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Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?

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Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?
Okay, we asked for it, and we got it... albeit later than we'd like. At an NYC event held yesterday, Samsung finally announced the long-anticipated versions of the Samsung GALAXY S II, designed for the U.S. market. Three of the four major U.S. carriers will have the honor of making their geeky customers happy, namely - AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Unfortunately, a couple of days prior to the event, it became clear that Verizon will not offer a version of the galactic handset.

What we wonder though, is exactly how many of you, guys and gals, are actually excited about the GALAXY S II, and how many of you plan to get the device... Because, if Samsung's flagship had come out in the U.S. at roughly the same time that it came out in the other parts of the world, it would have been a terrific option. However, now, several months later, it somewhat makes us think about how much of those blazing qualities have remained, when we factor in all that has happened during that time. Indeed, we've seen some awesome handsets hit the shelves like the Motorola PHOTON 4G for Sprint, the DROID X2 and DROID 3 for Verizon, the HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile... all of these are phones that can easily go toe-to-toe with the still remarkable GALAXY S II.

It is worth noting though, that Samsung doesn't seem to be willing to leave anything to chance, and so it has made sure to upgrade its U.S. galaxies a bit, utilizing goodies such as faster processors and even some bigger screens. In theory, this should refresh the GALAXY S II enough to make it a worthy competitor on the Android front for the second half of the year. But of course, there are other heavyweight opponents that are expected to appear soon (Nexus Prime, DROID BIONIC, iPhone 5), so we guess choosing your next smartphone will be tough.

So how about that you share your thoughts on the matter with us? Considering all of these outlined factors, does the Samsung GALAXY S II continue to get you excited? Or has the magic worn off due to all that waiting, and your eyes are now firmly focused on rival offerings? Now's the perfect time to truly sound off and express your own opinion!

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Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?
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(776 votes) Yes! Me want GALAXY S II!
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(339 votes) Not sure yet. Will have to wait and see.
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(264 votes) No! It doesn't do it for me anymore.

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:19 2

1. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It used to, but now after waiting sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​ oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​ oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​ooooooooo long for it, not really. Another major factor is that I'm on Verizon and we're getting the Prime but even if I was on another carrier I would just wait until the SGS3 came out in English and have it shipped here to USA and run it here. It was extremely stupid of all parties involved to have this thing released here in September when the rest of the world had it in May'ish'.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:47

8. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I will never.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:21

2. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Not sure why anyone is really worried about what is coming next. These have been so well reviewed and such a success, you will not go wrong grabbing one.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:25

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


agreed. and once I rip ICS onto it, it will be a more powerful ICS phone than the nexus prime!!! :D

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:23 2

44. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


No, no it won't. The Prime is going to have superior hardware.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:55 1

49. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the prime is running off of the OMAP processor which isnt as strong as the Exynos processor, has a smaller camera, and who knows what else.

Tell me how the prime has stronger hardware please.

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 17:31

74. Zoen (unregistered)


An HD screen for one, 1.5ghz vs the GS2 1.2ghz even if its stronger 300mhz makes a big difference. The screen will also be bigger. If the ATT SG2 would have gotton the bigger screen like the rest of american carriers i would have went ahead and got it. but with a bigger HD screen and having ICS on it and not having to flash it meaning issues...yeah i'll go for nexus over SG2 but SG2 is pretty much my only other option. I'm sticking with samsung.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:34 1

17. brant (Posts: 24; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


I know I'm going to be getting one for me and my wife for sure... I just hope that Samsung get ICS on it within a timely matter.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:57 1

34. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Actually with it being a generic Android phone, yes you will.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:33 1

46. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Right... generic. Then why does the SGS2 blow every single other current phone to shreds, even your glory iPhone fails in comparison to it. I doubt even the iPhone5 will be as good as the SGS2. Miz, I really would like to know when you became a Android hater. Was it when you picked up a random generic Android from an unknown company at your local Cricket store? That's my guess. Also, I bet you have never gotten your hands on a real high-end Android phone such as the SGS2. You probably picked up the Droid 1, which is now 2 years old, and thought it was a piece of crap. Well you're right, the D1 is a piece of poo compared to any current Android phone. Seriously, pick up a newer high end Android and I dare you to come back here and tell me that it is "generic". Your post is more generic.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 17:18 2

61. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


He is just another idiot troll. They are everywhere...FACEBOOK, ESPN and here, etc.....

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:26

3. sean (unregistered)


i have been waiting for this phone...and i am SO DISAPPOINTED to see the screen resolution is only 800x480, in a world where smaller screens have qHD resolution or the upcoming 1280x720. Im gonna wait and see what the Epic 2 brings with it...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:52 1

48. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


The AMOLED Plus screens are much better than your qHD. The next sammy screen (AMOLED HD) will be awesome, but they won't have prod ramped up for a month at least, if not longer.
Autobots Assemble!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:28

4. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


This article is wrong - none of the US variants have a faster processor than the original Galaxy S II. All versions features the same dual core 1.2Ghz Exynos chip.

The only US changes (besides the replacement of physical home button with 4 capacitive Android buttons) are WiMAX on the Sprint, and the bump to 4.5" for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:23

25. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Tmobile version does not have the exynos processor..

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:38

29. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


True, it looks like T-Mobile is replacing the Exynos with a Qualcomm Snapdragon3 processor to allow it to work with a different Qualcomm modem that can use Category 24 HSDPA (42MB/sec) - the modem in the International and AT&T versions use a modem capable of Category 14 HSDPA (21 MB/sec). I wonder why 42MB/sex is so important to T-Mobile. How many cell towers even broadcast that?

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:55

32. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


T-mobile probably requested that since they are upgrading their network to 42mbps whereas ATT is moving to 21mbps and LTE.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:58

50. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


all of the Tmobile HSPA+ towers broadcast at 42mb/s at this point. It was merely a software upgrade from the 21mb/s speeds from last year. Next year they do the same to flip it to 84mb/s.

It will be the first phone running at the higher 42mb/s speed, so it will be a flagship.

if it really comes with snapdragon im going to sit n wait for the Nexus Prime i think. blaaaah snapdragon.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:19 1

52. TOdoubleD (Posts: 113; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


If someone didn't tell you what processor was in the phone, you'd never know if it was the Exynos, TI or the snapdragon. Benchmark scores don't translate to real world use.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:08

55. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


do you ever pay attention to how the benchmarks are working when you're doing them? there's noticeable differences in frame rates in all kinds of situations. if you put a Galaxy S II and an EVO 3D side by side and did a "real world test" if you will by doing every day things like playing a flash video or playing a graphically intense game you'd notice the difference. it'd be harder to tell with processors closer to each other in performance like an OMAP4 and an Exynos and of course i mean in a ideal situation where they each were clocked the same, had the same amount of RAM, same screen technology, those kinds of things but even if you can't and/or you don't care don't tell us we don't because we do and we like to know which of the current devices are the most future proof before we invest our hard earned ciznash into one.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:45

30. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


they meant the original Galaxies.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:26

45. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


Ah, gotcha.

Engadget just broke that the AT&T version will have NFC, while the Sprint version does NOT.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:31 3

5. leonkennedyz (unregistered)


SG2 is out, cool. Just going to wait for the Nexus Prime to come out and the iphone 5 to come out. At that point after all is reviewed and phones have been out for a couple of weeks. I will compare and contrast each one and a decision will be made. Not in a rush.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:35 1

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


yea I'm def switching to sprint to get their sgs2 its just exactly what I have wanted and waited for.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:46

7. BenCjamin (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 May 2011)


The phones you mentioned that might compare to the Galaxy S II (Motorola PHOTON 4G, DROID X2 and DROID 3, HTC Sensation 4G) They don't even hold a candle to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Yeah some of them have dual cores and have some of the same features but when you compare them to the SGSII they all fall short in one way or another. I am buying this phone as soon as possible!!! I can't wait to own the most powerful phone on the market!!!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:48 1

31. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


spec-wise they're pretty different but those phones are still very powerful and they've had the chance to impress people here like the Galaxy S II has been in Europe. if the Galaxy S II had come out a few months sooner i MIGHT have even gotten one.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:50

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


I'm with leonkennedyz on this one. I really want to switch to it, but with all of the new products that are coming out, there still might be a phone that will surpass the noteworthy GSII. I have Sprint, and would love to have this phone, but maybe something else will catch my attention soon.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:54

10. DigitalMD2 (unregistered)


You know what would ring my bell? A major cell carrier annouching a smartphone data plan with unlimited, un-throttled data and talk for $35 a month including tax, fees, etc. That would ring my bell. Until they stop gouging the customer on everything, no shiny, highspeed paper weight gets me juiced. Oh yeah and they should stop spending money on magazines and blogs that front for them pretending to be reviewers when they are just advertising.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:57

35. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


well its no't major but virgin is half decent. and if rumors pan out they will be getting wimax or possibly lte access soon.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 17:23

62. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Dude, that is way too cheap...the carrier who did this would not be a carrier for much longer.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:57

11. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)


The biggest thing that scares me about the GSII is samsung is notorious for being slow with updating software. ex.. The Evo 4g has been updated to gingerbread since the beginning of june,but the Epic(GSI) is still waiting. Going on three months and counting. On the other hand the Galaxy SII has some awsome features. The biggest battery of any phone on Sprint ,the biggest screen,the most overall memmory,the best acmera and video (1080p at 30 fps) one of the best displays to date and all that in a very slim and sexy package.
The Nexus prime could still get my coin but it won't be easy. Yes it will have a better display , but it needs to have at least as much memmory 48gb or more, a better camera ,great battery life, good speaker phone, a very slim form factor, and land at a good price point. Most of all I need to know most of these things by september 16th the launch of the Galaxy SII. Plus the Nexus Prime would have to be launching in the mid October to early November time frame. So will the Nexus Prime transform the way I look at smart phones? only time will tell and the clock is ticking.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:03

12. Kappa (unregistered)


After the firmware update fiascos of the previous galaxy I think I'll pass on this.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:19

13. dissapointed (unregistered)


can someone explain why they would make a device that is full HD video recording capable but not capable of HD output? the resolution is not a huge deal because of the AMOLED screen's capabilities but they dropped the ball big time with the HD issue

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:26 5

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3852; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey you can always wait to get a better phone. If you do then you will never be able to get a phone because you will always be waiting because better phones always come out. Anyone who gets a Samsung Galaxy S II will be totally happy. That phone IS the best right now still since its release. That phone will still be sick come this spring! Plus there are going to be TONS of ROMS for it, so we still don't know the full extent of its powers. I have a HTC Evo 3D & I know once the Samsung Galaxy S II finally comes out it will outclass my phone. My HTC Evo 3D has new life because I rooted it & I have it overclocked to 1.6 GHz & my phones is lightning fast. I got it to 2 GHz but it eats my battery, but I did see an extended battery to combat that. lol At 1.6 GHz my phone works very well with its stock battery. Plus my phone is 3D & I love the 3D. I can’t wait for CM7 & & MIUI to come for the HTC Evo 3D, & to see what other goodness they will add because of the 3D. EVERY phone will become obsolete sooner or later, so just get what you like & enjoy it because that phone you get most likely get will become yesterdays tech before you know it. I am very happy with my HTC Evo 3D at 1.6 GHz for everyday usage until quad-core phones come out. I can’t wait to see what the new HTC Evo will be like next year, so in the mean time my HTC Evo 3D will hold the fort. I made up my mind & now I am having some fun with my phone. If you become indecisive about a phone, then you won’t have fun & will be stuck with whatever phone you have. Trust me the Samsung Galaxy S II is a SICK BEAST of a phone. Can’t wait to see it myself!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:56

33. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


truer words have never been spoken. i was actually reading about the kernel to overclock the EVO 3D the other day and figured you jumped on it. was it completely stable at 2GHz? what are you getting on benchmarks? i got my Droid 3 rooted like minutes after the method was posted (i even tipped Phone Arena about it. xD) and i got this kernel called V6 SuperCharger, it's for phones with low RAM and the kernel makes more efficient use of it and my Droid 3 stays like 95% smooth 100% of the time i use it. no task killer for me. i'm still waiting for an overclocking kernel. i'm getting anxious. i need to tinker! lol.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:22 1

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3852; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey what up Thump3rDX17, yeah the phone on 2.0 GHz is pretty stable, it gets warm though & eats my battery like a 1998 Chevy Suburban eats gas. lol I got my phone now consistently on about 1.6 GHz at it's so fast. The benchmarks I got @ 2.0 GHz are: Smart Bench ’11, 2829 Productivity & 2219 Game. Linpack was 112 MFLOPS. Quadrant I got 3300. That is all with the HTC Sense 3.0 on it & no stock Android. I can’t wait to see the numbers on a stock Android build, or CM7 & MIUI. I am happy with those numbers. The phone was unresponsive or froze 2 times when I had it at 2.0 GHz but at 1.6 to 1.7 GHz it is very stable & I don’t have that problem. I love how quick & no lag the phone has now at 1.6 GHz. If my phone benefits like this from overclocking, I can’t IMAGINE what the Samsung Galaxy S II will do once it is overclocked. It should be INSANE!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:26

59. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


that's pretty impressive improvement. o.o
i've got to get mine overclocked like that!
show me the kernels Google!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:28

16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


those other phones can go toe to toe with the SGS2? In what ring is that?!? lol. The only thing that can actually pull punches on the SGS2 doesnt exist yet.. that would be the prime and its 3d accelleration or the Kal El chipset.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:35 2

18. cappy718 (unregistered)


Was totally excited about it...till VZW decided not to carry it...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:39

19. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


I really prefer the European version.. so.. the USA versions dont do anything to me :) but I WANT IT SO BAAADDDD T____________T

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:42 2

20. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Not on Big red aka Verizon, its a reason why Verizon will not carrie, this phone because they think its not good enough!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:49

21. Darnelll (unregistered)


I am excited bc I am on sprint, but I'm going to have to wait to see what the deal is with Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus prime in relation to sprint. I would like a full HD screen and a physical camera button. I also don't want to wait 8 months to get Ice Cream Sandwich update for the SII, if a phone with it stock will come out relative soon after the launch of the s II.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:49

22. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


with the problems i had with the galaxy i'm not sure about this one... i may be in the minority here but i'm starting to prefer wp7. been completely happy with my focus. hoping that this wil come to wp7 but i don't have my hopes up

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:17

23. cappy718 (unregistered)


I have a poll:

How many different articles can PA put up about the Samsung Galaxy S2?

A. 10
B. 15
C. 17
D. 547

The main page is basically nothing but SGS2 stuff....

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:27 4

26. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


You realize this is a cell phone site right? When a bad ass phone like this comes out on 3 carriers they are gonna talk about it.. So if you dont want to see it DONT COME TO THE WEBSITE!!!! You expect them to talk about fricking puppies or something!??

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:15

41. cappy718 (unregistered)


Woah!!! I do realize this is a cell phone site. I'm not an idiot, but it just seems like there is a bunch of articles about the 1 thing that was learned yesterday...release date on Sprint at 200 bucks on contract. The specs on them are all pretty much the same minus the 4.5/4.3 thing. Besides that...what else has been learned about the phone? I was posing the question half heartedly to be a joke...not to get someone to jump down my throat. Take a pill...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:00 2

51. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and in a month, android users will be screaming because the page will be taken up with iphone5 launch crap. It all comes in cycles. Today is SGS2 day... is it really that hard? lol

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:59

60. cappy718 (unregistered)


I dunno...depends on when they do it...I'm hoping for Droid Prime/HTC Vigor stuff on VZW...but we'll see...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:22 2

24. blank (unregistered)


F u verizon!!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:29 1

27. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Man I totally agree with you on this one. I mean I understand they might be getting the Prime, but I really love this version of touchwiz. I have had the Og Droid since release and I find stock Android to be really ugly and boring. Not to mention the Camera App sucks on stock android..

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:31

28. mclifford81 (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


Nope, this is already going to be outdated considering that Samsung already released information on the LTE versions of this phone and the upgraded processing speeds on the newer units. Don't blame Samsung though, it's the carriers who wanted to make sure their precious bloatware would function properly on the hardware first before they launched in the US. These phones were read for T-mobile and At&T back in MArch when I played with them at the CTIA conference and as usual we in the US of A had to wait twiddling our thumbs for a device that was meant to be future proof but not future proof enough to last through for seven months of waiting. The Prime better be ready soon or I might jump ship and join the dark side of Apple.. SMH

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:57 1

36. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


No thanks, I'll wait for the superior iPhone.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:37 1

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I like turtles

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:04 2

37. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


I can't think of one reason to get excited...Let's see (What's was so special about The Fascinate)--last Android phone--not Galaxy S series to receive Froyo--phone is now discontinued on VW.. Continuum--a phone that never should have been released--a little ticker tape screen on the bottom of the phone--nothing special...Rogue--feature phone--numerous problems--Omnia 1 & 2, windows phones-need I say anymore...Droid Charge--should not be anywhere near the name Droid--should have been part of the Galaxy S I series...nothing Droid about the first LTE device on VW..It's another Fascinate with LTE..Still does not contain a simple feature like "Notification LED".. and now they are coming with another series Galaxy S II...--not disappointed at all.. Verizon did the RIGHT THING BY NOT GETTING THIS SERIES...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:06 3

38. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


DROID DOES

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:10

39. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Read #20 Mr. Mr. Upgrades comments...He is on point!! I will thumbs up you!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:12 2

40. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


RIM MUST be paying for a lot of Advertisement on PA...sick and tired of the Blackberry Torch popup... it want even disappear when you click close...RIP RIM

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:28

42. URC (unregistered)


Not anymore. Hooray for 3rd world s**tholes getting the most powerful phone in production (at the time) before countries that actually have money! lol

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:47 1

43. Cappy718 (unregistered)


I wouldnt say the USA has money...more like a lot of debt...

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 02:29

72. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


As if you who is not in the 3rd world county is the only one that has the money to buy one. We have the money to buy one too. Dumbass. . .

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