Samsung Galaxy S2 review

14 May 2011
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A fantastic display and dual-core processor make the Samsung Galaxy S2 one of the top Android handsets


Android 2.3, 4.3in 480x800 display

21/11/11 - Having re-tested the S2 using our new video battery life benchmark, we have upgraded it to five stars and awarded it a Best Buy

Samsung continues to go from strength to strength with its first dual-core phone - the Android 2.3.3-equipped successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S. Its impressive specification includes a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED plus display, 8-megapixel camera, a dual core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD-support and Samsung’s updated TouchWiz 4.0 UI.

The Galaxy S2 is also one of the thinnest phones available at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm. It weighs just 116g and is perfectly proportioned with smooth rounded edges. It's a big phone, but, unlike HTC's Desire HD, it doesn't feel particularly large in your hand despite its huge 4.3-inch display.

Galaxy S2 side

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S, the S2 is made almost entirely out of plastic, save for the Gorilla Glass front panel and metallic chrome edging. It still feels like a good-quality phone, though, and the plastic helps cut down on its weight.

There’s one physical Home button on the device, which is flanked by two touch buttons for Menu and Back. One aspect we particularly liked is that to wake the phone you simply press the Home key. There’s no fiddling around on top for an unlock button and this makes handling the phone single-handed much easier.

There's a microUSB port on the bottom for charging and syncing with your PC. In our video playback battery test, its 1,650mAh battery lasted an impressive nine hours and 43 minutes. This puts it on a par with similar phones, such as the Motorola RAZR

On top there's a 3.5mm jack plug which will work with any set of headphones. There’s no HDMI-out as on LG's Optimus 2X, unfortunately, so you'll have to make do with the Galaxy S2’s DLNA capabilities for sharing content wirelessly across a home network.

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