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Cellphone review: AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is the second version of Samsung’s famous Galaxy S Android smartphone series on AT&T, leading U.S cellular service provider. Samsung rolled out the second generation of its “iPhone killer” Galaxy S II a couple of months back in the country. Every major cellular carrier in the country has a model of the flagship Android smartphone. Earlier, it was expected that AT&T will have a re-branded version of the device dubbed, Attain. But AT&T has kept up the name Samsung has given for its best smartphone ever.

What is it?

Samsung has a tradition of selling its Galaxy S Android smartphones through all key carriers in the U.S and many other countries. It is a move that the South Korean company accepted to beat the domineering Apple iPhone that had been sold by a single carrier for a long time. AT&T Galaxy S II is thus the model AT&T sells in the U.S. Other chief cellular service providers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel also have separate models of Samsung Galaxy S II.

Key features

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Samsung Galaxy S II has been rated as the best smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device is known for its great performance that better suits the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. Many customers go for Samsung Galaxy S II only because it plays on Gingerbread.

Better performance

Samsung Galaxy S II is featured as the best competitor to Apple iPhone 4 thanks to its blazing performance. The smartphone is up with a 1.2GHz Exynos dual core processor, 1GB RAM and enhanced built-in memory.

Marvelous display

Samsung in display technology is surly the leader in this segment. Even Apple has been relying on Samsung for the display of its flagship iPhone. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is up with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display.

AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G

Samsung Galaxy S II is certainly a 4G smartphone. On AT&T, the magic device from Samsung runs on its much-lauded HSPA+ 4G, meaning that you can enjoy high-speed internet on the device.

What’s innovative?

Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T is different from the Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the celebrated device. The AT&T smartphone is having only a small display of 4.3-inch from its original version’s 4.5-inch display. It may be because AT&T already sells a 4.5-inch Infuse 4G from Samsung. Whatever it is, the device features the same thinness and depth of other Galaxy S IIs. It has a dimension of 4.96 x 2.60 x 0.35 inches and a weight of 4.3 ounces.

Price and availability

AT&T sells Samsung Galaxy S II for $199.99 with a two-year agreement.

Accessories

Samsung Galaxy S II comes with a wireless headset, AC charger and user manual.

The up side

Samsung Galaxy S II takes on iPhone 4 and is capable to fight the upcoming iPhone 4S on AT&T, the former exclusive iPhone vendor. Most people who admire Google Android will go for Samsung Galaxy S II, because the device is made with great perfection. It is one of the thinnest and slimmest smartphones ever in the world. Its incredible Super AMOLED display, dual core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera make it a great gadget.

The down side

The small display in comparison with the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint versions of Galaxy S II is a shortfall of the AT&T version of Samsung’s flagship product.

Our experience

In fact, there is no need of a test to value the quality of Samsung Galaxy S II. It is such a wonderful smartphone that it has been creating ripples in global markets since its release. Though designed to compete Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S II often stands out the Apple smartphone in many aspects.

The bottom line

Samsung really brought out its Galaxy S II to face off the potential new version of Apple iPhone, possibly an iPhone 5. But as the company surfaced the device into the global markets in June, Apple did not announce its next generation iPhone. As of now, Apple has unpredictably announced an iPhone 4S instead of the much-rumored iPhone 5. The new iPhone is with only slight hardware modifications. It means that Samsung Galaxy S II of all carriers have an obvious edge over the upcoming iPhone also.

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