The Samsung Galaxy SII’s 8 megapixel camera has often been described as the best on a smartphone. With an LED flash and autofocus it is user friendly and compares well with others available on the market. Along with its large screen for multimedia purposes, the fabulous 8 megapixel camera has been one of the main reasons for the popularity of Galaxy SII deals. So is it as good as people claim?
An improvement from the 5 megapixel cameras found on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire, the quality of pictures is notably clearer and sharper. It is the add-ons and features that means this camera phone takes on the compact market. The shutter speed is quicker, meaning users can take pictures in fast succession. The autofocus takes a little longer and unlike the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc the autofocus feature cannot be turned off.
Users can personalise what is most important to them when taking pictures. So a column on the left hand side of the screen allows you to add shortcuts for those function you use most regularly. These can be individually set for the camera or for video.
Other features include ISO, an option to change exposure settings, a timer, an anti-shake device (vital as the phone is so lightweight although it does mean the camera takes a little longer to take a picture) light metering options and 13 scene modes. Four different filters help enhance picture taking options, whether indoor or outdoor. The Outdoor Visbility setting, for example, is a preset that increases the contrast to tackle direct sunlight making it more flexible. More macro modes have preset options for changing the exposure and metering to correct colours and brightness. Like other digital cameras blink detection holds off the shutter for a fraction of a second and the smile shot again ensures you get perfect family shots. The wide angle lens does cause some barrel distortion meaning some objects can lean into shot.
The video is 1080p with Full HD and 30 fps. It captures excellent colour and records audio well. Recording and playback is affected by whether it is daytime or nighttime with best results in indoor daylight although a video light does improve settings for darker shoots. Resolution can be reduced down to 176 x 144 and exposure and white balance can all be altered.
The speed of the phone, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor means it is one of the most powerful on the market, and also means there is little disruption or catch up when taking a picture or video or changing options. Both in stills and video this makes it an impressive camera phone. Images can be edited in a Photo Editor app available from Samsung. This allows for small editing, cropping and stylizing. As on other Android phones there is also Snapbucket which allows for uber-stylized edits and playing with images.
The impressive 4.3” screen and Super AMOLED Plus display makes this a great smartphone for playback. Some critics have voiced concerns that the pictures look better on the phone’s display rather than when uploaded onto laptops. The ability to share pictures quickly and easily via the Social Hub means it is simple to take pictures and video and then upload them to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The screen and the camera on the SII certainly live up to the hype, and are a large part of the reason that Samsung has managed to shift so many phone contracts for this Galaxy.
There is nothing greater than when a new device is released and it is greater than the sum of its parts. After a bit of a usage of the new Samsung S2 phone we have concluded that this phone is certainly that.
The S2’s main strengths are its screen and its processor. However it does certainly have a strong facet in another number of areas and this is what makes it greater than its individual attributes. The device has a very smart 1.2GHz dual core processor that really can hammer the applications it is multitasking on into submission. This means the phone is fast enough to handle any form of streaming, browsing and gaming.
The huge processing power puts the phone at the top of the new smart phones as far as the latest phone engines go. The phone’s biggest strength comes in the glassy shape of its screen. The 4.3inch Super AMOLED Plus screen is excellent and shows some great contrast of colours and depth of shades.
The Android 2.3 operating system is also excellent and really sparks into life when you see the things it does with the Samsung created TouchWiz interface. The combination of applications and their use of the processor and screen make this a device to be reckoned with and it is no surprise that it is the top selling phone in the last few months, with more than 5 million Samsung Galaxy S2 deals having been picked up since the phones launch just a few months back.
Add to this the 8mp camera and the ability for it to record at 1080p and you are in for a very fun time indeed. The camera is excellent and the sensor very good and we were delighted displaying it on the TV at home via a DLNA connection.
The phone is also a nicely shaped slim device and weighs in at a tiny 116g and is only 8.49mm wide, though is slightly thicker towards one end because of the speaker. To be honest it is very hard to fault this phone and like the previous Galaxy S and the HTC Desire before it – it is an iPhone beater and great because of all its parts combined.
We first heard about the upcoming Galaxy S2 Android phone from Samsung back in July last year. The Korean company is expected to unveil this new device during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona next month. But there has not been any confirmation on the features as yet. However, a new report on Korean newspaper gives us quite a few details about what this device could come equipped with as well as how it would look like.
According to ETNews, the new Samsung Galaxy S2 will be an Android 2.3 device that will come with a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED “Plus” display and will run on a dual core processor. The newspaper further claims that the device will contain an NFC chip – similar to the recently launched Google Nexus S.
The speculations are not exactly new. Our earliest report about the Galaxy S2 hinted at a 1280×720 pixel Super AMOLED display and a 2GHz processor – possibly two cores with 1GHz speed each. It will be interesting to see if these rumors turn out to be correct.
The rumor mills have not heard much about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S2 lately. However a couple of pictures uploaded on Google’s photo sharing website Picasa are revealed to have been taken using this yet-to-be launched smartphone. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S2 Photo Uploads Surface On Picasa”
The rumor mills are it once again. A Russian tech forum appears to have got us some fodder. According to reports, the new Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200 will launch in early 2011 with some mind-boggling specs.
For starters, claims are that this Samsung Galaxy S successor will come with a 4.3-inches Super AMOLED display at 1280×720 resolution – that’s 340 pixel-per-inch and is higher than iPhone 4’s much touted retina display. This apart, the phone is also noted to include a 2GHz processor that is powered by a 1GHz RAM and a 4GB ROM. Users will get a 32GB flash storage spot with additional microSD support.
More awesomeness here. Samsung Galaxy S2 is expected to come with an 8-Megapixel camera that will support a full 1080p HD video recording. The device is expected to run on Android 3.0 Gingerbread and will include other standard features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.
After all this, here is the caveat once more – this is a rumor and take it with a pinch of salt.