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Samsung Galaxy S II: Phone of the Year

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 10/10/2011

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the phone of the year for 2011. In this photo gallery we get up close and personal with Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone and explain why it is currently in the top spot.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II

    Samsung Galaxy S II 

    The Samsung Galaxy S II features the standard candy bar form factor that is proving so popular for smartphones in general. It is extremely sleek with a huge display dominating the front. The exact measurements are 4.93 x 2.6 x 0.33 inches and it weighs just 4.09 ounces. It is available in black or white.

    The fact that it is so slim and lightweight makes it very easy to hold one-handed. This is a comfortable smartphone to handle. It also has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 2.3 for lightning fast performance that is lag-free.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Display

    Samsung Galaxy S II Display 

    One of the big selling points for the S II is the amazing Super AMOLED Plus display. At 4.3 inches with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 217 ppi there are few smartphones on the market that can compete. It is also made from Gorilla Glass, supports 16 million colors and has multi-touch capability. If you want to watch movies on your phone then this display is ideal.

    There are smartphone displays with higher resolutions than this, but Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus technology is amazing and the vibrancy, color and brightness is incomparable. You will love this display.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Web Browsing

    Samsung Galaxy S II Web Browsing 

    You can enjoy the Internet in style on your S II thanks to support for high speed networks and Wi-Fi. The browser is fast and efficient and there’s also support for Adobe Flash 10.1. Throw in integrated support for Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube and Picasa and you have a streamlined and easy web browsing experience. Naturally you’ll find Facebook and Twitter easy to use on your S II as well thanks to great official apps for both.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Camera

    Samsung Galaxy S II Camera 

    The cameras on the latest smartphone releases are just getting better and better. The S II sports an 8 MP camera capable of capturing a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It also features autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, and image stabilization. The camera can also capture full high definition video at 1080p and 30 frames per second.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Video Call

    Samsung Galaxy S II Video Call 

    If you were blown away by those adverts for FaceTime on the iPhone 4 then you’ll be glad to know that you can do the same thing on your S II. You can make video calls using the 2 MP front-facing camera and there are various apps to choose from that support the functionality.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II DLNA

    Samsung Galaxy S II DLNA 

    How about streaming content from your smartphone to your TV? Well the S II supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) so you can share photos, music, video and more with other devices wirelessly. This is ideal for gathering friends and family to show off the photos or videos you shot.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Reading

    Samsung Galaxy S II Reading 

    The display is fantastic as we already discussed so you can easily use the S II to read the latest news or even a book. Android supports a wide variety of RSS readers and e-book apps so whether you want to catch up on the latest news from your favorite website or read a classic work of literature for free you can do it on the S II.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Print

    Samsung Galaxy S II Print 

    With such an awesome camera on board you are likely to capture some great snaps and so it is good to know that you can wirelessly print them directly from your smartphone. The S II can capture images at a high enough resolution to produce great quality prints that you can hang on your wall with pride.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II NFC

    Samsung Galaxy S II NFC 

    NFC or Near Field Communication is one of the next big things for the mobile industry because it will allow you to pay for things by swiping your phone next to a receiver. Many of the new smartphones hitting the market have NFC support built in. The technology is still some way from being rolled out across the nation but it’s good to know your S II can support it when it is launched.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II White

    Samsung Galaxy S II White 

    It was originally only released in classic black but there is now a new color available. In case you’ve been wondering exactly how the S II looks in white here it is. This is a seriously stylish smartphone and it looks great in black or white.

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    Samsung Galaxy S II Back

    Samsung Galaxy S II Back 

    Our look at the Samsung Galaxy S II has come to an end. There’s no doubt it is the best Android smartphone released in 2011 so far and possibly the best smartphone period, that was released this year. Of course with the smartphone market moving so fast it won’t be long until there are new challengers on the horizon.