Conclusion: It’s easy to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, even if you’ll dread telling your friends your new phone’s full name. It’s incredibly fast, extremely slim and has Samsung’s winning Super AMOLED Plus display. If you’re in a good WiMAX coverage area, you’ll revel in solid 4G speeds, and if you’re in a 3G-only area—well, you’ll get average Sprint 3G speeds and enjoy longer battery life.
Pros: Super display, extremely fast, very good camera.
Cons: Large phone, display resolution is lower than we'd like. WiMAX 4G coverage still spotty.
Summary: For those who like their screens big, the $199 Samsung Galaxy II Epic 4G Touch should be at or near the top of your list. Paradoxically, it's both lighter and larger than the Photon 4G, although that phone has a crisper qHD display, world-roaming capabilities, and a slightly faster 4G connection. But it's hard to beat the Epic 4G Touch's superb camera, dual-core speed, and better overall screen quality.
Pros: Large bright screen, Excellent 8-MP camera, Loud speaker, Decent video calling
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Slow 4G speeds, No HDMI port
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: The Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy heir of the best-selling smartphone with the Android OS, and it will surely have similar market success due to its impressive features, excellent display, modern and elegant performance, advanced and up-to-date user interface with an abundance of functions.
There's no question this is going to be Samsung's best smartphone, and it will surely satisfy the needs of even the most demanding of users.
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Pros: Very good display, Elegant design, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, High-quality full HD video recordings, Great performance
Cons: No dedicated key for turning the camera on, Poor photo quality in low lighting
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE packs in all the features found in the 3G version with the added ability to connect to a 4G network for fast network speeds. This version has a beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display and good camera and video quality. Battery life is disappointing considering its size, although decent for an LTE device. For a more complete review of this phone, please visit our Samsung Galaxy S II page.
Summary: The Galaxy S II 4G represents the best of last year's technology. It's fast, in more ways than one, and battery life is good. But when you're paying full price, don't you want the latest and greatest?
Pros: Great performance, Solid battery life, Great 4G speeds, when in coverage, Good 8-megapixel camera
Cons: Slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S II, Larger screen needs a higher resolution, Older version of Android