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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  • hari

i have been an iphone person..... but after watching the reviews of Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II on youtube, damn...... sgs is way too awesome !!
usb on the go is a brilliant feature. i love it, aint waiting for iphone 5, getting sgs 2 ver soon...
pretty expensive in msia, but i guess its worth it!!!

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  • 2011-05-14 08:21
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  • auni

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 07:01 from uvaj - click to readalready the phone is costly and if they had worked harder for the body too, i guess the price would rise to such a level that buying this phone would become a luxury(to some it already is a luxury, dont u think?)..

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  • 2011-05-14 08:16
  • vQ1r
  • Mar90

Greatest review for the greatest phone!

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  • 2011-05-14 08:07
  • PVv{
  • z

no battery test? suck.

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  • 2011-05-14 07:53
  • YbMe
  • Albert

the disadvantages only 3 of them? woooww...

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  • 2011-05-14 07:47
  • wriA
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-05-14 07:01 from uvaj - click to readWe have free will to purchase what smartphones we want. if you hate SGSII then dont buy it...

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  • 2011-05-14 07:44
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  • emankcin

How about 200 billion stars since we're talking about a "galaxy"?

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  • 2011-05-14 07:31
  • niyy
  • Anonymous

> In reply to qwerty man @ 2011-05-14 02:13 from pqJT - click to readI agree with you, qwerty-man.
i am currently using a full touchscreen Samsung i9003 Galaxy.
the screen is responsive and comfortable, but still, something' missing.
i prefer the real physical keyboard with real feedback.
i hope Samsung will release Galaxy S2 Pro with real QWERTY keyboard.

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  • 2011-05-14 07:31
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  • Raj

This is an amazing phone 360, but someone explain to me why on earth these phone makers think its a good idea to drop a dedicated camera button? We need that to stop, thin is awesome but taking a picture without a hardware key feels really awkward.

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  • 2011-05-14 07:28
  • qp4q
  • Anonymous

very comprehensive review, thanks GSM Arena!
your reviews help me decide which phone should I buy next.
can't wait for the next SGSII review with the battery consumption test.

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  • 2011-05-14 07:14
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  • Anonymous

Agreed that this phone has raw power to handle heavy apps and videos but what abt gaming???
60 fps on a dual core sucksss... why don't they do it any better? And why don't samsung make their touchwiz any better ??? Touchwiz as usual looks very much cluttered like a 2yr old child's drawing...
And last and not the least design and body material... why would someone want a phone so much pricey with a copied design(even after copying iPhone this phone looks yuck...) and body made of such a cheap material ???

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  • 2011-05-14 07:01
  • uvaj
  • Martin Caballero

Finally, macro shots are back! Thank you, GSMArena! :)

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  • 2011-05-14 06:23
  • 8CTu
  • Anonymous

I heard the gs2 cant play tegra2 optimized games.
Is that true?

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  • 2011-05-14 06:01
  • ub1T
  • Denzo

> In reply to drawbacks @ 2011-05-14 02:10 from pqJT - click to readI cant think why you would be hating on this phone..mate.. for the monety its unbelievable and rapes the iPhone 4 and 5!!

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  • 2011-05-14 05:40
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  • lennard

guys I like the Sharp aquos sh 12c 3D smartphone that will be out in Japan On May 20. this is awesome phone.. search the phone in google and you'll find out

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  • 2011-05-14 04:43
  • t7xs
  • anonymouse

> In reply to klear @ 2011-05-13 23:49 from vGQR - click to readbe sporty man!!! Samsung has created a plastic monster like this with not so good looks... why is Samsung not even thinking of these 2 aspects??????

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  • 2011-05-14 04:26
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  • MdN

It has a wrist strap eyelet? FINALLY someone remembered to include it. Take that, 90% of other smartphones (not to mention one with glass on both sides).

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  • 2011-05-14 04:23
  • Mtr9
  • Anonymous

oh wait, Apple recently released white version of iPhone 4 to revolutionize the world....again :)

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  • 2011-05-14 04:16
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  • Tangent

Could GSMArena do a comparison between the standard version of SGS2 and Tegra-2 based SGS2 if you are able to? I would like to see the difference. I heard some Asia countries will be receiving Tegra-2 based SGS2 due to the inability to meet strong demand in short time.

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  • 2011-05-14 04:15
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  • M5

> In reply to qwerty man @ 2011-05-14 02:13 from pqJT - click to readI agee a QWERTY keyboard would be very good. I have ordered (still waiting)the GS2 as I feel it is the best phone on the market. However I would have liked a QWERTY keyboard phone. In the end, I decided to go with the GS2 becaue all the manufacturers seem to produce their flagship models without QWERTY. I would also like the phone to allow proper pen input (ideally Wacom)- like machines like the Lenoveo x220t tablet that have dual capacitive and Wacom screens (I am a long term Tablet PC user). I would happily pay twice the price (up to £1000) for a phone that combined the GS2 features with these features. I don't care if the phone is not as slim. That being said until a phone with these features is produced, I feel the GS2 is an excellent compromise. PS I made the move from Windows Mobile to Android when they moved to Windows Mobile 7 and dropped stylus input- I know I am a minority.

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  • 2011-05-14 04:11
  • mX$I