Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 Design Review

One of the best phones around in the Android market, which proves a good competition to the iPhone, the HTC Android phones, Blackberry and any other what-we-call a smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy S II. We played around with it, and would give a 3.5 for 5 for the design. Not the best, still classical. Read below for the entire design review!

The Samsung Galaxy S II comes with an elegant design, thin and large. Having the 4.3-inch wide screen, but still fitting pretty well into the hands, well compared with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and the predecessor Galaxy S but although having the large external body, doesn’t feel that heavy, being just at 116 gms and that is after the battery is inserted. The entire body has the parts with varied textures, which not just add to the beauty of the device, but the rough matted texture provides the same function as the back chin did in the Galaxy S, preventing the device from slipping off the hands.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Though being larger, the SGS II has the weight same as the Galaxy S. Why? That’s plastic. Yeah, looks beautiful too. Gorilla Glass display adds to the beauty. Now you have the first point on why to upgrade from the Galaxy S to the SGS II. The device is incredibly thin, coming on lines with the SE Xperia Arc, and is thinner than the Galaxy S. Someone might have said it right, we didn’t dare to test it though – The plastic body is so fragile that you put it in your back pocket and sit on a hard seat, and it is gone!

  • The front and side has the glossy black body, and the back side has the bottom chin not that high raised like the other Galaxy devices. The Super AMOLED Plus display of the Galaxy S II definitely better than the Super AMOLED in the Galaxy S, with more pixels making the display far clear. The screen has a better resistance to scratches and finger prints (you would anyways need a screen guard) than many other capacitive touchscreens.
  • The front of the S II has the 4.3-inch screen, along with the center home button in the bottom, and on the either side of the home key, there are 2 touch sensitive keys – The menu and back keys on the left and right side respectively. The area above the screen has the earpiece just above the shining beautiful Samsung logo, the brightness sensor and a 2-Megapixel camera.
  • The back has the beautiful matted body, ending at the back chin, and below that lies the speaker on the right bottom area. The complete beauty of the S II on the back is stolen by the 8-Megapixel camera and the flash that are placed within a rectangular area.
  • The sides are the same as with many other Galaxy phones, which Samsung continues the trend with. The top pane has the 3.5mm headset jack and the MicroUSB charger jack. The left side has the volume jack keys, and the right side has a single key to lock/unlock the phone and the same key can be pressed long to switch off the device. The SGS II misses the dedicated camera shutter key, which could have been a good shortcut to use the camera quickly.

samsung galaxy S II bottom samsung galaxy S II right side

samsung galaxy S II top  samsung galaxy s II camera

When you hold the Galaxy S II and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc in your hands, the ease of handling is more in the Arc, as the SGS II has still got the Samsung default box-shaped design without the curvy edges. Look from the front, and you would see the Apple iPhone 4 widened a bit, with an addition of Samsung logo and the center button made into a rectangle. At least Galaxy S was not replicating the Apple’s killer model. Still, in the end the device is not bought for comparison but to flaunt it’s own best stuff, and the SGS II is no where less in that.

Turn the phone on, and you would see the beautiful Super AMOLED display, which is brighter but still less battery consuming as Sammy claims. We haven’t seen much different in the battery drain though, optimize and you are the winner. The display is known to have 50% more subpixels for a brighter and clearer image, though the screen resolution is still the same at 480 x 800 pixels, the same which we saw in the Galaxy S. When compared not only with the other members of Galaxy family, but with the other smartphones like the Arc, iPhone etc. the display brightness can be called awesome for what it shows in a bright background. Sammy added a feature of “Outdoor Visibility” which specifically helps in making the display brighter when you are under the sun and capturing pictures / recording videos. You get the options of adjusting the brightness separately for few apps like the video player, the default android web browser etc.

Open up the SGS II from the back, and there is wide section to receive the battery, the SIM card and the MicroSD card. Everything is set well apart, and you won’t need any skills here to remove the SIM card, unlike what you needed to do without removing the battery in the Galaxy S. The SGS II has the SIM card slot just below the camera section.

Samsung galaxy S II back panel open

A simple advice – Don’t hold the phone and curse it for the plastic material, but boast with its large display and the camera which show themselves on their own sides. We won’t call the SGS II, the best designed Android phone because the HTC Models are a range of killers, each one having their own best designs. It is high time now, for Sammy to think on switching to something better and unique with the phone designs. Continuing the trend of similar designs shouldn’t last long, or at least we would be seeing HTC or Sony Ericsson in our hands soon, if design is the point of buying a device.

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Overall, this is a sleek device with no confusion over the keys, a very ones with their own specific function, and as we said earlier, handle with care and the SGS II would rock in your hands! One of the best designed Samsung phones.

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