Top 10 Upcoming Smartphones 2017

There's no question this is going to be Samsung's best smartphone, and it will surely satisfy the needs of even the most demanding of users.

Pros


Very good display

Elegant design

TouchWiz 4.0 user interface

High-quality full HD video recordings

Great performance

Cons

No dedicated key for turning the camera on

Poor photo quality in low lighting

It was the biggest hit of the MWC held in Barcelona this past February, but the Samsung Galaxy S II will probably be best remembered as one of the most attractive smartphones launched in 2011.

It is going to be the successor of the Galaxy S  the best-selling Android OS smartphone with over 10 million units delivered across the world and feature a more elegant design, a bigger screen with new imaging technology and a newer version of the operating system and user interface.

The Samsung Galaxy S II will come with Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and TouchWiz UI 4.0, and will improve on its predecessor hardware-wise, sporting a dual core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with Samsung's Orion chipset, an 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB of RAM, and come with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

This is also one of the first smartphones to support NFC technology (Near Field Communication), which will make it possibly the most powerful device in the 4.3 inch phone class.
Build & Design

Samsung Galaxy S IIDespite all of its advanced features, last year's Galaxy S looked a lot like the iPhone 3G.

The only difference was that it was entirely made out of plastic; one of its greatest shortcomings.

Now, just like the iPhone 4, Galaxy S II has developed sharper edges.

It is still entirely crafted out of plastic, but seems more convincing this time with solid housing and a modern design.

Its elegant line is evident at first touch, feels light when held, and sounds incredible.

Despite the fact that the Galaxy S II has a 0.3 inches larger display than its predecessor, it is significantly slimmer and a few grams lighter.

It is 2 millimeters higher and wider with the dimensions being 125 x 66 x 8.5 mm.

Its slim profile is very impressive, and when combined with a large display that takes up nearly the whole front surface of the phone, you get a highly modern and futuristic look.

The secret of such a great design is in the Super AMOLED 'Plus' technology, given that it enables the production of significantly thinner screens compared to the Super AMOLED ones, which the "old" Galaxy uses.


Display

The biggest problem with standard AMOLED displays is their drastic loss of contrast when exposed to direct sunlight, making those phones a bad choice for those who spend a lot of time outdoors.

This problem was slightly tackled with Super AMOLED technology; however, devices like the original Galaxy S that used it, were still not easy to use in direct sunlight.

Samsung's Galaxy S II comes with the Super AMOLED Plus screen, and progress has been made once again the contrast is still lost in sunlight, but not to the extent that using the phone is difficult.

Indoors, the Super AMOLED Plus looks very impressive, especially on a lush 4.3-inch diagonal.

Samsung Galaxy S IIThe screen resolution is the same as with the previous model, 480 x 800 pixels, which means that the pixel density is somewhat lesser now, however, this is not noticeable in practice.

Screen imaging is exceptionally sharp and light, with very vivid colors.

This is surely the best screen we have had the opportunity of using on a screen size of this size.

The phone comes with a user interface that has an entirely black background (depicting a galaxy, in accordance with the phone's name), and it serves the screen imaging well.

This allows the bright colors of the icons, widgets and other screen elements to contrast well.

We also have praise for the display's touch sensitivity. It was quite a pleasure to hold such a light smartphone with a large display that reacted so quickly and precisely to even the lightest touch.

The two capacitive keys below the display were also very accurate and responsive. Overall, apart from the screen on the iPhone4, this is surely the best smartphone display.

Other Buttons and Controls

The Galaxy S II has only one physical key on its front surface that is situated under the display, along with two capacitive keys, also located under the screen, seated on both the left and right sides.

These are intended for activating the menu and as a 'back' button.

The upper edge includes a standard headset slot, while the lower has a Micro USB slot.

The left rim only includes volume control keys, while the power key is located on the right rim.

Performance

During the premier of Samsung Galaxy S II, held in Februray, Samsung announced that its dual core processor will offer 70% better performance in relation to the previous model.

In reality, it is difficult to assess improvement with such precision when it comes to the speed of this device, but all functions take place exceptionally fast, without glitches or stops that would hinder the user experience.

Samsung Galaxy S IIWeb sites are downloaded and rendered swiftly, whether its from a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, and zooming in and scrolling is smooth.

Adobe Flash is supported, and even those web sites with several Flash objects do not slow down web site manipulation across the screen. It's nice that downloading Flash elements can be turned off or set to manual download (so that this part of the web site is downloaded when the element is touched), but this is not a necessity in real life.

HD video playback and viewing photographs, as well as zooming in and editing them, runs smoothly.

This is due to the Galaxy S II's Orion chipset, which includes not just a dual-core processor, but also a quad-core GPU. This performs its job exquisitely when it comes to multimedia tasks and game playing.

Even when several demanding applications were running on multitask mode and when all home screens were filled with active widgets, Galaxy S II did not falter, regarding its performance.

Of course, apart from the processor, the credit goes to 1GB of RAM and Google Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), the latest version of the Android OS.

Software


Google's standard user interface was additionally improved with Samsung's proprietary user interface, TouchWiz 4.0.

Compared to the previous version of TouchWiz, which was included with the Galaxy S, many things have been added, with the first changes made visible immediately on the home screen.

Users can personalize each of the seven home screens, using active widgets to put content in the forefront.

Thus, they can have a home screen containing social network statuses, headlines from familiar news sites, stock exchange reports, Android Market novelties, weather forecasts, etc.

All of these widgets can be lined up similarly to the active hubs on the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

This means it is possible to create an organized user interface that is full of information that appears as soon as the phone is turned on.

Samsung Galaxy S IIThe similarity to the Windows Phone 7 is that the TouchWiz 4.0 includes four hubs which unify all the phone's functions regarding socialization (the Social hub), music (the Music hub), reading (the Readers hub) and gaming (the Games hub).

The Social hub lets you log in to several popular social networks and follow everything that goes on in a joint timeline.

This way, Facebook statuses can be followed in real time along with tweets, and it is also possible to "mix them up" with emails, text messages and MMS messages.

This is also featured on the Windows Phone 7 and the TimeSpace UI, which Sony Ericsson uses on its smartphones containing the Android OS.

The Music hub is a detailed interface for purchasing, listening to and archiving music.

The Readers hub is for reading and purchasing electronic books, magazines and newspapers. Interestingly enough, Samsung has chosen the Zinio reader for electronic magazines, which is ambitious for a smartphone.

And finally, the Games hub enables easier and faster access to attractive free and premium gaming titles at the Android Market.

Another nice feature that TouchWiz 4.0 offers is voice recognition.

After double pressing the main key, it is possible to activate the voice recognition interface.

Among other things, writing text messages using your voice is possible, even elementary translating with the Google Voice Translation feature.

It is not easy getting used to this functionality given that some words need to be carefully pronounced, followed by pausing and careful articulation, but those who need voice recognition will soon master this technology.

Samsung Galaxy S II Camera


This smartphone's 8-megapixel back-facing camera is also one of the aces up Samsung's sleeve, setting the bar high for the competition. In daylight, photos are above average with very realistically interpreted colors, and they have precise exposure.

Indoors and at night, picture quality is not comparable to the one provided by digital cameras, but when the resolution is manually reduced, it increases the "per-pixel" quality, and solid photographs can be made.

The Full HD resolution (1080p @ 30 fps) video recording function deserves a bigger plus.

Even indoor recordings seem sharp and have precisely interpreted colors, with no blurry segments and with solidly recorded sound.

Samsung Galaxy S II GalleryThanks to the back-facing camera and a solid amount of storage, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the best smartphones for frequent multimedia consumers.

Battery

A 1650 mAh battery comes with the Galaxy phone.

At first, this easily changeable battery will be sufficient for one day of playing with the Galaxy S II, as the users will be still trying out its numerous possibilities.

With normal usage though, the battery should last up to two days.

This is not a lot, however compared to other smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen, this is average.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy heir of the best-selling smartphone with the Android OS, and it will surely have similar market success due to its impressive features, excellent display, modern and elegant performance, advanced and up-to-date user interface with an abundance of functions.

There's no question this is going to be Samsung's best smartphone, and it will surely satisfy the needs of even the most demanding of users.

All the top U.S. wireless carriers offer a version of the original Galaxy S, and it seems likely they will be picking up its newest version later this year.

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