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Video: Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-on and Quick First Look

Since the Samsung Galaxy S II can’t seem to find its way to the states, we decided to pick up an unlocked version and give it a good run-through to decide if it can really live up to the hype that has followed it around since early 2011.  We’re pretty sure it’ll arrive in some form to the major carriers including Verizon over the next few months, but without word from Sammie, there is no telling when exactly that could be.  And with the DROID Bionic possibly just 6-8 weeks away, we wanted to give you guys a good view of the S2 in case it somehow slips out of the summer.

So what sort of conclusions have we come to after just 3 days with it?  Let’s just say that we couldn’t be more pleased and have had a hard time picking up any other phone.  It truly is a pretty remarkable piece of technology.    

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Clay/517874832 Benjamin Clay

    I want this.  I really just want to still be able to tether(without paying vzw) with whatever new phone I get.  I pray the hackers-that-be do this thing proper once its released.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely! I thought I would never go back to Samsung after I had the Fascinate for 2 days but THIS I would go back for!!

  • Anonymous

    Can you use voice search (via an extra long press on the menu key)? That’s a big deal to me.

    Also, I CANNOT decide between this, if it lacks LTE then the Bionic, or a quad-core beast that’s not to much further away (Nexus 3 on Verizon with Kal-El anybody?). Any advice?

  • LPMeteoraremix

    I have till july 16th to do an early upgrade. If this phone comes out before then, I will absolutely upgrade!

  • Prickee

    Well if NO 4g=No GSII
    It’s as simple as that & that’s saying a lot since I can’t stand Samsung TouchWiz

  • Amd683

    The only reason this didn’t hit the states is probably because of the apple lawsuit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547196358 Angel Cruz

    which carriers is this going to be on?

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  • Fattie McDoogles

    Isn’t the Infuse 4G a Galaxy S2 phone?

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Isn’t the Infuse 4G a Galaxy S2 phone?

    • Anonymous

      No, kinda like the Droid Charge it’s a souped up version of the original Galaxy S.  Only the GS2 has the dual core Exynos chip.

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  • Anonymous

    The two details I need…is of course…when on Verizon…and is it for sure or not 4G.

    It basically comes down between this and the Bionic for me…no 4G…the Bionic wins out automatically as I am in an LTE area and if I’m gonna have a phone for the next 18mths-2 years…I want it to be 4G. That’s the whole reason why I’m not even considering the Droid3 to replace my OG.

  • Anonymous

    NO LTE, NO GALAXY II FOR ME.

  • Anonymous

    I have played with this phone twice now and Kellex is right in all of his praise for it, it is an excellent choice. However, the carrier that has it in Guam seems to only have phones that AT&T has. So maybe not on Big Red.

  • ViciousKing1914

    I love how at the end he’s like “Droid-Life! We’re out! Peace!”….it’s like the 2011 version of Thug Life!

    But no seriously, I need to upgrade my OG and it’s either this or Bionic, and well…….this video leads me to Sammy

  • ViciousKing1914

    lol, I love how at the end he’s like “Droid-Life! We’re out! Peace!”…….it’s like the 2011 version of Thug Life!

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  • BTGGTR1

    This is possibly my next phone if it comes to Verizon…not liking the pentile Qhd screen on the Bionic. The samoled screen on the GSII beats it hands down. The only way I’d go with a Bionic is if it comes unlocked and has like a 1.5Ghz processor and 1 gig of DDR2 RAM. But even then, it would be a tough choice between the two.

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  • Granted

    I have never understood all this “we” talk you use? It’s just you at your house or apartment, I’ll go with apartment. Tim occasionally posts, but really it’s one person. But well that’s just our opinion here at my big company.

  • SGS24me

    are you guys able to use your upgrade credit when the SGS2 comes out on verizon? because I spoke to a rep today and he said my credits have been forfeited as of last month.

  • Deejay

    NO VERIZON! NOOOOOO

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  • WormDoes

    I hate Sammy almost as much as I hate Moto, but IF it comes to VZW, has LTE and stays that thin It’ll be tough to pass up

  • Nicholas Slaughter

    Just hope it can/will be rooted. TouchWiz is gross.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung doesn’t lock their phones and has even gone as far as donating a GS2 to the CM7 team to work on.  It will be a dev friendly phone.  I actually don’t mind touchwiz that much as it’s fairly lightweight compared to blur.

  • Zach

    If it does come to Verizon it will be just as think as the Thunderbolt most likely, due to the LTE radio.

  • Nicholas Slaughter

    I WANT 1 NOW!!!!!!!!!

  • Petersen5

    I really would not mind having this phone but this is the European version. Why do you guys think the ThunderBolt and Charge are so thick? The LTE modem. I think it is highly unlikely that it can be this thin with an LTE modem in in. If it is though we should all get it and praise Samsung for it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonzey231 Logan Jones

    LTE or not, I’m getting this phone on Verizon!

  • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

    No LTE and the phone is not as great as everyone makes it out to be.

    I find it funny how no reviews/previews talk about all the problems with it but keep rehashing the same crap with other phones.

    I guess no one cares about weak wifi, crappy gps, no led notification, screen burn in, yellow bleeding, battery drain bug, etc.  You could go on forever just like every other smartphone.

    People just blew their load to a quadrant score with an ancient resolution.

    Everyone will be selling theirs for nexus 3/tegra 3 a few months after anyway.

    • SGS24me

      well for most people 3g is plenty fast – LTE is not everywhere and even if it is present at where you are it is still spotty, weak wifi? most people on youtube and review sites has reported as having great wifi so maybe just some people having issues with their equipments??? crappy gps??? IDK where you got this info but there are tons of demonstration on youtube where they show the SGS2 locking onto over 10 satellites quicker than the sensation, yellow bleeding- I think only a few people have reported it along with a suction cup mark but… just check your screen out real good before the return date ends and you should be fine, drain bug was a bug caused by android OS and most if not all people who updated to keis 7 says that the bug is completely fixed so I could go on and on about this smartphone. So you can say or get what you want but I’m pretty sure i’ll be getting this phone unless info about the nexus 3 comes out and confirms it’s got the kal-el processor with 720p screen.

  • manny108

    Just too bad this phone is not 4g..

  • Lbjr08

    This is the only phone that will make me leave my Evo. I am waiting on it!!

  • Spikepark

    If this phone comes out with 4G LTE and no Bing, there will be no reason for any of us to wait for the Droid Bionic.  I’m sure there are may others out there like myself that purchased the OG Droid on the first day and are waiting for July 6 to come- which is our new every two upgrade date (20 months into contract). 
    This is the only phone on the market that can compete with the HTC Sensation and Motorola is missing out on a huge audience by delaying the Bionic.  250K OG Droids were purchased in the first week and over 1 million in the first 2 1/2 months.  That’s a whole lot of customers coming up for renewal who will be looking for the latest and greatest phone out there.  And as of today, the Galaxy S II is leading the pack!

    • OG_Droid

      Agreed! OG Moto Droid is on its way out and we need a successor. And this may be it!

    • Anonymous

      The Atrix is better than the Sensation, especially now that its bootloader is unlocked.  The Bionic will be just as good as this, better if the GSII doesn’t end up getting LTE.

      • Tarsis Brito

        my friend has the sensation and it is a great phone i give it almost 5 stars but i have to agree the atrix has the dock, which puts that phone in another league. The best phone ever made will be the bionic that’s why they are doing all the revision to make the other phones look dumb :)

        • Anonymous

          I feel like the dock is an overpriced gimmick I have no intention of using.  The realer killer for Moto phones lately is that crappy pentile screen.  SAMOLED+ is so beautiful.  Even at a slightly lower resolution, that screen easily wins. Hopefully Moto puts a better screen in the Bionic.

      • Tarsis Brito

        my friend has the sensation and it is a great phone i give it almost 5 stars but i have to agree the atrix has the dock, which puts that phone in another league. The best phone ever made will be the bionic that’s why they are doing all the revision to make the other phones look dumb :)

    • Anonymous

      The Atrix is better than the Sensation, especially now that its bootloader is unlocked.  The Bionic will be just as good as this, better if the GSII doesn’t end up getting LTE.

    • Droid-or-Galaxy_SII

      Yes, Moto you better hurry up with that Bionic or us OG Droid users will snatch us that awesome Galaxy S II.

    • Anonymous

      I am with you completely! July 6th is the day but we won’t upgrade till this baby comes to verizon.

  • Dpdonahoe

    I just bought the unlocked world version and left verizon and my unlimited data package just for the sgs2. (popped in an att sim card and was off!) This phone has blown me away. Ive only had it 2 days and its no doubt the most impressive piece of technology i have ever owned.

  • Anonymous

    Why are you torturing me Kellex?! I want this phone!

  • Anonymous

    The SGS2 is my biggest temptation right now.  You probably made the right choice getting the international version, I have a feeling that just like with the original SGS the international version is the one to get. Less bloatware, Google search, and you’ll get updates faster.  I just wish it got T-Mobile 3G.  I’m waiting on the next Nexus (even though my upgrade is basically here now for Verizon) but if it could do both at&t and T-Mobile 3G like the Vibrant could I would have it right now.

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  • Mike

    I could be wrong but I think when this hits us here in the states that button on the bottom will be gone.

  • Anonymous

    any chance this comes to verizon as an LTE device?

  • Dave1078

    Does it have a notification LED? That’s what really disappointed me on the Charge.

    • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

      No.

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  • http://tristanleawesome.tumblr.com Tristan the Marine

    If the Bionic moves away from pentile but keeps that qHD goodness, or maybe just uses an SAMOLED+ or SLCD, AND has great battery life, THEN it would fully trump this phone.

    Until then, I don’t care about extra Gs. I want the Galaxy S2!

  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber Kurt Weber

    if its lte… ill be buying it off contract to replace my tbolt :)