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”.
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?
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?
Excerpt: Samsung's Galaxy S II was first introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress 2011, and despite the fact that quite a few smartphones have shipped in the months between then and now, Samsung's top-tier smartphone remains a favorite across the globe. In fact, it hasn't even shipped to America yet.
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
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.