Built on Android’s Honeycomb, the Samsung Galaxy S II matches most of the iPhone’s offerings, without the Applelimitations that irk many people.
Optimised for Google apps, its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is the best in the business, producing very sharp and clear pictures and text. At 8.9mm thick and weighing only 116g, it is also the lightest of the new handsets. It is also fast (1.2GHz Dual Core processor), has adequate memory (16GB + MicroSD card) and includes two cameras for face-to face video.
It supports all Google apps through the Android Marketplace, and two of Samsung's own apps have particular appeal: a Reader’s Hub with access to 2.2 million books and 2,000 global magazines and newspapers; and the phone can act as a remote control and second screen for Samsung Smart TVs.
It also integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Cisco AnyConnect (for virtual private networks) and Cisco WebEx (for collaboration) and includes PC-synchronisation via USB through Microsoft ActiveSync, which Microsoft left out of its own phone. Synchronisation over Wi-Fi uses the Kies Air application.
You can find the Galaxy II S $899 outright or by the month on cap plans from all carriers.
Next phone: HTC’s Desire S
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