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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S 2 (International) Review - The Best, Redefined
11 September 2011
Conclusion: It’s always difficult to sum up a device like the SGS2, because this is such a major launch and so much has already been written and discovered about the phone. I find myself again thinking back to how long it’s been since we first played with the SGS2 at MWC and just how far the device has come. It literally is a completely different device today than what Anand and I played with chained to a table in Barcelona.
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”.
Excerpt: The Galaxy S II has been one of those handsets that the mobile community has been craving for. Sure we have the iPhone 4 , but S II was, as far as I was concerned, to be the next best thing or the alternative for those with lower budgets. A few weeks ago we did manage to get our hands on preview , but here’s a more in depth look at what the Galaxy S II has to offer. But to get the ball rolling here's a quick unboxing - Form Factor Let’s forget about it’s predecessor.
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?
Excerpt: 2010 was an amazing year for Samsung, mainly due to the release of the Galaxy S. At the 2011 Mobile World Congress the next in the series was unveiled to the world, the Galaxy S 2. Does this smartphone have what it takes to be the successor to the throne?
Samsung Galaxy S II Review: Modern And Powerful, But Will Samsung Keep It That Way?
5 August 2011
Summary: Samsung clearly aimed high with the Galaxy S II. In fact, you could say they aimed for the sta- no, I hate puns. The phone's performance was stell- ah, damn it. Whether you like puns or not, the Galaxy S II is a device that has exceedingly high performance in just about every field, and is quite clearly ahead of its competition in most areas.
Conclusion: Put simply, the Galaxy S II is possibly the best Android phone we've laid our hands on to date. Of course, the qualifier to that statement is that new Android phones are hitting the market on what seems like a weekly basis, so the champ today may not be the champ tomorrow. It's a brutal market out there, and while it's great for consumers in one sense, it's also tough to know when to bite the bullet and buy a phone.
Pros: 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Thinner and lighter than rivals, TouchWiz 4.0 overlay is genuinely useful
Cons: Expensive, No qHD resolution, No microSD card included
Excerpt: For almost a month now, I’ve been using an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II. Despite owning an iPhone 4 for almost a year now, what prompted me to get the SGS II are some of the reviews I read heralding the said smartphone as one of the best if not the best Android smartphone released