Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II review: Brightest star

13 May 2011
It looks like the point where it all ends. A galaxy outgrowing its own limits. An explosion of energy and speed. An overdose of smartphone power. A phone that makes you love the smell of Android in the morning. The likes of Samsung I9100. Update: Samsung Dive overview added...

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  • Anonymous

Wow great review and has only 3 cons(disadvantages)and those aren't even big deal at all! Can't wait to play with it in person when it launches in my country! Who would still buy an iPhone when theres such monster phone like this one?!

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  • 2011-05-14 13:51
  • 2@TW
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 09:56 from uH@m - click to readaverage hardware, what phone you phone are you looking at

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  • 2011-05-14 13:15
  • iIR0
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 07:01 from uvaj - click to readThe 60fps is a software cap to preserve energy. The fact is that the human eye can't see any difference above it (actually below it but you got to set the limit somewhere). Anyway, it's known that the mali-400 GPU in the SGSII is more powerful than tegra2 one, making it the most powerful GPU today. We'll have to wait for the HTC sensation to see how its GPU compares to the mali-400

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  • 2011-05-14 13:02
  • n2pw
  • Anonymous

Very Nice Phone but.... REALLY SAMSUNG?! Mono Audio Recording even in 1080p video?! WHAT????!!!!!

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  • 2011-05-14 12:29
  • 3Irw
  • Anonymous

> In reply to EskeRahn @ 2011-05-14 10:53 from 0u3G - click to readit is one hand useable, personally im appreciative that manufacturers have moved towards making larger handsets, for those of us built to a bigger scale its a godsend rather then the doll sized phones we used to get

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  • 2011-05-14 12:29
  • iIR0
  • Anonymous

I have had this phone for about a week and all i can say is wow. i can even play neo geo games like metal slug and shock troopers via the tiger mame emulator

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  • 2011-05-14 12:06
  • 3anR
  • jimu

Super slim body has poor grip when taking pictures

ahahahah!!! never happy!

one day you will complain like :"too perfect"

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  • 2011-05-14 12:01
  • Kgv%
  • RejZoR

Impressive device. Though it looks almost exactly the same as LG Optimus 2X except for the back cover and the camera is not bulged out either. If Samsung will properly support this device, then it will be a killer one as cons aren't bad at all and there are just 3 of them.

Btw, any info on the glass used for screen? Is it Gorilla Glass or some other scratch resistant glass? I'm guessing there is...

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  • 2011-05-14 11:57
  • 3pux
  • KPS

Plus To Main disadv.:
-screen is bad on the day light and colours are not real
-laggy phonebook and dialer
-very poor battery life
-back cover became so hot after even 30 min of active using
-poor ergonimics,it is too big for one hand using
-and of course device without any taste in design,oh no it has so iphone style)))))))
-touc wiz is not practical for every day using!
-and because of this so high price tag!

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  • 2011-05-14 11:56
  • I0kN
  • paster

Plus To Main disadv.:
-screen is bad on the day light and colours are not real
-laggy phonebook and dialer
-very poor battery life
-back cover became so hot after even 30 min of active using
-poor ergonimics,it is too big for one hand using
-and of course device without any taste in design,oh no it has so iphone style)))))))
-touc wiz is not practical for every day using!
-and because of this so high price tag!

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  • 2011-05-14 11:55
  • I0kN
  • Owner

Hats off to you Gsmarena guys for a brilliant review....it was a little late but its certainly worth all the wait...keep up the good work and good luck.

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  • 2011-05-14 11:16
  • KAbj
  • klear

> In reply to anonymouse @ 2011-05-14 04:26 from t}BQ - click to readThere is always a trade-off: Either you get a metal casing or plastic. Both have their advantages/problems. This is a matter of individual choice. I personally don't like metal casing. Used HTC and also Wave (which is one of the rare Samsung phones with metal back cover). Did not like it very much. Again, it all subjective. I like my phone to be light. You are free to decide if you want this or you can go for Sensation/iPhone if you want metal. Definitely nobody can force you. For me, functionality and features matter most.

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  • 2011-05-14 11:08
  • vGuD
  • EskeRahn

Ghee what a review!
All pluses, and only complains about trifles!

Now if Samsung would only make a 3.5" variant still WVGA (with higher ppi), that was one hand operable I would buy it on the spot!

...Oh and could they PLEASE make a replacement backplate where the 'blurp' of the extruding camera where extended to the sides, making the phone stable and not wobbling on a table...

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  • 2011-05-14 10:53
  • 0u3G
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Bricked @ 2011-05-13 22:41 from nFcL - click to readthe n86 dual led flash was terrible for me, it came out the most yellowsih flash light and cause the subject to light up greenish, and I already throw it away!!!

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  • 2011-05-14 10:44
  • IVDB
  • kz

Main disadvantages:
All-plastic body
No dedicated camera key
Super slim body has poor grip when taking pictures

These are the only disadvantages of the phone?? WOW!! Surely it would be my next phone. Good one Ssmsung!!

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  • 2011-05-14 09:58
  • tVXg
  • Anonymous

Although the hardware of SS2 is average but i will buy it too!Thks gsmarena review.

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  • 2011-05-14 09:56
  • uH@m
  • Halil

This is a great review but I have only one question. In the review I saw that the recording format for 1080p was mp4 but when I record movies it's always in the 3gp format. Is there a setting to change this?

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  • 2011-05-14 09:45
  • mG1R
  • Anonymous

that was unbiased review unlike some other websites.gsmarena is a website to trust

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  • 2011-05-14 09:43
  • nsDR
  • Z

Does it have the screen off CRT animation? =D haha

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  • 2011-05-14 09:31
  • 3sr{
  • want this phone

damn this phone is perfect !!

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  • 2011-05-14 09:07
  • nCdU