A fanastic phone that doubles up as a multi media player, digital camera, HD video camera and even sat nav.
Episode 1 - First Impressions
The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes supplied in a rather classy and sexy matte black box with silver highlighting that simply exudes quality. On opening the box the Samsung Galaxy S2 is revealed in all it’s majesty along with it’s battery, a USB cable, charger, set of earphones/hands free set, spare ear buds, quick start guide and rather random micro SD card adapter (but no card). It’s worth noting that neither a comprehensive instruction booklet nor installation disc are included.
The first thing that came to mind on opening the box is just how big the Galaxy S2 is, over the years the trend had been for mobile phones to get smaller and smaller, from the bricks of the late 80s to tiny Nokia’s and clamshells as the last decade came to a close. Now with the advent of smart phones that are so much more that just phones it seems that once more bigger is better with screen size being the major factor in this. Although very thin (less than a centimetre) the Galaxy S2 is large at approximately 12.5cm by 6.hcm, with the majority of that being taken up by the 4.3” screen. This sheer size does take a while to get used to and I do still feel a little self conscious holding it to my ear.
Style-wise the Galaxy S2 is fairly understated, being a simply rectangular in shape with curved corners. Although also available in white, my Galaxy S2 is the more common black version and surprisingly enough it’s black. The front of the phone is completely covered with glass, the edges are glossy black and the back cover is formed of a textured material. There are very few physical buttons on the phone, on the front screen there is only the one, a home key. Then there is a power button on the right hand edge and rocker control on the left and as far as physical button go that’s it. The only other areas to break up the smooth lines are a micro USB port for charging or connecting to the computer and a 3mm headphone jack. This lack of physical buttons and the clean, sleek lines certainly make the S2 a sexy beast, personally I think it looks fantastic. Although the S2 certainly is much larger that any mobile phone I’ve owned for the last few years (twice the size of my old Galaxy Europa) it soon becomes comfortable to hold and operate especially as it is very, very light.
As upgrade time reared it’s head once more I decided it was just about time to forget about the low to mid range phones and cheaper contracts and go for something top of the range. While for many top of the range automatically equates to the iPhone, I’m a little different and have a huge dislike for the iconic Apple brand and was looking for something running the Android OS. With my previous three phones being Samsung, I felt it was best to stick to a brand I trusted and so I picked the Samsung Galaxy S2 as an upgrade from my Galaxy Europa. I received my phone free as part of a 24 month contract (£31 for 600mins/unlimited texts/500MB mobile internet/2GB Openzone access) but it is also available on PAYG for around £400.