With a dual-core phone, you'd expect a plethora of messaging options, and once again we're not disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

We'll list the options we've got just to show you: POP/IMAP email, Gmail, Exchange, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, SMS, Text, Twitter and Facebook. OK, so the last two are only available by adding the apps, but still – it's an easy step to get them on there.

The reason we've included them on there is that Samsung's Social Hub gives you access to all the above. Should you receive a message from any of the listed options, it will appear in this application with a little notification icon, making it very easy to respond and keep up to date.

We've always shied away from the poor integration of Samsung's Social Hub in the past, as it's often been just a place to send Facebook and Twitter updates – but this one is actually useful and really works as an integrated hub.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

You can still use it as a place to see your integrated Facebook and Twitter feeds, but it's so messy in terms of interface that unless you only have a few friends and people you follow, it's not much use.

The email client is much improved over the previous iteration of the Galaxy S2 - with Android 4.0 ICS comes greater power. This means no more terrible updating of the messages when you need them, and push options now come through on time.

Also, there's now an easy way to select multiple messages thanks to selectable boxes next to each email, meaning you can manage your messages with much greater aplomb. Well done, Samsung.

On both the text and email clients, we're treated to a dual window view when holding the Galaxy S2 in landscape – it works very well if you're searching for a message and is really cool to show off, but probably more use in email than text messaging.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

The keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a middling effort – we're not talking in terms of accuracy, as it's actually pretty good on that front, but in terms of actual use it's slightly frustrating.

Thankfully, Samsung has removed the voice input key, which did lie to just to the left of the keyboard, as part of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, but we would have liked to see it replaced with a comma button, which is clearly going to be used far more.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

The keyboard is also rather poorly spaced – we can't count the amount of times we accidentally hit the full stop key instead, and the autocorrect can be a little schizophrenic at times when deciding what word you're actually after.

Swype is included by default though, enabling those who like it to slide around the keyboard writing letters. Swype has divided opinion here at Casa del TechRadar, as some people feel it really adds speed, and others think it is just too inaccurate. If you're into it, the large keys make it a joy to use.

Samsung Galaxy S2 review

If you really can't stand the Samsung keyboard, and don't fancy voice or Sywpe, then head on over to Google Play.

There are a number of different keyboards on offer - so free, others paid - with our personal favourite being Swiftkey X.

The keyboard in landscape is nice to use too, with the slimmer chassis making it easy to hit all the keys. If you've got word suggestions running it can be a problem though, as the suggested options will mask the text, which seems like something of a design oversight.

Again, we're giving the Samsung Galaxy S2 a big tick for its messaging capabilities – there's a plethora of options here, and it's very easy indeed to stay connected through pretty much any method you can think of.