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

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
  • 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
  • veTP
  • 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
  • t7Xi
  • 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
  • tA$m
  • 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
  • Qxpq
  • 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
  • vCAb
  • 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