Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) Lack Of Dedicated Camera Button

Are you in the market for a new phone? With so many just coming onto the shelf and many in the pipeline, it can be a difficult decision knowing which one to purchase. Since the start of January the market has been flooded with new smartphones as well as tablets and the list keeps continually growing. We have seen the Verizon iPhone 4, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Atrix and so on, and the latest news is of the Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) which will be joining the list sometime soon.

Over the last few weeks, we have talked about the new handset including its specifications, we have compared it to others, looked at the dual-core processor in more depth, news on rooting it, expert reviews and so on. If we look at the bigger picture, the Galaxy S2 is certainly impressive wowing many of the experts, but we just wanted to pick up on what Dan Sung of Pocketlint reported. Although he gave the handset 4.5 out of 5 stars and said it was a “cracking experience,” he did have minor and only minor complaints including the 1080p DLNA streaming and camera lens, and it was the camera that we wanted to pick up on.

Over at popherald.com via a Yugatech blog, the Samsung Galaxy S II was put through its paces. Although the site categorically stated that the 8 megapixel camera is “one of the best” that they had seen and the shutter speed was fast, it lacks a “dedicated camera button.” As seen on Nokia smartphones such as the N8, this very feature would allow you, the user to automatically use the phone’s impressive camera just by the push of the button.

So it begs the question, with this one missing feature on the phone, would this deter you from buying this little bundle of joy? Any news to its official release, we will let you know straight away. Will you be hot footing it to your nearest retailer once it comes out?

  • John

    I will be purchasing the phone without a doubt. But I also have upgraded in more than 2 years. If I had a newer phone, who knows. I have to ask, though, is this something that a software update could change (not that this would ever happen)? Maybe by clicking two ubttons at the same time, similar to a screen shot. Or maybe a third party could make an app that, when left on, would hijack some buttons in that way? Just curious, again, I'm not implying that it would happen.

  • Scott Deagan

    Deter me? I think NOT!!! I’m actually going to buy two of these beautiful handsets to help Sammy fight off Apple’s recent litigious actions.

  • Ian C. – Wigan

    Nope, the lack of a dedicated camera button will not deter me from buying it. I've used lots of Nokia phones (just about to upgrade from n900) and the Samsung has far more features which are much more useful than a dedicated camera button. I actually prefer the on screen button.

  • deepak Aggarwal

    It well deter me for sure.