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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
Out of the three new devices unveiled at Samsung’s press event today, AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II appears to be the most faithful one in design to the original international GSM version. We can’t say that’s a good or bad thing, but it still would’ve been nice to see it get some sort of minute change to give it a personality of its own. Nonetheless, it’s still remarkably lightweight, razor thin, and one solid feeling smartphone that’s sure to capture the attention of bystanders.

Turning it on, we’re obviously captivated by its gorgeous looking 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display, which radiates plenty of delicious looking colors to make our eyes gush with joy. Needless to say, saturated and rich colors are the kind of things we expect to see with this specific display technology, but it helps that things are still detailed enough to make out with the eye – albeit, its resolution was not confirmed at the event.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on


In terms of the platform experience, it’s smooth and responsive thanks to its 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor under the hood. In fact, we’re amazed that it’s able to flaunt fluid navigational control while loading up our web site. And at the same time, it’s showing off why it’s one powerful smartphone capable of delivering a refined experience in just about everything you do. Moreover, the latest version of TouchWiz running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread brings forth some iterative improvements that might seem appealing to some people.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on

   
Thinking about it more, it’s somewhat of a bummer to see AT&T’s version keeping still with its display size – as opposed to moving it up a bit like the Sprint and T-Mobile versions. Even more, the Samsung Infuse 4G is still going to retain the crown when it comes to that specific aspect. Indeed, it’s going to be difficult for AT&T’s version to stand out amongst the bunch, especially when it’s very similar to the original one overseas, but we’re still sure there are plenty of AT&T customers waiting for the chance to snatch it up.

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 03:22 4

1. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


It's the GS2. 4.3", 4.5", doesn't matter. It'll sell.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 04:12 1

2. Alex (unregistered)


So about that NFC. Confirmation that it's not available. I've been waiting for this phone...specifically for the NFC

With ATT Verizon AND Tmobile building up Isis and not to mention google wallet and Sprint. Plus Samsung will really be pushing NFC at the 2012 Olympics?

2012 is definitely going to be huge for NFC.

Isn't there some HTC phone coming to ATT with NFC? The holiday me thinks?

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 04:17 1

3. tamelion1117 (Posts: 9; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


I love how people are getting bent out of shape over two-tenths of an inch. Seriously? It's hardly even noticeable.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 06:39

4. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I'm with you. I have owned both the Droid X and Inspire which are 4.3" screens. Going to 4.5" wont be noticeable.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 07:42 2

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


I really don't like a 4.3' screen, I think it's too big. But a 4.5' that's too much.
"4" is the perfect size.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:05 2

6. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


But this is a small screen when compared to my girl friend's dell streak :)

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:12

9. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Yeah that one is huge!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:17

7. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Nobody should get bent out of shape, unless it is lower than 4". 4.3" and 4.5" are awesome sizes, especially with the LED technology they put into their phones. You wont even notice it, unless they are compared side to side.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:59

8. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As ecstatic that I am that this is finally coming stateside and to at&t...where the hell is the gingerbread update for the Infuse?!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:31

10. Lawyer (unregistered)


The question I have is.. does the thing have a notification LED???????

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:47

11. rippedbubble (unregistered)


Is there a slide-out keyboard version of this coming out for at&t ? I thought there was supposed to be.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:54

12. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


The slide out keyboard is a different phone. That was a rumor that it was AT&T's version. But the model # is something else. Maybe it was an alternate GS2 that never made it to market or it's a future phone to come.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 19:23

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Phone arena says sept 18th for the galaxy s2 on ATT.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 19:10

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10124; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How often will people be stopping other people to ask what phone they have,then measuring them side by side if they happen to have the other variants? Are u gonna switch companies for an extra .2 inches of screen? I know I'm not,bring on 9-18-11 I'll be first in line in Las Vegas.

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