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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 04 May 2011, 14:52

92. Izoe (Posts: 131; 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: 131; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


delete the space before the s-ii-review/

posted on 04 May 2011, 19:45

97. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; 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: 252; 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: 252; 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: 283; 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...

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