Samsung Galaxy S II Review Roundup: Slim, Speedy, And Smart « Android Wires Blog

To say the Galaxy S II has a lot to live up to would be a drastic understatement. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S, was one of the most popular Android phones of its day, though it certainly wasn’t without its shortcomings (*cough* TouchWiz *cough*). But with an even better display, a slimmer profile, a better camera, and – gasp – a new version of Samsung’s custom UI, the Galaxy S II aims to patch over its antecedent’s few flaws in addition to mixing in some new magic. so how does it fare? Pretty well, the great tech-heads of Europe declare.

 Engadget‘s Vlad Savov made his opinion of the Galaxy S II crystal clear: “It’s the best Android smartphone yet.” he loved its svelte profile, swish animations, and stunning 4.3-inch display. he also found its battery life to be “highly competitive,” and its 8MP camera took some excellent shots. Enough summarization, though; let’s let the review speak for itself:

For a handset with such a broad range of standout features and specs, the Galaxy S II is remarkably easy to summarize. It’s the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might well be the best smartphone, period. Of course, a 4.3-inch screen size won’t suit everyone, no matter how stupendously thin the device that carries it may be, and we also can’t say for sure that the Galaxy S II would justify a long-term iOS user forsaking his investment into one ecosystem and making the leap to another. Nonetheless, 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.

Read the full Engadget review

Vlad Savov wasn’t alone in his approbation of the Galaxy S II; SlashGear also found the smartphone praise-worthy. Specifically, its Super AMOLED Plus screen performed admirably even in direct sunlight, and its 1080p video recording was also quite impressive. Battery life, call quality, looks, and general performance were similar stories – in short, excellent. in fact, one of the phone’s only downsides was, unsurprisingly, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Quoth Chris Davies:

Is it [the GS II] perfect? no, of course not. While we like some of Samsung’s tweaks – the Kies air app is surprisingly useful, for instance – we’d prefer to see a clean Gingerbread install rather than TouchWiz. How much of a delay that UI modification will force on future Android OS updates remains to be seen, and some changes – such as the keyboard – are frankly backward steps. there are also some annoying teething pains, such as the Video Maker app being unable to handle the

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