Conclusion: Unequivocally, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the best Google Android smartphones on the market today. It’s incredibly thin, the Super AMOLED Plus screen is simply breathtaking, and it has performance up the wazoo. The only thing that might hold you back is the TouchWiz UI, which isn’t everyone’s bag. That and you know that there is always something nicer in Android land just around the corner.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review: 4G LTE for AT&T
4 January 2012
Summary: While the
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
has a few flaws that could potentially be attributed to network issues, namely OK voice quality and spotty coverage at the mall, it gets just about everything else right. It has a great screen, excellent performance, a good speaker, a great camera, and very good battery life.
It could be a lot more exciting in the design department, but it's not ugly by any means and is nice and light.
Pros: Excellent screen, Excellent performance, Blazing fast 4G speeds, Useful SocialHub app for social networking and email, AT&T Live TV is a major plus, Good quality speaker, Great camera with good zoom feature, Very good battery life
Cons: Uninspired overall design, Small, hard to find buttons, Acceptable, but not great voice quality, Spotty coverage issues
Samsung Galaxy S II Review: T-Mobile's Best Android Smartphone
28 October 2011
Summary: If you're on the market for a new smartphone, T-Mobile's
Samsung Galaxy S II
is a worthy contender. It performed well in all of my standard tests except for slow performance when using the GPS and included navigation apps.
Photos and videos look really nice on the large screen, and the sound quality on the external speaker is very good.
Pros: Large, bright display, Fast performance, Excellent voice quality, Good external speaker, Very good camera, Good battery life
Cons: Almost too large to comfortably fit in my pocket, Some jaggy edges on the homescreen and application launcher, Back cover difficult to remove if you need to swap out SIM or microSD cards, Disappointing navigational experience (though I suspect a problem with the loaner phone)
Conclusion: It’s a fantastic phone that has been cleverly created to stay relatively up-to-date in the near-future, with a high-speed dual-core processor, wireless syncing to your computer and the very latest version of Android. That luscious screen stands alongside the iPhone 4 as a market-leading display and Samsung’s clever touches, like a special “outdoor brightness” setting for outdoor photos, makes it more intelligent too.
Conclusion: The AT&T Galaxy S II is essentially the same exact SGSII we've seen, known, and loved for the past few months. With the same screen size and specs as the international version the only changes are a few to the UI, and the capacitive touch buttons below. Having a winning combination of being thin, light, fast, and affordable the Galaxy S II is a clear winner for the US as well as Europe and outside of the US sales have already passed 10 million globally .
Summary: International travelers looking for a powerful unlocked smartphone will find much to like in the $799 Samsung Galaxy S II. Outfitted with a fire-breathing 1-GHz dual-core Samsung CPU and an outstanding camera that shoots full 1080p video, this slim wonder phone is sure to please. Considering that an unlocked 32GB iPhone 4 costs $50 less, the $799 price is a little high, and we think most U.S. shoppers will wait for the S II to hit a U.S. carrier with a subsidized price.
Pros: Very fast performance, Vivid Super AMOLED Plus screen, Extremely thin design, 1080p video capture, Loud speaker, Robust software
Cons: Expensive, Slow data speeds in the U.S., Lacks dedicated search button
Summary: We'll bring you a full, comprehensive review of the Samsung Galaxy S II next week. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Galaxy S II that you'd like us to answer, please drop us a comment below!
Conclusion: Make no mistake, the Samsung Galaxy S II could very well be the best Android smartphone on the market today. Several iPhone users we showed it to said it was the first Android device that could turn their heads from Apple's range, though the iPhone 5 , expected to debut in the latter half of this year, should make for a strong incentive for existing owners to stick with iOS.
Excerpt: There's also an 8MP camera that produces impressive still images as well as superb video. Samsung has used its Touch Wiz overlay too, and while we're not to keen on the customisation, it's not so bad as to put us off the phone.