Samsung Galaxy SII+ Review



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Samsung released the Samsung Galaxy SII+ after about 2 years after the release of Samsung Galaxy SII. So well anyone would think it might be better, faster, and more solid and just wow-er than Galaxy SII. Hate to break it but no it isn’t. Everything is just the same, the display and the clocked processor. The only thing that is changed is the OS. They basically made the S2 Plus to support Jelly Bean v4.1 of Android.


Design

Samsung never changes the way their phones feel but they do need to improve it. People won’t pay for a plastic box for too long. We wish we could say the built on SII Plus is better than SII but it really isn’t. Okay yeah just a little bit but it’s more or less the same built quality. The structure also remains intact. The lock/power button is on the right side with the volume rockers opposite to them on the left side. Home button is a non-capacitive button at the centre of navigation panel. It is available in White and Blue colours.

Display

The display is the replica, no wait- it is the same display you got 2 years back on the Samsung Galaxy SII which is now on the SII+. I find this pretty lame when a company is trying to sell a “+” phone with no real improvements. It is a zoke with a z. Samsung Galaxy SII+ has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. Black levels are way off the mark for current standards in display technology. We could have used a 720p HD screen but we have to go with a 480p 480×800 pixels display with a pixel density of 217ppi. Samsung WHY? Viewing angels are really good though but it’s a smartphone, it hardly matters.

Camera

Again the same 8MP primary camera that was there on its predecessor is placed on the successor the Galaxy SII+. Its takes really average photos even in the best lighting conditions. Low light photographs are often very noisy are recommended not to be taken cause the end result might just scare you away. You cannot tweak the camera as the UI does not allow you to hence you cannot change the ISO or exposure to get a creative result from this camera. It can record full HD 1080p video which looks very stable and beautiful. The 2MP front camera is kind of a wide lens camera and gives you good photographs.

Software and Performance

The user interface is Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI and the operating system Android v4.1 Jelly Bean which is by far the only area they incremented something. The processor is a Dual Core 1.2GHz slow chap which sure can fuel your way to smooth experience but gets stuck when you are trying to handle large stuff or multitasking too bad. RAM on board is about 1GB. The battery life is also pretty average with 9h of talktime and 530h of standby on 2G and not on 3G. On 3G the battery life degrades too badly. We wish Samsung starts to optimize their processors better for a long lasting performance because they are very well known for a downfall over a period of time. The phone responds pretty well and the touch is kind of ok but not up to the mark for the price you are paying.

Final Thoughts

There is no way I will recommend you buying Samsung Galaxy SII+ because believe me almost every phone out there is better in this price range. Even those locally produced Indian phones could do better “overall”. Samsung should have atleast introduced a faster processor and a better display for this to sell but they did not.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIMMini-SIM
Announced2013, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, February
BODYDimensions125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm (4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 in)
Weight121 g (4.27 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
– TouchWiz UI v5.0
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATAGPRSYes
EDGEYes
SpeedHSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFCYes (I9105P model only)
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERAPrimary8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2 MP
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetBroadcom BC28155
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz
GPUBroadcom VideoCore IV
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsChic White, Dark Blue
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document editor
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERYLi-Ion 1650 mAh battery
Stand-by(2G) / Up to 549 h (3G)
Talk time(2G) / Up to 9 h (3G)

 



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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