The Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 is the much anticipated successor to the hugely successful Galaxy S I9000. The S2 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS which brings in quite a few useful upgrades over the Froyo, including an improved copy/paste function, revamped App Manger and more spaced-out keyboard. Samsung has overlayed the stock Android interface with its TouchWiz 4.0 UI that brings in 3 new hubs and a few aesthetic enhancements.
The 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display on the Galaxy S2 I9100 packs 50% extra subpixels compared to the standard Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy I9000. This translates to brilliant color rendering, enhanced contrast ratios, improved sunlight legibility and smoother video playback.
The Galaxy S2 is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A-9 Dual core processor that renders the phone extremely quick and one of the fastest in the smartphone realm. The faster core speeds allows the I9100 to deliver high-speed multitasking, faster web page loading, and a slicker UI experience. The enhanced encoding/decoding ability of the phone supports smoother full HD 1080p video playback and enhanced HD gaming.
The 8 megapixel camera on the Galaxy I9100 supports full HD video recording at 1080p resolution and is flanked by an LED flash. There is also a front facing 2 megapixel camera for video calls. Samsung has thrown in plenty of manual controls like ISO adjust, choice of three metering and multiple white balance options. Other camera features include Smile Detect, Panorama, Face Detect and a Macro Mode.
The Samsung Galaxy I9100 sports an ultra-thin 8.4 mm chassis with smooth curved edges. The S2 features a unique Hyperskin mesh back panel which gives added grip and prevents the phone from heating up during extended calls.
The WVGA display on the Galaxy I9100 packs 480 x 800 pixels and supports 16 million colors. Apart from the usual triad of accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, the Galaxy S2 I9100 features magnetic and gyroscope sensors that detect dynamic hand and arm movement to deliver an enhanced gaming experience.
Battery and Storage
Despite its slim form factor, Samsung has managed to cram an impressive 1650 mAh battery into the Galaxy S2. The Lithium Ion battery can go unplugged for up to 18 hrs minutes on 2G and up to 8 hrs on 3G networks. The Galaxy S2 I9100 comes with 16 GB of internal memory and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.
Connectivity and Features
The S2 19100 supports 3G, GPRS , EDGE and Wi-Fi connectivity. The mobile supports DLNA and high speed Bluetooth v 3.0 connectivity for media sharing and comes with a micro USB port for sync and recharge. The Galaxy S2 features an intuitive Voice Command feature that allows hands-free execution of all major functions like calls, texting, launching apps and music control with the ease of a voice command.
The S2 is preloaded with the Readers Hub app which gains you access to over 2 million book titles and 2,500 magazines in 16 different languages. The Social Hub integrates various social networks like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter into a single feed. The Galaxy I9100 can organize and synchronise contacts from multiple networks into a single streamlined phone book.
The Galaxy S2 is optimised for secure access to enterprise resources on a Microsoft Exchange server. This allows you to stay up to date with your business email, calendar, contacts and task synchronisation.
Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S 2 I9100
|In Sales Package:||Handset, Battery, Charger, Headset, Data Cable|
|SIM:||Single SIM, GSM|
|Touch Screen:||Yes, Capacitive|
|Business Features:||Document Viewer, Document Editor, Pushmail, Mobile Printing|
|Call Features:||Conference Call, Speed Dialing, Loudspeaker, Call Divert|
|Handset Color:||Noble Black|
|Operating Freq:||GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100|
|OS:||Android v2.3 (Gingerbread), Upgradable to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|User Interface:||TouchWiz 4.0|
|Processor:||1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core|
|Type:||Super AMOLED Plus|
|Resolution:||WVGA, 800 x 480 Pixels|
|Primary Camera:||Yes, 8 Megapixel|
|Secondary Camera:||Yes, 2 Megapixel|
|Video Recording:||Yes, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps|
|HD Recording:||HD, Full HD|
|Other Camera Features:||Auto Focus, Shot Mode, Photo Effects, White Balance, Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection, Image Stabilization, Image Editor|
|Size:||66.1 x 125.3 x 8.4 mm|
|Type:||Li-Ion, 1650 mAh|
|Talktime:||8 hrs (3G)|
|Standby Time:||710 hrs (2G), 610 hrs (3G)|
|Memory and Storage|
|Expandable Memory Slot:||microSD, upto 32 GB|
|Memory:||1 GB RAM|
|Internet & Connectivity|
|Internet Features:||Email, Adobe Flash 10.1|
|GPRS:||Yes, Class 12, 48 kbps|
|Edge:||Yes, Class 12|
|3G:||Yes, 21 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA|
|Wifi:||Yes, 802.11 a/g/b/g/n|
|USB connectivity:||Yes, micro USB, v2|
|Tethering:||USB, Wi-fi Hotspot|
|GPS Support:||Yes, A-GPS with Google Maps|
|Bluetooth:||Yes, v3, Supported Profiles (GAP, SSP, SDAP, HSP, HFP, A2DP, SAP, OPP, PBAT, MAP, AVRCP, HID)|
|Audio Jack:||3.5 mm|
|Music Player:||Yes, Supports MP3, WAV, eAAC+|
|Video Player:||Yes, Supports MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263, HD Video Playback|
|Ringtone:||MP3, 64 Polyphonic, WAV|
|Sensors:||Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Digital Compass|
|Additional Features:||vCard and vCalendar, Calendar, Scheduler, To-do List, Clock, World Time, Alarm, Calculator, Stop Watch, Predictive Text Input, PC Sync Application, Voice Input, TV Out Port|
|Important Apps:||Twitter, Facebook, Instant Messaging, Gmail, Google Talk|