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Samsung Galaxy S II 4G: The Sophisticate


For those who can resist the iPhone's seductions, there's an even sexier phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy line has always been a hit, with its vivid large screens, but this iteration is definitely one of its best. Plus with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy S II is more than just a pretty face.

The Good:

• The huge 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display is nothing short of beautiful. Wide viewing angles, vivid colours, readability in direct sunlight. Oh my.
• Blazing fast dual-core 1.2 GHz processor means fast app processing and goodbye to lagginess.
• 4G also means blazing fast network speeds.
• Ultra thin at only 8.49mm and ultra light at 116g (compare with the iPhone 4GS at 140g).

The Bad:

• Body composed mainly of plastic, making it feel less solid and durable than phones with aluminum casings.
• Powerful dual-core processors eat up battery life. You might want to carry an extra charger.

The Ugly:

• Android update fragmentation means you'll never know if your phone will receive or even be eligible for upcoming OS updates.

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