Well what do we have here? Is this monstrosity the Samsung Galaxy S II? Why yes, it is…
uSell.com recently got its hands on an unlocked Galaxy S II, and boy is it big and fast. And apparently it was a contestant on the Biggest Loser too because this thing lost a ton of weight compared to its predecessor: it’s super thin and light as a feather. The iPhone 4 looks and feels fat and chunky next to the Galaxy S II.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we….
Nuts and Bolts
It’s loaded with a super-fast 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and it feels faster than the EVO 3-D-clad Snapdragon running at the same speed. 1.2 GHz and 1 GHz dual-core processors are run of the mill these days, but the Exynos processor paired with 1 GB of RAM make this phone fly. Applications load instantly, and the transitions are flawlessly smooth. I instantly noticed the speedy load times. My Droid 2 Global with its 1.2 GHz single core processor takes twice as long, if not longer, to load apps.
Just like the original Galaxy, the screen has super vibrant colors. The colors simply pop out, but is it too much? The colors look highly saturated next to the iPhone 4’s Retina Display and the EVO 3-D’s qHD screen. Perhaps the phone’s Achilles heel is the low pixel resolution. Coming in at 800 x 480, it’s lower than the HTC EVO 3D’s qHD Display (960x 540) and iPhone 4’s Retina Display (960 x 640). For some (like me), the colors are so vibrant that images look unrealistic. I prefer the more muted colors of a qHD or Retina display.
The camera is simply fantastic. The rear 8MP camera is excellent, but the 2 MP is the difference maker. It simply blows away the iPhone 4’s crappy VGA camera. You can take pretty decent pictures of whom else? Yourself! Video recording is also exceptional and lag-free. Images are clear and sharp.
• 4.3″ WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus
• 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos processor
• Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0
• 8MP AF with LED Flash + 2MP Front
• 1080p Full HD Recording
• 16GB/32GB Hard drive
• 0.33 inches thick
Regardless of how fast the Samsung S II is, you’re going to buy this phone on looks alone. It’s ridiculously thin and has a huge 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The phone is also drop dead gorgeous (even with its Quasimodo hump). There is a reason why Apple is suing Samsung- this thing looks like a blown up iPhone on steroids. It really is an engineering marvel when you think of housing such a huge screen in such a slim profile.
The Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t just the best Android phone, (gasp) it’s the best smart phone on the planet (Samsung would love for you to think it’s the best in the Galaxy, but we aren’t sure). For now that is. I was definitely impressed with the phone. It has amazing specs, it’s super thin and has a beautiful design. For those looking to upgrade their phones this fall, definitely consider picking one of these up. Many phones have been tagged as iPhone killers in the past, but this one is legit, it IS THE iPhone killer. The S2 has really set the bar high for the next crop of super phones, but I can’t help but think about what Apple is going to do next.
Huge 4.3” Screen
Highly saturated and unrealistic colors