Monday, July 4, 2011

Up, Close and Personal with Samsung Galaxy S 2: Part I - The Basics

Oh hey, what do you know…missing for quite some time, then suddenly a review comes out here! Well, that is just how I roll these days…let’s go straight to the story.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S 2. If you can recall, the smartphone was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona earlier this year and was made available to consumers globally starting from May onwards. It officially landed in Malaysia just a mere two weeks ago with much fanfare at Mid Valley Megamall through a launch event supported by Maxis.

Story continues after the jump.

As the flagship device for Samsung line of Android’s Galaxy series, you can tell that the company saved the best for the Galaxy S 2. Powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 System-on-Chip, it features a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that is paired together with ARM Mali-400 MP as its GPU. It is also equipped with 1GB of RAM as well as a sharp and vibrant 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800x480; all within a shell that is just 8.49-mm thin.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 also comes with a 8-megapixels camera with Full HD 1080 video recording capability as well as another 2-megapixels camera at its front. This particular review unit that I used also comes with a built-in 16GB internal storage.

Physically, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 almost resembles an Apple iPhone 4 with its square-ish shape but its sleekness and thinness made sure that people are looking at a Samsung, not Apple. The body does feel a little bit plastic-ish though especially with its thin back cover but then again, the cover’s texturized surface makes it easier to hold the phone. It is also pretty light at 116g.

Here are few more close-up shots of the device:

The power button on right side of the device. You can notice how thin the Galaxy S 2 is but it is still not t0o thin to the extent of it being flimsy.

The volume button on the left side of the phone.

Headphone port on top.

The Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer.

Galaxy S 2's 8-megapixel camera.

The 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Pop up the back cover and you shall see the battery, SIM card and expansion SD card area.

Well, that’s all for part one of this review. Tune in again as I explore further around the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 very-very soon. There are still a lot to talk about this sexy beast…

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