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The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is Smarter and Sexier than You

Feb 13 2011, 9:18pm CST | by , in News | MWC

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is Smarter and Sexier than You
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The Hands-On.

Tonight's Samsung Unpacked event saw the launch of the Galaxy S 2 and Tab 2. I was on-hand to fondle both, and after a few hours of careful mulling I've come to several conclusions about Sammy's new Android flagship. First of all...

It is Painfully Thin: The Galaxy S 2 looks like it could use a hamburger or something. We're all duly familiar with the rate at which handsets drop weight from generation to generation, but the S 2 is only 8.49 mm thick.

 

 

It feels a little bit like a graham cracker in your hand. I was honestly worried I might snap it, but...

The Build Quality is Excellent: The S 2 feels solid in your hands, despite its insubstantial weight. It grips well, like the Atrix, but with less of the cheap plasticky feel. Of course, no mention of the build would be complete without...

The Gorgeous Display: 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus doesn't translate well in videos and snapshots, but trust me. The S 2's new screen is fabulous. Colors have the depth and richness you'd expect out of AMOLED, with a crisp resolution that blows last year's AMOLED out of the water.

We're talking a 30% increase in pixel density over the previous generation, and an 18% decrease in energy draw. Which leaves more power for...

The Processor: This dual core Galaxy seemed as zippy as the Atrix. Internet wasn't quite good enough inside Unpacked for me to do any benchmarking, so we'll have to check on that later. But the only lag I noticed when flipping through apps and activating hardware was connectivity-based. No stuttering here. Not even when I started placing around with...

The Personalizable UX: So yeah, basically Samsung jammed some of Windows Phone 7 into Android. The UX merges your most commonly used content (pics, email, music, games, etc) and mashes it together into a magazine-style layout. It looks a lot like live tiles, which is very much a good thing.

 

My Questions: The S 2 is sweet, but the version shown off at MWC has one downside. HSPA+, as opposed to WiMax or LTE. The Galaxy S launched with a bunch of different "Carrier specific" versions. Hopefully, the same will be true here. But Samsung didn't say anything about it. We'll see if the rest of this week brings any further clarity.

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