Samsung Galaxy S2 review
The new Samsung Galaxy S2 is an impressive smartphone, but is it enough to tempt Julian Prokaza away from his iPhone? Read on to find out.
The screen is so brilliant that we had to reduce the brightness to a very low level to avoid being dazzled.
A thin power button on the left of the case also provides quick access to various profiles (silent, flight mode, and so on) with a long press, while a volume rocker button sits on the opposite side. The only other mechanical button is the one below the screen that performs the same Home' function as in iOS and this is flanked by backlit, touch-sensitive spots for Back' and context-sensitive Menu' functions.
The stock Android user interface hasn't been too heavily modified and the Home screen still consists of the usual set of sideways-scrolling desktops'. These can contain a mix of resizable widgets for at-a-glance information, along with shortcuts to everything from apps to contacts a degree of personalisation that just isn't possible in iOS. The ability to embed background-updating feeds for email, social networking services and news sites is also a very welcome feature and again, Apple has nothing even remotely similar. Samsung has tweaked the shortcut bar that runs along the bottom of all Home desktops though, and this does looks very iOS-like with its default set of four app shortcuts.
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