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Samsung Galaxy S II review

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Overall rating 9/10
Lightweight and ultra-thin body
Easy to use & detailed UI options
Brilliant Super AMOLED Plus screen
Speedy performance
Excellent battery life
Good camera capabilities
Plasticky build
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Is Two Better Than One?

The Samsung Galaxy S II took what we liked about the Galaxy S and made it better. Heck, it does a better job than most other high-end Android smartphones. Like the Motorola Atrix and the LG Optimus 2X, the Samsung Galaxy S II belongs to the new age of dual-core smartphones that are also heavily armored with impressive hardware specs. The Galaxy S II itself comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a whopping 1GB of working memory, a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, and an 8-megapixel camera.

Not only did it have good specs to boast, but it also performed like a pro. The Samsung Galaxy S II performs well in every aspect that matters to a consumer - CPU performance, battery life, and multimedia performance. We experienced no crashes or lags while using the smartphone; its battery life lasted much longer than others in a similar class; it plays 1080p smoothly with the experience visually enhanced by a favorable Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. Lastly, its 8-megapixel camera comes with not just above average performance but an extensive built-in camera app.

Like the other prominent Android phones, the Galaxy S II comes with its own dedicated TouchWiz 4.0 UI that comes with really good Samsung apps like the Photo Editor, Kies Air, and Video Maker. Best of all, the user interface on the phone is a notch better than those we've come across so far. Straightforward, intuitive and at the same time offering extensive options in a clear manner.

There is nothing much to dissuade those looking for a high-performance smartphone from getting the Samsung Galaxy S II. You are practically looking at one of the better Android mobile devices out there that comes with the complete package, offering a good balance of performance, features and battery life. Its plastic build might not sit well with some users, but it is a small price to pay in exchange for an extremely lightweight and ultra-thin body. Besides, most users would end up protecting the device with some form of case anyway.