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Samsung Galaxy S II AT&T Review

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:24

It can be considered a long time in the making, even more when the original model launched overseas a few months ago, but AT&T customers are undoubtedly going to satiate their appetites with the Samsung Galaxy S II. So you might want to sit kick back and stand still, because if you happen to flinch for a mere second, you might simply find the Samsung Galaxy S II too darn fast for you to handle...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 18:52

26. PzykoSkillz (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)

It says at the end of the review that this is the best Samsung phone and the best Android phone on AT&T. It also mentions the great screen adn the camera as one of the best they've used. What more do you want?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 18:26 1

36. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Hmm.. maybe you haven't read the specs in its entirety because this phone has not only a better processor, but it's possibly the best dual core currently on the market, a full gig of ram which is nearly twice the ram of the captivate which only had 512mb, 8mp vs 5mp cam giving you the ability to shoot 1080p vs 720p, Super AMOLED Plus vs Super AMOLED and it's currently the only phone on the market that has touch functionality with a gyroscope, oh and the screen is .3 larger not like that makes a whole lot of difference. I almost forgot it also has the implementation of a 2mp front facing cam, which the captivate does not have. So I think it's your loss passing up on possibly the best phone of the year. :)

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 11:04

21. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I'm also VERY disappointed with the HSPA+ speeds. Those are the speeds I usually get with 3G for Christ sake. The reviewer had to have like 2 bars or something. Or maybe it's like with the Atrix... they have to turn it on? I don't know but other HSPA+ phones go much faster than this.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 13:36 2

22. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

When I had the infuse I was pulling 11 down and almost 2 up in certain areas. ATT is by far the slowest at upgrading their network. Anyway I'm still debating over this phone. I was sold but $200 for a phone that isn't truly leaps and bounds over the infuse or atrix is weighing heavily on me. Heck I can get a atrix for $50 now.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 14:17

23. aar0983 (Posts: 51; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)

Att will always be fail!!!!!! Slow connections will always handicap your good investments. LTE ftw!!!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 19:16 1

38. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Hmm... not so sure about that, because if this merger goes through with T-mobile then both AT&T users and T-mobile users will both have improved connections with faster speeds for AT&T thanks to T-mobiles LTE and improved coverage for T-mobile users in more rural areas thanks to AT&T's help.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 19:32 1

27. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

Let me get this straight; AT&T's GSII variant gets a con for not having enough TouchWiz, while Sprint's gets one for having too much. What gives? It's like PhoneArena is going out of their way to not give this phone a 9.5 when it is so clearly deserves it.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 19:44 2

29. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

The numerical score is irrelevant. It's the facts mentioned within the review that you should be concerned with. Not some random guys opinionated score of the phone. But the review is very contradictory imo anyways.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 20:41 1

39. theo14461 (unregistered)

Agreed, I had the Epic 4G Touch and, although the hardware was great, Sprint's horrible network and their so-called 4G made me return it. Totally ruined the GS II experience.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:16

32. Cryosx (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Is this phone physically the same as the international version? so say i wanted to put the 2000mah extended battery in it (with the back cover that's provided), would it work?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 20:43

40. theo14461 (unregistered)

Most likely not.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 01:54

33. Punter Kickie (unregistered)

The Sprint version has an LED indicator, does the at&t version?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 02:58

34. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

no led

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:09

41. iphonejam1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

wow i bet it feels like another cheap play phone

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:53

42. primeone1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)

i kno its kinda late but to answer the first comment, watch the video review at the part when he pops open the back, look at the battery...if im not mistaken it reAds "Near Field Communication"

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 22:52

43. Punter Kickie (unregistered)

I love the GS2 and would love to own one, but I have one major problem with my Captivate and it appears that the GS2 could have the same problem. The Captivate runs very poorly if not connected to a strong wifi signal, or not at full signal. I will try to update my twitter stream, or updated my facebook app with 2-3 bars of 3g and it won't work. Now, I know there's a bunch of you out there that want to blame at&t for that, but my wife has an iphone 4 and it will work just fine at the same location. The Captivate consistently has 1-2 less bars of signal that the iphone does too.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 12:21

45. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)

That seems like an issue with the phone you have. I have a captivate and have NEVER had that problem. In fact my wife had iphone and I consistently had a stronger signal than she did in most areas.

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 16:39

47. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Root the phone to rid yourself of the 3rd party apps. 2.3.5 GB is out for the phone. To see what your battery is using - go to the settings.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 16:17

48. RAIDERWILL (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

Anyone near the Sacremento Ca Area getting one of these phones? I would love to challenge you to a little speedtest.. say: In Front of Fry's in Sac on a weekend? Because.. I have a Rooted, Rom'ed, Kerneled, GummyChraged 2.0, TSM Enhanced, Overclocked 1300 mhz Verizon Droid Charge... Running on Verizon's 4G LTE Network.. And... Its Ahh.. " Yester Years Phone.." And lets just see if this so called ALL MIGHTY 1.2 *DUAL CORE* on ATT's Hspa Nework phone can work the web at the speed of my Droid Charge on LTE 4G... And.. Not To Worry.. I will not keep you there too long... I would not want our race to push you over your 2 GIG DATA CAP..... What a joke.. So many people waiting for this phone... And ya could've been Grandfathered in with Unlimited Internet with Verizon at 4G speeds.... ( No Matter Where You Live In The U.S. Verizon 4G Is On The Way.. ) Thinking its all that... And the Nexus Prime (Verizon..) is about to burst your bubble.. Shhh ! That's why they passed on the S2...... So by all means jump into the S2 and be hobbled by Data Caps / HSPA and Shock to s**t when the Nexus Prime Debut's in about 45 days... Eh.. You could wait for the S3! I hear its QUAD CORE! and packing 1.5gigs of ram!.. Now.. Just sit on the sidelines about 6 months longer................ I am serious about the Challenge.. Real World Test.. My LTE 4G Custom Droid Charge will blow the socks off your S2...

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 20:06

49. BDR (unregistered)

Not buying because of touchwiz and cheap plastic build quality.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 13:45

53. Cinnamon (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

No one is stoping you.

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 11:05

51. *wow* (unregistered)

Maybe I;m crazy but was that film on the phone from crocker park

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 16:25 1

52. vishu9 (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)

thanks for not mentioning the iPhone4 in the review!!!! SGS2 rocks!

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 21:36

54. Mike (unregistered)

Is this model phone Hearing Aid compatible ? Thanks. Mike.

posted on 03 Oct 2011, 16:07

57. GreyP (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)

Have you ever ordered your Samsung toner fromhttp://www.tonerstore.com/cgi-bin/toner/make/Samsung.html

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 02:33

59. Alexandre prt (unregistered)

Perfect! Fast and eficient. The only thing i have to point out agaĆ­nst is The battery autonomy. Waiting to see and ear from iPhone 5...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:35

60. preacherwannabe (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

This phone is fantastic. So user friendly! Had it for 2 days, and it feels like an old friend already. Love it!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 08:11

65. DUde (unregistered)

What happen with the radio feature?? It is labeled on spec sheet but where?? Another Att control bit!?!

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 01:45

72. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Personally prefer the shape of this phone over the other two, but they're all awesome for real.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:26

74. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I thought this was funny from the review:

"Excellent in getting adequate signal strength in high coverage areas"

Excellent at being adequate? What is that? lol

My Motorola phones in high coverage areas on Verizon get above adequate signal strength. Whats their definition of adequate I wonder...

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