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The Samsung Galaxy S II is a smart phone built to balance multimedia functions with support for business applications.

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Pros

runs a powerful dual-core 1.2GHz ARMv7 processor

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stunning 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display (800 x 480px) - deep blacks, bright, great viewing angles

10 agree

extremely responsive and fluid interface

9 agree

rear facing 8MP camera with LED flash, 2MP front facing camera

7 agree

standard micro-USB port

7 agree

top 3.5mm headphone jack, physical volume rocker

7 agree

extremely thin at 8.5mm (0.33") - thinner than the SonyEricsson Xperia Arc (8.7mm at its thinnest)

6 agree

runs the latest version of the open source Android operating system (2.3)

5 agree

competitive battery life vs other Android offerings - a full day of heavy use

5 agree

16GB or 32GB internal storage, plus up to 32GB microSD card = 64GB phone is possible!

4 agree

1GB RAM!!

4 agree

high-speed cellular data modem: 21 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA

2 agree

great for custom ROMs & development: CyanogenMod nightly builds already available (July 2011)

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Cons

no dedicated camera button

6 agree

Samsung's TouchWiz UI layer - not as good as stock Android, slows down phone upgrades

5 agree

You have to remove the battery cover to access the SD card slot

4 agree

4.3 inch screen can be unwieldy for those with smaller hands

4 agree

not a qHD display (960 x 540)

3 agree

Display has a lower resolution than some these days.

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A bump can wobble the SD card, giving the message "SD card unexpectedly removed."

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looks a bit like an iPhone

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Battery life can be short.

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The Samsung Galaxy S II is a smart phone built to balance multimedia functions with support for business applications. It runs the Android operating system (version 2.3, aka Gingerbread) on a 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU (Samsung Exynos), and uses a 4.3 inch "Super AMOLED Plus" display that uses less energy than a regular AMOLED display with more pixels and a thinner profile. The built-in web browser is full-featured for a high-end mobile browsing experience. The DLNA wireless protocol is made available for high-definition streaming of content to external displays at full 1080p through the preinstalled "AllShare" application. The built-in 8 megapixel camera can also record in full 1080p. Connection to business applications include full VPN support via Cisco AnyConnect, Sybase's secure remote device management, device encryption, and complete support for Cisco WebEx.

Features
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung TouchWiz 4.0
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • 4.3 in Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 30% more pixels per inch over regular AMOLED display
  • Gorilla glass
  • High-end mobile web browsing experience
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps cellular data (850/900/1900/2100MHz)
  • 8MP camera, LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB internal memory storage
  • microSD memory card expansion (up to 32GB per card)
  • DLNA compatibility
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • microUSB
  • TV-Out (with MHL port)
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Li-Ion 1650mAh battery
  • Adobe Flash 10.3 support
  • Samsung Kies 2.0 & Kies air syncing
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Full 1080p HD @ 30fps recording & playback
  • Voice Recognition & Voice Translation
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz CPU (Samsung Exynos)
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network) compatibility
  • MDM (Mobile Device Management)
  • Cisco WebEx
  • Weight: 116g
Post Review
Erik
11/29/2011 11:25

I'm going out on a limb, and I'm going to call this the best phone ever made to date.

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