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Review: Samsung Galaxy S II

updated 11:15 pm EDT, Sun August 28, 2011

We review the Galaxy S II as it reaches the US

With the Galaxy S II just hitting US shores, Samsung is poised to make its biggest impact on the smartphone market ever; it's already the second-largest smartphone maker after Apple. The phone itself is, at least on paper, a powerhouse with a dual-core processor and a massive display. Will it give the iPhone 4 (and possibly iPhone 5) a reason to worry in Apple's home territory? Our Galaxy S II review will find out.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LunarMoon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what the clueless competition did not get yet is that iPhone and iPad are not devices and so they cannot be matched by creating any hardware. You can make it with 10 cores and still will be no match.

    iPad and iPhone are content, integration, joy, diversity, fun, entertainment and excitement. You have to copy that if you want to succeed.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    careful there Lunar

    I'm a huge Apple fan (and literally invested in them as well as figuratively), but don't be so quick to blow off Android devices. Slowly, slowly, the competition is getting it. I've heard many tales of Android devices which are flaky or have poor battery performance, but this Galaxy S II sounds pretty good and if I were a typical consumer not wedded to a mobile OS, I'd be pretty interested in this one.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    climacs is right

    Android devices are being well received by the public, and for the most part, rightfully so. iPhone & iPad, nonetheless, are still the standard bearers in their respective genres.

    And that's what chaps my hide...the sheer ripoff these devices and OS have from the iOS devices; the similarities are endless. I give props to Google for their innovation in maps, voice features and of course, searching on the mobile devices, but the areas in which they blatantly rip off iPhone features is inexcusable.

    Where's the true innovation that Google, Samsung, etc. are providing the public? Faster processors and larger screens only show companies desperate to be make short term gains that will paint themselves into a corner (I mean, isn't a 6" screen on a phone somewhat ridiculous?!).

    In the end, the greatest compliment (and thusly the major selling point) of Apple is that you never hear of them creating the Galaxy-killer or the Android-killer product...they never worry about the competition producing a game changing device...only a wannabe that temporarily surpasses theirs on 1 or 2 features. It's why Microsoft looks like such an old, 90's company these days.


  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Even if the Galaxy S II is a fine

    smartphone, why does Apple have to worry? Wouldn't the other Android smartphone vendors need to worry more. It's never been proven that Apple is losing market share to Android smartphones since Apple is still managing to sell every iPhone they make. Apple is still making plenty of money, far more than any Android smartphone vendor and Apple has many choices it can still make to protect its own smartphone market share. As was said, Apple is not just about hardware and there are many ways Apple can use its ecosystem to offset Android hardware gains. Apple is yet to play all of its cards and I'm sure the industry is going to see huge iPhone gains when the iPhone 5 is released on multiple U.S. carriers.

  1. Integr8d

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple needs to worry b/c Apple is now...

    ...the Microsoft of the mid-90's. Statements like 'Apple is still making plenty of money...' say it all. Hopefully, they'll bring in fresh blood and Tim Cook won't turn into a Balmer or Gasse or (the first dude that canned Jobs). They're riding high. The problem with publicly-owned companies is that they're virtually forced into growing and entering any and every market possible. Apple has its core products. But I have a feeling that they're about to find out the areas where they're weak. If they launch the rumored television, that will be a great example.

    @Lunarmoon... 'iPad and iPhone are... joy...'??? Seriously, dude. It's not a matter of drinking the cool-aid anymore. You need to check yourself in somewhere.

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