Summary: Original Review: This a very sleek and powerful phone with every feature possible at this time. Its been a month since I owned it. Plenty of pros and few cons that might or might not be a deal breaker.Over all love the phone. Pros: Great looking phone,very thin, Large screen, Fast performance, wirelessly connects to any DLNA enabled device, Camera for pics and video is in the top 3 phones under good light conditions, Android eco system is great, light weight, beautiful...
Excerpt: Epic 4G Touch, the first variant of Samsung Galaxy S II in the States, is perhaps the best phone in U.S. right now. I think the overall build quality is not that great, due to its plastic construction, but it is very light weight and thin. However, I personally do not like plastic construction on phones. Also, the PHONE itself is decent- decent reception and call quality.
Pros: Good battery life, Nice looking display, Great performance with Samsung Exynos processor, Enthralled by its multimedia experience because of screen size and Super-AMOLED display, Nice looking design- Thin and light, UI is beautiful and fast, Still shots results are above average
Cons: Call quality is average at best, 1080p video can be better, Samsung's keypad is nowhere near decent, WVGA on 4.52" display just doesn't go well together, Reception can be better, Plastic construction isn't for everyone, 4G speeds are fast, but LTE blows it out of the water
except for battery life, almost impossible to hope for a better phone
Manuel Antonio Arce Arenales, Amazon
27 October 2011
Summary: Of all the phones I've used or tried out -including iPhone 4s- this is hands down the best of the lot. I have become a fan of Android operating systems after using extensively both an Android tablet and an iPad 2. On the average, at least for my purposes, Android provides excellent apps for a wide variety of needs at very reasonable prices. In fact, many of the best ones are actually free.
Galaxy S2: leader of the pack? - from a diehard Blackberry user
The Guardian, Amazon
27 October 2011
Summary: Having been a Blackberry user for several years but also owning an iPod4 64G, I finally decided to replace my 2-year old Blackberry Curve with a smartphone and went for the Samsung Galaxy S2 Android, which is cheaper than the iPhone and has had generally positive reviews from users. I've been using the Samsung now for a couple of weeks.
Summary: First off, if money is hurting you, then look for another phone. But if you can afford to shell out $700, then the SGS2 unlocked is perhaps the only phone that can justify it. **Camera---best i've seen on a smartphone (barely beating iphone 4)... **Screen---vibrant colors on the samoled+ w/o the pixelated effects on the regular samoled. the 4.25 isn't too big or too small for my taste.
Excerpt: I carry 2 phones, work and personal. I already had the Motorola Photon for a personal phone. I was using the Optimus V from VirginMobile for work due to the unlimited plan being affordable. But ported the number to Sprint after coverage issues. I bought the iPhone 4s. I was happy how easily it fit in my pocket and carrried the MoPho in a case on my belt.
Summary: The bad first: The software is kind of buggy. Many people, including myself, are having problems with the signal cutting out completely. The 4g continues to stay connected, but the 3g and the phone service is gone. To get the service back, the phone must be restarted. Check the various forums to see if I am accurate in this. Now the good: This is one awesome phone. It is fast, light weight, and has an amazing screen.
Excerpt: I have been trying to love this phone....but im returning it. The phone itself is by far the best out. The software however is too glitchy for me. Ebay app and a couple others always force close when EVO did not. Wifi turns on automatically. Power save mode doesnt revert back after charged. led light doesnt work right with handcent sms. some days battery is amazing and another day with same usage it gets hot and dies quick.
Excerpt: The Samsung Epic 4G touch is a pretty awesome phone. The main issue with it is the software is buggy. For no reason at all, the phone will lose connection to the 3G and phone service. The 4G connection seems to keep working when this happens. Samsung hopefully will come out with a software update to solve this issue. The phone will rate five stars when the software update happens. Pros: --Large vibrant screen. Almost lifelike at displaying pictures.