Summary: By far the best device on Sprint, and could possibly be the best device period. Great battery combined with a true powerhouse of a device makes for an awesome device. The Epic 4G Touch should be on...
Excerpt: I have been using a Samsung Galaxy S II as my primary smartphone for about two weeks now. It has been a pleasant experience. It is both the second dual core device and the the second 4.3-inch display device that I am reviewing.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S II devices have finally hit America. The Epic 4G Touch brings a unique experience to Sprint. The Epic Touch is equipped with a stunning 4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus screen and packs the powerful 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor. This is both beauty and the beast combined.
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
Conclusion: Make no mistake, this is pretty much the same Galaxy S II we know and love. The display may be slightly bigger, and the phone itself a little larger, but the speedy processor and excellent camera remain. WiMAX is less appealing than the 4G name might suggest, however. Time has taken the shine off a few of the specs, however.
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”.