very comprehensive review, thanks GSM Arena!
your reviews help me decide which phone should I buy next.
can't wait for the next SGSII review with the battery consumption test.
Agreed that this phone has raw power to handle heavy apps and videos but what abt gaming???
60 fps on a dual core sucksss... why don't they do it any better? And why don't samsung make their touchwiz any better ??? Touchwiz as usual looks very much cluttered like a 2yr old child's drawing...
And last and not the least design and body material... 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 ???
drawbacks, 14 May 2011it's a pitty it doesn't have qHD resolution (960x540) and having only a single led flash and n... moreI cant think why you would be hating on this phone..mate.. for the monety its unbelievable and rapes the iPhone 4 and 5!!
guys I like the Sharp aquos sh 12c 3D smartphone that will be out in Japan On May 20. this is awesome phone.. search the phone in google and you'll find out
klear, 13 May 2011haters gonna hate..we know what this phone is capable of. All HTC/SE/Apple fanboys, please mov... morebe sporty man!!! Samsung has created a plastic monster like this with not so good looks... why is Samsung not even thinking of these 2 aspects??????
It has a wrist strap eyelet? FINALLY someone remembered to include it. Take that, 90% of other smartphones (not to mention one with glass on both sides).
oh wait, Apple recently released white version of iPhone 4 to revolutionize the world....again :)
Could GSMArena do a comparison between the standard version of SGS2 and Tegra-2 based SGS2 if you are able to? I would like to see the difference. I heard some Asia countries will be receiving Tegra-2 based SGS2 due to the inability to meet strong demand in short time.
qwerty man, 14 May 2011we need and want a similar model, which also has a side-sliding hardware qwerty keyboard.I agee a QWERTY keyboard would be very good. I have ordered (still waiting)the GS2 as I feel it is the best phone on the market. However I would have liked a QWERTY keyboard phone. In the end, I decided to go with the GS2 becaue all the manufacturers seem to produce their flagship models without QWERTY. I would also like the phone to allow proper pen input (ideally Wacom)- like machines like the Lenoveo x220t tablet that have dual capacitive and Wacom screens (I am a long term Tablet PC user). I would happily pay twice the price (up to £1000) for a phone that combined the GS2 features with these features. I don't care if the phone is not as slim. That being said until a phone with these features is produced, I feel the GS2 is an excellent compromise. PS I made the move from Windows Mobile to Android when they moved to Windows Mobile 7 and dropped stylus input- I know I am a minority.
So it has HDMI output for TV via an adaptor which needs a charger. But if the TV does not have HDMI connector, can i use the standard cable (1jack and 3 RCA)in the output jack of the phone ? Or what must i do ?
Hey gsm arena thanks for the review.
However I was tempted enought by your preview to go out and buy it.
Excellent phone in all respects.
Just one question though: Do you find any noticable colour banding (like on a 16 bit display) especially in the Nexus live wallpaper or the Windmill wallpaper (Only when its raining and the sky is grey) or the O2 blue startup screen (presume you got an O2 branded phone with custome boot image?)?
Coming from an LCD on the X10, i seem to notice colour banding in this screen albeit only in select case having single colour gradient.
490€ is the cheapest (unlocked) find in the Netherlands.
Not that bad for such a beast.
Allready ordered mine, now let's play the waiting game :D
btw it's the Exynos/SAMOLED+/16GB/noNFC version here
it will probably be june when we will see the 32GB and NFC version(s?)
Fongy, 14 May 2011OMG! It's sooooooo unfair.... I want this phone, but do I??? I have a Galaxy S... Sometime... morei also have a galaxy s and LOoooove that new sgs2. but to be honest i won't take that update. yes it's faster, better screen, with a flash and all the stuff but still it doesn't worth the upgrade. i'd be rather waiting for the next hit from samsung to take in order to have a respectful difference.
we need and want a similar model, which also has a side-sliding hardware qwerty keyboard.
it's a pitty it doesn't have qHD resolution (960x540) and having only a single led flash and not a dual led one.
and it would have been better if the micro-usb port was at the side and not at the bottom - for docking it horizontally.
and it was better if it had seperate usb and hdmi ports instead of the mhl port, and if no adaptors were needed when using them.
and when will we see phones that have usb3 and not just usb2?
Attn to GSMArena :
what about sound quality while recording video in noisy environment ?
(ie: music group/room, bar, concert, windy place, etc... ?)
I'm asking because i noticed that my 2 last samsung phones had such a problem you didn't mention (Tocco Ultra and Galaxy S) or didn't notice, a bit too much noise and the recorded sound is totally distorted/saturated.
And from my own experience, i didn't meet those problems with some other phones/brands.
If you experience that and you got any contact with samsung, please submit them that problem worthing really to be fixed, thank you.