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article imageReview: Samsung Galaxy S2, a smartphone that's as good as the iPhone?

By Kev Hedges     Apr 2, 2012 in Technology
Having owned a Samsung Galaxy S2 for six months now I can safely say I was pleased I opted for this smartphone, rather than the iPhone or Blackberry.
I called my provider just weeks before Christmas to renew my contract and asked them for an iPhone. My friend had owned one all summer and I wanted to get one as he continuously showed off his apps, tricks and features. But I was disappointed when my mobile provider said we only have the Blackberry Curve or Samsung Galaxy S2 available. I knew I would not like the Blackberry as its buttons were too small, even for a child's hands so the Samsung Galaxy it was.
The first thing that struck me was the huge 4.3" screen and the very high quality video. The camera, at 8-mega pixels is not bad either with a very neat high definition photo guaranteed every time. But what impressed me most was the ease at which you can upload your photos and videos to your tablet or PC. The phone comes with a built in app called Samsung Kies 2.0, just press the app and your screen gives you a unique URL which you simply enter onto your address field and like magic all your text messages, photos, videos and address book suddenly appear like magic on your PC. The software acts very quickly in downloading. I was used to uploading my videos by Bluetooth before and anyone who has used this painfully slow method to upload videos in the past will be pleased to know those long waits are now a thing of the past.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is an Android phone so the first thing you need to do is link it with your Google account (if you have one) and it will update your calendar in seconds. Best of all however is the calendar function on the phone. It has a smart "list only" display if you so wish. The SMS text display is great too; you can view it by conversation bubbles, your text with a light blue background and the person you are conversing (texting) with in a yellow background.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 really is a smart phone. It is very thin and you may want to invest in a new stylish grip cover and with six different colours to choose from it makes holding the phone a more comfortable experience.
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