Samsung Galaxy S II

89
Global
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
Array
Standby time (max)
400 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1650 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Optical zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
yes
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], BPP [printing], PAN [ad hoc network], SYNC [syncing])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync, SyncML support) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Array

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480, 800)
Pixel density
219 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Array

Controls

External controls
Array

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
no
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
FreedomPop Privacy Phone

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
Array
Standby time (max)
400 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1650 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Optical zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
yes
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], BPP [printing], PAN [ad hoc network], SYNC [syncing])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync, SyncML support) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Array

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480, 800)
Pixel density
219 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging, USB On-The-Go [host])

Sensors

Sensors
Array

Controls

External controls
Array

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
yes
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
no
TV-out
yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))