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Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II review: Brightest star

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II review: Brightest star - read the full textIt looks like the point where it all ends. A galaxy outgrowing its own limits. An explosion of energy and speed. An overdose of smartphone power. A phone that makes you love the smell of Android in the morning. The likes of Samsung I9100. Update: Samsung Dive overview added...

 

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> In reply to dkvc @ 2011-05-15 00:01 from LpI$ - click to readTo me, on the side is better, i use my ipod for music and the only time i will need to plug in my 3.5 is watching video which will be better on the side.

Anyone know anything about screen burn-ins? This is the thing that will worry me when i buy this.

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  • 2011-05-15 00:23
  • m7hn

> In reply to KPS @ 2011-05-14 11:56 from I0kN - click to readWhat are you on?. have you actually used the phone?. your comments are misleading nonsense. every tech site known to man has given this phone top marks

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  • 2011-05-15 00:21
  • 0CBY

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 23:35 from m7hn - click to readThe Xperia Arc design is really amazing, but 3.5mm jack on the phone side is the most terrible design flaw I've ever seen. It will certanly cause problems when the phone is on your pocket.

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  • 2011-05-15 00:01
  • LpI$

> In reply to TC @ 2011-05-14 18:38 from 0TqG - click to read!!!

Did you really say that!? Xperia arc is the sexiest android smartphone out there at the moment. All the reviewers out there crowned it the sexiest!

Anyway, well done samsung. About this phone being the best, i disagree. It is amazing all rounder phone, but for example nokia n8 = king of snaps.

I am now considering this over htc sensation and the for ever waiting xperia duo. Hope it won't be as laggy as sgs after 3 months use.

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  • 2011-05-14 23:35
  • m7hn

Firstly, I am no fanboy but review after review seem to be heaping praise on the S2....

I for one am still so tempted to purchase this phone even after my dreadful i8910 experience....

This phone will do for the next 18 to 24 months of my new contract when I upgrade.

I for one am going to reserve judgement for awhile longer....read the forums and more unbiased user experience..

The only handset I can see coming close to this is the Sensation....but again reviews and user opinon will tell the whole story....

TO those who say the review is biased, you really are living on a cloud.....practically every tech site and mobile phone review that has managed to review the handset hae heaped praise on it....are they really all in Samsungs pocket and taking bungs????....I think not.

Like I said, I'm no Samsung fanboy...like I said with the i8910 their support was atrocious beyond belief.

But there is no denying that by simply looking at the spec and technology packed in this phone, it is beyond anything currently in the market and from the sounds of the feedback really does offer a leap over other handsets.....Next year will be the true test for the likes of S2,Atrix and x2...Sony have yet to show their and the second generation dual core phones will be available....Remember, nothing is future proof...but there is proof that the future is here....

Choose wisely and don't get drawn in by the marketing, arguments about which is the better manufacturer blah, blah, blah....and don;t be foolish enough to show brand loyalty....not until a manufacturer releases a phone with no issue or bugs and only updates to further improve an already great handset.....

All in all a god review and one I did not think was biased....gsmarena certainly did not gush like some of the tech sites out there.....

Now hurry up and review the HTC Sensation so that I decide which phone to get.....:)

Happy Eurovision Everyone :)

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  • 2011-05-14 22:55
  • pKan

It is very good for this price range,so much better than the iphone

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  • 2011-05-14 22:51
  • fn$g

hooray! after all of this, foshu this phone will be stale as a mud puddle, no more updates..zip! and another new version will announce for xmas. yay!

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  • 2011-05-14 22:26
  • v0Xt

I'm glad gsmarena doesn't recommend the iphone 4 as other sites do, still comparing old tech with the SGS II which is in another league. Sorry to say but iphone 4 is mid range now.

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  • 2011-05-14 22:00
  • LBrm

> In reply to klear @ 2011-05-14 16:53 from vGuD - click to readThat's completely baseless and lame excuse dude......
Even if human eyes can't distinguish more fps, having it is very beneficial.
More fps makes game play much more smoother, responsive and helps in eliminating artifacts.

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  • 2011-05-14 21:11
  • uva7

the phone has a 60 hertz screen refresh rate, just like every other phone.

showing more than 60fps is a complete waste of time. why cant some of you understand that?!

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  • 2011-05-14 20:45
  • nxwR

I would like clarification on the below statement by GSMArena please:

"Little about the Gallery should surprise you – aside from displaying full-res images and the addition of the two-finger tilt zoom, there’s nothing new really. And don’t you worry, the double tap and pinch zoom are still there." (FROM PAGE 7)

Since when did the Stock Gallery app stop displaying Low Res images?

Are you saying that the gallery app now displays the full res pics??


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  • 2011-05-14 20:43
  • b%L6

Forgot to add: hopefully the SGS II will indeed be future proof for EVERYONE! Global OTA updates and please get rid of KIES!

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  • 2011-05-14 20:39
  • 05qk

Regarding the Samsung OS updates: the updates for the original SGS were horrific for some European countries, not one announced date was respected, Belgian users had to wait 3 months (THREE!) before they could enjoy the update that was available for the rest of Europe. The updates through KIES where also painfull: update was pushed only to be pulled again because of "some issues". And when the first update finally came trough, some apps stopped working (Samsung's Facebook app for example). Overall, the "Samsung Android experience" left a bad taste in my mouth.

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  • 2011-05-14 20:36
  • 05qk

The review is in tone with other major websites reviews- they all say it`s the ultimate smartphone right now and it`s future proof.
Like always Gsm arena made the most in depth review and covered all the datails.
Now i only hope that the Galaxy S2 will come to Romania with this exact specifications in the reviewed phone ( Super AMOLED plus, exynos procesor) because the Nexus S is currently available at Vodafone with a S LCD screen.
Right now the Galaxy SII is the king of the hill in the smartphone world, and it`s being confirmed by all major websites.
Can`t wait to buy one.

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  • 2011-05-14 20:21
  • 0Um0

> In reply to [deleted post]I think GSM Arena's hype comes from being able to hold the best phone in the market which is actually quite far ahead from the second best. When benchmarks, smoothness of the UI, and the raw power is compared, no other phone in the market comes close to SGSII. I think the hype is justified.

I don't think GSM Arena is "outshining" this one over other phones. Simply, there isn't a phone that is... better than this one overall. They are truly amazed at its capability and I would be too. 1.5 GHz is probably not that useful daily, but it is pretty freaking amazing breaking the 4k benchmark scores. They even said it themselves though that they don't see it being useful to ordinary users.

O3D's 3D augmented reality browser, in my opinion, is purely eye candy. Please explain how much better the 3D browser would be than a regular 2D browser in terms of usability and productivity.

I don't get a sense that the phone is perfect reading their review. Their review only confirms my opinion that SGSII is the most powerful, have-most-feature "ultimate" phone out in the market right now. No one said it's perfect.

Don't think of me as a biased person either. I'm totally ready to jump the wagon soon as another company makes the "best phone in the market".

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  • 2011-05-14 20:02
  • qbYL

Would have been nice if the review commented on typing on the Galaxy S2. Typing on the Nexus S is not all that great compared to the Iphone 4. Was wondering how typing is on this new galaxy S2 compared to the Nexus S..

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  • 2011-05-14 19:28
  • PUCd

> In reply to [deleted post]comment from klear:
haters gonna hate . . we know what this phone is capable of . All HTC/ SE / Apple fanboys, please move to your own forums. Just look at the review and the conclusions: " We just cannot see beyond the new Samsung flagship if we’ re to name the ultimate smartphone . " - gsmarena " if you ' re asking us what smartphone to buy today , unconstrained by such externalities , the Galaxy S II would be the clear choice. Sometimes it' s just as simple as that . " - engadget ( 9 / 10 ) " The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has not only set a new bar for smartphones in 2011 ; it ' s smashed the bar , recreated it in its own image and put it out of reach of the competition . " - techradar " But if you ' re after a one- word summary of the Samsung Galaxy S2 : awesome . " techradar ( 5 / 5 ) " Verdict - Of course you should buy this phone " - Electricpig ( 5 / 5 ) " . . . we’re running out of reasons not to buy the Galaxy S II. Samsung has upped not only its game but the benchmark for smartphones in general. " - Slashgear Not all these sites can be wrong, is it ? Take it or leave it. punk !

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  • 2011-05-14 19:18
  • PS6j

> In reply to [deleted post]Wow you really are a moron. So a reviewer gives a phone a good review and that makes them biased? What are you doing on this forum? its like you are on a mission to discredit gsmarena and this phone! Go and waste your time on the iphone forum and kiss backside there please

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  • 2011-05-14 19:06
  • SgvH

> In reply to [deleted post]Wow you really are a moron. Just because a phone gets an excellent review the reviewer is biased for liking it? Bottom line is the original galaxy s and now this phone both received excellent reviews througout the world because they deserved it end of. I don,t know why u hang out in this forum to be honest you should go and wax lyrical about the iphone and bog off.

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  • 2011-05-14 18:45
  • SgvH

> In reply to [deleted post]Have you even tried/used Galaxy S2?
Nokia N8 have only 360x640 so that screen can not be compared to the one on sgs2!
SE Arc I think is the ugliest phone ever, and really bad design with the 3.5 mm on the side!
IPhone is "ok" but have too many Apple-limitations.
LG 2X is also "ok" but sgs2 is a little bit better on everything!

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  • 2011-05-14 18:38
  • 0TqG

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