Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II preview: Second encounter

13 April 2011
Having earned its place in the Android hall of fame, the original Galaxy S can start thinking about retirement. And these won’t be thoughts of fear and worry. With a replacement on its way, the veteran can look forward to getting the respects it deserves...

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  • Foneboy

Waiting still to be released in India, counting days and the Samsung guys says 10 to 15 more days. Does anyone from india own this(through imports) and have idea when will it be in stores? i can't wait the whole may for this :(

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  • 2011-05-06 05:54
  • ut9J
  • Anonymous

Got it today and rooted.

3186 quadrant with standard setttings.

3173 quadrant @ 1.2GHz (via SetCPU).

Seems to max. out on the test, I think a better benchmark is needed!

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  • 2011-05-06 03:10
  • 3ZQE
  • Fongy

> In reply to Kam @ 2011-04-27 16:50 from Saqh - click to readI was the flipside to you...
Had an HTC Hero, which should have been named "HTC Zero" - because that's the amount of software support I had for that phone...
Then I got a Galaxy S - Sammy has updated this phone (so far) 4 times including the new Gingerbread...
If you're worried about support from Sammy - I think they've learned their lessons...
As for deciding between Sensation and GS2... tough call - specs wise the GS2 has it easily, but looks, Sensation easily...
I'm waiting for the Doubleshot I reckon - basically a Sensation with a slide-out keyboard (great for those emulators)

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  • 2011-05-05 16:32
  • GjjS
  • Fongy

> In reply to rohit @ 2011-05-04 08:00 from vLy5 - click to readApparently no zoom in 1080, but zoom in 720...
(so other reviews are saying...)

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  • 2011-05-05 16:27
  • GjjS
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-30 02:41 from mVjr - click to readTrue. Missing from reviews are:

1. actual talk time and standby times.
2. GPS

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  • 2011-05-05 08:15
  • PVeH
  • rohit

hey, could you guys at gsmarena or anyone else who really has this phone tell us if the SGS2 has zooming in the 1080p video mode? and does it work like in the N8? If I remember seeing correctly, the HTC Sensation has something of that sort. Could someone please clarify this?
Thanks!

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  • 2011-05-04 08:00
  • vLy5
  • YO

> In reply to Cricket_Desert79 @ 2011-05-02 11:09 from k@YN - click to readit will be released in late this month or June..

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  • 2011-05-04 02:49
  • iZXQ
  • Cricket_Desert79

Hey guys, does anyone know when we gonna have it in the States and with what carrier.. I hope AT&T.... Somebody Help meeee :(

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  • 2011-05-02 11:09
  • k@YN
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-30 20:43 from J4V{ - click to readMine comes on Wednesday, any other programs to run apart from Quadrant?

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  • 2011-05-01 23:55
  • 3ZQE
  • Smat

> In reply to Kam @ 2011-04-27 16:50 from Saqh - click to readI had the Samsung i8910 and I agree that the level of support was atrocious from Samsung. Samsung used it to test how successful a Samsung Symbian based phone would be. The bottom-line was was that it was hamstrung as Nokia had the rights to all the best software on Symbian so ultimately it arguably was a failure however their question was answered and they promptly dumped Symbian. The phone itself was well designed and sold moderately well and from a production point of view there was nothing wrong with it however it is naive to believe that just because one product from a manufacturer does not have a good level of support then all products in the future will the same. The SGS2 uses Android which is at the beginning of its life not at the end like Symbian. The original Galaxy s1 was a good phone and the support from Samsung was good so for me I will buy the SGS2 in full confidence.

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  • 2011-05-01 15:24
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  • JovanLeon

> In reply to vatson @ 2011-04-14 00:07 from Hkww - click to readwaste of money? this is technology at its finest, it should even worth more. comparing to this, the iphone 4 is the real waste of money! and Nokia? they're just going on walking pace, and all they're selling now is camera, so, N8 is one of the 'waste of money' too. go figure.

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  • 2011-05-01 08:00
  • wrvf
  • Anonymous

Now the retail SGS2 is available, as the current reviews from Engadget & Techradar dont have any decent benchmarks, can we have GSMarena's FULL review of the retail unit, including your usual tables of benchmarks comparing against similar competitive models ? As the Techradar review reckons the WiFi is weak but doesn't elaborate, can you publish a table of WiFi Bandwidth vs Distance - for both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands ?

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  • 2011-04-30 20:43
  • J4V{
  • deepak

> In reply to prasanth arasu @ 2011-04-28 08:54 from vIfm - click to readit realese may 1st week

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  • 2011-04-30 09:03
  • vwmy
  • Anonymous

When will gsmarena start having GPS reviews? Something proper like checking tracks and comparing to real routes? It is essential in modern phones and it was a TOTAL FIASCO in the Samsung Galaxy I, but few reviewers even noticed it.

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  • 2011-04-30 02:41
  • mVjr
  • Anonymous

Is the GPS still useless like in Galaxy 1? Does it also lag a lot due to the lame filesystem like galaxy 1?

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  • 2011-04-30 02:38
  • mVjr
  • Philip

Is it possible to change language on this device?

For instance if I buy one in UK but I'm from Denmark, so I want to use it with a danish keyboard and our special characters "æ, ø and å"

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  • 2011-04-29 21:30
  • mb$r
  • prasanth arasu

hello guys. s2 release date is officially out it seems. do anyone know it

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  • 2011-04-28 08:54
  • vIfm
  • George

Oh, and dont worry about the size. I dont know why but for such a big phone t fits in my hand really well. Maybe as its so slim and light.
Love it. :)

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  • 2011-04-27 21:40
  • m5XY
  • George

I got mine today free on Vodafone. Wow its fast!

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  • 2011-04-27 21:37
  • m5XY
  • Kam

Loving some of the comments on here LOL.....

As for the phone being plastic....one could always buy a case...you know, one of those things that protect your phone. Even my HTC Desire is protected by a case.....made out of ten foot thick lead...I wear spandex ;O)

I for one am torn between this and the HTC Sensation.... I swore I would never buy a Samsung phone again after my experience with i8910 and the horrific level of support the Samsung gave it's UK consumers. I had a hands on session with the HTC Sensation at the London event and it is a very, very nice phone and after my faultless experience with the Desire it's gonna take more one glowing review and a spec sheet longer then a roll of toilet paper to sway me.....Remember the i8910 anyone???

But this phones spec is quite frankly mind numbingly monsterous...it really is a beast and if Techradars review is to be believed then this is the dogs, sheeps cows bxxxxxxx!!!!

As far as suing etc is concerned...WHO CARES!!!!! As long as we as consumers gets the best usable technologies in our hands. Leave it up to the Lawyers, Judges and the companies making billions from us wee people to sirt it out.

I will decide after more reviews and further hands on experience through actual user via the forums....I'm due an upgrade so will not be paying for the phone anyway....

Lets all take a deep breath, calm down, change our underwear and WATCH THIS SPACE!!!....

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  • 2011-04-27 16:50
  • Saqh