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.
Excerpt: Unlike fine wines, mobile handsets don’t tend to get better with age – it’s amazing how quickly a phone that was leading edge can quickly become a bit of a has-been. While this may not have been the case with the original Samsung Galaxy S, we were nonetheless quite pleased to hear that a sequel was announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.
Cons: Keen photographers will miss a dedicated shutter key
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II is better than any other Android smartphone to have hit the market so far. It has everything you could want and will need and each of those functions it more or less excels at. It’s fast, it’s bright, it’s clear and, joy of joys, that TouchWiz 4.0 UI does not get in the way of a cracking mobile experience.
Excerpt: Samsung has, as we reported earlier, launched the Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100), and we've grabbed a hands-on already. Boy is is it a powerhouse. Wrapped up in a wafer-thin shell. The new phone II comes with a dual-core processor but, unlike the 2X, it proudly sports a 4.27-inch WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display, in a sleek and impossibly lightweight design.