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Jonathon Sherrouse
Overall
4.4
Jonathon Sherrouse

"The Galaxy S II is a pretty good phone and should suffice for most people who want an easy, fluid experience."

The Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S II is just short of exquisite, with the only slight complaint being the blacks; I feel as if they could be a tad darker to really provide more contrast, but that's just me being picky. Also, the 4.3 inch screen really just adds more beauty and functionality to the display. All in all, the display is gorgeous and provides vivid, saturated colors and a lot of contrast. The display is really something special that many users will find to be more than adequate.
Reception and call quality on the Galaxy S II is solid and reliable. Never while talking on the phone has the call been dropped and I consistently have 3-5 bars in my area. Simply, signal is great. Now regarding phone calls, I have found the quality of the calls to be quite exceptional. When I first got the phone, it was one of the first things I tested and my friends said that my voice was very clear and audible, close to landline quality. I could hear people clearly on my end as well, and overall, I've had a nice experience with the phone calls on this device. It really is a strong point.
Contrasting to the wonderful display and call quality, the battery life leaves much to be desired. For example, I use my phone pretty heavily: About 30 minutes of talk time a day, around an hour of games, constant texting and social networking, and around half an hour of miscellaneous web browsing. With all of this usage, the phone usually dies around 7pm with a full charge at the beginning of the day. This is a problem for a user like me, seeing as how I'm on my phone pretty much constantly. Also, I always bring a charger with me just in case I use it more than usual. And don't expect to get by with short charges throughout the day, because in order to charge my device, it takes about 2 hours. Just keep this in mind before purchasing this phone, but it's in my opinion the only big problem with the device.
Moving right along, the design is pretty good, nothing special, but still pretty good. The Galaxy S II comes in a simple candybar bar form factor with a gray, texturized battery cover on the back and solid black on the front, save the AT&T and Samsung logo and the capacitive buttons. The edges are also a shiny gray, which looks pretty nice. Overall, it’s a nice looking phone, but just not very unique.
Now getting to the performance of the device, I have to say, the 1.2 dual-core Exynos processor on this phone is just fast, to put it simply. I rarely ever experience a stutter or lag on this device and every task my phone has to put up with has gone very smoothly and almost seamless. If I’ve ever seen any stutter on this device, it would have to have been the occasional moment when scrolling through my home screens, but this is rare. Web browsing is also just a pleasure with one of the smoothest experiences I’ve dealt with. Anyways, I really love the speed of the device and it really sets itself apart from other phones in this sense.
App availability and media on this device is absolutely phenomenal. Of course you have the hundreds of thousands of apps in the Google Play Store, but this device really steps up when it comes to media. Samsung makes this and a couple of other phones unique in the fact that it has a Media Hub, and this hub is something that should come standard to any device! The Media Hub has tons of movies and TV shows available to buy or to rent and accessible with just a tap of the finger. I have watched many shows and some movies on this device and it is just simple and fast, plus the screen makes viewing media content a pleasure.
To sum it up, this is a great phone with very few shortcomings. If you want something quick and easy to use, this is definitely a device to consider.


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