Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Great Smart phone
Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II
Member Name: fionamac123
Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II
Advantages: Easy to use, light, sleak
Disadvantages: Battery life could be better
When my last contract ran out I decided to make the move to a smart phone. I considered an Iphone but I was attracted to the Samsung Galaxy as it promised the same features for a fraction of the cost.
The phone itself is very sleak and much lighter than the newest iphone weighing only 116 grammes despite being bigger in dimension. The screen is large and fills almost the whole front of the phone, which is great for web surfing etc. It is a touch screen system with a few additional to support commonest functions, such as get you back to the home page, adjust the volume, lock the screen, bring up additional options and go back to the previous screen. There is also a camera lens on the front to compliment the 8.0meg camera on the back. I haven't printed any of the photos taken but they look of very good quality of the screen. Overall, I really like the way this phone looks and have had many complements.
It has the Android Gingerbread operating system which I have learned quickly and have found can be easily navigated. When you switch on the phone it offers a home screen which is made up of several pages which you can navigate between at the stroke of a finger. You can set what you like on each screen, allowing you to delete irrelevant standard apps and put you most used features on the first few pages. I have found this a great time saver.
You can do all the things you would expect likely easily check emails, facebook and the web. The phone even offers alerts when you receive a new email or facebook message in the way it alerts you to a new text message, which is useful, if in my opinion a tad overkill. It has wifi, GPS and Bluetooth and I am sure many more things, but I have used these three successfully and have no criticisms.
One feature I like is the buddy widget which is a button you can place on your home screen and program with the details of your contact. This allows you to quickly and easily text/call your favorite people without the need to go into the address book etc. It can even pull the photo from their facebook page through so you have a wee photo of them instead of the blank button. My only criticism of this feature is they have reset themselves to default a couple of times and I can't figure out why- which meaning I have to reset them to hold my contact details. I haven't yet figured out if this is a phone fault or my fault.
The Android store offers a huge array of apps which you can download to keep yourself amused.
One critiscism I have of the phone is that is that the battery life is not great, espciallly compared to my last non-smart phone mobile. That said I have found the power saving settings the phone offers useful in improving this slightly.
Summary: Glad I didnt pay the extra for an iphone.