US Galaxy S2 Release Pending: Unlocked Review – Or Droid Bionic?

We’ve written countless articles now on the Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II), a handset that is still waiting for a U.S. release. Many of our most recent stories have been concerned with the lack of a US release so far, as we know how many of our readers are waiting for it. Today with the US Galaxy S2 release still pending we have news of a review on the unlocked edition and whether the best choice would be the Galaxy S2 or the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic.

We recently looked into just why Samsung and the major US carriers have not got the Galaxy S2 to the public yet and more recently noted how it, along with the iPhone 5 and Droid Bionic had now all missed the deadline for purchase before Verizon scrapped its unlimited data plans for new customers. It does appear to be a real conundrum as to just why there’s been no Galaxy S2 launch yet for the US and one tech writer has therefore given a review on the unlocked version of the Galaxy S2.

The unlocked version used for the review was used on AT&T’s HSPA+ network and Kellex over on Droid-Life says the review was designed to help those who are wondering whether to plump for the Droid 3 instead. There’s also the question for others who are undecided at the moment on whether to opt for the Galaxy S2 when it finally arrives stateside, or the Droid Bionic, thought to be seeing a release in late July or early August. As a recap we’ll remind you of some of the Galaxy S2 specs such as its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front facer and 16 or 32GB options, all running on the latest Android mobile OS, 2.3 Gingerbread.

Plus points from the Droid-Life review include the hardware, described as “so damn good,” screen, battery life, camera, front-facing camera, its light weight, build, software and the HSPA+ connectivity. However there’s a note of caution here as it’s not yet known whether the Verizon Galaxy S2 (or Function), will have LTE capability. This is definitely coming to the Droid Bionic though and could sway many who are waiting. The negative points included the home button, TouchWiz, no HDMI-out, low screen resolution and speaker. You can also see benchmarks for the Galaxy S2 and a hands-on and walk-through video at the Droid-Life link above.

The final verdict was pretty emphatic. We’ve compared the Galaxy S2 with many other smartphones now, such as the HTC EVO 3D, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, the Droid Bionic and many more and quite frankly have found it difficult to match and this reviewer stated that the Galaxy S2 was the “best phone I’ve used to date – I’m talking ever, and I go through a lot of phones.” The reviewer also noted that it would be hard NOT to recommend this phone as it was that impressive. However there’s one thing that’s holding it back from a full endorsement, that question of 4G LTE.

For now though we can only wait and see, but if the Droid Bionic arrives first there’s a real chance it could steal some of the Galaxy S2 market, especially as we know it is a 4G LTE handset. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens next and you can be sure we’ll be keeping you informed with all the latest news. We’d be interested to know if you’re waiting for the Galaxy S2 or the Droid Bionic and which one you’re most likely to choose? Let us have your comments on this.

  • Anonymous

    I lost my droid about 2 weeks ago. I’ve been waiting for either the S2 or the Bionic to come out and pretty much whichever is first, that’s the one I’m getting… Hop to it guys! But yeah, the S2 is sounding better all the time. The only thing that concerns me is their history of extremely slow updates to Android. Hopefully that will change with this generation.

    • Kal Lak

      I like the S2 because of the custom ROM support from XDA. I have the original Galaxy S and with custom ROMs, the phone is super fast. I can’t wait to see how fast the S2 will be with a custom ROM.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693221484 Holly Kick

        except that samsung is a corrupt company

    • http://www.facebook.com/perlstein.josh Josh Perlstein

      Since the Galaxy S 2 uses more AOSP code and less custom Samsung crap, this shouldn’t be a big of a deal this time around.

  • Anonymous

    I have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S2 ever since I heard of it last year. And still waiting. I check everyday for updates as to when it is arriving. I sure hope it will have the 4G LTE. If not, I will still probably get it. I have an iphone on Verizon and I want to get this one too. Yes, I have 2 lines for 2 phones. Had 3 but just cut off my iphone on ATT and went with Verizon before they cut off the unlimited. I have an upgrade ready and waiting for the S2 and hope it arrives SOON!!!

    • i unlock

      Yea me too…I’ve been waiting for ever….can’t wait until it releases….

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    The Bionic has superior specs over the Galaxy S2 especially if the S2 is not 4G LTE.
    Unless the Bionic has issues like poor battery life, it freezes up and reboots itself or has other major issues, I will get it. Otherwise, I would consider the Galaxy S2, iPhone 5 or maybe just wait until 2012 for the Motorola Bullet and Jet to come out which will be quad-core phones.

  • Jeremy Wyrick

    If the Galaxy S2 is released before the Bionic, which I pray it is, and it does have LTE capability, then Droid Bionic will suffer greatly. The Galaxy S2 has better hardware along with the durability reputation of Samsung. I have owned the original Droid and the Droid X and I am getting sick of owning a Motorola phone. I am looking for a change. Motorola Blur is a horrible UI and although I would prefer no UI, I prefer Samsung’s over Blur. If Galaxy S2 is not 4G, it will not do well at all. No one wants to be locked in for 2 years without 4G. That would be a nightmare.

  • Joshua Singer

    My phone bit the dust yesterday so I will be getting which ever one comes out first (S2 or Bionic) Unless of course the S2 is not LTE. Then it’s Bionic all the way.