Samsung Game and Reader Hubs – Mob!ler mission 2 (2011)

The brief for this Mob!ler mission was to offer an insight into the following hubs found on Samsung phones.

For this mission I have used the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Samsung Readers Hub – this is where you will find the phones native ebook / magazine and newspaper readers in one convenient location.

In the video below we have a little demonstration showing the key functions and abilities of this hub.

As you can see, it is incredibly easy to use, the readers hub has a nice range of books, as well as free classics – handy for those long commutes and saves the need to carry around hefty books, large papers, or even magazines.

The only downside is you don’t get any accompanying freebies that are attached to the publications!!

With the Samsung Galaxy S2 running android, you are also not limited to using just the Readers hub, there are a number of apps in the Android store for such a purpose – such as the Amazon Kindle app, which offer similar functionality, and is handy if you have most of your ebooks purchased there!

Gaming

The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with the Games Hub. Here you’ll find a range of social games – similar to the types of games you’d find on Facebook – such as farm, city and country war/build games ala Sim City. There are also a collection of premium games from Gameloft. I can heartily recommend N.O.V.A which is a first person style shooter, and Dungeon Hunter if you like hack and slash RPG games. You can download the premium games on a try before you buy deal. Of course if none of these take your fancy, you do also have access to the Android Marketplace, where there are a number of games available. This includes free games as well as paid for games from a range of different categories. My favourites from there include 3 different Angry birds (for free) – Ordinary, Seasons and Rio. I am also a fan of Sudoku, and Reversi.

Below is a little demonstration of what you can expect from the gaming platforms available on the Galaxy S2:

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 – a new mob!ler mission

Being a Samsung Mob!ler definitely has its perks. I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S 2 and it’s been a steady companion of mine for over a week now.

See pictures here on flickr

There are 2 things you first notice about the phone once you get your grubby mitts on one:

1. The phone is incredibly light, weighing in at 116g and that is with the battery included!!

2. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED plus screen is amazing. It’s wonderfully bright, and extremely vivid. The display is crisp, very rich in detail and the colours are, wow, you just have to see it for yourself.

If that wasn’t enough the phone is incredibly thin – standing at 8.49mm – which is actually skinny enough to fit under most doors!!!!

Under the hood lies its dual core 1.2GHz processor and the current android build 2.3 or ‘Gingerbread’. That is a lot of power to wield and it does so quickly and effortlessly, with no lag or slow down. Believe me when I say this thing is fast. No matter what you throw at it the Galaxy S 2 handles it easily making multitasking a dream rather than a chore.

With the phone running on android you have access to a wide range of applications from the store that will cover most of your smartphone needs and ticks all the right boxes for me: Twitter, Facebook, Movies, F1 news, Angry Birds…. The android store also has a lot more to offer than its Samsung counterpart.

Improving on its predecessor and older brother the original Galaxy S, the mark 2 is armed with an 8mp rear camera with LED flash. The camera interface is a lot like the iphone in that the ‘processing button’ is on the touch screen rather than a separate button on the side like the Samsung Wave. So far the pictures I have taken do not disappoint. There are a range of options and modes including the awesome panoramic one that I adored on the Wave.

There is also a front facing 2mp camera suitable for video calls on Skype, or simply taking an easier self portrait.

As well as taking stunning pictures, the Galaxy S 2 also offers 1080p video recording. Which is brilliant for capturing that special event or unforgettable moment. Just remember to insert a microsd memory card as you will need one.

There was a lot of controversy over the GPS on the original Galaxy S. After putting the Galaxy S 2 through its paces I can tell you it is both quick to achieve a lock (in less than a minute), and using the My Tracks app is very accurate.

I’m also getting a good day out of the battery on the phone, this is with the wifi pretty much always on, screen at auto brightness, an alarm set to wake me up, and regular internet / twitter / facebook usage. Which is pretty good going for a smart phone being used as it was meant to.

I have really tried to find something about the phone that I dislike, but the Samsung Galaxy S 2 is definitely the phone of the moment. Incredibly fast, feature filled, light and the screen display will just bowl you over. If you’re in the market for a new phone, or don’t want to jump on the Apple bandwagon, then you won’t be disappointed with this little beauty.

Any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂

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