Samsung Galaxy S II User Reviews
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THE Best Mid-Tiered Smartphone. Period. (Just Carry a Spare Battery)
Odeira has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
As a Smartphone user who has had experience with using phones of practically all major Smartphone platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian), I was always on the hunt for the ultimate smartphone- the "One" smartphone that would be my cure for "Phone Hopping."
So I got myself a Galaxy S II before the June classes.
I would like to highlight a few things:
- I have yet to own, or get hold of, a device powered by a Krait or Tegra 3 CPU, but I can say that the Exynos processor in this phone shoots par- Very fast scrolling, smooth gameplay, solid web browsing performance on Chrome.
- This has some of the better color outputs on a display I have seen, nevermind that this has a rather paltry (if respectable) WVGA resolution- Black is Black, Red is Vibrant Red, Blue is Blue, White unfortunately is a muddy white, but that is a minor quiggle; Bottom Line- This is a very fine display.
- The 8MP Camera is a very solid camera- Shots produced exhibit somewhat noticeably more noisy images than a Galaxy S III, but overall this is a very good camera, definitely better than my other phone (T-Mobile (LG) G2x).
- Battery Life SUCKS. Three Hours tops when I am always on my phone. Four or Five hours when used as a Music Player and there is not much screen activity. Barely goes past three hours on web. Even on Airplane Mode and WiFi only, I can't get past 3:30 hours on this phone. Recommended: SPARE BATTERY.
- I have some good quality headphones (Sony MDR-ZX100), there is much...
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Master of All Droid
AmitMajumder has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The greatest phone I've ever had. Great display, not too large nor to small. Super Amoled plus, excellent camera, 1080p video with continuous auto-focus good not great battery and all over it's android....
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
I Love It.
Nafiz has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I love this phone,, but what I hate is the Camera and when browsing the battery is get my tens up. i love the display amoled, the thin this phone, but too big for my pocket, this phone SGS 2 is an awesome phone i've ever have :D
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Best mobile I have ever owned
ricky0702 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Best mobile I have ever owned. Never looked back after taking the drive from my iPhone. GS3 is out now and looking like
another winner. But really it's the Android Platform thats the winner. Android platform with Goolge's backing is always going
to win in the end. Android have over 60% market share of smartphone devices and growing while the iPhone stick with their
dated UI and static home screens. SG2 for me has been a bloody great mobile never looking back.That is why i decided to find
outhow much galaxy s11 are worth and why.
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One of the best, if not the best phone even after a year
cvdvds has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Have not had any problems with it other than Touchwiz and poor feel in the hand. It's too thin/small for my hands, but that's easily fixed with a case. Other than that it's pretty much perfect. Came out almost a year ago and is still the phone I would buy. TouchWiz is easily removed with custom ROMs. One other phone that I'd buy is the Galaxy Nexus. Pretty much the SGS2 without touchwiz. ICS is awesome.
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Awesome but could be better
dragonnub99 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The brightness of the galaxy s2 could be better since the super amoled steal make it a bit darker and the camera in the galaxy s2 is epic in photo capture but not as good in recording video since it dont have anti shake
1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
SPIDERMAN4 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
In saudi arabia when there is sun and when I shoot photos or vedios the sun rays fall on cars and they show up very bright
At night when I shoot lighted shop signs the text of the sign does not appear only the white light appear
When I shoot yellow lighted shop sign the yellow light appears but the text dont appear
So I decrease the exposure
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the best phone I've ever had as of yet.
verris24 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Everytime that I take out my phone, someone always wants to comment on it. (good things) of course. Like they want one and where can they get it. (www.immix.com). So far i have no cons, all pros. I would recommend this phone to all. The HD video recording and screen is unmatched as of yet.
sajithm has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
My old phone is Nokia N95 8GB so you can't compare both at any level. Display and Performance is really outstanding. Video is Superb even full HD is also playing very smoothly, but audio quality is not outstanding it's not upto the mark.
I have installed more than 150 apps even it's working outstandingly...
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not good at all
jordanx has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
When i buy the galaxy i was amazing how great is to have it, but its terrible tegra 2 is better has more technology, the super amoled is great, is to thin that i feel thats is going to break thas terrible. Htc sensation and moto atrix is better, see why: http://www.phonearena.com/phones#/phones/sort/popular/?ft=2&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1640&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1&f=1492&f=1&f=1&f=1511
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Beat Phone I've Ever Had
Deicide has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone has got to be one of the best if not the best smartphone out there. I recently got the Samsung Galaxy SII at Shenzhen, China(Guangdong). It is not a KIRF product. The store owner told me it was the last one, must be popular. When I opened the box and felt this was it. The Super Amoled + screen, Samsung's dualcore processor and Android 2.3.3 freshly installed. This phone is amazingly fast. The build quality is superb, some might feel that it feels cheap due to the plastic that entices the whole phone, as opposed to lets say Apple's iPhone 4 glass & aluminum casing, but I reAlly don't mind that much, it proves to be very light in my hand, my hand can hold this think forever. I lover the back as its a zig-zag like pattern that is anti-scratch, so.i don't have to buy a case or back film protector. I'm not a whole big fan of Samsung's modified Android OS, it really feels like iOS, a lot, there are few minor differences, but overall Samsung copied iOS' look. The screen for the Galaxy SII is amazing ultra bright, sharp, and crisp, almost matching Apple's Retina display, so very close,
not there already. The only 2 things that I have to complain about is the ventilation of the phone, it starts to get a bit warm after playing a game or two, it also gives me an alert.that i can't put the beautiful screen brightness all the way up to prevent overheating sometimes. The other thing would be that to insert the micro SD card you have to remove the battery first. GJ Samsung!
The big winner
district11 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Best smartphone with amazing display, unbelivable fast browsing, great games, very good call quality, perfect camera, lightning fast phone. And it is razor thin and very light. Its the vest phone you can buy :)
I also think build quality is very good.
Samsung good job.
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Still Going Strong 6 Years On
Wynnie has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I've owned 2 of these phones since April of 2011 and I'm still not disappointed by the performance they have.
Every 2 years the battery tends to lose its ability to hold charge so that can be easily and cheaply replaced. Personally, I've upgraded the batteries to aftermarket ones that hold 3500mAh so they last much longer.
One of the devices has developed a fault in the Micro USB charging port and so the port needs to be replaced. The other device has a vibrate motor that no longer functions.
Other than those 2 faults, both devices are still very capable of running modern apps and acting as a primary device.
I couldn't give the phone high enough praise as they were only really designed to last 1-2 years anyway!
I'd recommend this device to anyone and everyone as a backup or a cheap primary device.
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Samsung Galaxy S II Review Great Phone
Mateja94 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Maybe the revolutinary S phone and probably the best.UI works good but after 2 years of Gamer using starts to bug unbelivabely.Charges very fast but battery life is short.Also has the really good specification and camera.The best phone of 2011.
SterkMun has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Restarts once or twice a day by itself, slow as hell, super buggy, TouchWiz, and many other reasons as to why this is a bad choice, I wouldn't even recommend this as a first phone. Freezes up and when you turn it off, then back on (screen) it's full brightness. Won't run certain apps, terrible storage.
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It is a great phone for it's time.
GordonInc has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Currently I would not suggest it, because it's simply old.
However, at it's time it was really a great phone.
I still use one and it serves it's purpose.
Battery could be better when used with synchronization services.
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Report
Amandamyerss has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
worst phone i have ever experienced, its has no pros absolutley none i have had it for nearly two years and keeps dissapointing me everyday, firstly when ever it is cold eg rainy day, cold wind and if it has a cold screen , the screen wont work it gets lines all through it and takes away your ability to do anything with your phone, secondly battery life if actual s**t as well as the charger it just brakes ,im onto my third battery which is not good considering they cost over $50! i do not recommend this phone to anyone, plus i forgot to mention the signal drops out quite oftenly, the speed of the phone is ridiculously slow, the display is unclear half the time and the lowest setting for brightness is still really bright!! so annoying oh and the camera is so badddddddddd like really really bad
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ovidiu_98 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It is a great phone. I have it for a week, but i am very impressed about it's performance. It has a good procesor, you can play any games without lag. The battery it's the problem, i have to charge it almost every day, but generally Galaxy S2 it's a great smartphone.
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saraatoma has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Over the past two years of owning a samsung galaxy s2, i have experienced ALOT of internal damages in the phone especially the battery as well as the charging port. The build quality of samsung is really good, no damages, the real damage is in the internal part of the phone. The battery dies out too quick, camera quality not so great, most applications just shut down randomly or freeze especially apps like snapchat. Personally i regret the day i bought this samsung galaxy s2, cant wait to get an iphone when my contract is over.
6 out of 24 people found this review helpful.Report
better than an iphone
alienz has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
once in a while it says i have no service, wether at home or out and its quite annoying if i have to make a emergency call or to receive any. also the internet is great when it wants to be. I havent had any problem for the first year i had this phone
5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
Do not get this phone
kitten-mash673 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Of course, to any phone there will be the pros and cons. But seemingly, Samsung Galaxy S2 is all cons. The battery is absolutely terrible. This is my third battery and I have another coming in. The phone might last four hours before it goes dead. On heavy use it lasts up to 2 hours. I literally charge my phone three to four times a day. While the screen is bright and it is extremely hard to damage this phone (unfortunately) this phone's problems rest mostly on the inside. The Swipe feature is very cool but other than that I would frequently get annoyed with the keyboard. More often than not my phone would not respond to me pressuring certain letters and had to flip to landscape mode to write. Unless you have 4G LTE in your area, the 4G feature will not work. The GPS is a drainer, actually everything is a drainer. The call quality was meager at best and I don't even want to think about the internet usage. I am so ready to get rid of this crappy phone for my upgrade. Do not buy this phone, I don't care if the whole world tells you you should , don't do it. And if you do, well then I warned you.
P.S. My phone was at 66% when I started this review. It is now at 46%
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Disappointed with Samsung
gr33n has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I had the Sprint variant "Epic touch 4g" (that's not confusing at all), anyway everything started to go on this phone. The battery puffed out from overheating, The GPS antenna died because of poor build quality "Known issue with this phone", and the bottom screen buttons lagged or sometimes did not work at all. If you get this phone beware you will have to buy new batteries (Sprint won't cover the dud batteries for this phone even if you have a warranty). You will also not have access or have limited access to the GPS and this phone's speaker phone option was pointless. No one could ever hear me on the other end and I would have to end up putting the phone up to my face making it useless.
The screen is bright and beautiful and it’s extremely hard to scratch. The metal around the screen is also strong and feels good in the hand.
On a side note (not really a Samsung issue.) there is no 4G LTE on this phone so if you live in an area that does not have 4G but has 4G LTE you will be stuck on 3G. This was extremely disappointing knowing my phone would never get higher speeds than 3G since Sprint is ending 4G.
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Levixavier has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've been using this phone ever since. No other problems and is totally fast & smooth. Programs and Applications are doing well and is also intense when it talks about gaming and browsing through the internet. The Video and Music players are just awesome. The Camera is also insane, I don't have any complaints about it since it has 8MP Back Camera + a 2MP Front Camera + 4x Digital Zoom, no worries about it, nice and handy. Keyboards are fine and is also user-friendly. The notification panel is updating me well. Currently running at the 4.1.2. Jelly Bean version, I can somehow describe it as fast and furious. Display, Effects and Transitions are working as expected. Signals are fast too, regardless to any spot that you are in. As a part of my everyday life, it has really been useful enough. A good life technology-partner. The battery life is fine as long as you don't rape it every single second. Got no plans of replacing this with another phone since I'm already and overly satisfied. While making calls, it's never a problem. I can hear them loud and clear, maybe a 0.1 static effect only hehe. The casing and built protection is not really that durable, but note that it won't break or crack if you're not stupid. Even though there's still alot of phones that are coming out, i can still somehow recommend this phone to all the people out there who has hunger for smartphones.
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Galaxy S2 - a smartphone for everyone.
ppaul has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I bought a Galaxy S2 about 4 months ago and I'm still using it because the smartphone is so awesome. My Galaxy S2 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean so it's a Galaxy S3-like smartphone. I take care of my smartphone - there are no cracks or even scratches and the performance itself of the smartphone is very good. I use it mostly for gaming and internet browsing. Even though it's been 2 years since the smartphone's release, I still recommend buying it.
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Samsung Galaxy S II
kumvinod has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The samsung galaxy s2 is a very problematic phone. It has a lot of problems. The battery life is very poor. Battery charging takes a lot of time
The GPS didn't work from day one. The GPS keeps on searching.
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