Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look
Controls and handling
The controls on the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus haven't been altered one bit. Below the screen we find the same three keys as on the original Galaxy S II - the capacitive Menu and Back buttons either side of a hardware Home key.
The keys are well sized and spaced to allow comfortable use and the capacitive touch technology makes sure the transition between them and the screen is seamless.
Above the display you can see the earpiece, a couple of sensors and the 2 megapixel front facing camera, which can do video-calls.
The top of the phone features the 3.5mm jack and a secondary microphone.
At the bottom are the microUSB port and the mouthpiece. The microUSB port supports MHL, enabling HD video out (up to 1080p) and multi-channel audio output.
On the left side of the Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus we find the volume rocker and the lanyard eyelet, while the power/lock key is symmetrically placed across on the right. There's no dedicated shutter key though.
The 8 megapixel camera lens and the single LED flash share a metal-framed plate at the back. The loudspeaker grille is the other thing of note here, in the bottom left corner.
Due to the new finish, the battery cover is a hair thicker this time. It covers almost the entire phone's back and is a bit hard to remove but the flipside is it fits tightly in place, no squeaks and wobble.
Underneath the battery cover you can see the microSD card slot, the SIM compartment and the 1650 mAh battery. It's the same battery that powered the original Galaxy S II, but we'll leave it to the complete review to see how well it actually does in Jelly Bean environment.
The microSD card is unfortunately not hot-swappable, as Galaxy SII owners should very well know.
Overall, the Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus is a phone of commendable ergonomics. Slim and lightweight, it's pretty easy to handle and slips comfortably into pockets. The grip has been somewhat compromised compared to the original, in return for the arguably more up-to-date styling of the current Galaxy generation.