The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is ushering in the era of real 720p displays on our phones. This means that you get the same amount of pixels in a phone that you get on a lot of big-screened HDTVs out there. The Galaxy Nexus uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD panel. The lack of the “Plus” as found on the Galaxy S 2 means that the Galaxy Nexus isn’t using an RGB sub-pixel configuration where each pixel has numerous sub-pixels, but rather it uses a pentile sub-pixel configuration which means that some sub-pixels are shared between other pixels. What does this mean? Not that [...]
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the hottest new phones on the block, and so we have high expectations for its ability to provide a fantastic web browsing experience. In this video we show off the new capabilities of Android 4.0 in the browser, which include a new tabbed interface, better full-screen browsing, and improved performance. There’s also a new feature that comes over from Honeycomb called Quick Controls that lets you swipe your thumb from the right or left to bring up the URL bar, tab switcher, and menu.
Then we compare the web browsing performance of the [...]
HTC has recently revised its fourth quarter revenue forecast and the Taiwanese company admitted that it will see no growth. On the contrary, Samsung has revised its smartphone sale estimates to predict even further growth.
“We are pinning high hopes on achieving sales higher than our previous plan”, said a spokesman for the Korean manufacturer. With the Samsung Galaxy S II selling very well, the Google Galaxy Nexus enjoying great reception and the Galaxy Note being so disgustingly attractive, Samsung is forecasting even higher numbers. Third quarter results for the [...]
Samsung introduced the pink version of the popular Galaxy S II smartphone on November 10 and, as we were kind of used to by now, we believed it was a Korean-market exclusive via SK Telecom. The phone is now available in Sweden via Three.
This is not so much about the fact that one particular phone in a candy color is available in Sweden but, for the bigger picture, that Samsung brought this phone to Europe, breaking the bounds of its home market. Manufacturers often tend to release special models for their own markets — and it’s pretty understandable — but [...]
We’re sure you’ve seen many types of commercials and so have we. This one isn’t that much different from many we’ve seen, and we’ve grown to hate. Here’s the deal: Samsung is taking a bite out of Apple in the new Galaxy S II ad which is mocking the iPhone 4S and its users.
Several countries have laws against unfair commercial practices but we’re not here to discuss the law. What we’d like to pinpoint is that, while the Galaxy S II is a wonderful device, Samsung shouldn’t market it the way you’ll see below. From the [...]
The Galaxy S II, even though it was launched in February and is none months old, still definitely has what it takes to be a high-end Android phone in terms of raw horsepower. It might be topped by higher resolution screens on more recent hardware but the specs are just excellent.
With such internals, the Galaxy S II should have absolutely no problem running the latest version of Google’s Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung U.K. has confirmed on its Twitter page that the phone will definitely get its Android 4.0 treat. Of course, “there are no dates confirmed as [...]
If you thought Samsung will let HTC be the only one with a “female-oriented” phone out there with its Rhyme, you were wrong! The Korean manufacturer just announced that its current flagship, the Galaxy S II, will get a new flavor: pink.
After the original black, and later on the white version were announced, Samsung is now having the “lady consumers and young generations” in mind. There’s nothing added or removed from the device, specs-wise, so you’ll still get the Super AMOLED Plus screen and the 1.2GHz Exynos processor, only that [...]
While we’re all waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released to the AOSP, the is another way that we can get ICS on our phones: ports from the ICS SDK.
In most cases the result is closer to something you’d expect from “Dr. Frankenstein” than a “plastic surgeon” in terms of elegance and full-functionality, but being able to run ICS on your own phone before it’s available to anyone else can be too hard to pass up!
Since the SDK was released, here are some of the more noteworthy phones that [...]
Looks like it didn’t take long for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II to get a nice kernel that will make it less jealous of its Exynos-equipped cousins. After recently seeing the official source for the phone we are now getting some overclocking goodness.
Of course this isn’t for the everyday user and the usual disclaimer is in place but once you get passed that you will be able to overclock your Samsung Galaxy S II SGH-T989, aka T-Mobile Galaxy S II, to a whopping 1.8GHz. It’s possible via a custom kernel available for all you brave geeks out there that just [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S have a lot going for them: dual-core CPUs, fantastic cameras, slender form factors, and great hardware. In this video we compare both devices with multiple tests: web browsing, gaming, video quality, digital personal assistants, and a whole lot more. Check out the video below for the full video.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S II is better-equipped than the iPhone 4S. It has a faster CPU, and more RAM. While the display of the Galaxy S II is 0.8″ larger than that of the iPhone 4S, it’s got a much lower pixel density [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S was a solid and popular phone but the Korean manufacturer managed to do an excellent job with the follow up. More than 30 million of those two devices combined have been sold to date according to Samsung.
The last year’s model is still available and still a great option. It managed to sell in 20 million units since its launch in 2010 but the popularity is huge when it comes to the S II. Since its introduction at this year’s MWC, it sold more than 10 million units, bumping the combined numbers to more than 30 million. Great achievement from the [...]
The video below is pretty self-explanatory: we’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S II allegedly running what appears to be an Android Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, without the proprietary TouchWiz interface.
Google is set to announce its next Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich, this week on the 19th in Hong Kong together with Samsung that is expected to unveil the first ICS Google-phone, the Nexus Prime. Getting back to the video below, the YouTube description teases an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the SGS2 soon on XDA Developers so check it out and make sure you note all the great stuff [...]
T-Mobile throws some pretty good parties! Last night we attended the T-Mobile 4G Factory Live launch event for the new Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G. In addition to T-Mobile, the party was also hosted by Nur Khan of Electric Room, Rassi Mazdack of Milk Gallery, and Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power of “Who What Wear”. About 500 people attended the party including a few A-List celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian, Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Ed Westwick, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Carly Foulkes and Adam Lein. There were even some Kryoman robots there. Oh, [...]
Apple is going to make its iPhone 4S available in stores two days from now, on October 14. Pre-orders sold well and according to Apple numbers, more than 1 million units were purchased in the first 24 hours.
The battle between Apple and Samsung has moved back to the market after lots of episodes in various courts around the world. According to reports, Samsung has set up a store just next to Apple’s own store in Sydney. The temporary shop offers the flagship Galaxy S II for just $2 unlocked and without a contract for the first 10 people in line each day. The line is [...]
As a direct effect of legal the war between Apple and Samsung, a Dutch judge has ruled back in August that the Korean company infringed an Apple patent and imposed a sales injunction on the Galaxy S, S II and Ace devices.
“We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale” said James Chung, Samsung spokesman. The patent in question upon which the Dutch judge ruled that Samsung was infringing allowed for a method of scrolling or browsing through photos in the affected Samsung devices. As the [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II for Sprint, the Epic 4G Touch, did really well in our review and if you want to buy the phone you might want to consider Amazon instead of paying $199 to Sprint.
$99.99 over at Amazon is $100 better than Sprint’s price on the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. The price goes with a two-year contract but you’ll pay less for the phone with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, eight-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage. This might be an American carrier variant but the Galaxy S II recently got the “Phone [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S II was regarded by many as the King of Android phones, undisputed for a long time after its February announcement. After some waiting it finally got to the American market too but Mobile Choice UK has awarded the Galaxy S II the “Phone Of The Year” title.
The HTC Sensation came in second and the iPhone 4 was a strong competitor too but the judges said the Galaxy S II was “Samsung’s best phone ever” which “combines excellent hardware with top-line social networking, email, sat-nav, web browsing and media features”. To [...]
Samsung has recently released the over-the-air Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S II which not only contains the new version of Google’s mobile platform — with changes to the scrolling mechanism in order to prevent patent infringement — but makes the phone even better.
According to reports, the manufacturer has announced the upcoming Galaxy S II ROM refresh which will bring “Big Home”, a feature that increases the size of icons by almost a third. Additionally, a new widget will be included: a firmware-over-the-air widget that will [...]
There were indications that Bell will soon get the white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G but everyone expected them to make it available before the holidays. Well, now is actually before the holidays and the phone has joined the carrier’s line-up.
It goes for $599.95 without a contract or $149.95 with a three-year commitment. If you come from another carrier and sign a three-year contract, Bell throws in a $75 in-store credit. As for the phone, it’s just the same Galaxy S II 4G but in white, with the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.2GHz processor and [...]
When Samsung introduced the Galaxy S II, we mentioned in our review that the Exynos processor used to power the phone is insanely fast, scoring around 3,200 in Quadrant. The newly announced Galaxy Note seems to top it with 3,624.
The picture above is taken from none other than the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II which seems to be the best so far. As you can see, it blows all the other devices away scoring 3,727 (over 3,800 with other runs) in Quadrant. How’s that for a fast phone? You can also check out the video below to see a complete run of the app and make sure to let us [...]
In this face-off video we put the acclaimed Galaxy S 2 up against the best Verizon phone available at the moment, the Motorola Droid Bionic which operates with LTE. In terms of specs, the Galaxy S 2 has a higher-clocking processor, but the Droid Bionic has a higher resolution display. Beyond these two differences, pretty much everything else is the same, save for the built-in HDMI port on the Droid Bionic.
In terms of hardware, the Droid Bionic is thicker and more heavy than the Galaxy S 2, but it feels a bit more sturdy in hand. Take a look at the comparison video where [...]
When we plugged in our unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II to the PC this morning, an update to the KIES software was available to download. After installing the refresh, we were notified of the existence of a software update for the phone itself.
It is described as an update that will improve the performance of the phone but for version number connaisseurs it is PDA:KI3 / PHONE:KI3 / CSC:KI3 (XEO). After updating the Samsung Galaxy S II now runs Google’s Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 (instead of 2.3.4) and the ROM appears to be the same KI3 which was recently leaked.
Sprint’s set to be getting its Galaxy S2 first amongst US carriers, but who will be second? T-Mobile just made its own announcement regarding the smartphone, but doesn’t narrow the release date range down to more than “this fall”.
Like the Sprint Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S2 will also have a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED+ screen, a slight upgrade over the presently available international model. All the US carriers are advertising their GS2s as 4G, and as this is T-Mobile, that means HSPA+.
Samsung has put out a blanket press [...]