on 12 May 2013, 02:13

39. MrMohsin10 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Hey people, I'm thinking of buying this phone. The things I prefer in phones is a good big display, an eye catching design and the most most important, Extreeeeme gaming performance!
I'm more than satisfied with its display and design and all...
But I'm worried about the gaming angle. I've seen videos and have read comments about the Videocore IV GPU of the device giving it a hard time in gaming :(
Is this so? I've seen Modern Combat 4 with some minor bugs in the visuals, is this the same with some other games too? How many games are buggy on this device and what can I expect with gaming on this device? Do the newly released high end games like Real Boxing, Real racing 3, etc, work good on this device? The framerates and all...

(Please no suggestions of high budgeted devices because I have a limited budget...
My range is around 250-300$)

posted on 12 May 2013, 10:07

40. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Well, to be honest, if gaming is really important to you, I doubt this is the device you are looking for. I don't know where you are living, but since you're giving price range in dollars: why don't you buy the Nexus 4? It is in that price range and will satisfy your needs.

posted on 12 May 2013, 11:38

41. MrMohsin10 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2013)


I quoted the price in dollars just to be on the same page with most of the people out there!
I live in Pakistan though...
And nexus 4 is much expensive than the s2 plus here :-(
I myself also wanted the nexus 4 but sadly, it's out of range for me :'(
Can you suggest me some other phones having the best gaming potential in the s2 plus' price range...

posted on 12 May 2013, 16:30

42. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


It is very hard to recommend something if I don't know what's available in your region and at what cost. I live in Belgium and we have a similar situation here: no cheap Nexus 4...

Here the HTC One S and the Xperia T can be bought for around €350 which is roughly the same price as the S2 Plus. But it features a much better chipset. You could look out for those.

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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Broadcom BCM28155, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 inches
(125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm)
4.27 oz  (121 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 16 hours talk time

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