Samsung Galaxy S II


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Chasethebase

Not even going to bother.

(Y)

Still, this is another great review, you should considering applying to the news team! :p

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mrk

Thanks Chasethebase! How does one go about applying for the news team by the way? And are there perks? :D

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Chasethebase

Thanks Chasethebase! How does one go about applying for the news team by the way? And are there perks? :D

There is a page on Neowin which has all the information you need. That happens to be here.

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TheElite

didnt they say that the CM7 still has bugs etc?

It probably does. I just haven't noticed them yet.

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mrk

There is a page on Neowin which has all the information you need. That happens to be here.

Cheers I will have a read of the requirements and send something in!

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TheElite

Homescreen widgets:

- Minimalist Text

- Snowstorm (weather)

Thank you so much!

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Billus

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!

;)

Sounds great man.

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RadishTM

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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The_Observer

Not even going to bother.

+1

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Jan

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

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ViZioN

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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Nexx295

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.

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Billus

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.

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Zain Adeel

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

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LiquidSolstice

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

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Ke3pup

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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mrk

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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BetaAddict

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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Digitalx

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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MiG-

Ah that's a pretty clear explanation thanks! if it does use a similar chip then this could also mean that camcorder recordings could further be improved as well?

I don't see why not. :) Depends how good/bad the SGS II is out of the box I suppose as to whether there is any improvement to be made

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mrk

I'm very impressed with the mic pickup out the box really, the quality is greata nd it picks up a lot of ambience, I will have to record a video when there's a lot going on sound wise and update my OP.

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Insanor

Thanks for this review, quite interesting to see how the SGS2 compares to my SGS1, nice photos also. :)

Would it be possible to share your minimalistic text config?

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mrk

Thanks for this review, quite interesting to see how the SGS2 compares to my SGS1, nice photos also. :)

Would it be possible to share your minimalistic text config?

Here you go :)

Battery EX.zip

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Insanor

Here you go :)

Thanks a lot! :D

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