Samsung Galaxy S2 in the Test

Android is the world’s leading smartphone operating system – since the beginning of the year and with the Samsung Galaxy S II is now an Android Smartphone at the top of the connect leaderboard.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S2 in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The new Samsung Galaxy S2 shows the taillights all competitors. With a very good energy management, handy design, modern amenities and an overall round appearance of laboratory, the Galaxy S2 with many praise the connect leaderboard has rocked and captured the place in the Sun.

The views of the exterior

At first glance, the Galaxy S2 looks (or: S II) from not necessarily as an iPhone killer. This is – you guessed it – on the plastic housing. Samsung has made but no slouch: compared to its predecessor, Galaxy S, there is at least one class of S2 better and has high quality thanks to the mat and subtly structured battery cover in any case.

The latter gives a finer touch, and sufficient grip; the new Galaxy in addition In addition, the unsightly finger prints, with which the back of the predecessor had to grapple, belong to the past.

Only 116 grams, the Smartphone at the slenderest point just measures 8.5 mm, to the most exuberant almost 10 – given the technology used an impressive feat of engineering. Equally impressive: the clean processing of visible assembled housing components. Each screw is free edges, each score glides smoothly into the proposed joint.

The housing is stable and free of knarzen and shows no dirt-sensitive gap is – although somewhat edgy in the execution–very comfortable to hold. If the keys, the motto “less is more” applies: in addition to the mandatory volume control and the on – / off switch are only two sensor keys necessary for Android control, as well as a centrally placed Hardkey below the display. The Samsung Galaxy S2 mainly via touch screen is operated.

To complete the exterior: on the front side a 3.5 millimeter Jack takes on headphones, the micro-USB port at the bottom serves as interface for power and data transmission via USB-client and – attention – USB-host, say: the Samsung Galaxy S2 can directly read data from USB sticks and external hard drives, which require no own power supply, with an appropriate adapter. Above the screen, still a 2-megapixel camera for video telephony is integrated, a lens with 8 megapixels with LED flash replacement is sitting on the back.

In good lighting conditions, the images of the Galaxy S2 are sharp and very natural, in dim light, the small LED brings some light into the dark. The camera records videos smoothly with 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD). Settings can be made in detail, also you can customize the menu of the camera.

Display

With 4.3 inch on the diagonal of the screen is among the largest in the Smartphone market; Content is represented with 16 million colors and 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Screen technology, Samsung is expected on its own development with organic diodes, an OLED screen with the latest technology, the Koreans “Super AMOLED plus” call.

She should represent even more and even more diverse content, which hardly confirm with the naked eye.

With or without a super plus, the display is top: pictures, videos, documents, and Web pages are rendered brilliant and detailed in bold colors and rich black, alone of OLEDs used to high color saturation remains naturally.

Soft and supple

Yet not quite stand up to the inevitable comparison with the iPhone 4’s retina display the OLED display: the Apple Phone resolves higher, is brighter, and thus when the sun shines better readable, but the Samsung screen with a significantly better dark contrast scores. The capacitive touchscreen responds to finger touches very quickly and accurately. In the test, the screen has immediately recognized each input and implemented without delay.

Wipe, typing, scrolling – everything runs smooth and supple, without annoying hitch or trailer. Chael flawlessly even multi touch gestures in Google maps: maps zoom, tilt, turn – the performance is impressive.

The necessary computing power provides a dual-core processor with 2 x 1.2 GHz clock frequency; While Samsung has pre-set the chip on the touch screen. So applications can immediately start and quickly browse menu contents; and thanks to fast Web browser one is also with high speed in the network on the go.

Fürs mobile Internet is the price indicator Yes ideally qualified: it offers so much space that even large Web pages at a glance overlook can be. Also the Flash-compatible browser brings the World Wide Web differently than the iPhone uncensored on the display. Thanks to HSPA+ the Galaxy S2 is also well away from Wi-FI theoretical 21 Mbit / s very fast on the go – is mobile surfing at a really high level.

Operation

With the ease of the Galaxy S2 holds up the flag: Android is used in the current version 2.3 aka gingerbread, but the interface between the user and operating system makes the revised and equipped with practical features and applications Samsung interface Touchwiz 4.0.

So about length and height of Samsung’s own widgets on the home screen you can vary and all seven home screen views very quickly and without putting the finger in swipe of a scroll.

Also new: the movement-dependent features. The Samsung Galaxy S2 uses the gyroscope installed on its Board, to move to the left or right, widgets and shortcuts between the screens and the main menu in edit mode by slight tilting of the Smartphone.

With the same game when zooming in images, Web pages or documents: touch screen simply touch the two fingers and the phone tend to scale forward or backward. In Google maps, the rocker gestures but not work.

Hubs for more overview

Software side from the start is away a lot offered: in four multimedia and information channels can be topic specific summarized content. News from social networks, IM, and E-Mail mailboxes converge in the social hub around.

The readers Hub provides ample reading material, but almost exclusively in English with over two million eBooks, newspapers and magazines. With 13 million songs, the music hub forms the counterpart to Apple’s iTunes, while still quite clearly fails the offer in the games hub with about 25 games.

With at the start are also a photo – and a video editor; with these two tools, hobby designers and directors of their creativity can give free rein. The application allows Kies air wireless synchronization of content between Galaxy S2 and a computer in the same network registered – this is chic.

What we still want at this point: anything less advance software installed, please! Because the applications installed by the manufacturer are not un install and block space, only in case of doubt. Finally offers the Android market apps abound, so anyone can download his own favorites. Also on our wish list: software updates over the air (OTA) and a gravel software for the Mac. (Update: now available OTA as well as a gravel-version for MacOS).

A last look at the hardware: Anders as speculated in advance, there will be the Samsung Galaxy S2 for the time being only in the 16-gigabyte version, however easily to more 32 gigabyte memory can be increased by micro-SD card. Due to the currently missing services, Samsung has also waived a near field communication (NFC) chip; with this, about cashless payment would be possible.

Laboratory measurements: Very good endurance

The laboratory results were decisive for the final surprise, felt the new Galaxy was already no. 1. The Galaxy S2 despite large display locker last a day with just under seven hours in the typical mix of uses. The radio properties in UMTS mode are well above average, even in the GSM networks is the result in the upper third of the table. The acoustic measurements in transmission direction reach peak values.

Conclusion

Chapeau – the Samsung Galaxy S2 has set standards. A most impressive fast pace of work on a very stable running platform, a huge screen with lots room for mobile surfing and an intuitive user interface based on Google’s potent operating system Android.

In addition a sovereign performance in all important features for a mobile phone. Alone the housing remains a point of criticism, even if only a little. Who don’t mind this, you will get the best overall package Smartphone on the hand with the Galaxy S2.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.3
Processor / clock speed (MHz) K.a.. / 1200
internal memory (MB) 13300
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 21.0 / 5.76
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) OLED / 4.3
Resolution (PX) 480 x 800
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 2 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac optional /.
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 8
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Google Maps Navigation /. /
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 125 x 66 x 9
Weight (grams) 116
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 12:11
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 13:58
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 5:02
type. Endurance (hours) 4:56
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.54 / 0,338

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 87
Endurance talk (35) 35
Persistence display mode (65) 52
FACILITIES (170) satisfying 126
System (15) 15
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 30
Connectivity (15) 12
Phone features (10) 9
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 11
Office (5) 5
Web browser (15) 11
Camera (15) 9
Music and video (10) 7
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) well 115
Ease of handling 39
User interface 57
Processing quality 19
MEASUREMENTS (90) well 74
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 23
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 25
Acoustic measurements send (15) 14
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 12
tested in issue: 07/11