Excerpt: Should I wait for the next iPhone 5 due to be out some time in the next few months, or should I just go out and buy an iPhone 4 now, a friend of mine asked, like many other iPhone users who have never considered anything other than Apple. My answer: buy an Android phone instead. It’s here, it’s better and it’s time you checked it out.
Summary: International travelers looking for a powerful unlocked smartphone will find much to like in the $799 Samsung Galaxy S II. Outfitted with a fire-breathing 1-GHz dual-core Samsung CPU and an outstanding camera that shoots full 1080p video, this slim wonder phone is sure to please. Considering that an unlocked 32GB iPhone 4 costs $50 less, the $799 price is a little high, and we think most U.S. shoppers will wait for the S II to hit a U.S. carrier with a subsidized price.
Pros: Very fast performance, Vivid Super AMOLED Plus screen, Extremely thin design, 1080p video capture, Loud speaker, Robust software
Cons: Expensive, Slow data speeds in the U.S., Lacks dedicated search button
Summary: What Samsung have managed to package together is a dual core processor, and a lot of other goodies in an unbelievably slim and light form factor. While the plasticky feel is a bit of a disappaointment, the performance on offer will simply blow you away. For anyone who does a lot of gaming on the smartphone, or want a powerful phone, the S II may just be phone for you. If you have Rs 32,890 to spend at this moment, we suggest you order it right away.
Pros: Excellent display, with vivid colours, Very slim design, and amazingly lightweight, Android never felt faster!, Good camera, Excellent battery life
Cons: Plasticky build is a huge disappointment, TouchWiz 4.0 UI isn't feature rich or polished like the HTC Sense, Dependence on Kies desktop software is a painful iTunes-esque experience
Summary: If you're looking to buy a smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II should be at the top of your list. It's not perfect and has a few minor flaws. The rear battery cover feels flimsy when removed, there is no camera shutter button or LED notification light and the volume during calls could be louder. However, none of these reasons are critical enough to wholeheartedly recommend another smartphone ahead of it.