After a lifetime of using nothing but Nokia, I finally made the switch to Android. This July, I joined the new millennium with the Samsung Galaxy SII.
Here’s a quick rundown on the pros and cons of the Samsung Galaxy SII.
– The design is amazingly sleek and sexy. It’s a very, very good looking phone. The piano black finish is sophisticated, and the thin, large shape is really smart
– The simplicity is beautiful
– The interface is generally well-designed, though no one can beat Apple at that
– The size is kinda weird, since it’s really thin and wide. It took me a while to get used to holding it comfortably, but it still feels awkward to type using it.
– There are some annoying design gimmicks in the software. When will people learn from Apple? Simple is key. For example, look at the MP3 player:
The flowery shit keeps getting on my nerves.
Hardware and Battery (7/10)
– You won’t believe how light this phone is. Amazing
– It still feels quite sturdy
– The screen is heartbreakingly wonderful; the resolution, the crispness of detail, the sharpness of color. It’s just perfect.
– I have a feeling that the central button will start acting up soon
– Battery life is a disaster. It barely lasts a day (with 3G on all the time)
– The sound isn’t that crisp, both in terms of hands free and ear piece.
I have never been impressed with a phone camera before. The 8MP camera is fantastic with motion, night shots, and quick shooting.
Obviously, you won’t be winning any photography awards, but it can definitely replace your point and shoot.
– You can customize it to your heart’s content
– It is generally easy-to-use
– It’s very powerful, you can basically do whatever you want with it
– Can get buggy
– Definitely not as smooth a user experience as iOS
Connectivity and Reception (5/10)
– It’s definitely a very “Online” phone
– Reception often drops
– Wi-fi reception is poor and unreliable
Overall, it’s a fantastic phone, and it has definitely improved my relationship with the Internet :)