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A screen that's still luscious

The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G's 4.3-inch (800x480) AMOLED display isn't as sharp as screens found on many competing models. Even so, with stunningly high contrast and vibrant colors, it can still hold its own.

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Power enough for most

Running a 1.2GHz Exynos dual-core CPU, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is still nimble enough to flip through menus and launch apps quickly. It can also drive fancy live wallpapers smoothly such as this one with animated weather and windmills.

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Simple but comfy typing

The Samsung Galaxy SII 4G comes with Samsung's standard virtual keyboard installed. It's a basic typing surface but is well spaced and comfortable to use. It also features the Swype keyboard for faster texts.

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Headphone jack on top

On the top edge of the Samsung Galaxy SII 4G is its 3.5mm headphone jack.

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A tiny power key

The right side of the Samsung Galaxy SII 4G holds a sole physical button, its tiny power key.

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Adjust the volume

The Samsung Galaxy SII 4G's left side holds a thin volume rocker.

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This back needs refinement

With a square shape that looks very different from the smooth curves of its sequel, the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G's back plastic plate could be more refined.

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Removable battery and SD Card

Under the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G's back plate is a removable battery and micro SD Card slot.

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Old phone, fresh Android

One of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy SII 4G for Boost Mobile is its updated Android 4.0 OS.

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Swype is on board

Aside from the standard software keyboard, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G uses the Swype keyboard for fast one-handed text entry.

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