Conclusion: Faced with the challenge of the popular and capable iPhone, Samsung pulled out all the stops with the Galaxy S II, summoning its vast technological prowess in so many areas to produce a phone that really shines. From the "insanely great" monitor with its vibrant color and deep blacks, to its powerful processor that allows smooth animations and impressive capabilities, the Galaxy S II presents a winning alternative.
Pros: Very refined smartphone, Quite customizable design, Ability to share images online quickly, Stunning screen is excellent for composing and reviewing images, Excellent color accuracy outdoors (though some may think a bit muted), Decent lens with low distortion, Good image quality at low ISOs in good light, User adjustable settings such as exposure compensation, ISO, white balance, metering modes, AF modes, scene modes, effects, quality, etc., ISOs as low as 40 in Auto ...
Cons: Some trouble with 4G and 3G reception inside buildings (rectified by switching to Wi-Fi), Weak flash with narrow coverage (no surprise for a single LED), Flash produced cool cast in images when shooting in tungsten light, Only capable of digital zooming (up to 4x), Reddish Auto WB indoors, yellowish with Incandescent setting, No custom white balance, Print quality not much better than 5-megapixel iPhone 4, Image banding in Macro mode
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: Samsung’s original break in smartphones was due to the Galaxy S hardware platform, and it is clear that Samsung took it to the next level with the Galaxy S2. The hardware has been improved on many points, including additional horsepower, faster graphics and faster HSPA+ “4G” access. The chassis has been improved too: it’s much thinner and lighter. Detractors will be quick to point out that the manufacturing is “cheap” and “fragile”.
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Summary: The Galaxy S II is an impressive smartphone. The Super AMOLED Plus display is amazing and the dual core 1.2 GHz processor keeps the phone moving along at great pace. Add to the mix the thin size and...
Pros: Great display, Elegant design, High-quality full HD video recordings, Great performance
Cons: Not 4G LTE, No ICS Update, Poor photo quality in low lighting
Excerpt: Not too long ago, we took an in-depth, hands-on look at the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. At the time, the phone wasn't available in the US, so we weren't able to show you a hands-on video of a US version of the phone. Now, however, the Samsung Galaxy S II is available through Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. All of the phones have a similar look and feel, though there are a few differentiating points among the models.
Pros: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Thin, Lightweight
Excerpt: The Epic 4G Touch is not just the follow up to the original Epic 4G, it is the entrance of the much anticipated Galaxy S2 into the U.S. market. After such a long wait, does it have what it takes to compete or was it released too late?