Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Sam Sung Galaxy S2... and i clearly heard him sing it too
Samsung Galaxy S2
Member Name: blissman70
Samsung Galaxy S2
Advantages: Slim, great features, quick, easy to use and slim (twice, i know)
Disadvantages: none to put you off it
The package they offered had everything in it, as many SMS as I could handle with a lot of MMS thrown in, thousands of minutes chatting time and unlimited internet access on 3G.
The reason for this offer was that they regarded me as a Loyal customer, which is nice, and considering that I have been with orange for so many years I think I should be given shares in the company, I was still happy to hear that they had this offer for me.
But it is not the offer that I am going to tell you about here, it is actually the phone that they offered with the package. Well, it was a choice of three phones to be honest, a Sony Xperia J, a Xperia T and a Samsung GT-l9100P, or as it's better known as a Samsung Galaxy S2.
So, after a bit of deliberation, some sole searching and a fair amount of internet use, together with a few trips to the shops, I opted for the Samsung galaxy S2 as I felt it was probably the best of the trio for me personally.
Once I'd made my choice I informed the people at orange and got the ball in motion, set the wheels spinning and get this fantastic deal up and running as soon as possible, which took two days from order to receiving the phone through the post, courtesy of Ukmail.
So there I was, small box in hand, wondering why the delivery bloke never smiles, realising that I then had to go through the process of setting up my new phone, adding contacts, calendar dates, meeting and everything else that was on my older phone. But luckily this changeover process isn't as hard as it was in the old days.
Anyway, on opening the box I checked that everything was there, with the phone resting on the top section, lying on a thin plastic layer, with a few booklets and instructions bits and bobs with it.
Underneath this layer and booklets you'll find set if ear phones, bud style, and a bag of two spare sets of ear buds. There's also a USB-mini USB cable for connecting to a PC, and then there's the mains charger which has a mini USB connector on the end.
There's also a few booklets and things, plus the good old SIM card.
* Let me tell you about the phone and what it looks like...?
The phone is a good size, being about 125mm high by 65mm wide and an amazingly slim 8.5mm deep, weighing in at less than 120grams.
On the front there is a 4.3inch screen with an ear piece above it and a camera lens just to the left of that. Then, between the earpiece and the camera is the good old proximity sensor.
Below the screen there is a single 'hard key' which, when pressed, brings the phone into use, as long as the phone is actually turned on of course.
There are buttons either side of this 'hard key' but the phone has to be on in order to see these buttons.
Turn the phone over and you'll be greeted with the 8MP camera, with a flash at the side of it. Then, right at the bottom there is the speaker, which is just to the right of the orange logo, (well, mine has the 'Orange' logo but your may not have).
On the top there is a 3.5inch earphone jack, which is great for your standard earphones, and there's also a small hole that is actually a microphone.
Then, down the right side, as you look at the screen, there is a single button, the power button, which when pressed instead of hard pressed, doubles as the stand-by button, putting the phone into use or into power stand-by.
On the left side, still looking at the screen, there is the volume button and also a small hole that, after I checked as I was unsure what it was for, is so that you can attach a wrist strap to the phone.
Then there's the mini USB port o the bottom of the phone, which is for charging and also transferring data. And the mouth piece next to it which really just looks like someone has pin pricked the casing.
* So that's what it looks like, now what does it have inside... (apart from a lot of tiny technical bits that would make a grown man cry).
The main point to this is the speed, which is created by the 1.2 Ghz dual core CPU with 1GB of RAM, which really does show when it comes to things such as browsing the tinternet. Then there's the storage, with 8GB of internal memory, expandable up to a 64GB micro SD card, (there is also a 32GB internal memory version on the market too but mine is the lower one).
The one I have runs on android 4.0.4 ice scream sandwich, although other run on different OS's such as jelly Bean and others. (but the OS can be changed to others with a simple matter of installing a new ROM)
* Will getting it going make you pull your wig off ..?
No, not at all, especially if you're already a smart phone user as this is basically the same idea.
Briefly though, on pressing the power button, a short press, you open what is called the 'lock screen', then, with a slide of your finger across the screen, either way, it doesn't matter, this screen shifts over and is replaced by the home screen, which can be changed to what ever you want it to be.
The home screen is in four sections, each one being accessed by the brush of your finger, and, if you really want to, you can add more sections on the home screen, or even take some away. (press the left key, edit and you'll be presented with all the sections of the home screen in one place).
The home screens are easy to understand, with the bottom having four choices, phone, to let you dial a number. Contacts, to take you to your phone book, messaging, which, well, explains itself really, and then there's applications, which opens up the application area of your phone. These applications are your own choices, although some are pre-installed and can not be removed).
So that's the basics that are on offer, the rest is up to you as you can personalise the screens for your own needs, adding quick links to your favourite apps on which ever screen you want. With your chosen picture as the screen saver.
In fact, the hardest thing about this phone is choosing which apps you want, which ring tones you want to have for each individual person, as you can select one tone for your mate, or mates, depending if you've got more than one friend, whilst having another ring tone for your other half, or maybe your bit on the side. Who ever and whatever, you can select different ring tones so that you get to know who's calling without even taking the phone out of your pocket.
There is a lot more you can do apart from that, and, with the addition of the many apps that are available on the likes of google play and, in this case Samsung apps, your phone has never been so personalised.
* Is it fast..?
Fast? It makes that bloke off the Virgin adverts look like a snail, (no, not the one with the beard).
The screen only needs the finest of touches to activate it, be it to slide it across or to open up an App, the slightest of touches does the trick and what ever you are intending to get to by touching the screen, will appear in seconds.
In fact, everything seems to load up in no time at all. The wireless, 3G, calendar, the gallery, the videos... everything, which is all down the cracking CPU that is embedded inside the phone. I mean, a 1.2Ghz CPU may not sound fast when it comes to a laptop, but on a phone it's not too bad at all. Plus, as it's a dual core as well then you can have several things open at once without any real troubles at all. And believe me, I've had many things open at one time in order to give this a good test run and even I'm amazed by how it managed to cope with what I threw at it.
* Do I need glasses or a hearing aid to appreciated the phones screen and speakers..?
Most definitely not.
The 4.3 inch screen is without doubt something special, with what the boffins at Samsung call 'Super Amoled plus', which really does show off the colours and richness of everything that appears on the good size screen.
The screen offers a stunningly clear pictures, although if you're watching videos or looking at your own pictures, then the clarity of the screen is then down to the picture you took.
So know we're onto the sound quality, which is a bit of a let down in my eyes, or ears, considering that everything else on this phone is top notch, (what, what, old bean).
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that the sound is bad! It's not as though listening to your music through the single speaker is going to make you want to plug your ears with quick drying cement? No. far from it.
What I mean is that it can sound a little, shall we say, 'tinny' when playing loud music through the speaker, but as there are several settings to adjust the way the music comes out, such as equaliser offering pop, rock, dance, classic and even custom. Then there's the sound effects, such as normal, wide, concert hall, bass enhancement and others. These settings can be adjusted to make your listening experience a little more pleasurable, getting rid of what is that 'tinny' effect.
There's other settings in the music sections which adjust your music albums and even make your viewing of the tracks that are playing a little more eye catching, (although when I'm listening to music I don't tend to be watching the screen, unless I'm watching a music video or the like).
* Can this connect to the internet and to other devices..?
Connecting to the internet is easily done using the built in Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. or the 3G, which depends on your network.
There's also Bluetooth v3.0 and USB connection which lets you connect to other device such as PC's and other phones, or even your cars Bluetooth system so you don't have to break the law.
There's also something called NFC, which is a bit confusing at first but can be understood without having to spend a year at Eton.
* What about the camera, or cameras in this case..?
This phone has two cameras, with the rear one being quite remarkable, considering that it is on a mobile phone. The front one, which is use for things like conference calling, is only a 2MP one, and, for some strange reason it is preset to flip your pictures when you take one, but a quick settings change and that's all sorted.
But it's the rear one that makes this phone camera one of the best, being a good 8MP and being capable of taking some cracking pictures and video shots without hesitation.
This camera has a lot to offer, even more than some 'normal' cameras on the market. It all helps to take a cracking picture with aids such as shooting mode which gives you options of single shot, smile, beauty, action and even panorama, with others too.
It has a zoom which is activated by using the 'pinch' method, which does actually take a bit of getting used to to get that perfect zoom, but it works perfectly well and zooms in and out in an instant.
To get the video option you just slide the little button on the bottom right from the camera logo to the video camera logo.
Both camera's are activated by pressing the button in the centre, a red button for the video or a plain one with a camera logo in the middle for the single shot camera.
* Has this phone got the power..?
The stamina of the battery is as you would expect from a smart phone, although it is better than some I have used. This one can last a good 8 hours of talk time if I don't use too many apps on the side. But on average I can get about 5-6 hours of use on a daily stint between charges. This stint using apps, internet, 3G, wireless, messaging, calling and the like... basically, use it as you would a normal smart phone and you can get nearly a day at work without a recharge.
* I know it's not that important these days on a mobile phone but what about call quality..?
Call quality..? What do you mean? mobiles aren't designed for calling people are they? Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. Let me give that one a go...
You're right. They do make calls.
Seriously though, the call quality is second to none, (although this depends on a few factors such as coverage, obstacles and others), but in general when I call someone, or they call me, I can be heard very clearly and I can hear the person I am talking to just as clear. There was one time when I could hear a severe echoing when ever I spoke, hearing my own voice repeating to me after about half a second, but that turned out to be the fact that the person I was talking to was stood right behind me and my voice was being picked up by his phones mouthpiece. (silly me).
But as for call quality I have to say that I have had no problems being heard or hearing others.
* Is there anything else to mention..?
Let me think. What else?
The file formats this can handle are bmp, gif, jpeg and png for images, with 3gp, mp4, avi, wmv and mkv, with codec additions for mpeg4 and divX/XviD, which covers quite a wide range of them really.
And don't be thinking that the 'hard key' is nothing more than a home key, it's not, it's more than that. If you press and hold it it opens up the last few things that you have had opened. Or, if you press it twice, quickly, it then opens the voice talk so that you can speak to the phone in order to tell it what to do, (sort of). (I don't know if this can be changed but I'll no doubt find out and when I do I'll let you know).
In fact, the keys on the left side of this 'hard key', which light up when the phone is on, does more than one thing.
And, it also has something called Kias, which I am at present having a good look at and will update later.
I nearly forgot to mention the little earphones that come with this phone, (that was close). These are pretty good earphones to be honest, probably as good as my old favourite ones that I use all the time. In fact, these may make me put my old ones out to pasture as they feel slightly more comfortable in my ear. And to top it all you get three sets of the thin rubber buds, all different sizes, so there's a range for all ear sizes from Mickey mouse to Wayne Rooney, there's a size to fit all.
The clarity of the earphones is crystal clear, less 'tinny' than the speaker that's on the phone, and, if you get a call whilst listening to ABBA's greatest hits then the music can be stopped so you can take you call.
* My opinion...
This is without doubt one of the better phones that I have used for a long time, maybe even on par with the like so those fruity named ones.
The images on the screen as clear as Mahatma Ghandi's conscience, which makes watching video and browsing through pictures a shear delight, and the sound quality is as good as any other phone if I'm honest.
Using it as a phone couldn't be easier, and it offers a lot more than just a phone, it's like having my laptop with me all the time, almost, as it has all my important items on it, such as appointments, lists, memos and other data. Plus, with a fast 3G internet connection, I can get at anything online that I need to, such as E-mails and the like.
The screens slide along as if they're on some form of greased paper, it is no doubt super fast with absolutely no snagging at all over the time I have been using this.
Then, when I click on an App it opens in an instant, quicker than I can think about it to be honest, and when I click the back button, (bottom right), it goes back just as quick.
The CPU is basically a speed demon in a plastic box, surrounded by more technology than humanly possible, considering that this phone is no thicker than a babies finger, which makes this slim style phone one worth having.
There's no hassle with opening the internet connection methods, this being 3G, Bluetooth and the good old fashioned Wi-Fi . You just slide down the notification bar from the top of the screen to reveal a row of five option, those being the connection mentioned together with GPS and screen rotation. And in seconds you're connected to the world wide watsit... (although this does depend on such things as coverage, availability and whether or not you've paid you bill).
I could go into the Apps, telling you about what does what and how long it should do it for, but that would be irrelevant as everyone is different so the apps I use may not be the same as the ones you use.
All I will say that there are thousand of apps out there, even more with the Samsung app store being just as easily assessable as the google one, so there's something for everyone.
As for the downsides, which to be honest aren't really downsides, more confusions that are soon forgotten.
Firstly, mine is on Orange, (or as they like to be called these days, EE, since they teamed up with another big network company), and anyone who uses orange network will know that when Orange brand a phone they do tend to pre-install a few 'strange' things onto them, or 'bloat-ware' as some people like to call it. This is a bit of a pain but as this phone has ample storage and a CPU that can rival a small PC then this 'bloat-ware' is nothing to worry about. In fact, until the warranty is up and the contract is over, where I can then rid this phone of the orange bloat-ware with a simple ROM upgrade, I just hide the things I don't want to use or simply don't click on them at all.
Plus I mention earlier, before I got into this deal I checked out the phone, reading a few reviews online and even going as far as to sneak into the shops to have a feel, (of the phone not of the people in there, and the reason I snuck into the shops was so that I hate being accosted by the sales persons who jump on you quicker than a mugger at a cash machine).
Anyway, there was one thing that I was unsure about this phone was what I read about the back of it, or more the battery cover, which, I read, was really flimsy. Which, as I now know, is as it was described, flimsier than the plastic tray that you get in the middle of a box of milk tray. But, once I'd slotted in the micro SD card, the SIM card and the battery, there's no need to take the flimsy back off again, so it really doesn't matter how thin it is made.
Also, I was a bit 'flumaxed' when I inserted the USB cable as it not only wanted to install the drivers so that you can transfer the data from A to B, it also wanted to update all sorts of Samsung stuff, which, after checking it out thoroughly, I decided that it wouldn't harm my PC to do so, with the idea of getting rid of it if it started to annoy me.
But none of these soon to be forgotten confusions make this phone any less desirable in my eyes.
* So now for the price.
This isn't one of the cheaper phones, in fact, if you buy this phone outright, and depending on whether you get it attached to a network or not, then this one will cost around the £200 - £250 mark.
But, if you get it on contract, then it can be your for next to nothing, although monthly charges will apply from your chosen network, (I sound like I work at Car phone warehouse there don't I?).
* Would I recommend this Samsung Galaxy S2 phone..?
Yes I certainly would.
It has everything that those 'bigger named' phones have and is as slim as a super models rear end after a fest of lettuce leaves and cucumber slices.
The screen is so clear you'll think you are inside what ever you are watching and the speed of the CPU, together with the good sized RAM, make this one as fast as a politicians mouth as they try to explain their expense claims.
Summary: If you don't want to jump on the fruity named band wagon then this is for you...
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