Wednesday , September 27 2017

Samsung Galaxy S II — Initial Thoughts

I wouldn’t usually put up a post detailing my first thoughts on a device, seeing as though I only just received the Samsung Galaxy S II this afternoon, but you guys are just too insistent that I supply my thoughts to you as quickly as possible. So hit the break for a quick read of what I currently think of the SGSII.

Software..

The Galaxy S II is running Android 2.3.3, which is a .0.1 off receiving video calling for Gtalk, and it’s very fluid and hasn’t frozen on me once (unlike the original Galaxy S). My only niggle with the launcher is that I’d like the homescreens to scroll through a little bit faster when you swipe across. I straight away removed the TouchWiz widgets except for the time & weather ones, as they didn’t really serve any major purpose. I also hate the lock screen, it’s a real pain in the arse.

There are quite a few Samsung apps on the Galaxy S II, most of which I’d never touch in everyday use such as the Music, Social, Game and Readers Hubs. I have no interest in any of the social media syncing within TouchWiz as the individual Twitter (Plume) & Facebook apps do a better job. Both photo and video editors are included on the Galaxy S II. They provide a few extra effects to add to videos and images to make them look a little less crap.

Hardware..

The most exciting part of the Galaxy S II is by far its hardware. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED + screen looks really, really nice, but it does make some images look a little over-the-top and unnatural. I can’t make out the individual pixels easily like can be done with the Motorola Atrix, which is a testament to the way Samsung has developed this display at a lower resolution than the qHD Atrix. It’s quite a shame that one of the pixels on the display of my review unit is malfunctioning and constantly displays red. Annoying. At 8.5mm at its thinnest point, the phone is a real joy to hold onto and is exceptionally light, which may make some people think it’s a bit cheap.

The loudspeaker doesn’t produce the greatest quality sound at full volume and won’t let you turn on the 5.1 channel surround sound effect which usually makes the quality much, much nicer. But what does work at the highest of qualities is the 8MP shooter on the rear of the device. I’m currently uploading a video to YouTube and will take some pics and put them just below here so you can see them..

The Galaxy S II is fitted with a quadband 3G modem on bands 850/900/1900/2100MHz meaning it will work on every single network in Australia (yes, even that pesky NextG). The downlink speed is a theoretical 21Mbit, when in reality I’m yet to hit anything above 3Mbit; don’t worry, we’ll get there eventually.

Yes this phone is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core CPU, and yes, it does kick all kinds of butt. It’s clocked at 1.2GHz, no doubt to match HTC’s upcoming launch of the HTC Sensation which is also clocked at 1.2GHz. I’m sure I’ll certainly feel its speed during more in-depth and full on use in the coming days.

Final Summation

First off, if you get the reference in this subtitle, you spend way too much time on the internet. Secondly, I’m really liking the Galaxy S II so far. I love how thin it is and I love how fast it is. I know it is certainly too early to make any major judgments, however I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to use and I’ll keep you updated on our Twitter before I write up the review.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll go through and answer them as best I can.

 

Buzz Moody  

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Namanvatsa
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Namanvatsa

i am facing a problem dat- initially the 5.1 cannel workd with the headphones. bt once i activted some “sound effects” its nt wrking

and giving info “5.1 cannot be activated with sound effects”
and i am unable to find any option to switch off sound effect

please help
thnx

Slayerboy76
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Slayerboy76

loving my GS2 its a powerhouse of a phone my first android phone coming from a nokia 5800 to this is such a new experience but i’m stoked

Anthony
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Anthony

 Just wondering, does it have a notification LED???

Jojo Cromo
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looking forward for an audio test

Harro
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Harro

 Any updates on potential release dates and carriers? 

Matt Smith
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Matt Smith

Whats the build quality like? I’m really keen on one, but I’m shit at looking after things and likely drop it. With my DHD that wasn’t an issue, but if this thing feels like its held together by tape I’ll have to hold out for Sensation.Also, whats so annoying about the lock screen?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mmmm… Sounds like yet another ‘half-baked’ product that has been rushed out.

Poor telephony is inexcusable; ALL other reviews comment on this.

Next…. 

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’d be nice to get links to the reviews they are that are commenting on it.. the 10+ I’ve looked up from the big names don’t mention it at all.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oh my goodness. That display looks insane! Looks unreal.

Gadgets4Geeks
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 does this (and other aussie SGS2) have the same hardware specs as the overseas models? i notice you say Exynos, and mobicity says Orion… don’t wanna grab one from Mobicity only to find all the mods and firmwares for it can’t be used as they have a different chipset.

Nice review. Very jealous indeed. looking forward to the samsung launch end of this month.

Ben
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This is the Mobicity version, I believe. Besides, the Orion is just the codename for the Exynos. 

My question is whether or not there are overheating issues with continued usage. Also, some firm battery tests would be excellent (not vague “lots of use” stuff either: exact tests!).

Gadgets4Geeks
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Interesting, as i thought the Orion was a 1ghz dual core chip. 

Ben
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The Tegra 2 version is the 1GHz dual core version, the Exynos has a 1.2GHz dual core (as I imagine you know). I’d really like to know which version will be coming to Australia through carriers as it definitely changes my decision of whether or not to buy through a carrier.

Andrew
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Samsung Galaxy S II Vs HTC Sensation – Battle of the Android super phones for 2011, let the games begin!

ricky
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ricky

 I have a SGS 1 . I just hate how slow and laggy it is. I also dont think it works well with Skype which it something I need to use when I ring overseas now and then. I am honestly thinking of going Iphone next time even though I hate apple. I hope the upgrade to gingerbread fixes the terrible lag problems. ps I know this can be fixed by root by I perfer not to root. 

Daniel Grech
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If your not adverse to messing about with roms give ‘Darkys Rom’ a try … your life will never be the same again lol:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=814091

Th33xile
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Th33xile

I cant getover the fact that the SGSII homebutton in rectangular. I know they try to copy apple but they should have gone with the circle one. I’ll be getting the Atrix. qHD display. SOLD.

Nozx
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Nozx
I’d have to agree with Myemaila…I have SGS1 and I hate how it freezes or lags and locks up. If the iphone 4 was available at the time I would have purchased it instead and would have been oblivious to the android platform and would have gone on apple fanboy rant yo anyone who opposed but its sad that now in ways I kbow the truth…that the iphone won in respects to this phone. Hopefully the sgsII really steps it up. Battery life, os stabilty, form factor, build quality, screen -all seem inferior next to my gfs iphone 4. SGS1… Read more »
Myemaila
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Myemaila

I just ditched my sg1 in favor for iPhone 4. Lost faith in samsung due to build quality and crashy laggy touchwiz poo. I still prefer the super amoled over retna but that’s about it. iPhone has ready stepped up to smooth experience and great enterprise platform.

Andrew
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SGS 1 is painful, I have rooted & put a custom rom & it’s still laggy, I feel the SGS II will be much different! 

Chris Rowland
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It amazes me how quickly people leap to attack, when they don’t read the post properly first..

Baltoski
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Baltoski

I like ur summary so far. Have had my S2
for close to a week and am very happy with
it. Pity u got one with a screen that’s not
100% though as the screen is simply
glorious. Looking forward to the full review
and to see how this phone stacks up
against the competition.

Andrew
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 Buzz, who in one of the podcasts said they didn’t like the SGS II or were not looking forward to it ? Also would this be your primary device ?

Member

That would be either Matt or Lucas. Definitely wasn’t me!

Nathsgames
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Nathsgames

Atrix, Optimus 2X or SGSII? My mate started selling these in Oz last week and didnt like it.

Nathsgames
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Nathsgames

Atrix, Optimus 2X or SGSII? My mate started selling these in Oz last week and didnt like it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

 So you removed the default launcher. Then what are you actually reviewing?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

 So you removed the default launcher. Then what are you actually reviewing?

Dan
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I’ve had a nexus then sgs then dhd. I will take sensation over sgs2 because its HTC. HTC is supported by cm better. The file system was cleaner and its easier to mod. I know sgs cm7 came out today but that’s 6 months too late. Ill stay with HTC until Samsung prove themselves as a better moddable open handset. My preference would be the evo3d (HTC with Tegra over qualcom!)

Sharene
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Sharene

He didn’t remove the default launcher, it says he removed most the touchwiz widgets except the clock and weather widget

Ktuluz
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Ktuluz

Just would like to add… I hate u.. heheh but then again I have gtalk video on my sgs1…

joshptyltd
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joshptyltd

When unlocking, swipe like you would on the iPhone. From far left to far right, fast. That should make the unlocking experience a little more tolerable ;). Also, you’ve probably already done this, but update your firmware via kies or Odin.

Phroghollow
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Phroghollow

Thanks Buzz, can’t wait for the full review.

Andrew Palozzo
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With my SGS2 in the limited speedtest I’ve ran I was able to hit 8mbps.

You do however need to be on Telstra Next G and connected to a HSPA+ equipped tower. For me thats everywhere between Home (Glenroy) and City (Melbourne). Almost constantly 8mbps.
Yeah it flies.

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