Neowin Member Reviews: Samsung Galaxy S II

It's that time of the week again, where we showcase a review submitted by a member in our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. Who knows, your review might make the front page next week!

This week mrk makes another appearance.

I've had the GSII not even two days so far and this review will compare it directly to the HTC Desire which it is replacing. I have had the Desire for a year now and it has been rooted since day one, just like this GSII, although no custom ROMs exist for it yet. Root access alone is good enough for now though because out of the box this phone is very good.

Out of the box the phone looks posh and minimalist, and most of all VERY lightweight, far lighter than it looks. There are no two tone colours other than the polished thin bezel and home button surround. Everything else is thin and flat.

Compared to the Desire it's a welcome difference. The Desire's rubberised matte body would show up marks and greasy marks far too easily and the screen smudged quickly as well. not so on the SGSII, the screen seems to be less prone to fingerprints and smudges but when they happen it's easier to wipe with less effort required. The back is textured so doesn't require any cleaning from smudges or whatever else.
The camera lens seems exposed too much for my liking, it might scratch easy down the line.

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Earlier reviews by mrk:

Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse - 09 Apr
Ultimate Ears 100
- 19 Feb
Logitech Harmony 300i Remote - 7 Feb
Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard - 23 Jan

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its a nice phone but I think there are many phones atm. I wonder how often the ppl really change their phones. I know ppl with phones that have at least four years and they dont think for a second, to change it.

Wombatt said,
Ive got this.
Best phone I've ever had.
£20 up front + £10pm for 2 years.
SWEEET.

That's a very good deal, where did you find that package?

kraized said,

Need more info please.

o2 do the phone for £149 + 10pm
I had some money off due to me being a customer of theirs.

kraized said,

Need more info please.


o2 do the phone for £149 + 10pm
I had some money off due to me being a customer of theirs.

Looks pretty nice, but I'd only ever buy a vinilla Android phone like the Nexus S. Android is fine like it is, it doesn't need TouchWiz.

virtorio said,
Looks pretty nice, but I'd only ever buy a vinilla Android phone like the Nexus S. Android is fine like it is, it doesn't need TouchWiz.

I have this phone, moved on from a hd2 running gingerbread. If you don't like touchwiz like me then just install ADW launcher and use that instead

virtorio said,
Looks pretty nice, but I'd only ever buy a vinilla Android phone like the Nexus S. Android is fine like it is, it doesn't need TouchWiz.

TouchWiz is more or less just a launcher.

And no, Android is not fine the way it is, what is so difficult about including some sort of T9/Smart Dial feature in the AOSP dialer? I miss that about Sense.

LiquidSolstice said,

TouchWiz is more or less just a launcher.

And no, Android is not fine the way it is, what is so difficult about including some sort of T9/Smart Dial feature in the AOSP dialer? I miss that about Sense.

There are quite a few diallers out there with T9 and thankfully Samsung's dialler is very good but it does have a flaw (mentioned in the review) and I've been a long time user of Dialer One which supports full T9 search and landscape orientation.

The good news is Samsung's dialler also supports landscape mode unlike HTC and other maker's phones!

mrk said,

There are quite a few diallers out there with T9 and thankfully Samsung's dialler is very good but it does have a flaw (mentioned in the review) and I've been a long time user of Dialer One which supports full T9 search and landscape orientation.

The good news is Samsung's dialler also supports landscape mode unlike HTC and other maker's phones!

Right, there are numerous apps that serve the purpose of T9 dialing well, I was responding the the remark about Android being "fine the way it is".