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
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.
Conclusion: So, that’s pretty much my experience with this phone. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the best phone I’ve had in a while and 3 million folks out there will likely agree with me. The only thing missing for me is a dock ala Atrix to turn it into a full-fledged computer replacement. Sadly, I’m told that this excellent superphone might not reach the US . I think some Canada hopping is in order if you want to own one.
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: 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.