Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) Hands-On Experience: The One To Beat

The Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) Android smartphone is the phone of the moment, with limited release so far but set to come to 120 countries globally. We’ve nothing but enthusiasm for this impressive handset and now we’ve taken a look at a hands-on experience, which has reinforced our decision that this is the one to beat.

We don’t apologize for posting many articles about this smartphone and just some of our most recent include FCC clearance so that a U.S. release can go ahead, how it’s outselling the Apple iPhone in South Korea where it’s already available, a U.K. deal and a review roundup where the experts were similarly impressed. News of this latest hands-on experience comes to us from Jonathan S. Geller over on BGR who managed to get his hands on a Galaxy S II at the Samsung Infuse 4G launch last night.

The device looked at supports 4G bands on the AT&T network and Geller states pretty unequivocally that this is the best Android from Samsung so far. The reviews we noted earlier all singled out the display for special praise and Geller also notes the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus “looks great.” As a recap the phone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera and even better, runs on the very latest Android operating system, Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Geller also noted the battery life being “more than adequate” although the keyboard was the one drawback noted, with the autocorrect being felt to be inadequate.

It’s an interesting look at the Galaxy S II and it will be even more interesting to see what BGR’s eventual full review has to say. You can also see more images of the Galaxy S II at the BGR link earlier. If you want to see even more images of the Galaxy S II check out a photo view gallery at theunwired.com .

Had you already made up your mind to purchase a Galaxy S II handset when it hits the U.S? Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a region where it’s already been released and have one already? Let us know your thoughts on the Galaxy S II by sending us your comments.

  • HoverDonkey

    Got my S2 three days ago here in the UK, and have to say it's an absolute stunner.

    I expected better battery life after hearing several favourable reports, because I'm having difficulty making it last into late evening, even with pretty moderate use (a few mins talk, 20 mins 3G browsing, 10 mins sat-nav and some Kindle reading for about 15 mins).

    Other than that I can honestly say I'm never going to buy another iPhone – the sense of freedom I got switching from iOS to Android was overwhelming, and on the S2 (which can do no wrong) it's like a breath of fresh air.

    Overall – I can't recommend the S2 highly enough – awesome piece of kit.

  • Leonard Anthony

    When is it coming to the US for me to inspect n buy? i need a new phone now or ASAP!! Soon is all i've been hearing…

  • Martin Earle

    I am with Verizon and am waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S II like just about everyone else. I suspect it will take at least 6 more months. Why Samsung would introduce the Galaxy S II and then introduce lesser phones is beyond me. It seems to me they will lose a lot of revinue by delaying the iphone killer. Verizon may have the fastest 4G but the slowest product access.

  • mare

    I love my Galaxy S phone–and this sounds even better! I was told by my phone retailer that, due to the super bright AMOLED screens, when you use a reading utility, like Nook or Kindle, it uses a lot of power to illuminate. Unless they come up with a way to use less backlight, it will always kill the battery power. But it's all worth it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Porter/1659175609 Fred Porter

      Switch to a black background. AMOLED has no backlight. Each pixel emits its own light so if its black much less power consumption.

    • http://www.facebook.com/saketrathod Saket Rathod

      An OLED display functions without a backlight. !

  • RDJ

    omg i can't wait till i get this its only a matter of days till its released in Australia!! and by reading all this i have high expectations