In 2011 Samsung released they’re flagship the Galaxy S II a 1.2 ghz dual core powered smartphone with all the extras. It was an instant favor among smartphone fans as it came with Google’s Android 2.3 operating system that runs extremely smooth with the 1 GB of memory this phone has.
The cpu is a ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor clocked to 1.2 GHz stock
This phone has a 8 MP backwards facing camera with HD 1080p@30 fps feature and a 2 MP front camera. You can compare the quality of the camera against your current one here
The screen is a 4.3″ Super AMOLED with 16 M colors. The picture is clear and the colors are some of the best we have seen on phones. It has multi-touch which is a must have on all newer phones in our opinion, and the touch is surprisingly responsive and lag free, the screen is smooth and you’re fingers slide across with ease. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass which makes scratching it very hard, we have had it for over a month and still not a single serious scratch on it!
Build quality is a major issue for us, we have broken a lot of phones by dropping them or bumping into things with our phones in the pocket so we had to check out how it matched other phones, but rather than dropping our phone in the ground we goggled it and sure enough someone out there had already done it for us have a look at this video and as you can see this phone can take a beating or two..
The phone comes with Samsung’s launcher and a sideways menu when browsing apps. The launcher works good and is lag free as we would expect from this phone, the menu is a bit awkward to use at first but you quickly get the hang of it. The phone is easy to use for people who don’t need to do all the fancy stuff a smartphone offers but it allows more expert users to do all the tasks you need it to, so it’s a versatile phone that fit’s all!
The S II ships with a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery and the capacity of this battery is pretty ok for a high-powered, big screen phone but there is always room for improvements so we opted for the battery upgrade supplied by Samsung but it seems they don’t sell them as the “buy now” link appears to be disabled as of writing this. As you can see in the picture below it’s a 2000 mAh battery that comes with a new back cover to accommodate for it being 1,2 mm thicker and 8 grams heavier. It promises an UP to 20% capacity boost which is just what we need when we use the phone as much as we do.
Update: we just recived a mail from Samsung saying that the 2000 mAh battery can be purchased at Convena
To root or not to root?
That is a question that we had to consider when we got the phone as it works really good out of the box, it just works. After weighing the pros and cons we decided that it was worth it seeing how there is a fair amount of new features to unlock if one installs a custom ROM on these phones but let’s be clear!
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Now that the legal department is happy let’s go on! By rooting the S II using S2root.com’s software like they show in this video we installed the Cyanogen Mod ROM that is in our eyes the best supported ROM around at the moment. At the moment the phone has been overclocked a bit so it runs at 1.4 Ghz, this makes the battery last shorter but the boost in performance was worth it for us, this is also something we do NOT encourage you to do unless you know what you’re doing.
let’s conclude; This is a quick phone, that can handle a rough ride. It has all the features we need and like, it’s Android so free apps is not a problem, it’s got a good camera and can handle HD recording do we need anything else? no…
So do we recommend this phone? we sure do! this one gets the seal of approval with out a contest!