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US carrier versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II - was the wait worth it?

0. phoneArena 31 Aug 2011, 08:19 posted on

Besieged between the upcoming release of the Nexus Prime and the launch of the next iPhone, US carrier versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II are fighting with upgraded specs and September availability...

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:22 3

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 866; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Where the hell is the 32GB version?

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:42

2. Britneyj (unregistered)

Well I think the att version is the one that looks more like the European version. Just by looking at the back camera. Look at the European s2 and look at the back camera and look at the att s2 it has the same back camera design. The sprint one the back camera looks totally different I personally don't like it. The t-mobile version well who knows how its gonna look from the back cuz they haven't showed it but I'm pretty sure it will also looks totally different. Me I will be getting the att version because T-Mobile and sprint both suck in my area of LA. Only att and Verizon work good in my area and since Verizon wont be getting this phone att here I come. It's too bad sprint sukz in my area cuz I like there cheap plans...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 00:55 2

30. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

that's why Sprint is cheap!

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 09:44

37. ibap (Posts: 752; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Coverage varies. Where our daughter is in school, ATT is a zero, and VZW is nearly a zero. Sprint, Alltel and T-mobile work fine, but T-mob is lousy in general in our area as soon as you leave a major highway.

And of course ATT looks more like the European version - all they change is the GSM bands.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:48 1

3. Azure01 (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Samsung messed up big time because as PA says it's smarter to wait at least a month or even two in order to see if anything better comes along, no doubt the delay will decrease their projected sales.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:50 1

4. DJShades (unregistered)

Nope, I'm holding out for the Prime.. I can wait a quarter for a superior device. I'd have been all over the SGII if it launched 4+ months ago and kicked myself when the Prime dropped. Luckily now because of Samsung's foolish mistake I benefit and will enjoy my Prime.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 08:57 2

5. Bobby Z (unregistered)

I for one am waiting for the Prime. I already have an Infuse to tide me over. I'm too in love with this 4.5" screen to go back down even .2" :D Seriously though, the thought of having an vanilla Google phone that will receive timely updates, and have pretty much every app just work with it is good enough reason to pass on everything else. I've never purchased any Nexus strictly because of the screen size and specs. This next one sounds like they got it right so I'm in.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:07 1

6. bucky (Posts: 2442; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

its taken a while to come on the market in the US but what exactly is faster than it? The nexus prime looks to be great but apart from the screen there is nothing that much better. 1.5 ghz? sgs2 can go there as well. Iphone 5 looks like it will be fast but its the same old interface that will bore me just the same as the iphone 4.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:10

7. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

Not for me. No Big Red on that release list. The Function (Verizon version) I guess it's not coming out :-(

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:13 8

8. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Yep. Wait on the Thunderbolt. That LTE monster will be state of the art fast. What's that? The Bionic is coming? Okay, I will wait on that. Well worth it. Huh? It is delayed? OK. I will just hold out for the EVO 3D. Huh? The Photon? Really? Huh, it might be as good as the bionic, I'll just hold out so I do not miss anything. REALLY??? They are FINALLY coming out with the GS2?? OK!! Now I can wait on the GS2. What is that? NEXUS Prime? Droid Prime?? QUAD-CORE???? Sigh, maybe 2012 ain't that far away. Just to be sure.

Wouldn't want buyer's remorse....

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:26 6

10. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

This is an exact representation of the major mobile f**k-up we call 2011. All problems would've been solved with an on-time release of the SGS2 and Bionic but nooooooooooo. I'm just getting the Prime and I'm calling it quits. After that I will be putting a personal firewall block on Engadget, PhoneArena, BGR, Phandroid, Gizmocrunch, and Twitter. I seriously don't want to deal with the hell that this year has given thus far.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:26 3

11. droidiphonetossup (unregistered)

hahahaha lol exactly. At this rate why get any phone. I am just going to carry quarters and use them in pay phones or just get a beeper.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:52 1

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I could not have said it better myself snow. Very well spoken!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:14 1

9. fascinatevw (unregistered)

Like the last Galaxy S series release (Fascinate)--you kidding me.. Right!!! Not waiting, nor buying ANY series from Samsung....

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:28

12. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

The Fascinate was/is a damn good phone, it just took a long ass time to get Froyo. The only way I was able to put up with it was by flashing everything that XDA had to offer.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:55

18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

yea people need to stop whining. The sgs2 has the latest version of android and I doubt most phones out now will get ice cream anyway.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 17:18 1

34. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

the fascinate a damn good phone??!? hahahahahah thats a good one.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:39 1

13. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Maybe the delay was to remove the home button to avoid Apple suits & calls for banning sales in the US...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:45

14. remyrz (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

I prefer european version :)

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:27

26. dj (unregistered)

amen. i was waiting and hoping but the bigger screen is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:47 4

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3103; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I would highly recommend getting the sgs2. If you keep waiting on the next big thing you are just going to keep waiting. The latest software and hardware doesn't always mean its better. The sgs2 has already proved that it runs great and has a gorgeous display.

the droid prime is just a rumor and the release date of October is also a rumor. Honestly we have all waited enough to finally get a great android super phone and I'm done waiting. September 16th can't come soon enough.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:55 1

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

Exactly what I am saying. I have a new contract to get with Sprint, and I almost kept waiting. I'm done with it. The GSII will keep me occupied for at least two years, if not longer. :)

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:58

28. almost agree (unregistered)

I agree with you for the most part.. however!

I think we are at one of those pivotal times in phone technology.. we're on the brink of the next jump in display resolution and with Ice Cream, the possibility to remove the capactive buttons.

To me, it's worth waiting a bit longer to get the 1280 resolutoin on a hopeful 4.5" screen.. I just hope to hell it includes a notification light!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:47

16. fascinatevw (unregistered)

The Fascinate is a underpowered, low RAM, out of date--took forever to get Froyo phone with signal reception equal to 1 bar 90% of the time. Samsung JUST released a OTA to properly connect incoming calls....and now the phone is discontinued and selling for $39.99 on VW, along with it's sister the Continuum for $19.99..in which the brother to them all The Charge is selling for one cent... go figure..

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:26

22. TeamDR (unregistered)

Lol, Funny but true. That Droid Charge was such a joke. It doesn't even deserve the Droid branding.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:57

20. 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, 10:20

21. Daniel.P (Posts: 105; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Hmm, actually the Samsung Galaxy S II will be quite the impulse buy. Don't get me wrong, all the points stated in the article are valid, but I remember how excited we were when we got the preview unit in the office, and fired up the browser for the first time - very close to the desktop experience.

Moreover, if the ilk of Amazon or Walmart let it out half-price two weeks after launch, it is definitely going to score huge sales. We'll save judgement until we see those high-res Super AMOLED screens in the next days, as that's a huge selling point for the Nexus Prime... that, and ICS, of course :-)

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:30 1

23. cappy718 (unregistered)

Bionic...SGS2...Prime....wth!!!! Just tell us what you're putting out for real VZW.

Note: I know they've said they're doing the Bionic, but I frankly dont think it measures up to the SGS2, Vigor or Prime - so it's old news and outdated before it's released.

If they dont get the Vigor or Prime out soon...I'm done with them...may even pay the early termination fee. What good is the "best" network if, 1. I still dont get reception at work and 2. Sprint is the wireless provider of choice at most military bases and gets great reception on base (matters to me since I'm military) and 3. Sprint offers the best most up to date phones.

I really think Sprint may stick it out better than some of you may think. If VZW keeps throwing crap phones at it's customers--they will leave eventually....

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:15

24. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if it launches in september on Tmobile ill probably get it. If if launches in october which is the rumored Nexus release date, then I'll probably hold off and compare the 2. I've been itching for this darn thing for so long it will be hard not to buy it. lol

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:04

25. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

other sites are speculating that the hercules wasnt allowed to be played with because it does indeed have that craptastic snapdragon processor in it which is the only way they think that it could achieve 42mb/s.. apparently the difference would have been obvious between the monsterous exynos and the dainty snapdragon. GRR

if this is true, im going into depression mode again. give me a quart of ben n jerry's and turn on ophra... Nexus Prime anyone? lol

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:58 1

27. bucky (Posts: 2442; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

the nexus prime better not have a snapdragon in it either or it will be an easy pass...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:11

32. NeXoS (Posts: 287; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I'm kind of glad that VZ didn't get the SGS2. I was gonna buy it for my gf cuz it's enough phone for her, the NP might be overkill. But, now we have no choice but to wait for the NP. She's never owned a smart phone before and her first one will be one KICK ASS DEVICE!

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 03:30

33. douglasman100 (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)

Im so happy that verizon is probably getting the prime :DDDDD but since evry other carrier has s2 i dont think anyone else will get the prime

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 21:04

35. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

is the SGSII worth the wait? probably for the next 10 seconds...then on to the next.

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 00:10

36. wha-t? (unregistered)

just think about it this way.... if you buy a phone you like now... maybe you will like it for a while... maybe even 3-4 years... by then, who knows what will be out! it's all a matter of jumping in & taking the plunge with something you like. every phone is outdated after 6 months & some sooner (can you tell i'm trying to convince myself?)

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