Today as we both editors of Abstract Thoughts walked into Croma in Malad, Mumbai to explore the world of Galaxy phones we were amazed and stunned by the beauty of Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II. Here is account of what swept the ground below us.
To begin with the phone supports both 2G and 3G. With a decent weight of 116 grams for weight it comes just 3 grams lighter than Samsung i9000 Galaxy S.
Now the next feature I must say cannot be described in words, the SUPER AMOLED PLUS screen.
The “AMOLED” In Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen stands for “active-matrix organic light-emitting diode,” but some of that is there for emphasis. Most of today’s OLED screens already employ “active matrix,” a common way of dealing with pixels on a liquid crystal display.
The Super AMOLED Plus screens have 1,152,000 subpixels, a 50 percent increase over the 768,000 subpixels in the Super AMOLED display.In screen technology, a pixel broken into red, green, and blue subpixels, which help control the colors you see on the screen.
This makes the screen even more visible in bright light, and should help make text and the edges of images crisper, while still keeping the gorgeous color that AMOLED displays provide. This is the kind of tech improvement that seems small, until you actually use one.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen according to me is the best in terms of reproducing color and sharpness on a larger display.
16million colors and a resolution of 480*800 pixels, with a screen size of 4.3 inches. It is 0.3 inches more than Galaxy S I9000 and has one of the largest displays
Corning® created Gorilla® Glass to better survive the real world events that commonly cause glass failure. Designed specifically for mobile devices, Corning’s Gorilla® Glass improves screen durability without adding weight to the highly mobile tablet PCs.
Gorilla Glass is an scratch-resistant, unshatterable material used as a protective window for your mobile phone.
Products with Gorilla Glass cost a little extra, but for the bragging rights of knowing your phone’s screen is as good as indestructible? Totally worth it.
TouchWiz 4.0 has all the bases covered , and you’re treated to a varied selection of widgets that will allow you to optimise your usage nicely.
The default clock and weather widgets are very impressive and feature clean visuals and nice transparencies.
Organising your widgets is made nice and simple with Samsung’s grid overlay that appears when you long press, allowing you to Feng shui your favourite widgets around and even alter the size of some of them.
The TouchWiz 4.0 UI retains the four shortcuts found on the home screen and has side scrollable panes just like the iPhone 4.
Contacts and Messaging
Stuck with the stock design over here and only modified the calling button and the top tabs to fit the TouchWiz 4.0 blue design style.
Android places a really high emphasis on its notification area, to such an extent that most of the people never use the menu to access the missed calls log or new messages. Another great aspect of the notification area in TouchWiz 4.0 is the ability to access the notifications regardless of where you are in the phone menu.
The TouchWiz notification area is rather classic, if you do not count the four useful quick settings at the top . TouchWiz was the first user interface to pack these very useful buttons there, and in its 4.0 iteration, nothing but the looks of them has changed.
The TouchWiz 4.0 present on the Samsung Galaxy S II allows users to speed up some actions by using gestures. Four gestures are available in total, and they all work by using both the touch screen and the inbuilt sensors. For example, you only need to keep your finger on a widget and tilt the phone to move it to another screen. Another very useful gesture is the double tap. You can double tap the screen while driving or when you have one hand occupied and the smart phone will automatically jump to a voice command menu.
As the first part the user interacts with, most manufacturers try and incorporate as many functions as possible in it. For the TouchWiz 4.0 lock screen Samsung decided to incorporate a digital clock and two buttons, one for missed calls and one for new messages that allow the user to unlock directly in one of those applications. To unlock the screen you must simply press on the middle and just drag the whole image away.
S2′s huge screen and brilliant display is perfect for watching movies on-the-go. The Galaxy S2 is already termed as the ‘King of media phones of 2011′
I have never seen a display as good as the S2. The colours, the contrast, the brightness and depth of display is uncomparable. You can load up your S2 with all the media you have.
You have 12GB of internal memory , add to that a memory card and you have a media warehouse right in your pocket!
The Galaxy has always impressed in terms of music playback. The S2 is no disappointment. It features a 5.1 virtual surround sound !! The music control widget in the notification bar means you can easily switch between tracks no matter where you are in the phone.
You are totally geared up for tons of apps with 32 GB/16GB of internal storage giving you room for tons of Android apps.
Not only internal memory counts, but to ensure your apps, and multimedia content on your phone chugs along smoothly RAM is important and Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II gives you a full 1 GB RAM.
The card slot gives you an extended leash for an add on microSD card upto 32GB but 8 GB is already included.
You have the standards like GPRS , EDGE and 3G active, WLAN,Bluetooth v 3.0+HS, and yes v2.0 micro USB, USB On the go.
- 8 MP Camera
- Image Resolution of 3264×2448 pixels,
- LED flash
- Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
- Video 1080p@30 fps
- Secondary Cam 2MP
This picture was picked up from the Detail Camera Review of Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II at Tech Radar.com
Dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset
Other note-worthy features:
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- -A-GPS support
- -Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- – NFC support (optional)
- – TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- – SNS integration
- - Digital compass
- – MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- – Organizer
- – Image/video editor
- – Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- – Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
- YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- – Adobe Flash 10.1 support
- – Voice memo/dial/commands
- – Predictive text input (Swype)
- Stand-by Up to 710 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)
- Talk time Up to 18 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)
- SAR US 0.16 W/kg (head) 0.96 W/kg (body)
- SAR EU 0.34 W/kg (head)
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