Samsung Galaxy S II (S2) Musings: A Real iPhone Competitor

We’ve published many articles now on the Samsung Galaxy S II and make no apology for our enthusiasm for it. This hugely exciting Android smartphone is the handset of the moment and only yesterday we told how there have been 3 million pre-orders in a month. We’re now starting to wonder if the Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) could be a real competitor to the Apple iPhone.

As a very brief recap the Galaxy S II has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that was highly praised in our review roundup. It has seen limited release in some countries but is not available yet in the U.S. where it’s rumored to be coming to AT&T first. However we told you yesterday how if you simply cannot wait there are ways of getting your hands on the Galaxy S II in the U.S.

We also told of how Samsung has sales targets for the Galaxy S II of 10 million units this and from the amount of pre-orders we’d say that’s an easily achievable target. We’ve rarely seen this amount of interest in a new phone, except for the Apple iPhone, the iOS device that still stirs up phenomenal excitement whenever a new one is launched. So could the Galaxy S II really challenge the iPhone?

Well, first up the Android OS is now the most popular operating system. Over on, Simon D. Thomas also makes the point that as the iPhone 5 has been delayed until later in the year, the release timing for the Galaxy S II has proved exactly right. iPhone 4 specs now look inferior as it’s so much older and there’s still some time before we’ll see the iPhone 5.

On top of that the Galaxy S II has a fresh and sleek design and also comes in 16GB or 32GB options as the iPhone does. However, the iPhone 4 memory is not expandable using Micro SD cards and the Galaxy S II’s is. The 8-megapixel camera of the Galaxy S II is also a huge improvement on the iPhone 4 and even if the camera is improved on the iPhone 5 it’s not likely to be higher than 8-megapixels. Certainly then we’d say that in our opinion the Galaxy S II has more than enough to challenge the iPhone. However, whether it can match the iPhone in hype will only be seen once it’s more widely available and also when the iPhone 5 comes out.

If you want to find out more about the Galaxy S II head to GSM Arena where you view a Samsung ad touting the merits of its 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Are you eager to get your hands on the Galaxy S II? Do you think it has a hope of attaining the popularity of the Apple iPhone? Let us know with your comments.