My SUPERSONIC Android Smartphone – The Samsung Galaxy S II

Don’t you think its amazing that you can now have a multifunction computer with a dedicated graphics processing unit, a high definition screen, high fidelity sound, speech recognition, touch sensitivity, satellite navigation, compass, full Internet connectivity, fm radio, voip phone, point and shoot camera and camcorder with 1080p, ftp server, print server, ebook reader, audio / video streamer, remote control and all the apps you will ever need in the palm of your hand? Crazy no? We are living in exciting times.

I have been a faithful android fanatic ever since it launched. I used to have windows smartphones before this, but I am sure you can understand why I would want to move away from that OS.

I just bought the Samsung Galaxy S 2, after flogging my Nexus S on fleabay.. what a device I tell you.. simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Its got a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor and all of the android communities prowess behind it. Its going strong and is currently the most advanced Android smartphone out there. Check out the monster specs sheet n and a hands on review on Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S2
The kickass Samsung Galaxy S2

I wanted to try out homebrewed android ROMs after rooting my device over the weekend, as its the all the rave right now. I tried out a few including one called VillianRom. Although there are a few other ROMs out there, this seems to be the most mature. So anyways, I wanted to get the latest android release on my phone, which currently is Gingerbread 2.3.4 so after installing VillianRom I can report that the phone has become truly supersonic. The quadrant benchmarking scores are off the ROOF, and Linpack reports 86 megaflops on multithread.

There is a lot I can say about this phone, actually I can’t stop talking about it, so I’ll stop here. I will however list some of the apps I most frequently use.

Coolest Apps On The Android Market as of July 2011

  1. My Backup Pro
  2. Audiogalaxy
  3. Astro file manager
  4. Shazam encore
  5. Rom Manager
  6. Set CPU
  7. Root explorer
  8. HulloMail
  9. Whatsapp
  10. Remote VNC Pro
  11. Barcode scanner
  12. Zabihah
  13. Adfree
  14. Swiftkey X
  15. Shootme
  16. Skype
  17. Pulse
  18. Cube Extended
  19. Llama
  20. Google+
  21. Go Weather HD
  22. Tubemate (unavailable on the market right now)
  23. BBC news
  24. Total recall

Some screenshots for to make this post a little colourful.


Home Screen Galaxy S2 Stock ROM
Home Screen Galaxy S2 Stock ROM


Quadrant score for galaxy S2 on Stock Rom
Quadrant score for galaxy S2 on Stock Rom


Linpack Score for Galaxy S2 Stock ROM
Linpack Score for Galaxy S2 Stock ROM

I will do some more posts about Android in general and how to squeeze every bit of juice out of your android device including tips and tricks as well as some serious reviews on some Android devices I have tested and used including:

  • Motorola Atrix
  • Acer Iconia A500 tab
  • Samsung Nexus S
  • ZTE Blade
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire
Stay tooned!

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