This phone is incredible. Due to a previously long contract, this has been my first 'smart' phone and after seeing a friend's HTC, I knew I had to get an Android.
I got the White version of this just after release and it looks incredible. It is very light and very thin. Some people commented negatively on the build quality but it doesn't feel flimsy at all. It is very solid and the screen is huge. The screen is significantly larger and brighter than the iPhone screen and the phone itself (despite being larger) fits easier into your hand than an iPhone because it is so thin.
The phone is super fast and of course has access to the vast array of Android apps. Not only this but the Android operating system is completely customisable and aside from the usual interesting and pointless apps you can download things like new clocks and text applications so you are in no way restricted to use phone as you receive it. Pretty much everything can be customised and changed (unlike iPhone that forces you to use it in the way Apple wanted you to).
It really puts the iPhone to shame. After showing this to a number of iPhone users, they could see no reason to own an iPhone (apart from preference and brand name). It is superior in every other way.
People always used whip their white iPhones out on the train with pride but as soon as iPhone owners clock me holding this beauty they discreetly hide away their iPhones because this thing makes them look like a brick.
The camera is amazing too. It has an 8MP sensor and is super quick. I can't fault the quality at all. If you don't need an SLR and can put up with having no Zoom then there's no reason why you would ever need a separate camera... it's that good.
The screen is super bright and clear, the phone is wafer thin but solidly built and it is blisteringly fast with complete customisation and the sleekness and usablity of Android.
There are only 4 things I can fault about this phone (and they probably apply to most smart phones these days). They are:
-The battery life is rubbish and if you leave Wifi, Bluetooth + GPS turned on with apps running, you won't get a whole day use from it.
- The unlock screen (Specific to Samsung Galaxy s2) is very clumsy. Rather than an animated slider like you get on iPhone or HTC, you literally just drag the background of the 'screensaver' wallpaper to the side. It just looks uncool and clumsy.
- The phone gets very hot when you are gaming. This means your hands get sweaty and it makes it hard to hold the phone as it is so slim.
- This is a general problem with all Android phones in that so many apps just run for no reason. I have a task killer app that shows me everything that running in the background and I'll find random games that have started themselves and are sending data. Even after killing the app it will show up again. The only way to stop these is to uninstall them. Google need to have a task 'blocker'. Then again, maybe there is one.
Seriously, this beauty puts the iPhone to shame and is Samsung at its best. It looks gorgeous, it is super fast and it truly deserved it's phone of the year title. It would have been a crime if it didn't win. It will (and has) converted many people from iPhone. The negatives are just minor and nothing that would ever make me regret getting the phone.