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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 Zapatazuparta @ 2011-05-13 23:47 from mwng - click to readI heard the Tegra version with Super Clear LCD will be not be sold in Europe. Europe, North America and East Asia are getting Exynos with Super AMOLED Plus Version, and the rest of the world (Africa, Middle East, Latian America and so on) are getting the Tegra Version

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  • 2011-05-13 23:49
  • mS2}

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 S2 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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  • 2011-05-13 23:49
  • vGQR

The best smartphone to date period. There will always be personal preferences in people and some people would prefer other phones over this but Galaxy S II is definitely the best phone right now. HTC Sensation? hmm with 768MB RAM compared to Galaxy S II's 1GB and qHD against SA+, I think Galaxy S II is a tad better.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:48
  • mS2}

I read someware this baby costs 600Euros in Belgium.
May be it's better to wait galaxy S i9103 the dual core tegra version
with super clear lcd...may be it will be cheaper..

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  • 2011-05-13 23:47
  • mwng

> In reply to Smat @ 2011-05-13 23:39 from 0CD} - click to readI said nothing against the rules, and everyone that read my post that's not a Samsung fanboy KNOWS that. I just want a explanation, so I will not "infringe" the rules again.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:45
  • L4xM

> In reply to Smat @ 2011-05-13 23:32 from 0CD} - click to readNever said that processing power isn't usefull, but I'm sure that will be no visible difference between 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz running the Android OS. I just don't think it's really usefull.
About the 1080p, you have a point and I have to agree with you.
Not sure if so many people would chose Galaxy SII over Arc, the core Android experience is just the same and I just doubt that there's too much difference for the normal user.
You say that I'm trying to influence other not liking the phone "through peddling garbage", but in my opinion, all this absurd processing power is "peddling garbage", I rather have a phone with solid functionality and decent build quality, that I can usually like a phone (without a tablet-like screen). All I said here was just my opinion and you should respect that.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:43
  • L4xM

Great review. There is an important feature, that I found useful anyway, that was missed. When you set up an email account you have the option to set it as a premium account. To cut it short it now mean I get real time Yahoo push email!

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  • 2011-05-13 23:42
  • nx$Z

In terms of raw specs the Galaxy S II is obviously unsurpassed at the moment and blows everything else out of the water but I can't help but wish that Samsung had used premium quality materials for the chassis to reflect what they are touting as a premium quality handset.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:39
  • TkPZ

> In reply to [deleted post]Try and remember what u posted then work it out!

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  • 2011-05-13 23:39
  • 0CD}

> In reply to [deleted post]Gsmarena didn't...
Samsung fans probably saw ur comment as a threat to sgs2, so they reported ur post several times.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:37
  • uvH3

> In reply to dkvc @ 2011-05-13 22:49 from L4xM - click to readTrust me the processing power is useful, think of it this way-the quicker u can get to from A to B the better. Would u rather ur internet loads in 4 secs instead of 7? Get my point? Ur point about 1080p- some people actually record 1080p video not to watch on their phone or camcorder screen but to have it gloriously displayed on their huge ass TV via HDMI or DNLA. U say that its a geeks phone and not for normal people however if u gave a person in the street the choice between the Galaxy s2 and the 'normal' SE ARC we all know which phone they would chose. It sounds like u are trying very hard to come accross as giving a balanced opinion when in fact u are trying to influence others in to not liking the phone through peddling garbage.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:32
  • 0CD}

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 ???

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  • 2011-05-13 23:31
  • uvH3

this is the perfect phone. im sorry, it is incredible and it is going to take at least 6 months before it is beaten.

i want to kiss the whole team who made this. I am going to buy this, not because I need it particularly, but because I have so much respect for samsung for making it.

just amazing.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:27
  • nxwR

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 ???

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  • 2011-05-13 23:27
  • uvHA

First!

this phone is better than iphone 4/5/6, combined.

This is the end of all competitions.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:26
  • ygq9

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 ???

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  • 2011-05-13 23:21
  • uvH3

HTC sensation is better then this cheap plastic thing(especially touchwiz is no match for HTC Sense),i'll definately wait for Sensation...

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  • 2011-05-13 23:18
  • uWFQ

soo sooooooo happy, thanks gsmarena, i was waiting for this a loooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggg time :)

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  • 2011-05-13 23:15
  • wfDq

> In reply to dkvc @ 2011-05-13 22:49 from L4xM - click to readYou have a point there. There are many other Androids out there that will fulfill requirements for people on a lower budget. It's just the Galaxy raised the bar for Android. I've not tried any of the SE Androids, but it does look like they are profiting from Android themselves, and I'm surprised that they aren't using the might of Sony to take their displays to new levels.

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  • 2011-05-13 23:03
  • nFcL

GSMArena seems overly excited with this Galaxy SII and everything they discover about it, like the 1.5Ghz overclock and the 1080p on Youtube. Sure, it's nice and reveal all the processing power, but I wonder if that's really usefull in daily use. Come on, what's the point of 1080p video on a WVGA screen and who needs even more processing power that it already offer? But when it's about the 3D augmented reality browser of LG, GSMArena claims that they don't find it usefull. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fanboy of LG, in fact, I rather Samsung than LG, but I think that's just unfair and the hype about this GSII is scary.
Also, the plastic build quality is extremely disappointing for such expensive phone, and the design is just iPhonish much, moreover, I'm just not sure how easy is to handle a phone with a 4.3" screen, so I don't think that the Galaxy SII is the "ultimate smartphone" as a lot of people think, I think it's THE smartphone for geeks, but hardly better than most Android phones out there for "normal" people.

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  • 2011-05-13 22:49
  • L4xM

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