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Samsung Galaxy S2 continues to impress smartphone buyers

The designing deserves kudos since a huge 4.3 inch AMOLED display is accommodated in an ultra slim 8.4 mm form factor. With sleek minimalist looks the S2 is a head turner.

BT Online Bureau | July 30, 2011 | Updated 15:40 IST

With only two smartphones running on a dual-core processor, LG Optimus 2x and Samsung Galaxy S2, our future-proof choice is the Samsung device.

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A bigger 4.3-inch, super AMOLED display, ultra-rich colours, sleek body combine with adual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1GB RAM and the latest version of the Android OS make the S2 a smartphone capable of competing even with a tablet or a mobile computing device.

The 8 MP camera can replace with ease any digital camera, while the sound output would put a media player to shame.

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What do they say about sequels not being as good as the original? Well, Samsung's Galaxy S phone made it to the Gadgets & Gizmos Choice last year, and now its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S2, follows suit. So there!

Specs: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive display; 8 MP camera; 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, expandable to 32 GB; 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS; Android 2.3; 1.2 GHz dual core processor; 116 gm; 1650 mAh battery.

Price: Rs 30,000

The Looks: The designing deserves kudos since a huge 4.3 inch AMOLED display is accommodated in an ultra slim 8.4 mm form factor. With sleek minimalist looks (it has just three physical keys-home key, volume and power) and a plastic back designed to aid grip, the S2 is a head turner.

Performance: The S2 is fitted with a 1.2 GHz Arm Cortex A9 dual core processor and 1GB RAM, making it a speed monster. It combines with Android v2.3 to provide unbelievably fast operations without glitches like hanging or slowing.

Besides the polished Touch Wiz 4.0 UI, other interesting add-ons include SWYPE for quick typing, split view in messages as in the Outlook mailbox, multitouch controls, tilting to zoom in and out, Kies Air for wireless sharing, Vlingo-powered voice solution, and left swipe on a contact for direct calling and right swipe for message.

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The 8 MP camera too would give rival Sony Ericsson Arc a run for its money. In addition it has Full HD video capture at 30 fps and auto focus. It also supports USB-onthe-go and HDMI but these accessories are not included in the pack. Hiding below the back cover is the 1650 mAh battery that got us through a day and a half of usage that included push notifications for multiple apps.

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Final say: The S2 is crazy for what is does. We instantly fell in love with this device because it has everything one can dream of in a smartphone. We reckon that for gadget lovers, it would be there right at the top of the wish list.

It's a sleek looker, a fast performer, and comes loaded with features. A must-have smartphone for geeks.

Courtesy: Gadgets & Gizmos

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