The Samsung Galaxy S recently received its 10 millionth sale, making it one of the most successful Android smartphones thus far. A new an improved version, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has just been announced and looks set to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.
An upgraded touchscreen, digital camera and new version of the Android software provide this handset with a very appealing spec list, and brings it bang up to date to the point where it can compete with many more popular smartphone models from various manufacturers.
The handset measures up at a pocket friendly 125.3x 66.1x 8.5mm, making it one of the slimmest smartphones available, and its impressive lightweight of 116 grams makes it a pleasure to use. The font is dominated by a huge 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen. This in itself is packed with features; multi touch input support, touch sensitive shortcut panel, proximity and accelerometer sensors and Swype text input system all combine to make this one of the most impressive touchscreens on any phone currently available. The screen can display up to 16 million individual colours within the confines of its 480x 800 pixel layout. Therefore, the resulting display quality of the onscreen imagery has to be seen to be believed.
A more than generous 16GB of onboard storage capacity is on hand to store all of your music tracks, video clips and apps downloaded from the 100,000+ strong library available on the Android Market. On the rare occasion that extra storage is required, the Samsung Galaxy S2 has got it covered with an integrated microSD slot which can accommodate a memory card of up to 32GB.
Astonishingly fast download speeds of up to 21 Mbps can be achieved in 3G covered areas thanks to an HSDPA connection. This makes for a super speedy internet browsing experience, with web pages loaded in a flash. Additionally, users can also enjoy a more secure and reliable connection courtesy of Wi-Fi whenever they have the necessary access details for local wireless networks. To stay connected to cellular networks, GPRS and EDGE are called upon, with Bluetooth, micro USB, GPS and DLNA adding to the list of connectivity features.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is also one of the most capable cameraphones on the market. Its impressive 8 megapixel unit boasts a number of image enhancing features such as autofocus, LED flash, face & smile detection, and touch-focus all included as standard. As you can imagine, the resulting still images are of stunning quality, yet the camera remains easy enough to use for those who simply like to take spontaneous snapshots. As you may imagine, the camera also offers the ability to shoot video footage in HD. Most phones that offer this tend to do so in 720p, however the Samsung Galaxy S2 goes one better, boasting 1080p HD video capture. Photos, videos and other media can be wirelessly streamed to compatible TVs thanks to DLNA so your handiwork can be enjoyed on the big screen.
Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) is the operating system of choice, and this works in harmony with a 1 GHz dual-core processor for lightning fast navigation of the TouchWiz v4 user interface and provides the power to run demanding applications with ease. The handset also comes with a long list of apps in the multimedia, productivity, web browsing, and entertainment fields, making this one of the most comprehensively functional handsets out there.
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S2 cuts not corners and provides absolutely everything you would expect from a top-end Android smartphone, and so much more.