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Does the Samsung GALAXY S II get you excited?

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:10

Okay, now that Samsung finally introduced the U.S. versions of its hit GALAXY S II, we wanted to get your feedback on whether or not yesterday's announcement actually ring your bell...

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 09:19 2

1. Synack (Posts: 682; 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: 3604; 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: 14605; 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: 682; 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: 14605; 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: 682; 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: 6330; 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: 151; 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: 283; 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: 14605; 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: 114; 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: 3117; 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: 80; 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: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

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