"Nearly perfect device"4.5 starson by x.killeddestiny.x
Pros: Beautiful screen, great camera, insanely fast performance, 4G, Looks great in white, feels good in the hand, Gingerbread and TouchEIZ 4.0 work, look and feel great.
Cons: Battery life isn't great, call quality is acceptable, the LTE version is slightly faster, has a slightly bigger screen, and LTE
Summary: As an original Galaxy S Vibrant owner I can say that Samsung has fixed every issue with the S2.
The design is very nice, it reads simple and elegant. It just looks brilliant in white, to my eyes. The problem most people have is the all plastic construction. The benefits to that are that the phone is light and feels very solid. Mobile Syrups reviewer actually bent the battery door nearly in half and it went right back into perfect shape. The other bonus is the plastic is finger print resistant. After a day of use there's hardly any finger prints, just a smudge from unlocking the phone, where as my tablet after an hour is so finger printed you can't see the screen if there's bright enough lights or the sun around it.
The only design flaw is the microSD card placement. On the old Galaxy S you could insert or remove it without taking out the battery, sadly it's now moved by the battery so you now have to remove the it.
I don't know how it's possible but almost everything happens instantly. The better written an app the better the performance. The phone doesn't even feel limited by 4G speeds. I don't miss LTE or that 1.5 ghz processor of the LTE version.
The camera is beautiful, comparable to a 4S, easily. Shutter speed is quick, the camera app loads almost instantly, and after about 3 seconds you're already ready for your next shot. Video quality is good as well.
TouchWIZ is great but I prefer Go Launcher with the Honeycomb theme. Still The lockscreen is much improved and customizable and if you're a fan of iOS' look and feel you'll like TouchWIZ.
Bloatware isn't removable but fortionitly it's not very rampent. You get hubs for music, games, and ebooks (maybe some others but I don't use them) you also get a couple games, and on Bell their standard 3 apps. Using Go Launcher I just hide the bloatware and never notice it's there. Samsung does include some useful apps. Their music player works great, and Allshare (a DLNA streaming app) is great.
Gingerbread is also much improved from Froyo. It feels more true to what Android should be. The color scheme is a lot more pleasing, especially on that gorgeous screen.
Call quality is a huge improvement from the Galaxy S. It aint no BlackBerry but it's actually usable now. There's no having to practice understanding people.
Speakerphone quallity is better too for music and calls. The speaker is a little quiet but for how the adverage user will use it again it should be fine. If you want a good speaker and call quality go with a BlackBerry.
Music quality is what hasn't improved. It's acceptable and unless you use good headphones you'll never hear the difference. Highs seem distorted though and lows aren't really there, they seem to be simulated in the lower mid-range. I was disapointed because that's one area I hoped Samsung wouldn't overlook. You do get a custom EQ in the Galaxy Music Player though so that does help a lot.
I still don't like the keyboard but Android is flexable this way. With using Better Keyboard 8 this phone has the best touch screen experience I've ever had.
You don't get NFC but that's not a big deal for us in Canada, there's the new BlackBerrys, and the Note/SGS@ LTE for NFC devices here so far. Bluetooth 3.0 is a nicety, but 4.0 would have been a better inclusion.
The GPS works now! Thankful Samsung fixed that and the GPS is now fast and accurate, it even works in-doors!
Lastly is the screen. Yes it's resolution is a bit out of date but the quality of this screen makes you quickly forget. Colors pop, blacks are truely black, it's bright enough to use outdoors (though it's difficult with sunglasses), and it's about the perfect size for a phone.
Not without it's fault Samsung has proven that there's no such thing as perfection. They did also prove that they truly deserve their spot as the number one smartphone manufacturer. This phone is so good I don't see a need for any more horse power. The camera is even comparable to my Samsung 14 MP point and shoot. Good job Samsung for creating a slim, sexy, and powerful device.