Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2 - Samsung Android smartphone

Ranked highest on most reviews of smartphones for 2011, the Samsung Galaxy S II is a highly desirable phone. Some have even went so far to say that it is the best smart phone to date.

It weighs about 116 grams and 125.3mm in height, 66.1 mm wide and 8.5 mm thick. The Samsung Galaxy S II is slim and light, making it easy to carry in your pocket without it bulging or weighing you down. Despite its lightness, it is still easy to handle. Samsung has given this phone a mesh-like back, making it easier for the owner to keep a grip on it. There is a slight invert on the back to make it more comfortable to hold as well.

The design of the phone is quite simple, which leads to it looking chic. The phone has a 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display screen. On the face of the phone there is a home button, and the only other buttons are the lock and volume buttons on the left and right sides. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone which is slightly counter-intuitive, however it allows room across the bottom for a Micro USB and HDMI slot.

The AMOLED display screen makes this phone great for the video viewer. The display screen provides great viewing angles. In other words, colour and image are only distorted at extreme angles. This means that it is easier to watch movies on the Galaxy. It also means that more than one person can feel comfortable viewing movies on it as well. The display screen tends not to get distorted in sunlight making it a great travel media player as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has an auto-brightness feature, but lacks an active backlight. This may be frustrating for some people, but it also means that you get more battery life out of the phone. Another great battery-saving feature is that the phone only activates pixels that are in use (i.e. displaying content). Tests have shown that users can get up to 20 hours of battery life, with avid use, on this device.

This smartphone is run by Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3.3, also referred to as Gingerbread. It also contains a 1.2 GHz ARMv7 dual-core processor. With the combination of the two, the phone works at impeccable speeds.

The Samsung Galaxy S II comes with an 8.1 MP camera, which is the same quality as the average digital camera. In other words, it is really a phone and a digital camera combined. It has great resolution and many scene modes such as landscape and portrait and many more. It even has auto-focus, white balance, and contrast capabilities. What is most desirable about the Galaxy’s camera is that it has a macro mode. The macro mode allows you to focus even when the camera is extremely zoomed in.

It excels in terms of physical appearance and in terms of software and multimedia applications. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S II has set the standard for all future smartphones.