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#31 TheElite

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 21:40

Homescreen widgets:
- Minimalist Text
- Snowstorm (weather)


Thank you so much!


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Posted 07 May 2011 - 22:38

Sound quality of the videorecorder is very good, the mic supresses noise and in the call you can enable noise reduction and so on. There are various videos on Youtube too to demonstrate mic quality in videos.


Ahh sweet. Probably be able have an audible phone call whilst out at a club or bar.


I'm exploring a haunted house tomorrow with a mate of mine (previous Urbex pics here: http://robbiekhan.co.uk ) so expect an update demoing the HD camcorder being put to actual use instead of just some trees, cars and **** ;)

But the iPhone 4 changes "everything", again!

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Sounds great man.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 23:38

Decent review mrk, really like the photos you took of the handset (Y)

If I were to get an Android handset, this would definitely be the one (I love the build quality/hardware specs) but my iPhone 4 currently does everything I want :p

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 23:54

Not even going to bother.



+1

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 23:55

Great Review Mrk - you really should join the Neowin news team :)

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:23

Nice review Mrk. I can definitely see the Galaxy SII being my next phone, I could really do with an upgrade.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:29

Great review, thanks!

The only thing that keeps me from getting this phone is TouchWiz; I've heard only bad things about it.
I think I'll wait for the HTC Sensation.

#38 Billus

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 11:56

Great review, thanks!

The only thing that keeps me from getting this phone is TouchWiz; I've heard only bad things about it.
I think I'll wait for the HTC Sensation.


TouchWiz provides quite a few intuitive features. Features like adjusting brightness by running your finger along the notification bar, able to play most, if not all, media formats out of the box. TouchWiz 4 is also a great improvement on 3. Gone is the black background in the application launcher, animations are fluid and not overdone and the apps themselves have improved.

I'd have to play around with stock android again to notice the difference as I have been accustomed to it. In reality, Sense is all about looks whereas TouchWiz is about functionality. I like Sense but it doesn't have features that really improve on the Android system.

#39 Zain Adeel

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 11:58

Very nice Photography! :) always find it to be so in ur reviews! Gear???

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:01

Damn good review, and bloody good camera you used to take pictures, an SLR, I presume?

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:07

I like the simple black theme you have on your phone.

Just wondering What theme are you using for GO launcher? Which snowstrom skin are you using? The folders you have in app drawer , are they stock Samsung or did you customize them too (HOW)? I hope you can get to answer these question. which widget do you have on homescreen for battery information and what skin? Getting my SG II in couple of days and can't wait to get a similar looking theme as in the photos :).

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 12:48

Thanks all, I use a Canon EOS 40D dSLR< it's 5~ years old but was top of its game and is still good today :p

I like the simple black theme you have on your phone.

Just wondering What theme are you using for GO launcher? Which snowstrom skin are you using? The folders you have in app drawer , are they stock Samsung or did you customize them too (HOW)? I hope you can get to answer these question. which widget do you have on homescreen for battery information and what skin? Getting my SG II in couple of days and can't wait to get a similar looking theme as in the photos :).


Hi there,

All the info is at the bottom of my original post :) The folders are part of the Go Launcher EX and the Snowstorm is the weather widget using the built in Sketch theme with custom colours :)

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 14:32

Excellent review. I had been debating between the Atrix and S2 and this review affirms my decision for the S2. There might be some smaller annoyances as noted with in OP, but there's nothing that cannot be fixed with some simple rooting and apps.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 14:57

Great review, thanks!

The only thing that keeps me from getting this phone is TouchWiz; I've heard only bad things about it.
I think I'll wait for the HTC Sensation.


Can always go back to vanilla android or use a launcher of your preference but touchwiz 4 isn't as bad as 3 was. Certainly not something worth holding back on when look at phone as a whole compared to the rubbish HTC is serving up. This phone would be a lot better choice then the HTC sensation.

The SGS2 is probably the best well balanced feature smartphone on the market now and will be for a while. Most other devices at the moment you have to make a compromise to enjoy it and over look something (HTC battery life and updates, motorola & HTC bootloader locking, sonys laggy as UI etc) This device seems to balance nearly everything perfectly and you're hard picked to find any actual flaw.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 15:09

Sweet, just noticed this featured on weekly reviews on the frontpage, thanks a lot!

http://www.neowin.ne...ung-galaxy-s-ii