Summary: The question every manufacturer of a non-Apple smartphone on AT&T has to answer is “why buy this over an iPhone?” For Samsung and most other Android handset makers, the answer is a big, bright screen, fast speeds, and all the Google integration you could want. Manufacturers are flooding the carrier with similar phones, hoping to catch buyers’ eyes with something.
Pros: Big, vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display, Super fast processor, Solid camera
Cons: Display resolution is too low, "4G" speeds are very slow, Body feels cheap and breakable
Summary: T-Mobile is now the only American carrier without the iPhone, and it's betting the farm on Android — a platform where Samsung's devices have typically been the cream of the crop. The $229.99 Galaxy S II (with a two-year contract, of course) is a natural upgrade to its top-notch, huge-selling predecessor — it’s got a bigger screen, and beefier internals — but is it enough of a step up?
Pros: Big, bright screen, Excellent cameras, Very fast
Cons: Low-resolution display, Terrible speakerphone, Lots of bloatware
Summary: The S II was a technological marvel when it first came out. That's closing in on a year ago now, but the phone is still one of the top phones out there. With a chipset that puts most phones – and tablets – to shame, enough RAM and ROM to not cause any of the typical low-end Android phone issues, a screen that is hard to hate, and a camera that you would actually use for proper photos it seems to have it all.
Conclusion: Like every other Android device on the market, you have to manage data and power consumption. There are a number of widgets and apps available in the Android Market to help you do that. But even at that, I found myself charging this beauty an average of 3-4 times a day. As a matter of fact, I consciously keep a charger on me every time. I hate that . You can imagine that the beautiful 4.3-inch display doesn’t help with power consumption either.
Excerpt: Samsung promises that the Galaxy S II is thinner, lighter, and faster than the Galaxy S. They were able to make that correct with the Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S III runs Android 2.3 with TouchWiz. This phone is similar to the Galaxy S but much more powerful. Read on for all of the juicy details. Hardware The Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. The measurement grows a little at the phone’s bottom. Even with the bulge it is still under 1cm.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket review: Aiming for the stars
17 November 2011
Conclusion: With the addition of an LTE enabled Galaxy S II to the U.S., Samsung has literally a version for every possible taste out there. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket however, is clearly the best equipped for the future with its spanking new radio on board. AT&T’s 3G network has seen quite a lot of strain in the past several years, mostly due to the demand for the iPhone and the explosion of use of network data.
Cons: No dedicated camera key, No NFC support out of the box (a future update should address this issue), WVGA screen resolution is not on par with the rest of the competition in this class
Summary: Samsung’s Epic 4G for Sprint was one of the best smartphones of all time, and now the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch looks to pick up right where its predecessor left off. This $199 device loses the physical keyboard but gains a much larger display (4.5 inches vs. 4 inches), a speedier dual-core 1.2-GHz processor, and an 8-MP camera that can shoot 1080p video.
Pros: Amazingly fast performance all around, High quality camera and camcorder with 1080p, Good call quality and battery life, 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus is easy on the eyes, Just 9.6mm thin and 4.5oz light
Cons: WVGA display resolution, resulting in 206 ppi, No dedicated camera key and small volume rocker, TouchWiz doesn’t hurt the phone’s performance, but we could do without it
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is an excellent smartphone. If you're in an LTE area and are in the market for a new phone, go get one. The Super AMOLED Plus display is livin' large here, and we enjoy it despite the old school resolution. Voice quality is good, reception is solid and LTE simply flies. Though fraught with plastics, the Skyrocket is attractive and it's light and slim despite its big phone dimensions.
Pros: Extremely fast LTE speeds, colorful display, good battery life by LTE standards.
Cons: AT&T's LTE coverage footprint is in its infancy, 800 x 480 resolution is getting old.