Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?

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!

Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?

Yes! Me want GALAXY S II!
56.27%
Not sure yet. Will have to wait and see.
24.58%
No! It doesn't do it for me anymore.
19.14%

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73 Comments

1. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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'.

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I will never.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

44. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

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

49. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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.

17. brant

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

34. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

46. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

61. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

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...

48. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 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!

4. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 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.

25. Allday28

Posts: 343; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Tmobile version does not have the exynos processor..

29. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 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?

32. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

52. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

55. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

30. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

they meant the original Galaxies.

45. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

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

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.

6. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

7. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 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!!!

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 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.

9. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 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.

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.

35. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

62. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

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