Samsung Galaxy S II Review
The new TouchWiz 4.0 doesn't radically change the UI concept, but there are a number of visual improvements, like a redrawn icon set throughout the homescreens and menus, nice transitional animations, and predefined widget slots. Not serving much practical purpose, except the slots, which save space, but great eye-candy nonetheless.
The main menu is just page upon page of app icons, and can also be arranged alphabetically in a list view, and that's that. To be fair, we don’t mind the TouchWiz UI at all - it is not as elaborate as HTC Sense, but is pretty functional, and has some nice touches like the alarm app, with its plethora of personalization options.
With the the Galaxy S II, Samsung introduces some motion sensor-powered gestures, different than the usual flip-to-mute, which is present here as well. Some only serve the coolness factor, like tilt-to-zoom in the gallery or browser. However, you ought to have two fingers on the touchscreen for that, so we might as well just do pinch-to-zoom, and that's exactly what we usually did. The panning gesture flips through homescreens or menu pages by tilting the phone left/right when you want to place an item on them, but skips a few at once, and it's challenging to go back with precision.
There is another phone navigation option, which has received the focus of attention in many a Samsung Galaxy S II commercials – voice commands.
You can double-tap the top of the Samsung Galaxy S II to start a voice command session in the Voice talk app, which is useful if the phone is in a car cradle, for instance. Performance of the voice apps is hit-or-miss, though, despite the dual-core handset, but the software managed to recognize weird names in our contacts list, so you can use it for the occasional “Call Joe” shout when your hands are down the bucket with chicken fingers.
The interface is flying - lag is barely there, only when you flip through homescreens loaded with widgets, and the dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos chipset carries its duties with pride. That’s no doubt thanks to the 1GB RAM as well, of which about 835MB were user available on our unit, probably the largest amount we’ve seen on an Android phone. There are also 16GB of internal memory, and an additional memory card slot for more.
We ran some synthetic benchmark tests with the Samsung Galaxy S II, and scored the highest Quadrant result we’ve seen from a stock handset – 3732, along with significant achievements on the only test that takes into account the dual-core nature of the chipset – Smartbench 2011. Look at our comparison with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 on the LG Optimus 2X in the video below:
For now it doesn't really matter, since there is hardly anything to take advantage of a dual-core phone chipset in Android Market. The tangible benefits for now are Full HD 1080p video recording, and faster browsing, both of which we are examining in the next sections of the review.
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- Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)