SAMSUNG GALAXY S II
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MUCH has been said about iPhone-killing handsets, but Samsung’s Galaxy S has been among the few to sneak up on Apple’s highselling beast.
About 14 million Galaxy phones later, Samsung has issued a sequel that offers some impressive cosmetic upgrades.
That bright 4-inch Super AMOLED screen has become a brighter 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen.
Its body has also trimmed down to become the slimmest smartphone available (8.49mm) and it is also pleasingly light (116g).
But the truly impressive changes — the changes that make this smartphone one of the smartest — are on the inside.
Most impressively, the Galaxy S II has the fastest phone processor on the market and it shows. This handset runs on a 1.2GHz dual core processor, more commonly seen in computers.
Users should notice the difference when skipping between apps, syncing more than one email account, taking multiple photos, playing games or even when flicking from one screen to another.
Plus, its speed is helped by a second important addition: HSPA+. That acronym stands for High Speed Packet Access Plus and, when connected to a capable network (currently Telstra), it delivers peak internet speeds of 21 megabits per second.
In reality, users should expect speeds of 8mbps and only in cities, but that still rep- resents a big speed boost that will see you surfing the web faster, downloading email speedily and pulling down fresh apps without a second thought.
Yet another speed boost is delivered to this phone in its Google Android software. The Galaxy S II uses the fresh Gingerbread software that speeds up operations and saves on battery. Unlike other Android phones, this handset’s battery tends to last the day.
This new smartphone isn’t all about speed, however. Samsung has made a long list of software additions to make it more user-friendly.
Also slick is this phone’s camera. At 8 megapixels, the camera is impressive on paper but it’s better in action. The shooter, with an LED flash, does an admirable job in lowlight situations and doesn’t take long to lock on to a subject.
It’s also capable of recording full high-definition video, which can be saved to its 16GB built-in memory or an added 32GB memory card.
There are drawbacks, however. That Super AMOLED Plus screen can be challenging to see in sunshine as its colours wash out and the screen fades, plus its screen resolution is also a lot lower than that of its rivals, including the Apple iPhone and Motorola Atrix.
Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface that makes apps look large and cartoonish is also unlikely to appeal to all and delivers text so large adjustments are advised, lest everyone reads your messages.
Trimmed down: The Samsung Galaxy S II is the slimmest phone available.