Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review

Call quality:

Phone calls sound great through the earpiece – loud, clear, and easy to understand. For those who need a boost of volume, there's even a toggle button that increases the incoming call's loudness even further. The microphone's performance, on the other hand, could have been a bit better. While our voice sounds okay on the other side of the line, we were told that background noise noticeably affects the call's quality, which is something we didn't expect considering the presence of a secondary mike for noise reduction.

Battery life:

While we do know that the Galaxy S II Plus has a 1650mAh battery under the hood, Samsung has yet to announce any specific figures as to how long that should last on a single charge. But based on our experience with the handset, heavy users will very likely have to charge it on a daily basis. Regular users might be able to get about 2 days of usage on a single charge.


First and foremost, there's no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is a capable and well-made mid-range smartphone. It has preserved many of the traits that made the 2-year-old Galaxy S II land in the pockets of over 40 million people worldwide, such as the slim profile, the great performance, and the high-grade camera gracing its back.

But at the same time, we can't hide our disappointment from the fact that there's nothing to justify the “Plus” in the smartphone's title. In other words, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus isn't a true upgrade to the Galaxy S II, rather just a refreshed version meant to replace the older model, and even a downgrade in some aspects, such as on-board storage availability.

Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is still a smartphone that can offer plenty of bang for the buck, so give it a try if you're out looking for mid-range Android device. Alternatively, there are several similarly priced devices that you might also find worth buying. The HTC One S, for example, should cost about the same, but looks even more appealing with its ultra slim metal body. Or you can also try the Sony Xperia SL, which has a display of much higher resolution. And if you're a fan of large-screen smartphones, there's the Samsung Galaxy Grand for you with its 5-inch display. The LG Nexus 4 is also a worthy pick, as long as it is available at a reasonable price in your country, for it comes with a better screen and a much faster processor.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2; Build number: JZO54K.I9105PXXAMB9

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Video Review:


  • Thin and light for a mid-range device
  • Camera takes good photos


  • Can't really call it an upgrade
  • 480 by 800 pixel displays are so 2010

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

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1. lee480 unregistered

Xperia L is a better choice.

9. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I will never buy any Xperia unless Sony starts using decent scratch resistant glass on top of their screens with an oleophobic layer instead of that plastic sheet of crap that is supposed to protect the screen.

10. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Apparantly some people don't believe me (why else would you vote down my comment?) so here is some proof:​ata_player without oleophobic layer, the glass (not the plastic sheet) catches fingerprints you can't get rid of anymore... Suit yourselves!

11. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Let's say the Xperia T is a better choice then, can be had for €350 too.

24. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why? Sexier design,faster krait processor,and more bang for your buck.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This really doesn't impress me. The OG S2 is just as good or better in almost every category and already has a great developer following. The S2 plus is Samsungs way of saying, "we really can get away with anything".

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

I agree , just get an OG GS2 and cyanogenmod it and it performs almost as good as a Galaxy Crap 3

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Galaxy SIII 'Minus' should've been a better name fit for this.

4. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

samsung is giving options.. doorknob... if you cant afford the latest devices, you have this for a fraction of the price..

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Except they already have more than enough mid range options... I understand choice and options, that's why I choose Android. However, flooding the market and selling this phone as an S2 plus is insulting. You can buy an original S2 for $250-300 on ebay brand new with no contract. I doubt that the S2 plus will be sold at a competitive price.

7. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

At a fraction of the price? LOL! €350 is the price for it in Belgium. I have been able to find a brand new Galaxy S3 for €379... Some great options Sammy is giving here. Looks like you don't look that smart anymore, hé?

6. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I really dont get it why they call it the s2 plus when its really not an upgrde from the original s2 when in fact its a little bit downgraded...

8. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Phonearena, come on! A couple of days ago you reviewed the HTC First and gave it a 7.5 because of the performance that is not top notch... Now you're scoring this overpriced two year old repacked thing the same whereas it scores only half the points in Quadrant and Antutu? Saying it is an OK performing mid-range phone? Where is your objectivity? Your scoring system fails big time!

18. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

PA Loves Samsung and Especially APPLE!

14. xvasek

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Will be possible make some camera comparison - Galaxy SII Plus vs Galaxy S4? I would like to see the qualitative progress (in time) Thank you very much

16. renjithr712

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

If it was atleast QHD resolution and the battery would have been a bit bigger, then it would have been the best mid-ranger. Those who couldn't buy S2 due to its price point can try this one.

19. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Sad. I cant afford it still :(

20. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Where I live... this phone costs about $100 less than an S2 so I grabbed it right away to replace my old (no longer working) phone... and I can really say that it's a really great bang-for-buck.

21. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

For who are wondering.. it cost me exactly $262

22. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Does it has scratch resistant glass?

23. thelegend6657 unregistered

should have

25. KingKai

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

this phone needs a different name

26. baraheemo

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I bought one before 3 days , the device has some problems on the software i think . it made a restart 3 times in the three days i am so disappointed .

27. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Shame on you Samsung, this device should have come up with upgraded features but you just sucks. Its should be named as S II Minus :X

28. Talish

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

I really hate this phone.Sold after hardly using 2 days. Let me list the reason for which I incurred loss of $25 on this set by reselling. 1. It does support flash so that you can not install Adobe Flash Player in it which is necessary to support various games i.e. Subway Surfers etc. Moreover, online TV channels need flash player as well to play on phone. 2. It hanged on the very first day while I was on call and ends up restarting the phone. 3. Touch sensation is no way near the low-budgeted HTC phones. 4. Camera result is ordinary, you find iphone 3GS 3.15MP result quite better than that of S2 plus. Hope it would guide you positively.

29. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

I can conclude three possiblities for your situation... Either you have been paid by HTC, or you've accidentally bought a Galaxy Pocket, or you were scammed hardcore and bought a chinese phone. I will respond to your points as per my experience with the phone for more than a week now... 1. You can install Flash player, you can play any game... Your info is so false it makes no sense. 2. Never hang on me... in more than a week, and I install lots and lots of apps and use the phone heavily. 3. Lol... Makes no sense 4. SGS2+ camera is equal to SGS3's.

30. Talish

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

Mr.Panda..If you citing your experience bona fide then I may be scammed. Please go to play store and try installing adobe flash player and do install subway surfers and let me know whether or not your phone playing it properly

31. panda123

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Adoble flash has been removed from the play store since the release of 4.1 Jellybean, you must sideload it... Plus (pun intended), Adobe flash player has nothing to do with subway surfer. Subway surfer worked perfectly before and after I installed flash player. No bugs whatsoever.

32. Abhisheknallur

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Hey I guys I am planning to buy a mid range smartphone I have confusion with S2 or S2+ or xperia SP. Which smartphone would you guys suggest for gaming purpose? and for overall performance? Thanks in advance!!!

33. baraheemo

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

s2 with ice cream sanwish dont buy s2+ with the jelly bean
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Broadcom BCM28155, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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