Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G review: 4G flies, but there are better phones on the horizon

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  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 5 Reviews)

Pros

  • Fast 4G speeds
  • 4.5in display
  • Slick performance

Cons

  • Limited 4G coverage
  • Screen resolution outdated
  • Thicker, heavier than 3G model

Bottom Line

If you desperately need or want 4G connectivity on your phone and live or work in an area that's effectively serviced by Telstra's 4G network, the Galaxy S II 4G's fast data speeds will certainly impress you. However, newer phones like the HTC One X and Samsung's own Galaxy Nexus have better specifications, up to date software and more attractive designs.

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No Ice Cream Sandwich but smooth performance

The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G runs the 2.3 "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android operating system. Telstra hasn't confirmed whether or not the phone will receive an upgrade to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version. It has already started to deliver the ICS update on the original Galaxy S II, so we would expect the 4G model to eventually be updated as well.

Despite the presence of older software, we had no issues with the Galaxy S II 4G's performance. In fact, it's probably one of the best features of this phone. There is little lag or delay in general use, the home screens scroll smoothly and effectively (even when the screens are filled with widgets) and the entire user experience feels slick and efficient. Naturally, the phone is filled with widgets and shortcuts to Telstra services, but most of these can be easily removed or hidden if you wish.

Samsung's TouchWIZ UI once again includes the Music Hub, Game Hub and Social Hub suite. Music Hub — a subscription based music service that costs $9.99 per month, $54.99 for six months or $99.99 for 12 months in Australia — is a nice inclusion but the other hubs don't add much value. Good Food Guide 2012 and WhereIs Navigator are useful inclusions, though users are already well equipped when it comes to turn-by-turn navigation thanks to Navigon's Mobile Navigator app and Google Maps Navigation. Other nifty TouchWIZ functions like swiping left on a contact in your phonebook to immediately call that person, or swiping right to message them remain, as does the sluggish default lockscreen.

Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G has below average battery life. If you're a heavy data user and spend lots of time in a 4G zone, the Galaxy S II 4G will struggle to last until the end of the day. We managed to stretch the battery to about 12 hours with moderate use, but if you're a heavy user you will most definitely need a power injection well before the end of the day.

The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is available exclusively through Telstra for $5 per month on the $59 Freedom Connect Plan over 24 months. The plan includes $550 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS message and 1.5GB of data per month. The Galaxy S II 4G is also available on a range of Telstra's business plans.

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Maree Maunder

3.0

1

Pros
Great sceen size for viewing photos
Cons
Short battery life.
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Whats the use of a smart phone that needs recharging twice a day when you are out and about and it goes flat you have lost the luxury of a smart phone. If you have to turn it off to be able to use it all day then it's not smart as people can't get hold of you with it turned off.

Miles A

2.5

2

Pros
4G is quick and available in more areas than expected. I find the thicker shell easier to hold than the paper thin one.
Cons
Battery life is terrible, would have liked ice cream on it also.
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I woke up this morning to my fully-charged SII4G, 6 hours later after watching a few low-res youtube vids, few texts, couple short emails, the battery was flat.

I use the phone for both personal/business, I am lucky enough to have access to power regularly throughout the day, if I didn't I would have already got rid of this phone.

I really wish these phone companies would concentrate on making smart-phones more energy efficient and make them with more powerful batteries. I don't care about super dooper resolution and screen size if I can only view it for an hour before the thing shuts down.

whizzkid

5.0

3

Pros
you
Cons
me
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NFC is available, picked one up today

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