AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Unboxing
In any event, there’s nothing different with the smartphone’s cookie cutter packaging as it sports the usual orange, white, and blue colors normally associated with AT&T. On the front, there’s a spiffy looking image of the handset in question with the AT&T and Samsung logos adorning its bottom corners. Flipping it over to the rear, we’re greeted with yet another photo of the lovely looking handset – but this time, we find a few highlights regarding this beauty. Specifically, it mentions that it offers 4G HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Wi-Fi capable, Android, and dual cameras.
Inside, there’s nothing out of the ordinary as it’s packaged along with the usual set of documentation, wall charger, 1,650mAh battery, and microUSB cord. Sadly, you’ll need to purchase an optional MHL adapter in order to take advantage of the handset’s video-out capability.
During Samsung’s unveiling event in late August, we managed to check out the handset in full form – and from our quick look, it’s probably the most faithful to the original’s design. Additionally, it features a 4.3” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 2.0-megapixel front facing camera, 1080p high-definition video recording, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and TouchWiz running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
Naturally, October 2nd isn’t too far away from now, but we’ll be taking this handset for a spin to get a good feel on how it performs. So in the meantime, you can ogle over the handset by checking out our unboxing photos and video.
2. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Gosh it's so thin. A better option than the DROID BIONIC.
18. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)
For the most part, it's relatively uniform with a subtle hump towards the rear back. Super light as well!
20. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
physically, which one is better, the sprint model or this one?
36. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Too thin. I prefer the Bionic's design to this one by far. The thinner you go, the smaller the hardware inside needs to be, and the more you're going to lose out on certain features, like having a bigger battery, or more internal memory and RAM, or great sounding speaker(s), or an actual HDMI connection that doesn't require a powered adapter. It's really a shame. I used to like Samsung until they started trying to one up Apple in everything.
39. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
soo what have they skimped out on....16gb internal memory,1gb ram,1.2ghz exynos,8mp camera with 1080p...1650mah battery and many have said how good the battery is...considered by many sites as the best phone and most certainly the fasted android phone and the thinnest android phone in the state...so how are samsung lowering the hardware standards to make the phone thin?
3. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
looks nice, but seems like he had trouble with that flimsy back cover.
7. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Flimsy? Not even remotely. Folding it in half doesn't even show any fatigue
41. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Wow that is pretty cool demonstration. I was thinking the Sam thing about it being flimsy. I am still wondering how many times you can pop thatoff before it starts to not stay on as well. I am really impressed though. I have Verizon and I want a LTE smartphone. I was going to get the bionic and still might. Either that or if the iPhone 5 has LTE I might get that. But after seeing that phone and doing research on it I really like it slot. I know that Verizon is not getting that but they are getting the samsung prime i think and it's supposed to be nicer still with the new ice cream sandwich. If they can fix the whole exenos chip (or how ever it's spelled) and LTE thing cause right now it does not support it than I do believe that will be my next phone.
56. mngdew (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
Flimsy? Obviously, you haven't seen Bionic's back cover. That's flimsy!
4. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
As for the different SGSII variants, I believe the Sprint model is the best one.
8. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I still think the international version is the best one. Much more intuitive home button utilization with double click for voice command etc.
21. choupino (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 May 2011)
ph00ny: You should learn a little bit about Android devices before posting things. Double click of the Home Button is how you engage Voice Commands on Android devices. Think about it. Better yet, let go of your G1 and actually use an Android device running Froyo or higher.
22. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I've never actually owned a G1. I did have a few four button capacitive buttoned android devices and not all of them came with a voice command as a default double tap home launch. As for voice comamnd, Vlingo implementation on the SGS2 seem much more intuitive than the default one found in droid x/2. I actually do enjoy the physical home button over the capacitive arrangement
58. mngdew (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 11964; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I bought the sprint version and took it back two days later. Great phone,but the fact that it's CDMA sucks... U gotta have 4g on to talk,and surf at the same time,and sprints 4g is hella spotty here n Vegas. It spends more time scanning for 4g than actually being in it. I think this'll be the best of the 3. The exzynos runs faster than the qualcom.
28. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Why? Because you have Sprint? j/k ;) I think they're all the same thing except for the screen size. None have metal.
29. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Site posted this reply in wrong spot. Was in reply to #4
45. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
I believe both versions are equally bad. I rather get the iPhone
57. mngdew (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
Spec-wise, T-mobile one is the best. The cpus are running at 1.5ghz while both ATT and Sprint ones run at 1.2ghz. ATT's GS2 is basically the original GS2 without the hideous ifonish home button.
5. Falcon (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
This is the same one that's been available for Bell and Virgin mobile since mid July here in Canada.
9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
And even after all these months, the SGS2 is still far superior than phones that are coming out at the end of the year. People can argue it all they want but Samsung has made a great product with amazing specs.
35. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
Your stroking Samsung a little too much there buddy.
37. Whoopdeedo (unregistered)
that comment was a little homoerotic
10. SGS2 (unregistered)
This phone is better than iPhony 4/5/6 combined. Period.
27. Heatfan316 (Posts: 435; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Baldilocks it's alright, reality will set in soon, I suggest if you feel light headed or dizzy call your physician on your iPhone just remember to hold it the right way or you might drop the call.
11. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Hope the UI functions on this phone better than the last version.
And, as much as I hate Apple, I somewhat concur that the last Galaxy series were iPhone wannabes. You have to be brainless or blind by fandom if you disagree.
I don't get why you guys get so hot and wet for some of these Samsung phones. I had a Charge for two weeks and gave it up. Just not impressed with their quality.
13. ecml490 (unregistered)
The UI on this phone is a lot better than the last version. It's a lot smoother and it looks nicer as well...plus no lag. I own the Sprint's version of this phone...
15. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I'll take your word for it.
I'm always open-minded.
I had numerous friends that had Fascinates and Mesmerizes, it was horrible experiences galore.
I guess I'm looking for that one big "wow" phone from Samsung.
40. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
got the gs2...will say the new touchwiz is faster and better...i suggest people try and forget any touvwiz prior the new one because its just way better...the best thing is they have gotten rid of those ugly box colours that use to be behind the icons that made it look ios like....widgets look better and most are resizeable,adding widgets is much less complication and more user friendly.example you can add multiple widgets at a time..only bad thing and which was a major for me was that it does not have scrollable widgets which is useful for twitter and facebook etc timeline widgets.thats the only reason i have go launcher ex installed and use it as my launcher...
14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
While I can completely agree with you on the Charge. Compared to the SGS2 it is a bad device. Old processor, not enough memory on board, constant lag and force closes. But you really should try using one of these devices and I am pretty sure you would change your mind.
16. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
But, in all seriousness, I'd like to try one out when the T-Mobile version drops.
Like I said, I have an open mind.
19. Chicago Hagop (unregistered)
The TMO version is so much better, it has NFC and faster processor! Come on ATT....
26. knowyourrole (unregistered)
ATT version has NFC. ATT's Exynos is faster than Tmos, sorry try again.
23. Alantef (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
love this screen but knowing that the prime is gonna be better is holding me back....but how much better??????
30. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
I wonder if the accessories from the international version will fit this phone? Being it is the same size.
31. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
good luck on this phone the ICS update....
38. Whoopdeedo (unregistered)
42. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
@gallitoking i agree that ICS will take longer to come for the US variants but unlike in the US samsung provide quick updates outside of the US...for example in the UK the original galaxy got the gingerbread update AGES ago atleast 6 month a go where as in the US not all the galaxy s variant are even updated to gingerbread...this proves that its more of a US carrier issue for the delays and not samsung....so thankfully i am in the UK and will get ICS several month quicker than the US and lol theres always custom roms but i doubt i will need it and also dont really want to :)
47. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
good for you in the UK... as for the US... they will have fun with Gingy
48. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Well hopefully things do change in The US....don't think carriers should choose whether a phone gets an update or not and the manufacturer should decide when its stops supporting...that's 1 thing I like about apple is that they have more power over the carriers...if it was like that with all then The US. US for example would have had the same gs2 as the rest of the world and also release at the same or similar time...
43. TechDork (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I hate reviewers who go through showing all the manuals and what not. We know all phones comes with that, just get to the damn phone. Nobody cares about the manuals, nobody even reads them (at least I don't. I don't see the need to.)! Geez...
44. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I agree with you I have said almost your exact same words on other reviews. My other beef is when they compare two or more devices they never pick a clear winner. It is always saying at the end it depends what you want in a phone. Although that is kinda true they can atliest pick who they think is better and why
46. joe45 (unregistered)
I SOOOO cant wait for Verizon to get the ro own "customized" version..thats why they passed em up in the beginning.
49. rich7sena (unregistered)
I'm going to be torn between this and waiting for the Iphone 5.
51. Phaze0085 (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Does anyone notice how the volume rocker is a lot more evident on US Samsung Galaxy S II than it is on the UK version? why the hell is that?
52. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
damn...wish it took the same battery as the Epic, Captivate, and the Epic Touch...Epic Touch has an 1800 battery that fits in US Galaxy S devices...
54. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
A review of the device would be nice. :) I know you have only had it a few days and what not, but I hope you guys are putting it to the test, so we can have a little more insight on the device.