Latest models of smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC One S are undoubtedly packed with cool and funky features, which all look the business. However, it can sometimes seem that creators of these cool smartphones sometimes focus too much on trying to outdo each other with new snazzy features and appearances of their phones, that the basic functionality of the smartphone is sometimes overlooked.
Yes, these funky features and new versions of software and capabilities are fun and can, when done right really improve the performance of your phone, but every so often we see the basics, which let’s face it is what really use the most suffer. With this in mind we take a look at the basic functions of the Samsung Galaxy S II, to see just how well this new smartphone by Samsung really performs.
The first place we start at is the unlock screen. To unlock the screen simply touch the screen for a second and slide it to one side. This feature not only looks really modern, but it is simple and great for day to day use as it’s not too over complicated that after a while would annoy you. Another plus point is that unlocking the phone is also quick. There is no long delay, and to lock the phone simply press the button gently on the side once and your phone is locked. Alternatively, if you forget to lock your phone it will do so after around 30 seconds. This feature can also be adjusted by going into the settings folder of the phone.
You will also find that you can customise the lock screen your Samsung Galaxy S II by selecting an image from the gallery, which may be limited but you can easily download or take your own photo to have as a wallpaper for the lock page, as well as your homepage. It is also on the lock page that you will find a clock, with the date as well as notifications of any missed calls or texts.
Answering calls is also relatively easy. When someone calls you simply touch the ‘answer’ button that will be shown and swipe. The same action can be used to decline a call. The quality of phone calls on the Samsung Galaxy S II is pretty good, with calls being clear and uninterrupted – providing of course that your reception is good. When making or receiving a phone call, you can either answer the conventional way with the handset to your ear, or you can press the speakerphone feature. This function is very handy if you are driving or busy whilst needing to talk on the phone. The quality of the speakerphone is good, with the ability to being able to increase or decrease the volume of calls being easy too.
All in all the Samsung Galaxy S II is a great performing smartphone. The basic functions of this phone are very good and easy to use, so if you are new to the fast paced world of smartphones this may just be the perfect option for you!