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Samsung Galaxy S2 Review: Exposing the battery life

For those who have read a Samsung Galaxy S2 review, you will know two things, it is most probably the best Android handset on the market, as well as the best smartphone full stop. Those are two big statements, but from what we have heard, there could be an element of truth. However, we thought we would take a closer look into exposing the battery life of said device.

Samsung was able to include a few new features to help battery life in this new handset compared to the older Galaxy S. One way how Samsung was able to do this was due to its new 4.4-inch OLED display, as it does not only use one single backlight. This means that only the pixels needed will be lit, which results in darker blacks – something that is very important if watching videos and conserving battery life.

With this added new feature, users are able to optimize battery life by not going for colorful wallpaper, or choosing to do other things that do not require huge amounts of color. Engadget found that from all the current Android handsets on the market, the Galaxy S2 was able to stand up well in battery tests. They found with 20 hours – ten of which were used to play with the phone – there was still 15 percent battery life left.

There are two reasons why it is always hard to squeeze more battery life from a new smartphone; the first is all the extra features, and the second is current battery technology. We as a consumer always want our new handsets to be faster than before, this always comes at a price with how long a battery can last, you only have to look at the Droid Incredible to know what we are talking about.

However, we can rest assured that the likes of Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola all have new battery technology in the pipeline, but it is anyone’s guess how long we will have to wait to see it in their future handsets.

Are you impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S2’s battery life?

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