When you first set eyes and hands on the Galaxy S2, there are two things that will probably go through your mind at first glance. First off, 'wow, that screen is big' and second, 'it's so incredibly light and thin'. You would definitely not be wrong as the screen is approximately 4.3" and it only weights in at 116g.
I am going to address the screen first. The Galaxy S2 sports a Super AMOLED Plus screen (an improvement over the Super AMOLED screen in the Galaxy S) and it offers much more crisper text and much more vibrancy and brightness in the colours. It is an absolute joy to watch videos, play games or view pictures. It's definitely one of the biggest things about this phone that I like to make a song and a dance about, because it truly is a fantastic screen that you won't find with other phones.
Moving on, the Galaxy S packs 1GB of RAM and a 1.2GHz dual core processor and the results are very noticeable. The power-up is quick, the fluidness of swiping screens is incredible and just the general responsiveness of the phone is magnificent. The power of this phone bursts out at you from everywhere; you simply cannot help but instantaneously notice it.
The camera quality and video recording is just phenomenal on this phone. The 8MP camera produces some great, high quality shots and the recording at full HD is just the height of this phone's capabilities. It is important to note that at full HD (1080p), you cannot use the zoom function on the camera. The phone also has a 2mp front facing camera and although it isn't as impressive as the rear facing camera, it's one of the highest quality front facing cameras that I have used. It should make video conferencing that little bit more crisper.
The design and aesthetics of the phone are probably the one thing that will be a hit and miss with people. The phone feels very nice in your hand and is lovely and thin; however, it does not sport the premium feel that you may find with other phones. It is definitely an upgrade from the Galaxy S, but I wouldn't consider it to be premium. Nevertheless, I find it still very nice to hold and to use.
The new TouchWiz 4.0 is a big improvement over the previous instalment and there is a nice overlay. The wallpapers look even more impressive, mainly due to the Super AMOLED Plus screen.
I have managed to use the game hub and although the selection of games is not largely diverse, there are still a nice selection of social and premium games and some are free.
I really do not know what else to say about this phone. The browsing experience is great, the responsiveness and fluidity is perfect, the quality is out of this world. This phone is really so enjoyable to use and I would go out of my way to recommend this phone to anyone looking at a new smartphone or an Android powered phone; it's a real treat and I think Samsung have manufactured a winner here.