I finally managed to get a contract phone 3 months ago and this was my phone choice. After much deliberation, about a years worth, this phone came out and it ticked all the right boxes. The phone looked good, it was fast, it had the latest android software, in-built memory and tons more. So I decided that I would take a voyage into the wonders of the galaxy and this is what I found.
The first impression
When I first took the phone out of its box the first impression was good. The box itself was very basic, just a black box with some words written on it, but this just added to my excitement, as it must be a phone that speaks for itself, rather than screaming and shouting to cover the fact that it isn't actually that good. The box was straight forward to open, just undo the sticker and lift the lid up. And there it was. The phone was just laying there, protected by a screen cover and lying in a moulded plastic 'shelf'. I lifted it out of its case and it felt better than I had expected. It was extremely light-weight for its size, but wasn't flimsy, it was considerably hard and quite strong. The most surprising thing I found was how natural it felt. It felt like it was meant to be held in your hand and I felt like I was supposed to use it. So, to sum up the first impression into one word it would have to be, natural.
The ease of use
As soon as I turned the phone on it seemed easy to use and understand. Everything was straight forward with nothing to confuse you in anyway. Everything was easy to find and didn't take much effort to work out how to use specific things. Everything looked easy to use and when you did find a hurdle too high, there were simple and easy to follow help guides to get you over the problem. You can choose between two different keyboards, one of which includes the very impressive swype function. This function allows you to swype through the letters and it tells you what the word is. Very impressive. The apps available from the android market, and even the android market itself, are easy to follow and have clear instructions. But more about them later.
The technical hardware bit
The hardware looks good both on paper and in practice. On paper the galaxy s2 is very impressive; 1.2 ghz processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1080p HD video recording, 1 gb ram, 16 gb internal memory and all the other things that they would expect from the latest Smartphone. All this adds up to a very impressive and comprehensive phone that can takle most problems with relative easy. The speed is incredible and it can cope with some seriously big data packages. This means that the phone can do some extraordinary things, like the integrated navigation and the ability to download apps that achieve many and differing goals. But again more about them later. The camera allows you to take stunning pictures and videos, which you can playback easily on the super amoled screen. As well as playing them back on the phone itself, you can attach it to a hd ready tv through a hdmi cable, which would allow you to view them on the larger and more detailed screen. They can also be easily stored on the incredible 16gb integrated memory and the option for memory cards to be added, to increase the memory. There are other obvious hardware aspects, like the buttons and the audio jack, which are common and are very easy to understand and use. The last thing to add into the hardware section is the battery. If there was one bad point about the phone, in my opinion, it is the battery life. In use the battery life would last about 6 hours. Not long enough really. But this has become the norm in android phones as they take up a lot of battery life to do all the amazing things that they can do. A small price to pay.
The Software Bit
The android operating system is simply magic. The possibilities are quite literally endless. The system is fast, you can get some simply outstanding apps and it allows some fully integrated add-ons. Facebook, twitter, emails, alarms, the calendar and much more can be switched on and off, allowing you to stay connected and up-to-date with all the goings on in the wider world. Samsung have some say in this as well. They are given the android software and can make changes and additions to improve the way that it works on their devices. For example, the keypad has been adapted and improved, allowing many different ways to type on the phone. The android market is very impressive, easy to follow and gives you access to thousands of apps for just about anything. If you want it, they probably have it. As well as apps on the android market you can get books and now even films to rent. This is ideal for the Galaxy s2, as it has a large screen. This allows you to see more details on each film, more like if you were watching it on a television. All in all, I believe that the software is very impressive and can match, or even better, any of the market leaders out there, like the LG Optimus 2x.
Look and Feel
The Samsung Galaxy s2 has one very impressive feature, its the slimmest Smartphone ever. Its also one of the lightest as well. This means that it doesn't feel chunky in your hand and doesn't way you down as you put it in your pocket. The size also has it's advantages. In most hands it would be way too big, but in mine it is not. It fits perfectly, allowing me to do as much as on it as I can at one specific moment in time. In black it also looks very nice. The front is in perfect proportion and the back looks very good. I haven't got a case for my phone, as i don't want to ruin the nice and thin phone or cover up how good it already looks. For me the phone looks perfect, every bit how I would want a phone to look.
To sum it up, everything comes together to create a very impressive and comprehensive phone, which has to be one of the market leaders at the moment. The phone is easy to use and understand, with as many help and advice sections as you can shake a stick at. The apps are varied and can do many different things, from checking the latest scores and results to checking the best and nearest restaurants. To really get the most out of this phone you need a good contract really. My contract is with three and they give me 5,000 texts, 2,000 minutes, 5,000 three-three minutes and All-you-can-eat data. This allows me to use my phone to it's full potential and doesn't burst the bank either. Unless you think paying 35 a month is too much. To conclude, this phone is very good and i would recommend it to anyone.