Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T has earned our Editor's Choice thanks to its combo of a large and beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display, the fastest CPU in a smartphone and snappy HSPA+ 4G data speeds with wide coverage over the US. Though we like Sprint's version quite a bit, we give AT&T the edge for their wider 4G HSPA+ coverage vs. the somewhat spotty WiMAX. HSPA+ is also much easier on the battery than WiMAX.
Pros: Extremely fast CPU, HSPA+ 4G, super-vivid Super AMOLED Plus display.
Cons: We wish it had a qHD resolution display, average looks.
Summary: Don't get too excited about the voice command feature, but we think you will like just about everything else on the Samsung Galaxy S II if you are an Android fan. The display is gorgeous and the performance level is very high. It will be a great touch phone for making traditional and video calls, surfing the internet, gaming and watching videos and movies.
Pros: The ability to shoot high-definition video will be a great benefit for most users.
Cons: The voice command feature is not always reliable.
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
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Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II is probably the best Android phone in the market at the moment. It's certainly the fastest one in the market, has the most gorgeous screen, has a pretty awesome camera and has a well-designed, non-intrusive vendor-enforced interface (TouchWiz 4.0). However, I must stress again that single-handed operation on this phone is going to be difficult. For most people (i.e.
Pros: Incredible performance; Âbeautiful AMOLED screen; very good camera; TouchWiz interface; excellent overall Âexperience for web surfing.
Cons: AMOLED screen can drain battery if overused; a little too big for single-handed operationends.
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