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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Hardly a surprise, yet perplexing at the same time, the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the same good old TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Folks, there’s nothing different whatsoever with the experience since it’s the same as before, but our guess is as good as anyone’s as to why Samsung couldn’t pack Ice Cream Sandwich from the onset.

The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE runs the TouchWiz interface on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

Blessed with even more real estate, it’s such a pleasure typing up messages thanks to the spacious layout of both the Samsung and Swype keyboards. Plus, it helps that it maintains the same lovable peppy response that we’re all too accustomed of experiencing.

Typing up messages - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Typing up messages - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Typing up messages - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Typing up messages - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review


Processor and Memory:

Packing along a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor that’s coupled with 1GB of RAM, it’s effective in providing us with that typical responsive performance with most operations. However, we’re a bit disgusted to find it struggling to maintain its speedy performance when it’s tested by live wallpapers.

Out of the box, we’re given 10.96GB of free internal storage for media, while another 1.81GB is reserved for apps. Of course, we can supplement its capacity by adding a microSD card of some sort.


Camera:

Not skipping a beat for one moment, we’re again treated to some better than average photos taken by its admirable 8-megapixel camera, since it continues to excel in almost all shooting conditions. Furthermore, we’re remarkably impressed by the 1080p videos it’s able to capture since they’re filled to the roof with some eye-catching visuals that no doubt prove to be great for preserving precious memories.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

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3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

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Multimedia:

Although we’re not surprised to find the same boring TouchWiz music player with the handset, our attention is actually stirred by the poppy and distinctive tones its speaker is able to muster up. Furthermore, there are various equalizer settings available to fine tune its quality even further.

Music player - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Music player - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Music player - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review

Perhaps it’s the iridescent glow of its Super AMOLED display, or the fact that it’s larger in size and higher resolution than before, but one thing is certain, and that it doesn’t flinch in playing our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution.


Internet and Connectivity:

Although its name suggests it features an LTE connection, it is not usable in the States, as it is a Korean band. Being an unlocked GSM smartphone, we’re able to test it out with AT&T’s network – though, we’re only presented with the carrier’s EDGE connection, as the HSPA is also not U.S.-friendly. Along for the ride, it features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n/a Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

Aside from speed, it complements its speedy nature by coughing up an exciting web browsing performance with its buttery smooth operation in navigating complex sites filled with heavy Flash content.

Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Web browsing - Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review


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