Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review
While we do know that the Galaxy S II Plus has a 1650mAh battery under the hood, Samsung has yet to announce any specific figures as to how long that should last on a single charge. But based on our experience with the handset, heavy users will very likely have to charge it on a daily basis. Regular users might be able to get about 2 days of usage on a single charge.
First and foremost, there's no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is a capable and well-made mid-range smartphone. It has preserved many of the traits that made the 2-year-old Galaxy S II land in the pockets of over 40 million people worldwide, such as the slim profile, the great performance, and the high-grade camera gracing its back.
But at the same time, we can't hide our disappointment from the fact that there's nothing to justify the “Plus” in the smartphone's title. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus isn't a true upgrade to the Galaxy S II, rather just a refreshed version meant to replace the older model, and even a downgrade in some aspects, such as on-board storage availability.
Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is still a smartphone that can offer plenty of bang for the buck, so give it a try if you're out looking for mid-range Android device. Alternatively, there are several similarly priced devices that you might also find worth buying. The HTC One S, for example, should cost about the same, but looks even more appealing with its ultra slim metal body. Or you can also try the Sony Xperia SL, which has a display of much higher resolution. And if you're a fan of large-screen smartphones, there's the Samsung Galaxy Grand for you with its 5-inch display. The LG Nexus 4 is also a worthy pick, as long as it is available at a reasonable price in your country, for it comes with a better screen and a much faster processor.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2; Build number: JZO54K.I9105PXXAMB9
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Video Review:
- Thin and light for a mid-range device
- Camera takes good photos
- Can't really call it an upgrade
- 480 by 800 pixel displays are so 2010
9. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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.
10. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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:
without oleophobic layer, the glass (not the plastic sheet) catches fingerprints you can't get rid of anymore... Suit yourselves!
11. toondewachter (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Let's say the Xperia T is a better choice then, can be had for €350 too.
24. mercorp (Posts: 917; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Sexier design,faster krait processor,and more bang for your buck.
2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 730; 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".
3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I agree , just get an OG GS2 and cyanogenmod it and it performs almost as good as a Galaxy Crap 3
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Galaxy SIII 'Minus' should've been a better name fit for this.
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..
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 730; 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.
7. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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?
6. shadez10 (Posts: 364; 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...
8. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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!
18. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)
PA Loves Samsung and Especially APPLE!
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
16. renjithr712 (Posts: 1; 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.
19. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Sad. I cant afford it still :(
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.
21. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
For who are wondering.. it cost me exactly $262
22. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Does it has scratch resistant glass?
23. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
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 .
27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1531; 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
33. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
s2 with ice cream sanwish dont buy s2+ with the jelly bean
34. panda123 (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Xperia SP definitely... Unless you want a cheaper phone then S2+
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
37. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I have already one but i advice you to buy s3
38. baraheemo (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I have already one but i advice you to buy s3
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$)
40. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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.
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...
42. toondewachter (Posts: 50; 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.