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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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CONS

- Battery life is below average (can be rectified by overriding automatic brightness)
- Screen resolution is only WVGA
- Annoying "charge complete" sound can't be turned off
- TouchWiz 4.0 feels slower than stock Android
- Email app doesn't allow for multi-select

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  • 2011-05-14 18:34
  • HBC9

£400 plus, for a plastic phone. No thank you.

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  • 2011-05-14 17:24
  • 0paX

itz funny how GSMarena never directly compares Nokia's CBD with any of the Samsung Super AMOLEDs

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  • 2011-05-14 17:21
  • N7$D

> In reply to Bricked @ 2011-05-14 16:01 from nFcL - click to readas least we didn't worry about flat battery. haha

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  • 2011-05-14 17:04
  • vjqb

Many people are complaining about 60fps. First off, this itself is the display frequency of the screen. Typical screens use 60fps refresh rate. So pushing this higher won't be of any practical use, rather use of more battery. Anything higher than the screen refresh rate is a waste of battery used to calculate non-displayed images. Some may even argue that our eyes can't distinguish beyond 60fps (subjective opinion and there are various peculiar scenarios). This is called vsync in Android or you might see this in some normal PC games too. The only "advantage" gained by bypassing this 60fps vsync is higher benchmark scores. LG G2X exactly does that. The software "cheats" to gain more points in graphic benchmarks. In reality it is still showing 60fps only as the screen itself has it's physical limitations. Sometimes the graphic benchmarks would be limited because of that. But that are only benchmark number, this has nothing to do with actual performance.
Figure this, HD movie fps is like 24/25 or at max 30 for very high profile. Do they look bad to you? For games, in major cases, you might not see any significant difference till fps drops below 30. And beyond 60, you might not even be able to distinguish it.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:53
  • vGuD
  • The Ex-Nokia Fanboy
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> In reply to I love to argue @ 2011-05-14 16:08 from vGAu - click to readNow those fools who claims this excellent device have very poor battery has been debunked for good. 2 days of moderate to heavy use without a battery saving app like Juice Defender is pretty good.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:50
  • IDkH

just wait nokia n9 will kill this phone :-) nokia n9 meego powered

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  • 2011-05-14 16:35
  • 0ZEQ

Galaxy S II = Real reason why iPhone5 has been delayed.

The expected half step upgrade of the iPhone line wasn't enough to compete with this beast.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:32
  • jBfj

> In reply to KPS @ 2011-05-14 11:56 from I0kN - click to readyes im sure you have even used one, you poorly disguised i-fanboi.

as to the constant complaint its too big, consider their may be some people out there that have hands bigger then a five year old girls, and for them this phone is approaching a comfortable size.

if you want a toy phone get yourself another iphone

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  • 2011-05-14 16:30
  • iIR0

> In reply to I love to argue @ 2011-05-14 15:48 from vGAu - click to readWell I was deleted for saying this before and I don't care I will say it again... Just some advice for you "I Love to Argue" Never argue with an Idiot as they will pull you down to their level and beat you with experience!! .. It's been months of foolish comments and then here we go again.. on the actual SGSII forum last week someone again stated why no HDMI output..but thanks for your reply as it put him/her in place.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:28
  • Y9jD

> In reply to KPS @ 2011-05-14 11:56 from I0kN - click to readFinally someone that say the real things.

Samsung was bad with software lag, guess they still are.

Dual-core and things are still laggy like the phonebook. Fantastic.

FU Samsung, you won't be ripping me off with this so-called perfect phone. I will wait for another phone with fast UI response like the iphone, but that is not iphone before purchasing my next phone.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:19
  • 01kT

Now the review has been done (very good), can you confirm whether the facial recognition unlock with the front camera is included? Thanks.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:13
  • mX$I

> In reply to Bricked @ 2011-05-14 16:01 from nFcL - click to readQuoted from page 3 of the review:

"In a real life scenario, it gave us over two days of moderate to heavy use (about an hour of browsing, some photos, several calls and half an hour of using the other phone features daily). We’ll be putting the Galaxy S II battery to a handful of tests in the coming days and this article will be duly updated. The most impatient among you should keep an eye on our blog on Monday when the first results will start to appear."

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  • 2011-05-14 16:08
  • vGAu

> In reply to anonymouse @ 2011-05-14 04:26 from t}BQ - click to read
Plastic have their advantages too.
Compared to metal, plastic allows for thinner phones, gives less heat (as plastic is an insulator), is much lighter in weight, and doesn't slip, etc.
Moreover, Galaxy SII has textures plastic, so its immune to fingerprints, easy and secure to hold and quite good looking compared to glossy plastic.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:04
  • vGAu

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 06:01 from ub1T - click to readThat's right, I've tried one of the "tegra2 optimized" games on SGS2 but error message popped-up telling it's not compatible :(

blame it on nvidia, they're using their old dirty tricks (desktop in the past, and now on mobile platforms) by forcing users to buy their products

it's all played in the drivers I think.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:01
  • iFrZ

No mention of the battery life *sigh*

We'd best stock up on spare batteries again.

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  • 2011-05-14 16:01
  • nFcL

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 07:01 from uvaj - click to readThats the third time you posted the same thing. Dont you have anything new to say other than posting the same thing again and again ??? To answer your ignorant questions, human eyes cannot distinguish between 60 fps or anything more. Most standard LCD monitors have a 60 fps cap. Modern games like Halo 3 have a 30 fps software cap. Yet its very smooth. Infact 24 fps is all thats required to give the illusion of motion.

"Touchwiz as usual looks very much cluttered like a 2yr old child's drawing"

Samsung has done a really good job with touchwiz in integrating functionality and cool gestures. If you don't like it, there are tons of launchers and other UIs that you get online.

"why would someone want a phone so much pricey with a copied design(even after copying iPhone this phone looks yuck...) and body made of such a cheap material ? "

There are millions of people who want this phone. If you don't want it, then why come here to post the same crap over and over again ????
And SGSII copies the iphone ? Really ? I didnt know that the iphone has its front side fully covered with gorilla glass, has a 4.3 inch phone, an S AMOLED+ display, a square shaped home button, camera at the centre, a huge samsung logo etc.

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  • 2011-05-14 15:48
  • vGAu

how about offline gps?....thanx


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  • 2011-05-14 14:24
  • IWcK

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 13:51 from 2@TW - click to readThose within the reality distortion field.

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  • 2011-05-14 14:08
  • RKky

Wow great review and has only 3 cons(disadvantages)and those aren't even big deal at all! Can't wait to play with it in person when it launches in my country! Who would still buy an iPhone when theres such monster phone like this one?!

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  • 2011-05-14 13:51
  • 2@TW

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