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Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) Review Roundup: What the Experts Think

May 1, 2022 | Debbie Turner

We’ve written many posts now about the Samsung Galaxy S II (S2), a handset that has got many people excited. It will be available worldwide under different carriers and has already seen a limited release in some countries. So far there’s no confirmed date for the US release but it’s expected it will be available on all the major carriers. We thought it was time give you a review roundup some of the reviews already out, to see what the experts think.

We reckon this handset will take some beating and will be a huge success. Just some of recent articles on the Galaxy S II include some release details for the UK, a brief comparison with the new white iPhone 4 and another look at the Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Droid Bionic vs. Sensation vs. G2X. As a brief recap on its impressive specs we’ll tell you the Galaxy S II has an excellent 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16/32 of GB storage and 1GB of RAM and will run on the latest Android OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was originally to be released with a 1GHz dual-core processor but we told recently how that has already been upgraded to a 1.2GHz. Let’s take a look at some of the reviews available then, in order to get an overall impression.

We can’t do a review roundup without giving details from Engadget and Vlad Savov has done a great job with a comprehensive review that covers every aspect of this smartphone. Savov notes, as we have, that the display is really notable with colors that pop out and excellent viewing angles. In fact Savov goes so far as to say that the Galaxy S II’s display is “nothing short of spectacular.” Other aspects covered, range from the hardware, battery life and camera to software, browser and more besides, and in conclusion Savov calls the Galaxy S II “the best Android smartphone yet.” More importantly it’s noted that in fact it could be the “best smartphone, period,” which is a pretty ringing endorsement!

Another detailed review comes from Dan Sung of Pocket-Lint, who rates this phone with 4.5 out of 5 stars and calls it a “cracking experience” and like Engadget, “better than any other Android smartphone.” Very minor complaints included the 1080p DLNA streaming, which was noted could be better, plus minor quibbles with the camera lens but overall the conclusion is that “no one buying this superphone will have anything to complain about.” Fair enough.

Onto another review, this time from Chris Davies over on Slash Gear. Guess what, Davies also says, “this could well be the best Android smartphone on the market today” and noted that iPhone users that were shown the Galaxy S II said they could have their heads turned by it. There were minor criticisms, such as the keyboard, but these were said to “pale in comparison to the Samsung’s strengths.” In conclusion Davies says “we’re running out of reasons not to buy the Galaxy S II.”

The last review we looked at came from Electric Pig by Ben Sillis, who gave the phone a staggering 5 out of 5 star rating and says “Samsung has triumphed again with the Samsung Galaxy S 2.” There are some quibbles about software in this review but not enough to get in the way of it being a “surefire contender for phone of the year,” and again the superb display gets a special mention.

Has any of this helped you to make up your mind about the Galaxy S II? Will you be heading out to purchase this smartphone the minute it’s released in your region? Let us have your thoughts on this by sending us your comments.

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  1. Casey says:

    Been waiting for this phone. Yes, I am moving on from my IPhone once this phone comes out! Hurry please :) . And also, I hope it comes out for AT&T cause I don't mind them at all!

  2. Kes says:

    I have used an iPhone then a 3GS concurrently, but on the 23rd May will be upgrading. The reason? Apples refusal to develop and progress. The iPhone 4 is a beautiful, sleek, expensive feeling phone but for me, once you get inside one you realise it really isn't THAT much of a step up from the 3GS. Yes the screen is excellent and so is the camera but Apple's insistence on resting on their laurels has pushed me away. I will pay half the price per month for a contract half the length of that on an iPhone for a phone (Samsung Galaxy s2) which, in my opinion, and most reviewers opinion is superior. Also can I say, the final nail was Apples decision to limit the processor in the 4 to 0.7Ghz even though it has 1.0Ghz capabilities. This, they say, is to save battery. Just improve the battery like you keep saying you will. Ridiculous.

  3. Avtar says:

    Eagerly waiting to buy this phone on very first day of its release in India.

  4. Ishbir Singh says:

    Hell yeah! I'm pretty excited about its launch. Been wanting a new phone since last October.. had Desire HD in mind, then when I had the money.. dual core phones came up. I thought of buying one.. but when I had again made my mind on LG Optimus 2X, came the news of SGS 2. I won't change my mind again.. this phone is awesome… and I know it! Can't wait for it to be launched in India.

  5. Igor says:

    Been waiting for a good Android phone for a while, and now will go from iPphone to Galaxy S2 w no regrets

  6. Guerlenia says:

    The waiting is kiling me! Am hoping that Verizon carries it since we just switched to them from ATT. Sounds like the U.S. will be the last to get it…Why?

  7. Bflesher says:

    YES YES! I want this phone, this will be my first smartphone and i have been doing allot of research and never been a big fan of the iphone, to tied down to apple and itunes. I want to be open to use what i want, and looks like Galaxy s2 has everything i need and more. Just please hurry ATT and get this thing ready to go… Good things come to those who wait.. (Ive heard) :)

  8. Andrew Knox says:

    Ordered mine and should be with me in a few days, so much of this phone to be excited about!!

    • Red says:

      Hi, is it possible to order it? Where?

    • Cosme says:

      where can you order it?

      • gnome says:

        Hi all, just wanted to say - took delivery of mine last Thursday on Orange from Phones 4U….. absolutely awesome phone, well worth the wait and really cannot see anything coming close to it for a while yet - be good to yourself and get one asap - you wont regret it!

    • bestmoves says:

      Hi got the gs2 on 27th from phones 4 u cant leave it down had htc desire before this omg this is a rocket ship love it :-)

  9. green says:

    this phone ain shit. most application sdont even use all the processing there no difference between it and the iphone witch still has the baest screen and the most apps. fuck samsung.

  10. viper says:

    yupp… gonna buy it the day it releases in india. currently using my hd2 loaded with android, don't really have an excuse to upgrade but this phone has me salivating… and bad!!

  11. Magnus says:

    Absolutely getting this one. I currently own a Nexus one and have been waiting for a much better phone. This one beats the Nexus one, iPhone 4 and any other phone out there handily. It's also future proofed. Excellent Job Samsung. I'm especially impressed by the battery lasting about 2 days.

  12. john says:

    Have always been an iphone fan (1st gen, 3g, 3gs, 4g black). now, have to make a tough decission. White Iphone, or SGS2? hm..

    hahaha, had you all goin there for a whie didn't I ?!
    I mean, I like iphones, but I'm not that stupid to fall for the white iphone. Seriously, a white iphone4 in times like this? what a joke!

    Definitely selling my iphone 4 when sgs2 launches in Indonesia.

  13. hmntrch says:

    Anyone knows when this phone's going to be released in Singapore? Been waiting for it since March and it feels like forever sheesh! And as for those who are pro-iPhone, I see no reason for you to spite Samsung. Unless you're jealous that is :P

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  15. Bebop says:

    Mine sii is coming tomorrow!! Can’t wait, my mate got his last week and it is pretty slick. It is going to take something pretty special from apple to beat it. It is a shame Samsung are not half as good as apple in their marketing. If you really want it in the states you can buy it sim free from expansys or any network in the uk at the moment!

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