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Samsung Galaxy S II Review

0. phoneArena 03 May 2011, 11:24 posted on

Is it a worthy sequel to the Samsung Galaxy S, which was the Android phone to beat last year? After all, the green robot got equipped with the most powerful chipset and the most innovative screen technology at the time… will history repeat itself?...

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posted on 03 May 2011, 12:58 2

24. htc fanboy (unregistered)

i'll wait fr htc sensation and evo 3d

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:05 3

26. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

says the guy who's username is htc fanboy....lolololol I couldn't agree with you more though!

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:00 2

25. rey (unregistered)

if xperia arc had a decent battery usage and more internal memory it is a rival. now it's just too weak to play along.

only thing that sgs2 is missing, is the design of the arc (or at least a more exciting design) yet still i ordered a SGS2 in stead of the xperia arc. better features....

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:06 4

27. andro (unregistered)

Anyone who would consider an iphone 4 suspect fault and all over this phone would be a braindead fanboy,especially as the iphone will cost the same if not more

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:15 5

29. Huh? (unregistered)

How is the GSII the widest android handset so far? 66.1mm is less than 68mm on the Desire HD.

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:15

30. IOS5 (unregistered)

wait for the HTC sensation I think this phone going to kill GSG2 and Arc! don't get me wrong this the first time HTC made the best camera on there phones that shoot best 1080p than other phone.

posted on 03 May 2011, 14:50 4

40. sak96 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

dudd sgs2 also can shoot 1080p in 30fps

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:16 2

113. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

how the hell would you even know about the HTC sensations's camera! Its not out yet! and the clips that are available right now are from a pre-production unit..so stop cribbing.

and yes

GS2 is the undisputed winner at this moment.Period. just agree to it.not that it would matter if you didnt

posted on 03 May 2011, 13:17 6

31. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)

I understand that so many of you are upset because Phonearena only gave it a 9 out of 10, but this is a review.

Reviews are subjective.

If all you care about is hardware then you don't even need a review to realize how cool this phone is.

posted on 04 May 2011, 10:40 3

83. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Exactly. If you care that much, make your own review and call it the best phone ever.

posted on 03 May 2011, 14:36 5

38. idanng (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

are you kidding me?!?!
what look can do better then this its slim and sexy
i say 10/10
its a dream phone!!
and i useally dont like samsung's phone

posted on 03 May 2011, 14:41 2

39. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)

Really phone areana way to drop the ball...almost as bad as you dropping your pants for the Iphone....I demand a recount... Baddest phone on the planet out performs everything on benchmark test, even most tabs and you give it a 9? Are you crazy are you f#@$ing crazy? I hope this review didn't come cheap...

posted on 03 May 2011, 15:51 2

41. IOS5 (unregistered)

Not only phone arena rated the phone 9 out of 10 there's a many sites rated 9 out of 10 and by the way Motorola Atrix rated 9.5 out of 10 in many sites so why you fandroid blame phone arena and iPhone!

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:29 1

44. KingK (unregistered)

I just checked and the Atrix got 9.5

Suck it kids. LOL

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:30 2

45. Rik (unregistered)

Hey, I live in the UK and got this phone today as a replacement to what was nearly dead HTC Hero. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is an absolute wonder of a phone, I cannot understand how PA have marked the iphone 4 higher! I'm no android or even samsung fanboy, and I just feel PA didn't justify enough why the iphone4 is worth .5 more than this. The S2 incorporates great speed and a unencumbered and fluid TouchWiz overlay which is a joy to use, and thus brings it within the same league if not better than the UI on the iphone! The Super AMOLED Plus is better than iphone 4, and the HD capabilities and quality trumps any phone out on the market. I understand some people are arguing on paper the S2 is much more powerful, but in reality, the general use of the phone is important, and in my opinion, the S2 excels my expectation and certainly gets more more excited that an iphone.

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:36 2

46. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Lol every other review i have read states this is the best phone out now and struggled ti find note worthy cons yet phonearena manages to score it lower than the ip4 and atrix...the cons phonearea are just nit pickin...defo bias from Phonearena...just before any calls me a fanboy i am typing on my ip4 and have never owned a android device but even i can see this beats any android and iphone out at the moment

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:56 1

47. Kuba (unregistered)

How can you say its the best phone out if you don't even have it???

Its more or less the same as all other dual cores out and coming out.

posted on 03 May 2011, 16:58 1

48. IOS5 (unregistered)

by the way Sony Ericsson Arc there's 2 sides rated the phone 10 out of 10!

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:15 2

49. calamazoo (unregistered)

bet the rumor that there is a Samung Galaxy S III coming out October/November played a role here. Samsung will do it again, what they did with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - this one here is just to get some sales before the iPhone 5 gets out and has dual-core, then Samsung will strike with a vengeance with 4.5" Samoled + with high resolution and edge-to-edge cover on metal body and 1.8GHz dualc0re, just to piss Apple off that it couldn't get its hands on the high-res Amoled for the iPhone... hope Murtazin is right about that, holiday season should be fun

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:22 1

50. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I am not saying its the best phone out just saying that is what sites such techrader fonearena and i think engadget are saying that it is the best phone on the market right now...i dont have the sgs2 yet but is on its way to me on thursday to replace my ip4...if the ip5 is better than the sgs2 than i shall replace that with the ip5

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:29 1

51. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I just dont think the cons Phonearena have got is enough to warrant 1 point deduction..maybe half a point max...i mean i think the ip4 has more cons yet it only got reduced 0.5 point reduction...i just think anyone reviewing any products should review without bias...just dont think phonearena will ever give a score higher than the ip4 unless its anova phone by apple ie ip5

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:45 2

53. IOS5 (unregistered)

They already rated the Motorola Atrix 9.5 out of 10! And before the Atrix they rate Motorola Droid X 9.5 ou of 10!

posted on 04 May 2011, 10:44 1

84. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

They just want to bring up the iPhone in every single article. Not realizing doing such just attributes to the popularity of the device. Kids will be kids.

posted on 03 May 2011, 17:54 1

54. IOS5 (unregistered)

Samsung can piss Apple but they won't piss Apple You know why?! Cause Apple since start dealing with samsung for the hardware for there iPhone, iPad and other staff already paid to samsung around 7 billion $ and this since 2007 only!.

posted on 03 May 2011, 18:33 2

58. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


posted on 03 May 2011, 19:52 1

62. JONATHANBOND (unregistered)

yes. this is the phone for me.
1.2 ghz
bigger screen
slimmer phone
better camera
blah blah blah just come to the U.S. already

this is better than the iphone.

this is better then that other phone called blackberry that had a four year head start in the smartphone world. they have finally caught up with the hp palm pixi that came out three years ago. blackberry fell to third place in the smartphone world. its a shame

and i dont know why windows made a phone at all. it sucks soooo bad. i dont even know why bing is here.

android takes over 2011

posted on 03 May 2011, 20:57 1

63. scruffle (unregistered)

you summed everything up perfectly, thank you :)

posted on 03 May 2011, 21:06 1

64. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

You can't really force PA to give this phone a higher rating. A review is an opinion, and in the reviewer's eyes, iPhone is better than this one. Too bad only few of us agree.

posted on 03 May 2011, 21:12 2

65. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I think I have Made my decision!!!!

I'll buy a terga powered tablet and this as my main phone saw the Engadget review and this one and I must the the phone is exceptional and the battery life great! plus I really want to try both the terga2 and Samsung chip, plus the security features are a plus, they could have added a bigger res tho, its the good side of this android fragmentation, you can sit and watch how every company comes with ideas that just blow shock android out of the water on some points.

for those complaining about their Samsung phones not having 2.2 blame your carriers, sim free version started rolling 2.3 and this comment comes from a moto loving fan

posted on 03 May 2011, 21:38 1

66. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Phonearena saying this not better than ip4 fine...but even phonearena must see that the s2 is better than the atrix which got 9.5 aswel ????? I always read your reviews last and just for fun and to see how hard you try not to give it a higher score than your beloved iphone..just looking at the "cons" again makes me laugh and just shows how good this phone really is if they were the only "con" you could come up with on the s2...want good in depth review, read techrader or gsmarena...seems to be the only decent sites to review without any phone bias...

posted on 03 May 2011, 21:49

67. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

@eingild...your right that is phonearena opinion...but dont you agree not just phonearena but any sites that review phones should not have any bias and not be blinded by there prefered phone of choice...which phonearena are so obviously...im no fanboy of any os..last phone was 5800, current phone iphone 4 and my next phone s2...i just wish phonearena would review with out the apple goggles, wether its the evo3d or htc sensation i dont care if it gets higher than s2 as long its reviewd professionaly and not like teenage apple fanboys!

posted on 03 May 2011, 22:56 4

68. Rothschild (unregistered)

This website should be renamed:


You guys need to pull your iHeads out of your iAsses.

If the iPhone got a 9.5/10, then this phone is an 11/10.

posted on 04 May 2011, 10:47 1

85. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

And the Atrix got a 9.5/10. That's not an iPhone. Stop crying.

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:22 2

114. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

iPhoneArena lololololol...

posted on 03 May 2011, 23:49

70. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Dear Phone Arena, Please do a video phone review, and while ur at it change the rating in the phone to give it the correct number

posted on 04 May 2011, 04:13 2

74. LXH (unregistered)

the point is all of those Android phones will become outdate when Iphone5 (or 4S) release this september.

I love android, I love customize ability of google.

posted on 04 May 2011, 08:46

78. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

i doubt they will be outdated when the iphone 5 comes out..you just have to look at the ipad 2 to see how the internal of the ip5 will be..1ghz dual core underclocked to 900 or 800 mhz...ip4 did not outdate android phone that came before it such as the galacy s or evo which were 1gz and when ip4 came out it was 1ghz underclocked to 800mhz...apple are who is trying to catch up to android spec wize and android is catching up to the polish of apples software if it already with the likes of s2

posted on 04 May 2011, 04:37 2

75. GReko (unregistered)

This is such a silly rating, as silly as the cons I'm reading here. First of all regarding the differentiated design.....funny how that doesn't come up with the Atrix. Guess it is way more differentiated. Also how come being super thin doesn't count as a design PLUS? Next time we'll let you think about an ergonomic diferentiated design that is that thin and has a 4.3 inch screen. And don't tell me about the Arc cause it's specs are behind + Arc is a lagfest....noone likes performance compromises due to design innovations...especially one who is looking for a highend smartphone.

And as for the rest of the cons, they are just impossibly funny to drop the rating this much. Its like testing a car and dropping its rate by 10% because its windshield could be dimmer and the break lights could flash more efficiently.

Well done phonearena! Another great review, another reason not to come back here.

posted on 04 May 2011, 04:45 3

76. ziving (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

PA I usually love your reviews but I think this one really sucks. It smells like Apple's Fanboys. doesn't matter i am going to buy this Awesome Phone...

posted on 04 May 2011, 10:48 1

86. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Atrix. 9.5/10. Ya'll really aren't helping your case.

posted on 04 May 2011, 08:00

77. calamazoo (unregistered)

hehe, it's 9 out of 10, I wouldn't call it too shabby, considering there are other dual-core phones out there before the SGS 2. when the iPhone got introduced last year, it had the highest resolution of any display out there, and glass shell design, so for the time, yeah, it was highly innovative. here we have an upgrade of a previous version - bigger and better screen, faster processor, etc... if Samsung outs a Super Amoled phone with that sweet 1280x800 resolution they are talking from the 5.5-Gen factory, then it definitely can score a 10... or 11 :-)

posted on 04 May 2011, 12:20 2

87. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

10/10 for Galaxy S II !! Phone Arena don't be ridiculous, you should give at least 9.5....

posted on 04 May 2011, 12:37

88. will2 (unregistered)

Two questions for PA reviewer Daniel:

The Techradar review reckons the 'WiFi is weak' but doesn't elaborate, can you publish a table of WiFi Bandwidth vs Distance ?

You explain the DLNA frame skipping on HD video as due to: "Most likely, if we were on a Wireless N connection, performance would be better" - as the phone has WiFi-N, are you saying your DLNA display doesn't ?

When a compatible HDMI cable becomes available, can you update your review to test HDMI Mirroring, and also, if the cable allows the SGS2 can be sumultaneously mains powered, even if the HDMI Monitor is (as 99.9% are) pre-MHL spec ?

posted on 04 May 2011, 12:46 5

89. Iphonearena (unregistered)

A 9/10 is actually a very good rating considering how biased Iphonearena is. It's been no secret that phones manufactured by US companies (Apple Iphone, Motorala Atrix) generally fare much better than their Asian counterparts...

If the Galaxy S II had an apple logo slapped on it they would have surely rated it as 10/10. Seriously how can you possibly give a 9.5 to a phone that has serious antenna issues (death grip), sensor problems, a very confined OS (try exchanging files using bluetooth), an extremely strong dependence on Itunes, etc...On the other hand, the Atrix which its Pentile matrix display, got a 9.5 as well.

Whatever these guys are smoking, it must be some real good stuff!

posted on 04 May 2011, 13:00 2

91. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

That has to be one of the most immature names and comments on this website.

posted on 04 May 2011, 22:23 2

103. saveferris (unregistered)

Get a grip princess, his concerns are valid......Your comment is a cop out and brings nothing to the table.

posted on 04 May 2011, 22:46 2

105. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

HA! It brings logic to the table. Something that is seemingly non-existent here.

posted on 04 May 2011, 23:00 2

106. saveferris (unregistered)

Hilarious.....nothing about your reply is logic, it reeks of pure desperation due to the fact you have nothing valid to repute his claims with.

posted on 04 May 2011, 23:01

107. saveferris (unregistered)

Hilarious.....nothing about your reply is logic, it reeks of pure desperation due to the fact you have nothing valid to refute his claims with

posted on 05 May 2011, 05:07 1

117. Iphonearena (unregistered)

Thanks for your reply saveferris but I strongly think you’re wasting your time and efforts discussing with this immature isheep rayjones.

Someone must be blatantly ignorant not to realize that Iphonearena’s review is seriously flawed and the "cons" listed for the S II absolutely pale in comparison to the weaknesses of the Iphone 4...

Unfortunately rayjones brings absolutely nothing to the table because he didn't refute any of my points.

We can gladly continue discussing with rayjones if he addresses the following Iphone 4 issues:

- Death grip issue which affects both AT&T (GSM) and Verizon (CDMA) models (after all we're talking about mobile phones and being able to make calls in clear quality should definitely be one of the most, if not the most important feature of a mobile phone!)

- Extremely constraint OS (you can't even connect an Iphone to a computer, let alone transfer files that doesn't have the crappy Itunes software installed)

- Lack of customization (you can't even populate the homescreen with widgets...)

- Lack of flash support (let’s face it, you can’t even access the standard youtube website and many websites including those of many fortune 500 companies stick to the flash technology to make their websites more visually appealing)

- Lack of support for social clients (with more and more people accessing social network sites on the go this is nowadays a must have feature)

This was just a short excerpt of all the features the Iphone 4 lacks.

I must confess that both countries the US (Apple, Motorala) and South Korea (Samsung, LG, etc.) have very capable and innovative companies that bring rapid advancements in the fields of mobile technology (and information technology in general) but let’s face it, if the Samsung II had the flaws of the Iphone 4 it would have gotten a 6 -7 rating.

The best part however is that this isheep rayjones comes up and accuses others of being immature while bringing absolutely no valid points to the table.

’m seriously asking you rayjones, are you out of your freaking mind?

Give me one simple reason why the Ihpone 4 deserves a higher rating and we can continue our discussion…

posted on 07 May 2011, 01:07 1

131. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Immature iSheep. Says the person who compares a person to an animal simply for defending an Operating System that I simply have respect for. I am an avid Windows fan. I apologize if I can logically see that this is a fair rating and that PhoneArena clearly gave the Atrix (an Android phone) a 9.5. Says the person who is evidently upset over a .5 difference! Let's reevaluate. And if you wish to discuss the good things of the iPhone 4 then I shall say that the Retina display is great. Not better than SAMOLED in my opinion but great. The resolution is rivaled by only one other phone. The build quality is superb. The phone and OS is quite reliable and rarely freezes up. Listen, all the things you mentioned are subjective. Some people enjoy the benefits of the supposedly "closed" ecosystem because it works. I don't understand the ubiquitous anger of iPhone and rating the iPhone above another phone. I personally want the Omnia 7 and will be happy with such. If you wish to bicker over a .5 difference in a subjective phone rating, you cannot seriously sit here and make a whole judgment of character and call me immature.

posted on 07 May 2011, 01:09 1

132. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Yet, I'm confident I shall be thumbs downed as what usually happens to rational comments on any OS website forum. Enjoy your day.

posted on 07 May 2011, 01:18 1

133. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Oh and just thought I'd mention that the Verizon iPhone received a 9/10 as this phone did. And the Atrix once again received a 9.5/10. So apparently, an Android device was rated over the iPhone. And this phone was SUBJECTIVELY equal to the iPhone. I actually favor this phone. I just don't like when people whine and complain about supposed bias as if they're mere children over something so minuscule as a subjective smartphone rating and dare to call themselves grown men and women; adults. Often times, sitting back and logically observing the phone, its specs, usability, and success gets rid of the bias claim. Don't we all have lives to live and work to do?

posted on 19 May 2011, 19:42 1

162. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

I %100 agree with you..

posted on 19 May 2011, 22:47

164. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

Thankyou my friend.

posted on 07 May 2011, 01:19 1

134. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

May I ask, what is your age range?

posted on 19 May 2011, 22:52

165. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)

I say facts, and no response...

posted on 04 May 2011, 17:25 1

96. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

@phonearena 100% agree with what you said...iphonearena will never give a higher score to an phone that is not from the usa..thery really belive usa make the best of everytjing lol if that is the case why is nearly everthing being produced in asai

posted on 19 May 2011, 19:41

161. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

Cause its cheap labor. DUH!!

posted on 04 May 2011, 12:48 1

90. neal (unregistered)

I've had this phone a week now and i'm really happy with my first Android handset. The only thing i'm a little miffed by is that i can't play Tegra 2 games although i can see this changing in the future as game developers won't be developing the same game for different chipsets - to expensive!

Great phone so far!!

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