Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S2 is our Award-winning smartphone for 2011. We were big fans of the original Galaxy S, and this Galaxy S2 summer update was a welcome evolution that brought small but brilliant tweaks across the board. But that was then, this is now, and a host of new Android handsets, and the iPhone 4S , are vying for the crown. The Samsung Galaxy S2 remains a slip of a phone.
Pros: Light, slim, big screen, dynamic, colourful video, new Kies wireless software is neat
Cons: Lacks premium feel, audio can be bettered, no longer the latest Android OS
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which works brilliantly on the Galaxy S II. A planned upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is also in the pipeline, but no confirmed dates have been announced yet. Thanks to the super fast dual-core CPU and large amount of RAM, Android 2.3 works effortlessly on the Samsung Galaxy S II, with every swipe being as smooth as the last.
Excerpt: A hugely good-looking handset with sharp edges, a correlated reverse and a beautifully vibrant 4.3-inch screen The user experience has been made easier thanks to the tweaks made to Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Android users will be quite at home when using the handset A dual-core processor, eight-megapixel snapper, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a raft of ‘hubs’ for downloading media content A super-speedy phone that does a top-notch job all round. A real smartphone however you look at it.
Summary: The Android space was dominated by the Galaxy S last year and I expect that this year the entire mobile space will be dominated by it’s successor. The hardware on the Galaxy S II won’t be beaten for quite some time (perhaps until this time next year) only to be matched by the HTC Sensation and maybe by the as yet unannounced new iPhone.
Summary: It’s genuinely hard to find fault with the Samsung Galaxy S II. Though Android and Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI still aren’t quite up to the sleek standards of iOS, the hardware on show here makes this not only the greatest Android device we’ve seen so far, but a definite equal for the iPhone 4. Its zippy processor and deft handling of Flash content may even make it the better of the two devices in some eyes. Samsung have really raised the stakes here.
Summary: Is this phone an iPhone killer ? Well, if I was writing for a tabloid newspaper I’d have to say a definite “Yes”. If, however, I’m being realistic I’d have to say “No”. Why ? Because there won’t be just “one iPhone killer”. The iPhone is so massive, so prevalent that it’s crazy to claim that one phone alone can knock it aside. This, though, is the best Android handset I have ever reviewed. Ever. It’s the best phone out there at the moment. Other handsets have come close.