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Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review

Samsung GALAXY S II Plus

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Call quality:

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus Review
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.


Conclusion:

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:


Pros

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

Cons

  • Can't really call it an upgrade
  • 480 by 800 pixel displays are so 2010
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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Broadcom BCM28155, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 inches
(125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm)
4.27 oz  (121 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 16 hours talk time

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