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All posts tagged "galaxy s ii"


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Androinica Reviews the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

http://androinica.com/2011/10/att-s...xy-s-ii-review/

"If you know anything about the Samsung Galaxy S phones, then you already know about its world-renowned reputation of amazing displays and ultra slim form factor. With that said, lets get to more specific details shall we. The phone packs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand up to 32GB via SDCard..."

If you go by the review, this is one of the best Android phones out there. I have certainly heard a lot of buzz about it but I'm not sure why everyone is so excited. It sounds like it's got a very fast and smooth feel to the interface. It also has a fast dual-core processor and GPU. But if you ask me, you can't put a 480x800 screen on a current high-end phone. These days it needs to be at least qHD - I'll even take PenTile. I've seen it and I'm happy with PenTile. Unlike Super AMOLED Plus by itself the higher resolution actually increases practical usability by letting you see more on the screen at a time. I'm not sure the move from Super AMOLED to Super AMOLED Plus made enough of an improvement to battery life, which I think is the biggest problem with OLED technology on phones. Prove the battery life to me first compared to LCD and then I'll be interested in a 40,000:1 contrast ratio on my phone. Still, I'd rather have the resolution. Besides the resolution and possibly power usage of the display one other thing I don't like is the lack of a simple LED notification light. It's so basic but so important, at least for how I use my phone. If you don't need one that's up to you but that's one reason why the Fascinate and Nexus S were never on my wish list. Besides these things, questions I would have to get answers to before buying this phone based solely on Samsung's track record last year are: Will it get OS updates in a reasonable amount of time? None of the Galaxy S phones from last year did. And will the GPS work without issues? Most if not all Galaxy S phones last year had significant or major problems with the GPS. I actually don't have a dedicated GPS so I use my Droid X for that and it does an incredible job.

With so many people excited about this phone I know I must be in the minority with my thinking. I'd love to hear why you're excited about the Galaxy S II. If you have one, I'd love to know what you think of it. If you're interested in getting this phone make sure you check out the review!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

AT&T Will Get the Samsung Galaxy S II in September

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 07:00 PM

http://androinica.com/2011/08/att-c...coming-sept-18/

"If recent stats from one ad network are to be believed, AT&T's improved Android line-up is helping the carrier rapidly improve its share of the Android smartphone market."

It's a full time job to keep up with new device releases - and not an easy one with phones like this rolling out to AT&T in a mere matter of days!

Tags: , att, galaxy s ii

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

T-Mobile to Release Samsung Hercules as Galaxy S II Next Month

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:30 AM

http://androinica.com/2011/08/samsu...le-galaxy-s-ii/

"As the rumored U.S. launch in September approaches, we keep seeing more and more rumors about the U.S. versions of Samsung’s best selling phone. We have previously reported on a supposed version from AT&T. We also discussed that one analyst believes Verizon will get the super phone first. Now, it looks like T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S II has posed for some photos."

If you've been waiting for the Galaxy S II it looks like next month you may be able to get it from T-Mobile. It's interesting that there may be differences in the CPU/GPU and display type depending on the country. It looks like the US may be getting the Tegra 2 version with a Super Clear LCD. Some countries will get a Samsung CPU/GPU with a Super AMOLED Plus display. The Tegra 2 version could have the Super AMOLED Plus display as well. Check out the Wikipedia article for more info. Either way it sounds like a great 1.2GHz dual-core CPU/GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a MicroSDHC card slot and an 8MP rear camera that can record up to 1080p video. It's also apparently the thinnest start phone other than some NEC model only available in Japan. Would the fact that it only has a 480x800 display be a deal breaker for you? Would Samsung's past track record of slow OS update releases scare you away? Let us know your thoughts!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II: The Blueprint For Awesome

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 03:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5818202/samsung-...t-android-phone

"At this point, Android phones are officially being created faster than human babies. Samsung's Galaxy phones have been the blueprint for the last year, literally. The Galaxy S II is the new blueprint-and it's a very nice one."

The more I hear about this phone the more I want one. And yet there are little things like NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich right around the corner... What is a fella to do? Probably just sit, wait and grumble. I'll agree though, the Galaxy S II has raised the bar for all Android devices for at least the next six months. I can't wait to see what we get this fall. How about you guys? Excited?

P.S. Touchwiz sucks


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Insanely Thorough Review: The Galaxy S II Vs The HTC Sensation

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.smartphonegurus.com/foru...ung-galaxy-sii/

"Recently two new 'super phones' have been unleashed into the marketplace on the Android platform and thanks to our good friends at O2 UK we've been given the chance to produce a head-to-head review of both machines. We are of course talking dual core here and that means the Sensation from HTC and the Galaxy SII from Samsung."

I don't think you'll find a better source of information if you're even remotely curious about the Galaxy S II or the Sensation. The folks over at Smartphone Gurus have put together quite the extensive comparison/review of these two amazing devices. If you're in the market for a new Android device I strongly recommend heading over and reading through this extensive write-up. I really want to replace my poor old Nexus One with a Galaxy S II. Reading this sure didn't help my restraint any. :)


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II For The US: Attain The Function Within

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:00 PM

http://pocketnow.com/android/galaxy...nding-confirmed

"As we suspected in late March, it appears as if Samsung will be bringing the Galaxy S II stateside under the brand names Attain, Function, and Within."

This could be very good news for smart phone users here in the US. Perhaps this time there will not be drastic differences in the Samsung Galaxy S line across all the major US carriers. Well, other than the name. This product listing shows a case for the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and the Sprint Within, all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II. If they can all use the exact same form fitting case then odds are pretty good that they are going to be the same this time around. Hardware wise at least. I can't wait to see how bad the carriers screw up the software.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Officially Announced

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.samsungunpacked.com/pres...1_2_detail.html

And there you have it. As expected, Samsung has officially announced both the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The specs on both devices are absolutely amazing. For all the juicy details and more pictures check out the official press releases for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy S II is due out this month in Europe and Asia and the Tab is slated for as soon as March. Now word yet on North American availability of course, those of us here will just have to wait and see. With out a doubt some one here will carry this device. The real question is, will you get one or both? As amazing as these devices are I have very little faith in Samsung (and AT&T) to not totally screw up the software and ruin a perfectly good Android experience.


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