Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II Review: Brightest Star: Connectivity, Web Browser, Hubs

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The Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II starts off with the basics – quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G (AWS is missing though). There’s HSPA+ with 21Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink too, which some carriers brand as “4G” even though it’s not.

Moving on, there’s Bluetooth 3.0 with High Speed, which promises transfer speeds up to 21Mbps. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct is a similar technology, which offers simple pairing of two devices but blazing speed.

The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support includes a/b/g/n versions, with both 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and 5Giga Hertz (GHz) band compatibility.

There’s optional NFC support too – the first Galaxy S II phones that have it should launch this summer.

The AllShare app allows you to stream content to and from different kind of devices (TV or computer). We didn’t give it a proper run for its money, but we guess it works over DLNA.

Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct is on-board • AllShare app

And finally, for wired connectivity we have the MHL port. By all appearances it is a normal microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and works as one (a charger port as well). But the MHL port enables video output by using a MHL-to-HDMI dongle. There isn't one included in the retail box and those are quite hard to acquire by, which is pretty disappointing.

Once you plug the dongle into the phone you also need to plug a charger into the additional microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port on the dongle and the Galaxy S II classy screen will be mirrored on the TV. You can check out



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