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This is my Galaxy S2, it’s the i9100 to be specific. A used Galaxy S2 from ebay will run you about $16 without battery, and $30 with with battery. I went for one without a battery, so I had to buy one of those as well for $5. All up this S2 was a total of $21 if you want to include battery costs, and for that price it’s one of the better options for a cheap cell phone. I want to see if the S2 is usable in 2018, and how it would compare to a $30 iPhone. So that’s what i’ll be focusing on in this video, this phone as a sub $20 android phone used in 2018.
Let’s start with the design. The Galaxy S2 has an entirely plastic construction, which does make it feel quite cheap. On the bright side, you can remove the backing to reveal the 1,600mah battery, which is replaceable. From a longevity standpoint this is crucial. A standard Lithium Ion battery starts severely degrading after 2 years, by about 5 years it will barely hold a charge. Not having to rely on a company to replace your battery, is instrumental for the longevity of unsupported devices. Take my iPhone 6S for example, this phone stopped holding a consistent charge a few months ago. If apple didn’t support this phone, i’d have no way of safely changing the battery without potentially damaging my device. I broke my iPhone 5C’s home button trying the replace the battery like the painfully inept person i am, so removable batteries are important to me.
On the other side of the phone lies the 480p Super AMOLED display. It’s colours and resolution are pretty lacking, but the dark tones AMOLED displays are capable of quite impresses me. Internally the Galaxy S2 was blazing fast compared to the competition. It featured 1GB of ram, a dual core 1.2ghz Exynos processor, 16gb of storage, and even had SD expansion.
This is an iPhone 4S, a 2011 flagship from apple, and this is the Galaxy S2 we’ve been talking about, also a 2011 flagship. On specs alone the Galaxy S2 is clearly the winner here, and on usability the S2 might be the winner as well. With the help of romming the Galaxy S2 can run Android 8.1 Oreo, sorta. I opted for 7.1.2 nougat just because 8.1 is extremely buggy on the S2. In terms of longevity, android Nougat will be supported by apps for quite some time. Considering android phones simply don’t get official updates, it leaves 5 year old versions still supported. So, for the foreseeable future app support will be there. The experience itself on the S2 is fairly decent. It’s laggy, don't get me wrong, but it's definitely usable.
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