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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?...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 04 May 2011, 14:52

92. Izoe (Posts: 114; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/28/samsung-galaxy- s-ii-review/


Enough said.

posted on 04 May 2011, 14:54

93. Izoe (Posts: 114; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


delete the space before the s-ii-review/

posted on 04 May 2011, 19:45

97. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


they added the video!
* watches it *

posted on 04 May 2011, 21:26 3

100. SaveFerris (unregistered)


Poor Phone arena......the credibility you have been searching for is now a long way off

Your rating system is flawed and your favoritism for Iphone has been exposed. There is no justification as to why this phone is rated a 9 when the flaws of this phone compared to the Iphone are minimal, while the pro's of the Samsung outclass the IPhone in almost every facet.

The reviewer should be embarrassed, its truly a putrid effort.

posted on 04 May 2011, 22:33 2

104. Comatose (unregistered)


LOL wow this review is biased as hell. It's as if Phone Arena is just digging to write cons about this phone. Speaking of which , the Cons are pretty lame and they are just cheap ways to take away deserving points from this phone.

1.Design could be a bit more differentiating : This is a completely subjective opinion Phone Arena and hence cannot be listed as a "con". Besides its a smart phone with a giant screen touch screen , how else would you make the phone?. The form factor is also a matter of personal taste.

2. Automatic screen brightness adjustments are not smooth : Wow, this is just a cheap shot. It is such a minor niggle that i doubt its even that noticeable in day to day usage. Also it can be easily fixed by adjusting the brightness your self , which imo is much more useful, easy and i always prefer doing it.

3.Motion sensor-powered gestures could see more practical usage : Once again , it is the consumer's personal preference. For example , i do not think the tilt to zoom function is all that useless and i might even use it from time to time. Also i do appreciate the option to tilt and move apps from one screen to another. The "motion features" also includes the turn over to mute motion which is widely regarded as a very useful little touch and i personally use it alot and think its very handy.

As someone before me said , i could understand if there were major battery life problems (like a few high end , very good Htc Phones) and call quality issues ( like the iphone 4 , which you guys clearly love alot ). This phone most definitely deserves a 9.5 atleast since it is undoubtedly the best phone available on the market right now.

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:08 2

111. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


AGREED! the motion gesture listed here although in reality not very practical, is just for bragging rights as he said in the video....its not a fuckin CON

posted on 05 May 2011, 02:29 1

115. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


thats it !! I've had enough!

Engadget IN

iPhoneArena OUT (too many rotten apples here!)

posted on 05 May 2011, 07:15 1

118. akr220 (unregistered)


This phone deserves 10, its just superb.
I dont know why there is this much bias towards the i-phone,even my optimus 2x is better than it in every department except for the sometimes irritating ui...

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:22

119. sgs2n8 (unregistered)


TBH the only thing that is really and truely better on the ip4 than any other phone on the market today is the screen resolution as its 640 x 960. That is it really.
The Iphone 4 is a over priced handset, that as mentioned numerous times has so many flaws compared to most phones.

I mean even simple things like sending songs or pics via bluetooth can't be done and you cannot use usb mass storage mode. things which I do alot on my phone, also the music quality/loudness of the iphone 4 in headsets really isn't that great, also the loud speaker are poor volume all of these things are way better on the sgs 2.

I mean £500+ for a handset that doesn't have a flash player in the browser, can't use bluetooth to send files or usb mass storage mode and also prone to reception issues due to a stupid design of the antenna's you have got to be friggin kidding me.

As for the HTC sensation the only thing it has over the galaxy s that is not a personal view is the screen resolution. Eveything else the sgs 2 wins on. Saying things like sense is better than touch wiz is not a fact, it is opinion, saying a metal phone is better than plastic same again is a personal opinion.

Galaxy s 2 has better screen, more memory, more ram, lighter, thinner, bigger battery, possibly faster than the sensation.

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:23

120. seb (unregistered)


i am really dissapionted with the phonearena mark for i9100.
you gave 9,5 points to htc desire hd, and you don't have to be specialist to discover that desire hd is much worse device in all aspects.
i will not comment on your mark for iphone 4 which had many , many issues, and in point of view of specification is much worse than i9100 SGS2 (also in every aspect).
why don't you list that main disadvantage of this phone (i9100) is the size... and mark it as 4 points only ?


i think you loose many, many readers becasue you are not enough objective.
you may still change this your mark, explaining us that your finger mistyped when writting this mark....

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:27 1

121. sgs2n8 (unregistered)


Also look at the audio and video codecs supported by the sgs2, more than any other phone on the market atm. SGS2 if anything should be 9.7 out of 10.

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:50 2

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


Of all the possible personnel for video review, why this guy? It should have been Joven or that guy who reviewed t-mobile sidekick 4G.

posted on 05 May 2011, 13:42 1

123. Kuba (unregistered)


GPS issues are already popping up, not as bad as last time though.

Its a fair score. Cheap cheesy square plastic by sammy that looks like an iphone.

Lightness is overrated, watches come to mind.

posted on 05 May 2011, 16:17 2

125. BigHugStudio (unregistered)


No LED notification........

That should be on the cons list.

posted on 05 May 2011, 20:38 1

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


YAY VIDEO REVIEW!!!!!

posted on 06 May 2011, 09:00 1

129. PhoneNemesis (unregistered)


I used to think PhoneArena were the guys to set the standard in mobile phone reviews. But seeing all the evidently biased things they've said, I'm doubting their abilities. Three words for this review: Impossible to Please. Thumbs up if you agree!

posted on 06 May 2011, 10:34 1

130. cyborg (unregistered)


Regardless of the review, I'm gonna get this.

We all know that PA is biased to apple so SGSII is lucky enough not to be given 6/10.

Daniel you SUCK on your job.

posted on 07 May 2011, 08:39 2

136. Rich (unregistered)


Hey people who cares if its 9 or 9.5 or 0.0???We all know s2 is best phone ever n ever..

posted on 07 May 2011, 22:33

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


Agreed!

posted on 08 May 2011, 06:24 1

138. IOS5 (unregistered)


when it comes to the camera galaxy s2 1080p looks like shit! why samsung even though iPhone 4 720p, Nokia n8 720p and samsung wave still way better than 1080p on galaxy s2!. so the 1080p video shoot goes to HTC sensation and play book.

posted on 08 May 2011, 21:30

139. Droid (unregistered)


Someone is jealous and blind.

posted on 09 May 2011, 06:45 1

140. IOS5 (unregistered)


Jealous! Of what galaxy s2! You must be kidding me

posted on 10 May 2011, 02:55

143. Saveferris (unregistered)


You're jealous because you have an inferior phone...thats ok, but don't let your bitterness cloud your better judgment....720p in the iphone looks better the S2 1080p...thats laughable.

posted on 09 May 2011, 14:34

141. S2 rules (unregistered)


how can you choose thunderbolt or iphone4 or optimus2x over this.Absurd.The only phone that rivals this one is the atrix

posted on 19 May 2011, 19:54

163. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Sorry but the Atrix is garbage. A phone as powerful as the Atrix should not lag like it does. Moto makes crappy ass phone!

posted on 09 May 2011, 17:30

142. Lovetech (unregistered)


Phonearena needs to give this a 10.. n lemme sleep peacefully

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:14

145. Yasir (unregistered)


What ever the phone may be, but the fact is that Samsung is not to be praised. The real pioneer of the latest technologies is the LG (dual core CPU, 1080p recoding, 3D Display, Nova Display, Q-LED Display, most sophisticated tablet and stylish cell phones). Samsung has been a bit unfair by copying the LG's Optimus 2X specs and then implementing them exaggeratedly on the Galaxy II. Moreover, Samsung has again copied the LG's Optimus Tab's (also known as the G Slate) screen size i.e 8.9" in their upcoming tab.
In simple words, LG rules and other manufacturers are behind LG in terms of innovations and technologies!!!

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:15

146. Yasir (unregistered)


What ever the phone may be, but the fact is that Samsung is not to be praised. The real pioneer of the latest technologies is the LG (dual core CPU, 1080p recoding, 3D Display, Nova Display, Q-LED Display, most sophisticated tablet and stylish cell phones). Samsung has been a bit unfair by copying the LG's Optimus 2X specs and then implementing them exaggeratedly on the Galaxy II. Moreover, Samsung has again copied the LG's Optimus Tab's (also known as the G Slate) screen size i.e 8.9" in their upcoming tab.
In simple words, LG rules and other manufacturers are behind LG in terms of innovations and technologies!!!

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:17

147. Yasir (unregistered)


What ever the phone may be, but the fact is that Samsung is not to be praised. The real pioneer of the latest technologies is the LG (dual core CPU, 1080p recoding, 3D Display, Nova Display, Q-LED Display, most sophisticated tablet and stylish cell phones). Samsung has been a bit unfair by copying the LG's Optimus 2X specs and then implementing them exaggeratedly on the Galaxy II. Moreover, Samsung has again copied the LG's Optimus Tab's (also known as the G Slate) screen size i.e 8.9" in their upcoming tab.
In simple words, LG rules and other manufacturers are behind LG in terms of innovations and technologies!!!

posted on 11 May 2011, 11:17

148. ArmageddonX (unregistered)


I just want to know which carrier is getting this phone... Please say Verizon or Sprint...

posted on 12 May 2011, 18:31

149. vzwempspouse (unregistered)


Please oh please oh please come to verizon. We dont have $h!t for options right now on verizon and am over due for a upgrade from my Motorola Droid.

posted on 13 May 2011, 01:22 1

150. thatboyjay (unregistered)


THIS IS CRAZY. Only a 9!???? Wow. It's the fastest, craziest phone out right now. IDK about this site. The iPhone 4 isn't even faster than a Galaxy 4G, what do you think will happen when it takes on a Galaxy S2??? Plus everything else the S2 has, the iPhone 4 doesn't.

posted on 13 May 2011, 01:24 1

151. thatboyjay (unregistered)


I bet if Phone Arena took this same phone BUT it was called the iPhone 5, they would give it a 10. Just saying.

posted on 13 May 2011, 07:23 1

152. Phone Arena Lame (unregistered)


OK maybe the Motion sensor-powered gestures is not practical.

What I dont get is this is included in CONS.

WTF IS THIS. IF YOU DONT LIKE THAT FEATURE THEN DONT USE IT. SAMSUNG IS NOT FORCING YOU TO USE THEM. YOU STILL HAVE THE PINCH TO ZOOM AND DOUBLE TAP.

THIS IS RIDICULOUS HOW PHONE ARENA RATE AND REVIEW. NOT REASONABLE TO DEDUCT POINTS FROM SOMETHING THAT IS INNOVATIVE.

posted on 13 May 2011, 13:38 1

153. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)


okay guys i think we all get that phone arena is biased. I think this phone will be an amazing product. I can't wait to purchase one myself. As for the companies going 3D I guarantee you it's going to have major problems new products always do. Samsung has of way of perfecting their product before coming out with it so next year will probably be the year of 3d but this those who jumped the gun are just trying to get ahead of the competition by coming out with a product before they've fully worked out all the issues. Bottom line Samsung products are amazing and will continue to be amazing year after year!

posted on 17 May 2011, 03:55 1

156. whatnut (unregistered)


I wouldn't be so sure to see samsung invest much on 3D. 3D is a fashion thing. Not many movies come out in 3D and unless they are animated they mostly suck. I think this tech will leave us again and comeback.....I dont know.....10 - 20 years later when its much more matured.

Simply put.......mobile phone companies are just milking the 3D hype, personally I find 3D tech to be a big waste of time, unless perhaps you are using it for gaming purposes.

posted on 14 May 2011, 22:43

154. Antonis27 (unregistered)


Samsung has release a firmware update for the SGS2 to address the automatic brightness issue. Please update your review:

http://androidcommunity.com/samsung-galaxy-s-ii-up dated-swype-swiftness-auto-brightness-fix-20110513 /

posted on 16 May 2011, 12:45

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


this is PA they will probably deduct point lol saying a phone should not need a fix so soon after release...they will do anything to make them self believe the iphone is the "greatest" phone ever

posted on 20 May 2011, 11:53

166. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I love how they used the crap out of the device and it still lasted 62 hours on a single charge. I always like new features of phones, but it's great that Samsung is also focusing on battery management. After all, these are MOBILE devices.

posted on 29 May 2011, 06:23 1

167. okto (unregistered)


Somepeople just couldn't accept the fact and kept holding on to their old little fruity sissy baby and such. It's either that they know too little about their capabilities of their epic toys or just couldn't put down their ego.
The fact is: SGS2 is currently the best of the best smartphone around. Hide your iphone4 and don't be a laughing stock.

To PA: you're trully a bias monster. SGS2 deserves 10/10.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:46 1

168. GG (unregistered)


You guys need to stop whining about iPhone4 bias and buy the phone on what you think of it. Maybe they are biased toward the iPhone4. So what. The iPhone4 lemmings already bought one, without reading PhoneArena.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 01:02

169. DrSlump (unregistered)


This phone does NOT recod stereo audio during video recording.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 00:08

170. jvg (unregistered)


phone arena if you say that the issue has been updated you should update the rating of the sgs2 to at least be a 9.7 since it has really good feautures...thanks id really apreciate it and if not, although, i really like the iphone 4 ill just think that you arent doing your job correctly while rating other phones that arent the iphone

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 02:26

171. notsureahaha (unregistered)


i want this phone soo bad but honestly if it does not come out in July and the Bionic Does then i am just going to get the Bionic then... don't want to wait any LONGER for a phone damn!

posted on 18 Jun 2011, 10:03

172. monkeytown (unregistered)


man, how stupid are you guys seriously???

seems like you missed the "If you don't want the little green robot in your life" part....

in addition, the fact that the Iphone 4 was dethroned by the SGS 2 doesn´t favor the SGS 2 but the IP4 ;)
compare release dates, technical specs and so on....

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 05:26

173. Ant (unregistered)


When I got my GS2 on 1st of June turned it on then decided at once iPhone is on eBay so I did : and made a profit too : ( whalleys)
iPhone r.i.p never again !!!!!
Totally brill 200% nokks the iPhone out of sinc !!!
No comparison at all Apple had better wake up !!!! And very very quickly or they will loose touch : hopefully!! Computers yes: Phones no no!!!!!!!!!

Regards: GS2's biggest uk fan : ANT :
ps: next the IPad will go and I'll get a tablet too !!!!!!

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 11:39

176. Kauko (unregistered)


If this phone doesn't deserve a clean 10 then none does! The only thing from perfection is its plastic body, which is still great.

posted on 18 Jul 2011, 16:19

177. phandroid (unregistered)


its funny reading all of the comments and watching people argue about something as pointless as a phone's rating. just because this phone got a 9 and the iphone got a 9.5 doenst mean the worlds gonna end

posted on 25 Jul 2011, 05:44

178. CHT (unregistered)


Nvidia is the best chip maker out there for phones. Stfu to all those saying the processor on this phone will beat the one nvidia had a long time ago.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 19:59

184. widnoon (unregistered)


I heard the "international" version won't work on T-Mobile in the USA, at least the 4G won't.

Does anyone know if this is true? I really like this phone, but the T-Mobile branded one is ugly.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 07:23

185. Price-Hunt (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


I BOUGHT S2 TWO MONTHS BACK. wAS CONFUSED BETWEEN S2+ AND S2. S2+ IS CHEAPER BUT S2 SCORES OVER S2+ IN FOLLOWING FEATURES:
1. S2 HAS 16GB INTERNAL MEMORY WHEREAS S2+ HAS 8GB MEMORY.
2. S2 HAS CORNING GORILLA GLASS.
3. S2 HAS BETTER PROCESSOR THAN S2+.
OVERALL ITS A GOOD PHONE. FOR ITS BEST PRICE, REFER price-hunt.com

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