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Review: Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

TT Gadget Editor  |  |   03 Jul 2013, New Delhi
Review: Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

Why to Buy:

The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus has almost all the features of its last flagship Galaxy S III’s S beam, S voice, all share play, group cast, pop up video, smart key, direct call, NFC and a strong 8 megapixel adds glamour to the phone.

Why to Avoid:

1650 mAh battery can disappoint with such strong features. Samsung's S Voice cannot be appreciated much as it consumes the battery fast.

Our Take:

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is among the best Android device in its segment and will get edge from the fame of its predecessor Galaxy S II. It’s fast, slim, vivid and is beautifully crafted in perfect shape and big screen.

Rating:

Price: Rs. 23,360

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Detailed Review

Design:

Samsung Galaxy S II is simply the best Smartphone available with such great features and performance in its category. The Galaxy S II Plus has 4.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display which is almost same in size with its competitor. The screen resolution is bit dimmer too. The body of the device is glossy but strong. The handsets dimensions 125.30mm x 66.10mm x 8.49mm in height, width and depth. Samsung has followed its traditional controlling looks. The combo of three button below the screen with menu and back capacitive keys on either side of physical home key. Above the screen it holds front facing 2 megapixels camera and sensors with earpiece in the middle. On the top it holds a 3.5 mm headphone jack with microphone on its side which helps in active noise cancellation. At the bottom it holds micro USB port for charging and data transferring and mouthpiece. On its right depth it has a power key and the volume controls are placed on its left depth. Sadly, it lacks with a dedicated camera key. At the back, it holds an 8 megapixels camera with LED flash on a metal plate surface and the speaker grill is placed almost at its bottom. The phone is a perfect fit in hand and will grab attention.

                                                        

Interface/OS:

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system that works best for the device and is user friendly too. Also, its latest TouchWiz launcher nature UX is good in functioning and easy to personalize. The device comes with Dual Core 1.2 GHz Broadcom VideoCore IV processor and 1 GB RAM. It assures fast browsing experience and smoother multitasking.

Features:

S Beam, S Voice, NFC, All Share Play, Group Cast, pop up video, smart key, direct call, etc is a long list of strong features embedded in GS II Plus. All the features are impressive and simple apart from All Share Play and Group Cast which is complicated and tough to set up and use. S beam is built on Android Beam for JB (Jelly Bean) platform. Through S Beam, Sharing Videos, Documents and large photo files with the help of NFC and Wi-Fi Direct becomes simpler and easier as it works flawless. S Voice, another great innovation is Samsung’s reply to “Apple Siri” that came with the launch of Galaxy S III. To launch S voice you need to say Hello Galaxy near to the mouth piece or either by double pressing the home key. S Voice is smart enough to send e-mails, text messages, take images, video shoot, answer call, searching web, voice dial, even launching smart apps and much more. But the drawback is that it consumes battery fast and takes flaws at times. All Share play and Group cast are features that help in multimedia sharing using DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct protocols. Another efficient GS II Plus setting is SmartStay, which scans your pupils from the front-facing camera and if it observes that you are looking on the screen, it would not dim the screen light. This helps when you read, watch video, or study a map. Another interesting feature is direct dial that lets you easily make a phone call by just raising the phone to your ear when you’re viewing a message from someone, a call log entry, or a contact info listing.

                

Camera/Video:

For this flagship phone Samsung Galaxy S II Plus has an 8 megapixel main camera with backlit sensor and LED flash and 2 megapixel front facing camera. GS II Plus has come up with couple of good features for camera like Photo Share with which, you can e-mail or text an image to the person you tag in it. It is received in the receivers Received menu. Another important feature is ShareShot in this camera mode Wi-Fi Direct automatically send photos to the person you shoot.

The Video quality is also amazing. The sound/audio comes in loud and clear, colours remain sharp and crisp. It plays back the video uninterrupted/smoothly that we shoot. And even same with the downloaded videos.

The Galaxy S II Plus has a very impressive but small feature for videos, wherein you can reduce the size of your video to a thumbnail size and you can move it out from your gallery. You can drag the thumbnail any corner around your screen and you can perform other things along. Such as: messaging, browsing web and etc. and video quality remains the same.

                                                   

Performance:

Call quality:

Calls made by GS II Plus were loud and clear. Even on speaker mode the sound was audible and clear. Burt in high sound places such as market or eateries the sound come soft but the quality remains good.

Data speeds:

The 3G data speed is fast and blazing. It delivers uninterrupted downloading, with no need to wait for buffering to complete and hassle free web browsing.

Battery:

The Galaxy S II Plus has a 1.2GHz dual-core Broadcom VideoCore IV processor, and it has a 1650 mAh battery, which is good, but not an ideal fit for such a big phone. However the battery life is good and even fair on 3G. But the S Voice drains the battery fast.

Conclusion:

With many exiting list of features and functions, the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus has set a benchmark for its close competitors such as HTC One s and Sony Xperia S. Though lacking in the Screen resolution and Sound front, it gives an advantage to HTC One S. the 1.2 Dual Core Broadcom VideoCore IV processor and 1 GB RAM has add a lot to this machine GS II Plus. Overall, Samsung with his forceful promotion strategy has an advantage over HTC One S and Sony Xperia S

we give this phone 4.5 star rating.

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