The toughness of an operating system (Android 2.3 Gingerbread) should be combined appropriately with a lot of factors though, such as hardware, software, and design, so as to be able to make an impact in the more and more crowded smartphone market.
Samsung Galaxy S II tackles the design aspect by squaring all of the corners at its outer body so some might say “it looks like an immitation of the similarly squre iPhone 4“.No one knows exactly what was going on inside the designers room at Samsung, but iPhone-ing inclination in design had been evident indeed as far as the older Galaxy S, the body of which was “similar” to iPhone 3GS. However, that inclination is not relevant in the eyes of the field reporters that reported the launching ceremony from Barcelona.
On the first impression only, the guys from Endgadget called it “one gorgeous device” while the reviewers from CNET deemed it “a subtle but sexy beast”. Since the Galaxy S II has an impressive appearance: smooth, black, monolithic, with a pair of touch-sensitive buttons, guarding the home button on the bottom part of the screen, readily disappear into the blackness when inactive – this makes the 4.27 inch WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus Display available for greater viewing experience.
The display supports an 800 x 480 screen resolution and is boasted with the latest AMOLED (Active – Matrix Organic Light – Emitting Diode) technology(this is able to reduce the reflection which was a dead point in the older Galaxy). The superlative also reveals that this new AMOLED makes it possible for a user to read, watch, browse – anything visual – with sharper pictures on the screen. This visual experience is enhanced with the presence of an 8 megapixel primary camera with 1080p video capture, plus an 2 megapixel camera up front: any shot should be sharper and free of reflection.
It is easy to imagine what fun will a user experience in absorbing that visual enjoyment when gripping the phone since its overall shell thickness is only 8.49mm. Add to this crazy thinness is the 3D TouchWiz UX which the official web site boasts adding “a futuristic user interface”.
“Futuristic” might be the proper term indeed when it is considered what tough Gingerbread could do in combination with Samsung Dual Core Application Processor, which is based on Quad GPU and has 3200M pix/s. Such a power combination should be capable of quicker multi-tasking, faster download, snappier streaming and efficient gaming. Don’t forget that the Gingerbread itself had proven to be a flagstaff for browsing the entire Internet – including Flash – when running the Google Nexus S (the official site boasts of “PC-like web browsing”). Add to this the Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 802.11 which does not need a wireless access point + Bluetooth 3.0 and this Samsung will be the perfect smartphone.
Because the speed and viewing supports are unquestionable, entertainment should be an easy thing for the phone. This phone it is indeed prepared itself for gamers and music lovers-the Game Hub is capable of downloading games, 12 social network games and 13 premium games including Let Golf 2 and Real Football 2011. Galaxy S II will be equipped with an accelerometer, a magnetic sensor, gyroscope dynamic hand and an arm movements that are very sensitive(“the slightest tilt and you’re dead”). Meanwhile, its native music player is capable of bass enhancement and 5.1 channel sound.
Another cool thing that Galaxy S II has is the capability for business experience: this is supported by features such as comprehensive mobile implementation of Exchange ActiveSync, On Device Encryption, VPN (Virtual Private Network), MDM (Mobile Device management), and Cisco WebEx. MDM, for example, is a joint arrangement between Samsung and Sybase which allows mobile workers to access the assets of the enterprise using this phone and allowing for adaptation of both personally owned and corporate owned Galaxy S II.
Consumers in Europe and Asia may have Samsung Galaxy S II in February, but the availability for North America is not yet clear. The conclusion is laud and clear: with a veteran astronaut operating system, plus a lot of features and luxurious design, it is worth waiting.