Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II
Member Name: Flukepiestalker
Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II
Advantages: Beautiful screen, lightwieght, cheap
Disadvantages: Not the 'latest' gadget
I like technology, I like gadgets, I even have an i-pod - but until three months ago I was of the firm belief that a mobile phone should be used for two things - phonecalls and sending text messages (OK - three things - to tell the time/set an alarm). That was before the galaxy SII came into my life.
I should warn you that this is not going to be a technical review involving lots of statistics about processor speeds or megapixels. This is more of a simpleton's point of view who has just discovered that a phone can be more than just a phone.
I love this phone and want to tell the world about it - it is so simple to use (I hate reading manuals/going through days of setup wizards) and the screen is so big and easily readable!
Before I go on, I would just like to say that I have absolute sausages for fingers, so I have struggled in the past with touch screen phones not recognising/being precise enough when pressing the on screen controls. This is not the case with the SII - instead the full keyboard option for typing (escpecially in the horizontal position) is easy to use and has big enough keys even for me to press. As a bonus, my wife no longer things I need spelling lessons! Other controls, such as video/music playback and those involved with the internet are also precise enough not to annoy.
The menu is simple - though that's a trademark of the operating system (so I am told) - something to do with gingerbread? this has opened up a whole world of apps to me (my previous phone was not an android), some of which are useful, some are not. The internet is easy to use, the screen is HD (and clear as anything) so movies/clips of people hurting themselves are great to watch. I also found the whole 'how do you connect to the internet' question quite easy to solve with this phone. There are two on screen buttons at the top, one for data and one for wi-fi, which are very easily switched on/off. This makes it handy for stealing the office's bandwidth whilst at work, instead of using up my limited data allowance!
The camera should also be praised. 8 megapixels (OK - I lied about there not being any mention of megapixels) is plenty enough definition to get every wart/spot on my daughters face (which obviously she is very pleased about when I show her), and the picture viewer is also easily controllable.
The phone is also light, which I'm not sure is a good thing - I've lost it from my pocket a couple of times now without noticing - fortunately someone else has noticed though as I'd now be lost without it.
The battery life is decent enough, providing you don't leave it searching for wi-fi access (that really drains it) and have the brightness not set to 'the light of the sun' (again this is easily changed and can be set to 'auto'). Although it comes with 16gig of memory on board (which is plenty), it also comes with a slot for additional memory - so you can hold as many music albums/video files as you like!
The even better news is that the Galaxy SIII is out now - though I would buy the (now) cheaper SII given the choice as it does everything that I would want from a mobile phone (and much, much more!)
Summary: Brilliant - get one!
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