Galaxy S II US Might Not Be the Smash Hit Anticipated: Here’s Why

The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the smartphones we’ve written about most over the last few months, especially because of the delay in getting it to the U.S. market. We’ve detailed all the carrier variants and release news since the official announcement and for a long time we’ve been thinking the Galaxy S II (or S2) would be a big success but today we’re wondering if it may not be quite the smash hit that was anticipated.

We’ve recently told how Apple seemed to attempt to take attention away from the Galaxy S II launch stateside, about pre-orders for the Sprint variant being available and also details of the T-Mobile release. However we also told how the late arrival of the Galaxy S II could be a benefit to the Apple iPhone 5 and Motorola Droid Bionic, especially as it’s now known that there will be no Verizon variant of the Galaxy S II. Some consumers may feel for example that the Galaxy S II will already be several months old before they can get their hands on it and may have their eye on the next big thing instead.

Now an article over on eWeek by Clint Boulton seems to have a similar line of thought and comes up with reasons why the Galaxy S II may not sell as well as expected. The first point that Boulton makes is that the Galaxy S II missed the summer window, an excellent time when it could have launched (especially considering the fact there was no iPhone 5 release as had been expected). Also the knowledge that Verizon won’t be carrying a Galaxy S II will obviously affect sales as we pointed out earlier, particularly as Verizon has plenty of other upcoming Android handsets to look forward to, the Bionic or much rumored Droid /Nexus Prime for example.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the OS for the Galaxy S II, will also be less fashionable shortly when the next Android mobile OS, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, becomes available. It’s commonly thought that the Droid or Nexus Prime will be among the first Ice Cream Sandwich handsets. As well as the upcoming iPhone 5 to turn people’s attention from the Galaxy S II there’s also the iPhone 4 to consider. Since Verizon got its hands on the iPhone 4 in February the phone has outsold other handsets, even though there’s another version on the way (See Apple Insider article here for more on this).

As well as all this, smartphones featuring the new Windows Phone 7 update, Mango, will be heading our way in time for the holiday season, offering another alternative to the Galaxy S II. Considering all this it could well be then, that the Galaxy S II’s success in the US will not be as big as first thought.

We’re interested in your thoughts on this. Were you sold on getting a Galaxy S II for some time but have changed you mind because of the wait? Has another phone come to your attention while you’ve been waiting? Let us know by sending your comments.

  • Jeremy

    it will be big

  • Vastyle2010

    i dont see it not being big, samsung has marketing muscle and honestly they make maybe the best phones out there right now maybe just ahead of htc

  • Anonymous

    im in the boat of wanting it forever and now i’ve lost interest. two reasons – a better galaxy s ii has been announced before release of this one, which make me not want to buy one out of spite. second reason, there are lots of arguably better phones on the horizon (htc holiday looks nice). It was unique when the galaxy s ii buzz started. It is no longer the indisputable champ.

  • Anonymous

    im in the boat of wanting it forever and now i’ve lost interest. two reasons – a better galaxy s ii has been announced before release of this one, which make me not want to buy one out of spite. second reason, there are lots of arguably better phones on the horizon (htc holiday looks nice). It was unique when the galaxy s ii buzz started. It is no longer the indisputable champ.

  • Big_sixzero

    It will NOT be big because of the delayed release. I think there are too many options out there right now as compared to the original Galaxy S. I was going to for sure buy the GS2 but now, I am just thinking about waiting another month or so to see what other newer and more powerful phones will come out.

  • Donco

    It clearly won’t be as big as it could have been had they released it months ago. I’m still buying it as I’m on Sprint and can’t wait anymore for a new phone. Iphone doesn’t interest me too much and Nexus Prime????who knows. I do know this: next year if Sprint doesn’t keep up, I’m jumping to big V even with their high prices. Hesse is good, but needs some better advisers imho. I’m pissed that it took this long and I’ve been on the edge of jumping ship after 12 years with Sprint, but I’m hanging in until we see next years strategy.

  • Ehook68

    You are a bimbo. It will be big. There is no way the iPhone 5 is going to compete with ALL of Android, sure maybe one. And definitely not the iPHone 4
    No Flash, No SD card, No Widgets, Smaller Screen, No 4g on the 4 and likely NOT on the 5….Again, you are…I won’t say it…but It will be big. The Galaxy S 2 AND the Prime. If Ice Cream means that much wait, otherwise, get the Galaxy. Some overlays, the new Sense and in this case the Touchwiz (new) are a nice refreshing change