A Galaxy S II tale…

Despite being one of the biggest and most prolific hardware makers in mobile Samsung has become known in the Android world for a lack of timely software updates, support for software broken upon release and just a general lack of polish in regards to our lil green friend.

Yea.... sadly its about a year too late.. lol

I have long said that Samsung has ALL the tools to be great..  they control the hardware from start to finish and based on specs they can hang with anyone.  So Lets talk about what Samsung has coming up next..

Shiny... So Shiny!!

I was sent a Galaxy SII device to play with for a few weeks and on paper its a MONSTER,  Lets see if it hits a tick boxes shall we??

  • Dual Core processor?  – yep
  • Screen- The SAMOLED+ display is completely stunning
  • Camera- 8mp .  The optics in samsung devices is counted among the best after Nokia, sony, etc
  • Media- Thanks to their efforts Samsung devices can handle Xvid, AVI and other file formats making it easy to load a movie on your device and go.
  • UI Aspects:  yea that may be an issue..  Touchwiz has come along way but many think its too cartoon like and apes Apple’s UI a bit too much.   So much in fact that Samsung is being sued by Apple for copyright no-no’s

So we are left with a company that has all the keys to success and based on the launch of the Galaxy S line worldwide has become a major player in Android so whats missing???

I have long advised that Samsung’s approach of flooding the market with devices at a rapid pace is one of the reasons that they do not get the love from the tech media groups of the world.  When you release a line like the galaxy s and then follow it up with by my count 28 other “so called super devices it can muddle the market and cause customers to become paralyzed by the choices.

Lets see what Samsung is offering as their “best” on the top carriers RIGHT now..

ATT- Infuse 4g ,  its a 4.5 inch device with all the bells minus the dual core chipset of the GsII devices..  It came out this month..

Verizon- Droid Charge,  4.3 inch  samoled+ LTE device with the same specs as the GSII but again without the dual core chipset.

Tmobile- Nexus S,  Google branded Dev device running the latest version of Gingerbread

Sprint- Epic 4g only galaxy S device with a physical keyboard, Wimax radio and still one of the best devices on the carrier.  They also have the Nexus S on wimax.

Now I know I didnt talk about the a lot of the devices that Sammy offers because to be honest I dont have 40 years to list the models and specs but needless to say they are many in number and feature.  Ahh well since u insist, lets just take a peep….

Samsung Captivate™ Android Smartphone Samsung Continuum™ Android Smartphone Samsung Vibrant™ Android Smartphone Galaxy S™ 4G Android Smartphone Samsung Epic™ 4G Android Smartphone
AT&T
Android 2.2
4” Display
Touch Screen
Verizon Wireless
Android 2.1, Éclair
3.4” Display
Touch Screen
T-Mobile
Android 2.2 OS
4” Display
Touch Screen
T-Mobile
Android 2.2, Froyo
4″ Display
Touch Screen
Sprint
Android 2.1, Éclair
4” Display
Touch Screen, QWERTY Keyboard
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SGH-I897 SCH-I400 SGH-T959 SGH-T959V SPH-D700
Samsung Galaxy Indulge™ QWERTY Cell Phone Samsung Mesmerize™ i500 Android Smartphone Samsung Showcase™ i500 Android Smartphone Samsung Fascinate™ Android Smartphone Nexus S Android Smartphone
Metro PCS
Android™ Platform 2.2
3.5” Display
U.S. Cellular
Android 2.1
Touch Screen
Cellular South
Android™ 2.1 OS
4″ Display
Touch Screen
Verizon Wireless
Android 2.1OS
4” Display
Touch Screen
Open / Generic GSM
Android 2.3, Gingerbread
4” Display
Touch Screen
☆☆☆☆☆(58 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(181 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(62 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(548 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(223 Reviews)
SCH-R910 SCH-I500 SCH-I500 SCH-I500 GT-I9020T
Nexus S 4G Android Smartphone Samsung Galaxy Prevail™ Android Smartphone Samsung Gem™ Android Smartphone Samsung Gem™ Touchscreen Cell Phone Samsung Gem™ Touchscreen Cell Phone
Sprint
Android 2.3, Gingerbread
4” Display
Touch Screen
Boost Mobile
Android 2.2, Froyo
3.2” Display
Touch Screen
U.S. Cellular
Android™ 2.2, Froyo
3.2” Display
CDMA Generic
AndroidTM Eclair
3.2” Display
Touch Screen
Verizon Wireless
Android 2.1, Éclair
3.2″ Display
Touch Screen
☆☆☆☆☆(17 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(23 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(1 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(6 Reviews) (0 Reviews)
SPH-D720 SPH-M820 SCH-I100 SCH-I100 SCH-I100
Samsung Replenish™ Samsung Transform™ QWERTY Cell Phone Samsung Intercept™ QWERTY Cell Phone T-Mobile® Sidekick® 4G Android Smartphone Samsung Acclaim™ Android Smartphone
Sprint
Android 2.2, Froyo
2.8” Display
Touch Screen, QWERTY
Sprint
Android 2.1
Touch Screen
Virgin Mobile
Android™ Éclair 2.1 OS
3.2″ Display
Touch Screen
T-Mobile
Android 2.2, Froyo
3.5” Display
Touch Screen, QWERTY Keyboard
U.S Cellular
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
3.2″ Display
(0 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(129 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(101 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(20 Reviews) ☆☆☆☆☆(43 Reviews)
SPH-M580 SPH-M920 SPH-M910 SGH-T839 SCH-R880

Goooosh…  now that took longer than waiting on… well Anything.

So lets talk about how this device stacks up…

Hardware- This device is thin,  mind you it has a large 4.3 inch screen but something about the thinness of the device makes it feel smaller in the hand.  The thinness of the Iphone but due to the plastic construction its lacking the heft of the Apple device and to be honest the thinness of the plastic makes it seem like a less then premier device.

Speed- This thing is fast.  I mean blazing fast!    I just got done using the LG g2x running stock android and believe it our not this device feels a little faster.   Running the newest version of Touchwiz (4) there are slight enhancements to the older version and actually seems like its not as heavy as the last version but that may have to do with the power of the dual core chipset.

Media-This device is a media MONSTER..  You get an amazing camera  and this device will play media from a list of codecs a mile long.  Hd video at 720P?  meh thats so 2009 this device records and plays media back in 1080p making those kid birthday party videos so real you can taste the piñata

Im a Pretty Pony...

Signal-  HSPA+ is onboard and although ATT speeds and service do not compare to Verizon’s LTE but when faced with the Motorola Atrix it consistently shows a stronger signal.  Thats saying something as Motorola makes very good radios.

Battery- With a 1600 mah battery this device provides enough power to last all day.  While I would love a 1900mah battery with the thinness of the device its amazing that such a large battery would fit at all.  (In comparison the HTC thunderbolt which is much thicker has a 1300mah battery.)

After using this device I can actually say that I was blown away with the speed, smoothness and over all great feel of this device… yet the only nagging thing stops me from closing up shop and calling this the “be all end all device” except when will it get Gingerbread..  So Sammy we are waiting the answer to see if you learned from the error of your ways..  Because having the best specs doesn’t always equal Cred in the mobile world…

so Im going to wrap this up as I am saving a full blow by blow three way fight between the Atrix, SGSII and LG G2X for a later date…

till then if you want one of these devices you can order a UK version online for a about 800 bucks or await the carriers to launch their versions later this summer..

Panda

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9 thoughts on “A Galaxy S II tale…”

  1. Good stuff. Do you think the Verizon version will have LTE? I heard they may not be able to keep it that thin and fit an LTE radio in there.

    1. I’ve got the same question on my mind too! If the S2 is getting LTE, then I’d really be interested in it as a replacement for my aging OG Droid. Without it… well as it stands now I’m balancing getting a Droid Charge or LG Revolution vs. holding out for the Bionic-Targa and that’s the way it would stay:_)

  2. Out of the many reviews I have read on the SGS2 , BMx you have knocked it outta the ballpark. You are spot on, for all its good points, the cheap feel and tardiness of sammy to update let’s it down. Also kies is still a piece of software written by a four year old.

  3. Hey Panda, great write-up, exactly what I have been looking for on the S2…specs and usability! Dual-core means nothing if it doesn’t have software and extras to power, kind of like having a V8 in a Pinto.

  4. really hoping that SAMSUNG gets their newer handsets in shape for once. Good sign from your posting.

    …still waiting for NEWS on the bionic! LOL

  5. Panda man bringeth!

    There’s no way this device will have LTE. Not with the Charge having it and not with how thin it is. Tegra 2 reportedly has issues with LTE, so unless Exynos does not have those issues AND the N.America version will ship with Exynos, we should forget about LTE. I’m my opinion.

    I read an article that the production capacity of Exynos isn’t up to the ambitious distribution numbers that Samsung wants for the GS2, so they will substitute the Tegra 2 for certain regions of the world.

    If Exynos has no issues with LTE and Samsung can keep the device as thin as it is, we will see LTE. If not, it will be a 3G device and the Bionic should be the only dual core LTE this summer or at least the first dual core LTE on VZW, period.

    My thoughts.

    Wish you’d drop knowledge on us re: LTE on GS2 and re: Bionic.

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