Galaxy S II - What’s Good About It Plain and Simple: US Guide

The Samsung Galaxy S II will soon be hitting shelves in the U.S. and we’ve already given you all the news regarding carrier variants, accessories and performance tests. However, although many of you will already be familiar with just what the Galaxy S II (or S2) has to offer, many of you may be wondering what all the fuss is about so we thought we’d tell you just what is so good about the Galaxy S II, in a plain and simple US guide.

We’re going to round up some of the Galaxy S II’s best points and features by giving you some basic buyer’s information and also looking at an excellent slideshow from Nicholas Kolakowski over on eWeek for more suggestions. To begin with we’ll remind you that the Galaxy S II is to be the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint, but will stick with the Galaxy S II name on T-Mobile and AT&T. Sprint’s edition is to be released on September 16 with AT&T’s on September 18, but so far no word on T-Mobile’s except from some time in the coming weeks. The only pricing announced so far is Sprint’s and that will be $199.99 on the usual two-year contract although as we told yesterday pre-orders are already being taken by Wirefly with a great offer price of $149.99, quite a saving!

The most obvious difference between carrier variants is that the AT&T version will have the standard 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while Sprint and T-Mobile’s have a larger 4.5-inch screen and all feature ultra-tough Gorilla Glass. You can see an image of all three variants below. Looking at some of the handset’s best points we can tell you that the Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 Honeycomb skinned with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface, which has impressed many. A 1.2GHZ dual-core processor runs the show and the camera provisions give an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and video capture of 1080p, plus a 2-megapixel front-facer. On-board memory is 16GB expandable to 32GB with microSD.

Samsung is taking on Apple’s iPhone 5 by giving the Galaxy S II excellent multimedia presence with content hubs such as the Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub and Game Hub. There are also a huge variety of Android apps available for the Galaxy S II and productivity applications such as Quickoffice are included. Samsung is not being left behind on the voice activation front either, providing the S II with voice command and as you might expect of such a notable smartphone it also features integrated GPS. The slim design is also a big plus point as the Galaxy S II is only 8.49 mm thick and also has a textured back for grip.

So there you have it, plenty of things that are good about the Galaxy S II. Of course there are plenty of other upcoming handsets such as the Droid Bionic and iPhone 5 on the way and the Galaxy S II would have been more even more of a big seller if it had been released a bit earlier, however there are still plenty of reasons why it could be your next smartphone choice.

We should also remind you of the recent announcement of an LTE Galaxy S II with even more processor power but as yet there is no news on who might carry it in the US or when it will be available. Are you waiting to get your hands on the Galaxy S II in the US? If so, let us know what it is about this particular handset that has led to your decision by sending us your comments.

  • Jane Caufield

    How do you know the Galaxy S2 is coming out for AT&T on September 18th? The official AT&T press release says it will be available in the next “coming weeks.” Reporting rumors or hearsay as official news is very irresponsible.

  • carol cardella

    i don’t think they are reporting it erroneously. Google it and a zillion sites say Sept 18 for AT&T

  • JCaufield

    Wrong. More reputable sites such as CNN, Forbes, etc. aren’t reporting an official date. Only bloggers and less reputable tech “news” sites are reporting this date.

  • carol cardella

    thats me, told…lol

    u r right, i never noticed the actual date of Sept 18 wasn’t “an official” date. Thanx for that, cuz NOW, i won’t be waiting with “baited breath” for the 18th as i was, and won’t be as disappointed if thats not the day… : )