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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hardware Review: Samsung Galaxy S II

I am the very proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S II. This is a review solely of the hardware and not of Android.

The first thing you will notice is the large 4.3" inch SuperAmoled Plus display. It is beautiful in short. This was a huge selling point for me, and it has paid off for sure. The display is vivid, bright and colorful. 

Display-The 4.3" SuperAmoled Plus display goes a step beyond the already remarkable SuperAmoled to provide enhanced readability, a slimmer design, and better battery consumption.Pixel count stands at 800x480, which equates to 217 pixels per inch. This beautiful display is strongly protected by a Gorilla Glass screen which should mean that the screen is durable and not susceptible to scratches and knocks.

Processor-It packs a lightning fast punch, running a 1.2 GHz dual-core application processor that always performs. I run >20 applications at a time and still have rarely encountered any lag. 

Memory-It comes with either 16 or 32gb's of internal memory with an SD card slot offering a maximum of another 32gb's. This is obviously enough room to store masses of songs, pictures, documents, contacts etc etc. 

Weight and Depth-The handset is also remarkably slim as well measuring in at 8.49mm at it's thinnest point which leaves you feeling amazed every time you take it out. It has a nice re-assuring weight that reminds you of the powerful hardware slaving away.

Battery-The battery life is poor when using 3G and with display brightness at full, but this is to be expected with a Samoled+ display. It has a 3.7V Li-ion battery or a 1650mAh  which has an annoying tendency to over-heat when running alot of applications. 

Camera-The camera is an exceptional feature to the device. It is an 8MP full 1080p video recording monster and offers various settings and modes to further enhance your artistic elements. I have taken pictures in low light conditions with ease with the blinding LED flash. There is also a 2MP front-facing camera which offers users an easy Skype or Google Hangout experience. Although 2MP sounds like poor quality I can assure (as the owner of a Galaxy SII) you that it is more than adequate. 

Buttons-The device has replaced buttons on the screen with two soft-keys to navigate you back or show you the menu. I love this as it adds to the phone's astoundingly sleek look. As well as the two soft keys there is a physical home button neatly outlined with a metallic boundary. There is a volume rocker and a power button on the side of the phone that are satisfying and responsive to press.

Conclusion-I have had my GSII for around 4 months now and I couldn't be happier with it's hardware. The display is exactly what I wanted, the speakers are clear and audible and the handset feels great in your hand. I was disappointed however with the flimsy battery protector as were many other users. I also would have liked to see a glass body like we have seen on Apple's iPhone, but I am willing to compromise for Gorilla Glass.




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