The Samsung Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which works brilliantly on the Galaxy S II. A planned upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is also in the pipeline, but no confirmed dates have been announced yet.
Thanks to the super fast dual-core CPU and large amount of RAM, Android 2.3 works effortlessly on the Samsung Galaxy S II, with every swipe being as smooth as the last.
Opening applications was also something I noticed as well due to the speed in which they opened! Compared with the other Galaxy smartphones, the S II was extremely capable of running in excess of over 15 applications without any performance decrease during our testing.
A truly brilliant smartphone backed up by a great operating system.
Once the Ice Cream Sandwich update is released for the Galaxy S II, it’s going to be hard for new devices to compete when they’re this good already.
Overall, I was absolutely blown away with the Samsung Galaxy S II’s performance whilst we were in our testing phase. And even though I’m a pretty much an Apple Fanboy, I’d opt for the Samsung Galaxy S II over the iPhone 4S in a heartbeat.
With an extreme amount of power, a great camera and a brilliantly smooth and stable operating system, the Samsung Galaxy S II would definitely be on my list of best smartphones of 2011.
With the Galaxy S II retailing at £400 for the 16GB version, it’s also considerably cheaper than other smartphones that don’t perform as well.
- Fast and smooth UI
- Audio quality
- Brilliant 4.3-inch display
- Still photo quality and 1080p video quality
- Battery life
- Sleek and attractive design
- A fair amount of app bloatware