Summary: We've been waiting for the US variants for months, and like the international Galaxy S II, Samsung's Epic 4G Touch is the best Android phone available today. The dual-core processor and overall snappy performance will appeal to those seeking a high-end device, while the much-improved TouchWiz 4.0 UI is the perfect transition for someone coming from iOS or moving into the smartphone realm for the first time.
Pros: Dual-core processor is incredibly fast; 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display is beautiful and a nice upgrade from the international version; 1,800 mAh battery allows for a full day of use; TouchWiz 4.0 UI is a huge improvement from past versions.
Cons: All-plastic design may not appeal to everyone; Sprint's poor data speeds as of late impact the performance of the phone's data services.
Conclusion: Buying a cell phone is more than a matter of choosing a handset--you also have to pick a service provider, or carrier, as well. Each carrier in the United States offers a different selection of technologies and services, so it's important to think about your needs when making a choice. In this guide, we will provide you with all the necessary tools for making the best choices for your needs.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy S II supports T-Mobile's faster HSPA+ network and has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and an NFC chip. The Android Gingerbread smartphone also has a spacious and vibrant Super AMOLED Plus touch screen, 16GB of internal memory, and great camera performance.
Cons: The smartphone is high-priced and on the larger side, and you can't remove bloatware.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (Sprint)
12 October 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is provides Sprint customers with a great choice for an Android device. The beautiful display, excellent camera and super snappy operation make it a real pleasure to use. Is it better than the Photon 4G? The general answer is, "Yes." However, some people will definitely find the Epic 4G Touch a little too large to use comfortably. And while the Photon is hardly small with a 4.3" display, it was a better match for my hand.
Review of Samsung's screaming Galaxy S II Android smartphone for AT&T
12 October 2011
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S II is continuing its tour of U.S. carriers with AT&T releasing its own version of the venerable smartphone following Sprint's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch . AT&T's edition is much more faithful to the original model that was released to global markets earlier this year than Sprint's, as it sports the same display, dimensions, design, and even name as the original.
Pros: Fast performance, great screen, thin design, solid camera
Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile review: A dragon's heir
11 October 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile is priced at $229.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Of course, you will also need a two-year contract with the magenta colored wireless provider in order to qualify for the above price. When the original Galaxy S II was launched almost six months ago, it enjoyed the luxury of barely having any competition. It trounced everything compared to it and for a good reason – the Exynos chipset was simply faster than anything else.
Cons: No dedicated camera key, Slim body has poor grip when taking pictures, No FM radio
Excerpt: After months of waiting, Samsung’s top-tier Android super phone is now available stateside, on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The phone will apparently ship in slightly different variations to each network. At their core, all U.S. models will still feature Android 2.3, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, an 8 MP rear camera and measure around .33-inches thick.