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Samsung Galaxy S II Review – Unlocked Edition

 

The Samsung Galaxy S II has easily been one of the most anticipated and talked about Android devices of all time.  When it was first introduced back at MWC earlier this year, we all started counting the days to its U.S. arrival after seeing the specs that Sammie was claiming to have included.  The problem is, that we are still waiting.  There is no telling why it has been left off of our shores, but that’s the unfortunate story.

So since all of the U.S. carriers and Samsung seem to be dragging their little feet on this one, I decided to grab the unlocked version, which works on AT&T’s HSPA+, to see if this device could really live up to all of the hype.  I also wanted to give you all a preview ahead of its U.S. release, just in case you were trying to decide whether or not you should pick up the DROID3 now, wait for this, or skip them all and head straight for the DROID Bionic.

Let’s dive in and see if it could live up to our high standards – something very few devices have been able to do over the last couple of months.  

The Good:

  • Hardware:  I’m not sure where to begin on this because it’s so damn good.  The device I’m using has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera that can shoot 1080p video, a front 2MP camera for video chats, 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, is thinner that almost any phone on the planet, weighs little to nothing, and has a 1650mAh battery that lasts forever.  The only thing missing here is an HDMI port, but Samsung has an adapter that can take care of that.  This phone is 100% today’s tech and you can just feel it instantly when you use it for the first time.
  • Screen:  The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen on the Galaxy S II is stunning.  As readers of this site, you already know that we’re big fans of these displays after we first held the DROID Charge, but this phone has only strengthened those feelings.  The resolution may be lower than many of the newer phones who are sporting “qHD” displays, but when it looks this vibrant and beautiful, resolution means nothing.
  • Battery life:  Let’s just say that I’ve not once been in a situation with this phone where I was worried about battery life.  And trust me when I say that I’ve been using this phone constantly since picking it up on both 3G and WiFi.  It will easily get you through an entire day without having to plug it in.  For example today, my SGS2 was unplugged around 7:15AM and replugged at 4:30PM and still had 68% left.  Remarkable, right?
  • Camera:  By no means am I a professional photographer, but I do like to think that I can tell if a camera takes decent photos or not.  The SGS2 is more than impressive to me with its 8MP shooter.  I’ve attached a variety of indoor and outdoor shots with different lighting below which I think you’ll also be impressed by.

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  • Front camera:  Samsung continued with their trend of putting high-end parts into this phone by not skimping on their front camera like most phone manufacturers seem to be doing.  They tossed in a 2MP camera for video chatting or self photos and not just a VGA as seen on the DROID3.  Solid.
  • Weight:  This phone is sooooo light.  Could it be too light?  Maybe to some, but to me it was a breath of fresh air after coming from a tank an HTC Thunderbolt.  There are actually times when I forget that it’s in my pocket, even with it’s massive 4.3″ screen taking up space.
  • Build:  A lot of people aren’t fans of the plastics that Samsung uses for their products, but there is something about this phone that just feels solid.  While I still wouldn’t recommend anyone corner-dropping it on concrete, I still feel like this phone could easily last through an entire 2-year contract – and that’s what we’re looking for, right?  And to give you an idea of the quality, you’ll want to watch the battery cover get abused and come out unscathed at this post.
  • Software:  It’s running Android 2.3.3 with TouchWiz on top of it.  While I can’t stand TW, it’s hard to hate the fact that the device is running one of the newest versions of Android available.  This is one of those phones that really highlights how stable Android as a mobile OS has become.  There are zero lag issues, apps load incredibly quick, and the overall experience is something that I wish all Android phones could experience.  Oh, and I’m also a huge fan of the pulldown toggles, so I’ve got to give TouchWiz at least a little props there.

 

  • Built-in screenshots:   Samsung has been building screenshot technology into their devices for almost a year now and we wish other manufacturers would take note.  With devices like the SGS2, you don’t need to root just to take screenshots of home screens.  All you need to do here is press in the physical home button and then tap the lock button to snap one.  Yep, we’re looking at you now Motorola and HTC.
  • HSPA+ (4G):  OK, so it’s not real 4G, but at least it’s faster than regular 3G.  Our only worry is that the U.S. version that lands on Verizon won’t be 4G LTE.  There are no real confirmations of that being the case, but rumors behind the scenes have certainly suggested that it won’t be.  If it’s not though, it would still be hard for me to not recommend that you buy this phone – it’s seriously that impressive.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Physical home button:  Yeah, I’m not going to lie, the physical button on this thing is a major turn-off.  If an Apple fan ever needed a spot on example of how Samsung is copying their stuff, they should be pointing right at this.  I have no idea why they decided to get rid of the Home and Search buttons to make room for this god-awful button, but they certainly did.

  • TouchWiz:  TouchWiz sucks for the most part, I’ve made this pretty clear.  But this is the most polished version I’ve seen and you can tell that it has definitely come a long way.  Samsung has taken this new magazine-esque approach that is close to being acceptable.  They have even tossed in some pretty solid features like AllShare and a WiFi Direct transfer system – unfortunately, as an Android homer, I want stock.

 

  • No HDMI-out:  Like I mentioned in the Hardware section, this phone does not have an actual HDMI-out port.  The good news is that Samsung already has a converter to give you an HDMI-out experience.  While the built-in port would have been nice, at least you have an option to make it work already.  It’s too bad it’ll cost you extra.
  • Low screen resolution:  As you can see, this is one of those that we threw in because we were struggling to find things wrong with the device.  Since the majority of phone manufacturers are coming out with “qHD” resolutions, we had to fault Samsung a little for still putting out a device with a 480×800 resolution.
  • Speaker:  The speaker on this phone is not going to blow you away.  It does get pretty loud for ringtones and such, but my experience on actual speakerphone’d calls was not all that impressive.
  • Seriously, that’s all that has bugged me about this phone…

Benchmarks:

  

The rest of the benchmarks can be seen at this post.

Hands-on and Quick Walk-through:

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Gallery:

The Verdict:

It’s the best phone I’ve used to date – I’m talking ever, and I go through a lot of phones.  Since opening the pretty black package and firing it up for the first time almost 3 weeks ago now, I haven’t been able to put it down.  I’m constantly finding reasons to pull this phone out and use it.  The camera takes incredible photos, it browses the internet like a champ, has zero compatibility issues with the apps that I use, gets unbelievable life out of a single battery charge, and powers through everything I’ve ever tested it with thanks to its dual-core processor.  The Samsung Galaxy S II truly is one of the first Android devices that feels 100% complete.

Now, with all that said, there is one major situation that we need to talk about.  Let’s say this device comes out before the DROID Bionic – should you pass on it or pick it up instead?  That’s a very tough call.  Like I mentioned earlier, rumors would suggest that this phone will launch without a 4G LTE radio on Verizon, making this decision incredibly tricky.  All of the specs are future-proofed and there is no way you would ever be disappointed with it, but I know that many of you are following the “4G LTE or bust” moniker.

I’ll just say again that this is the best phone I’ve ever used (for now), however, that doesn’t mean the Bionic couldn’t come in and quickly steal that title away in a few weeks.  We’ve heard some pretty mind blowing things about the Bionic over the last couple of days from a few key friends, so let’s just end this by saying – August should be a fun month.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I bet the bionic rumors are that it has vanilla android and nfc and lte and great screen…but the big one is vanilla android I bet it is

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    what kind of things are you hearing about the bionic?? We all would love to know these “mind blowing” features!!!

  • vernon

    it’s either this or iphone 5 for me…

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    After reading this article, it kinda leaves me wondering why this phone doesn’t have the DROID label. If it is LTE I will really struggle to hold back and not pay full retail to upgrade from my OG Droid.

  • Arthur2142

    Hey Kellex…Can you tell us what the screen is made of? As an owner of the OG Droid and DX, I’ve grown very dependent upon naked Gorilla Glass, and I can no longer stand the idea of putting any kind of screen protector on my phone.

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

    I find it hard to believe it has great battery life. It’s contrary to majority of actual users.

    Most would say it has horrible battery life.

    Zero compatibility issues with apps? That has to be a joke or did you only try 3 apps.

    Tons of issues with apps/game.  Every phone has that right now.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I didnt know you had one, and I also didnt know you were with kellex during his testing

  • Trooper

    I’ve heard that the hardware sucks.  So you really think it will last two years?  I dunno, say what you want about Moto, but there hardware is the best imho. So unless the Bionic sucks (which it wont) Id say the Bionic will blow this away.

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    This will be a hard choice for me.  Is 4g really a game changer if I’m not going to hotspot?

  • Anonymous

    uh wasnt there an S2 review like 2 weeks ago?

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    Am I the only one that has put 2 and 2 together and realized that this phone is probably being delayed due to the pending lawsuit between Apple and Samsung??? 

  • http://twitter.com/jlukes7 jlukes

    C*CK Tease!

    “We’ve heard some pretty mind blowing things about the Bionic over the last couple of days from a few key friends”

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    If this phone had LTE radio (and still managed to maintain the same battery life) then it would be a killer. Otherwise – not sure.

  • http://twitter.com/Patfactorx David Pat

    Plz make this with a keyboard, bring dev support and LTE. 

    When this is released I predict iPhone falls to 10% of new buyers. Just like in the PC market =op

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    Sorry, but 68% from 7am to 4pm is nothing to write home about. It’s definitely good, but not amazing.

    • LionStone

      What about 32% of battery use for 9+ hrs? He stated he had 68% left over after 4:30p when he replugged it in.

      • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

        That’s what I mean. 32% in 9 hours is good, but not unheard of.

        • LionStone

          ah, ok…just wanted to clarify that…Yes, I agree, on 3G even my TB gets up to 17-18 hrs…

  • Anonymous

    I’ve gotten to the point that all these reviews are merely teasers for a phone that will never see the light of day in the states. Meaning, it will be nothing like this once released here. You’re complaint of the home button will likely be moot as it will most likely have the same soft keys as the fascinate. Also, what good is a qHD screen that is pentile?? I’ll take lower resolution on an SAMOLED screen any day.

    The LTE or bust mantra is because people want all of today’s tech in one device for that sense of longevity. Hell, the way VZW releases mediocre spec increased phones, we wont see a better phone than this until late next year…

  • Interstellarmind

    damn. i’m beginning to forget HTC. maybe i should get the SGSII? (only if it’s LTE, of course)

    moto’s burned me too much already with their xoom 3g-4g debacle, blurry lags, and locked bootloader situation.

  • Anonymous

    Another plus is that Samsung is now probably the most dev friendly manufacturer.  They have never locked their bootloaders and they have been very good lately about publishing the source for their phones.  You can expect to see CM7 and MIUI on the SGSII.

  • Garrik Jackson

    I really think Samsung would be crazy to the launch the SGS II on Verizon without 4g.  It seems like a waste of a phone…

    Unless I get confirmation that this will be 4g, I’m going with the Bionic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    I’d really love to hear about the mind blowing things you’ve heard from friends. I’ve been set on the Bionic since CES, and it keeps getting better with the improvements. I would just like to be reassured.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Your last paragraph about the Bionic has me a little giddy.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Samsung made all three of the Android buttons physical and made it seem less obvious they were copying Apple’s style. I’m a bug fan of physical buttons – more phones need them.

  • Ioannis Stasinopoulos

    Is the bootloader locked? TouchWiz will be stripped in a matter of weeks following its release. It will be hard to pick between the SGS II and the Bionic if they both have LTE and are unlocked.

    It will be a choice between the ugly Home button, the poor customer support, the high resolution FF camera and the screen vs the sleeker design, higher resolution/lower contrast screen.

  • Ibreakforlte

    won’t consider any vzw phone with no LTE, can’t see why anyone would consider buying a new (pricey) phone that only works on verizon’s old, slow 3g data network, unless they plan on replacing the phone in a few months.

  • Anonymous

    If the Bionic/GSII comparison becomes anything like the Xoom/10.1 Tab comparison it will be a no brainer

  • T Hall

    Kellex as always great review.  Hopefully the Bionic has a camera like that – but it is not a deal breaker.

  • Imall4it

    what about that rumored SGS2 plus with 1.4ghz cpu… what happened to it?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      you made that up in your head

  • Anonymous

    Lack of 4G+ iPhone home button+ 800×480 screen+ Touchwiz+ Samsung= No buy.

    Bionic hurry up. 

    • tanknspank

      You act like you have a choice to buy one in the near future..

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I agree with all of what your spitting

    • dieringer scott

      The Moto qHD screens are pentile….

  • Anonymous

    These phones just need to get here already.  It shouldn’t be taking Verizon this long to get a dual core, 4G device.  There’s no excuse.

  • TomHolmes

    If the phone doesn’t come with an LTE radio on Verizon, it’s not a top tier phone. At that point it competes against the DX2 and the D3, not the Bionic. 4G is not an optional feature for a top-tier phone in 2011, anymore than dual core or a 4+ screen. qHD is probably an option, and I think the AMO+ screen more than makes up for its 2010 screen resolution.

    I don’t question that the phone may “feel” perfect in spite of its slower network, and that mean pretty much everything if you buy one.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ecrosby Edward Crosby

    I want this phone. Come on, Verizon.

  • SupAll

    As a Verizon customer, I’m waiting to see what the Bionic offers before I decide.  I’ve seen 4G in action with the Charge and Thunderbolt, which my friends have kindly shown me.  I know 4G is a must.  However, I also want to see how easy it will be for developers to root the Bionic and start loading custom roms.  For me, it is important to be able to root so I can get rid of the bloatware and optimize my device.  So for now, I’m on the fence and rocking my OG Droid for as long as I possibly can.

    • Jbona3

      Right there with you – I’m up for an upgrade on my OG, but if the GS2 doesn’t hit by mid-August, and I don’t like the Bionic I might just wait for the next Nexus and/or wait for Ice Cream Sandwich to hit.  

      • Matthew Galyon

        Same spot I’m in.  Those BGR rumors about the next Nexus are tempting me to rock the OG until that device drops.

  • Markjanderko

    #unfairmention “We’ve heard some pretty mind blowing things about the Bionic over the last couple of days from a few key friends,”

    PLEASE ELABORATE KELLEX

    • T Hall

      +1

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Yes Kellex don’t leave us in the dark!

    • Anonymous

      Heh, I wish I could. Let’s just say we’ve heard some really nice things – and that’s a good thing for you guys.  All signs point to it NOT being a disappointment.

      • Anonymous

        translation?: It will be an unlocked device because it meets the criteria of “late 2011″ Perhaps?
        also has anyone attempted loading/modifying the atrix fastboot to work with DX, DX2 or more importantly to me D3

      • Anonymous

        tease

      • Anonymous

        So how soon can you let some of those really nice things slip out?

      • Coolcoolpuffs

        DUDE…. if you dont tell us these “nice things” im gonna strangle 30 labrador puppies. You dont want that on your conscience do you?

      • Anonymous

        How about a hint!  Were dying over here

      • Anonymous

        I’m not really sure what the Bionic could bring to the table that the SGSII doesn’t already surpass. The GPU in the Exynos is superior to the on in the OMAP dual core, the screen is much better (res, as you said, doesn’t matter), and the SGSII already comes without an encrypted bootloader so you can easily root/ROM it; plus it’ll sell in the millions so there’ll be a ton of ROMs and themes for it.

        What possible advantage could the Bionic have?

        • Colin Zack

          LTE

          • Anonymous

            If the SGSII is released on VZW without LTE, it’ll be a major fail. Now I’m out of acronyms.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          nfc, better proccessor, vanilla android, lockable unlockable bootloader, better screen, etc etc

          • Anonymous

            NFC is a possible plus if the SGSII doesn’t have it on Verizon, The processor in the Bionic will not be better; A9 dual core 1.2GHz is about the same, but the Mali GPU in the Exynos trumps the new Adreno in the OMAP. Vanilla Android is moot if you’re a DL fan (since you’ll root and ROM in any case), and Moto will most likely have Blur which is worse than Sammy’s current iteration of TouchWiz (both are crap, but there it is). Samy notoriously has easy to root phones with unencrypted bootloaders. The screen on the SGSII is inarguably better than the one on the Bionic; screen res isn’t everything, and after a certain point it’s merely bragging rights (unless you think the iPhone 4 has the best screen out there, in which case there’s no hope for you).

            Brand loyalty is retarded. The OG Droid was awesome (still have mine), but do let’s not pretend Moto’s been making hit after hit. OG was awesome, X was OK, and everything else has been on par but locked down. Samsung is actually bringing the awesome with the SGSII.

          • Tongo23

            Dude you don’t have to be an ass. We all know the GSII is much better than the Bionic, but not everyone wants to admit it. Let them hope that the Bionic will be just as good, and fast. LOL
            I might actually get a Bionic though, just until the GSII drops by.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry; sometimes I forget that battling ignorance on the internet is pissing into an electric wind.

            Let’s amend that to: “Dude, you’re right; Bionic’s gonna be da balls! It says Droid in the name, need I say more?”

          • David Hayden

            How can anyone say the Galaxy is better when we don’t have the official specifications for the Bionic? Also, the Bionic will have LTE, will the Galaxy have that? Not trying to start a conflict, but I think we should wait a few weeks when we have a good grasp of the Bionic specs.

          • Pennywise

            Inarguably? I have used the DX2 as well as the smaller-res, OLED displays, and to me the higher-res pentile is better. OLED is a garbage display technology (literally, as it’s engineered/designed to have a short lifespan) that does not accurately reproduce color or contrast, and suffers from sunlight washout more than any current mobile display. I do like the results of OLED, nor the ethics behind it’s inception and implementation.

            No LTE? I’ll wait for the Bionic. If the Bionic turns out to suck irreparably, then this OG user will continue to wait for something worthy of upgrading good ‘ole OG to.

          • Pennywise

            * I do NOT like the results of OLED, nor the ethics behind it’s inception and implementation.

          • Pennywise

            * I do NOT like the results of OLED, nor the ethics behind it’s inception and implementation.

          • Pennywise

            * I do NOT like the results of OLED, nor the ethics behind it’s inception and implementation.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, the OMAP 4430 and 4440 both share a Power VR SGX 540, the same GPU used in the Hummingbird processor. 

            http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4459/39027.png – Droid3 at qHD resolution

            http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4177/35412.png – Galaxy SII at WVGA resolution.

            I am not trolling, just stating that I would not underestimate the OMAP dual core processors.

          • Anonymous

            Oh. Well if they use the SGX540, they’re completely outclassed by the Mali400; not just slightly edged out. My mistake.

            By the by, I’d love to see some decent benchmarks come out. The ones we have now (Egypt, Quadrant, etc.) are total crap. You almost have to use the actual device to see its performance.

          • Stephen D

            I wouldn’t say that. The 540 is still more powerful than nearly everything, including the Tegra 2′s GPU. It’s very comparable to the Mali 400.

          • Stephen D

            I wouldn’t say that. The 540 is still more powerful than nearly everything, including the Tegra 2′s GPU. It’s very comparable to the Mali 400.

        • Smr561

          comes with free pron

      • AndroFan

        *is vague*
        *gets pageviews/ad revenue*
        *BIONIC comes out, disappoints, nothing surprising*

        http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/211097_147040908699375_3152360_n.jpg

  • Anonymous

    What’s the mind-blowing stuff you’ve heard about the Bionic?  I can’t seem to find it on the site.

  • Anthony Alves

    An invite would be great. Cvballa3g0@gmail.com         Thank you.

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      done

      • Anthony Alves

        Thank you so much!

    • Anonymous

      Me too please! Jgallagher0301@gmail.com

  • Anonymous

    I want to hear these mind blowing things about the Bionic… after the Xoom debacle, I’m hesitant to give Moto my business but a kick ass phone (and unlocked bootloader) could change my mind.

  • Anonymous

    The BIONIC has something that is hard for me to over look – MOTOROLA! Have we forgotten how they are treating us? It is this same stuff that made then almost go under a few years ago. I love my D1 and DX but Moto, I am done with you! (Don’t even get me started on the XOOM)

    • Anonymous

      Every company is like that.
      HTC still hasn’t got GB on the TB.
      Samsung got Froyo to the Fascinate several months after all the others.

      LG just makes crap.

      HTC>Moto>Samsung>Nothing>LG

  • OG Droid

    Nice looking phone, but I’ll go Bionic. Blur sucks but with Launcher Pro or ADW I can cover that up. Even if its locked up; that will get me by until someone finds a way to put custom roms and kernels on it.

  • Robert Demery

    I am so sick of seeing reviews for this phone.  Apple and Microsoft back off, and admit you’re beat.  Now Sammy just give us this phone on all US carriers.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

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  • http://twitter.com/TSeev T Seev

    good write up. . . . i’m interested to see what goes down when both the Galaxy S II and the Bionic are released.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget European versions of the Galaxy S had the home button, US version did not. The same would likely apply.

  • gregba

    So what are the chances this actually never comes to verizon?  Im losing faith everyday

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      it will come to verizon in someway… this is how samsung operates…see fascinate

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

    I don’t think anyone would like that home button. Touchwiz is ugly (I know I can install a different launcher).  Way to be proactive, Kellex!  Nice review, but I have my heart set on the Bionic.  

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

    I don’t think anyone would like that home button. Touchwiz is ugly (I know I can install a different launcher).  Way to be proactive, Kellex!  Nice review, but I have my heart set on the Bionic.  

  • Cindy C

    I know I’ll probably be in the minority here but I wish it came in 4.0″ as well! There’s something so perfect about that size!

    • daniel

      Don’t tell me u can’t handle a little more length…haha

      • ChrisI

        4.3″ is good, but I prefer girth. Wait……what are we talking about?

    • Mike

      Me too, 4.0 is the max I’m willing to carry around. 3.7 was already big. You have to put a limit somewhere. I’m getting tired of the whole 4.0 isn’t much bigger than 3.7, 4.3 isn’t much bigger than 4.0 and eventually 10.1 isn’t much bigger then 8.9.

      • Earleepa

        Tell your girlfriend that,

    • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

      No way. After I went 4.3″ with the DX, I don’t think I can ever go back.

      I might even appreciate 4.5″ if there was a non-existent bezel.

      • hkklife

        Looking at the Droid X formfactor, there is definitely room to bump the screen size up to 4.5″ just by reducing the bezel somewhat.   Now, I do feel that 4.5″ or 4.6″ is the absolute max size I would be comfortable with but I’m definitely game for one more bump up in size from 4.3″. 

        I consider the Dell Streak a mini-tablet but a device along the lines of the 4.5″ Samsung Infuse is definitely something I could live with (provided it was on Big Red and had LTE). 

        • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

          Exactly. For me, the bigger the screen, the better. However, I would like the form factor to remain in the SGSII/Thunderbolt area.

          • cypherx83

            Couldn’t disagree more.  4.5 inches is WAY too big.

            Way to ruin a good phone.  It is a shame manufacturers feel the need to make these phones so big. Definitely unfortunate.

            I would like a 4″ phone – that would be perfect.  

          • cypherx83

            Couldn’t disagree more.  4.5 inches is WAY too big.

            Way to ruin a good phone.  It is a shame manufacturers feel the need to make these phones so big. Definitely unfortunate.

            I would like a 4″ phone – that would be perfect.  

    • Spikepark

      I agree! 4.0 is perfect, but I’m sure most of us are ok with 4.3. But if the Bionic is released as a 4.5, I think Motorola is making a mistake and will lose out on a lot of customers.
      We’re carrying these phones around in our pockets, not leaving them home on our coffee table like out tablets. Moto take note…

      • Christephor

        geezz all you guys do is complain if its a 4.5 inch screen you guys know you love it cant believe you people

      • BiG Fate

        the Bionic is 4.3 so they will not loose a lot of that if they do it will be from the price for it 

      • Anonymous

        I left Sprint in a deal that got me out of my contract ETF free but had to do so the day of, so I tried the Bionic.  It’s 4.3″ and I still took the Bionic back.  On the OEM battery, it sucks even with LTE TURNED OFF.  So I got the 2760 mAh extended battery, and that POS takes FOREVER to charge on a daily basis.  I have too much to get done that I just went with an iPhone 4 for now, but the Vigor could be the next device I go for.  I did enjoy the LTE speeds.  My first speed test INDOORS resulted in 23.8 Mbps down and 8.4 Mbps up, and that was during peak hours.  Now if they could just loosen up on the data allowances.  The “rent” is too damn high.

    • Spikepark

      I agree! 4.0 is perfect, but I’m sure most of us are ok with 4.3. But if the Bionic is released as a 4.5, I think Motorola is making a mistake and will lose out on a lot of customers.
      We’re carrying these phones around in our pockets, not leaving them home on our coffee table like out tablets. Moto take note…

    • Will Frame

      I like 4 inches of phone screen myself. I was a little concerned that the length of the SG2 would be an issue, but rationalized that it wouldn’t due to the thinness. I’m sad to report that I still have a little difficulty wielding it one-handed. But perhaps I simply have sissy girly hands.

    • Will Frame

      I like 4 inches of phone screen myself. I was a little concerned that the length of the SG2 would be an issue, but rationalized that it wouldn’t due to the thinness. I’m sad to report that I still have a little difficulty wielding it one-handed. But perhaps I simply have sissy girly hands.

    • Lou

      ya, all the current 4g phones on verizon are too big. the physical size of current 4 inch phones is the max i’ll go. if they can fit a larger screen in the same shell as 4 inch phones i’ll get it. otherwise i’ll only be getting phones with 4 inch or less screens.

    • Anonymous

      That’s NOT what she said …

    • Amel Alisic

      I totally agree with you, I still have the original Samsung Galaxy S which has a 4.0″ screen and it fits perfect. The more you increase the size the more difficult it gets to reach across the screen, the phone becomes bigger (not necesserily but its often the case) and you get lower ppi. Just look at the iphone 4, it has a 3,5 ” screen (which I personally think is a bit to small) but you rearily hear anyone complain about the size on it, and it still has the highest ppi today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Good review. I don’t see this phone being the same beast once it hits the US though. You can bet with carrier bloatware and whatnot it will be a shadow of its former self. Luckily Samsung doesn’t lock their bootloaders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Good review. I don’t see this phone being the same beast once it hits the US though. You can bet with carrier bloatware and whatnot it will be a shadow of its former self. Luckily Samsung doesn’t lock their bootloaders.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, pretty scary to think that the U.S. could screw this up, but I wouldn’t put it past us.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, pretty scary to think that the U.S. could screw this up, but I wouldn’t put it past us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Brito/1718798421 Richard Brito

    Home Button and possible lack of 4G are serious turn offs. Strongly considering the Bionic.

    • Gee

      That and its samsung people seem to keep forgetting how they screwed us on other devices 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

        Which company hasn’t screwed us?

        • Raymond

          Quantas

      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/cypherx82 cypherx82

        Yes, but haven’t they already given one to the CM team to work on?

    • http://twitter.com/cheese cheese

      go have fun with your 4G phones, and ridiculously terrible battery life that comes with it. i’d wait a generation for them to update their 4G radio software/hardware so its more battery efficient.

      tell me one phone thats available now that has 4G, and has good battery life. Thats right. None. I’m talking 4G all the time with no major battery life hit. Thats right. You won’t find any.

      • DroidGuy

        My Thunderbolt gets the same battery life as my OG Droid. That’s from actually experience not hearsay.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          and you act like that is a good thing??? my og droid battery sucked… my dx is way better… but if you only have two phones that have terrible battery life your not going to know what good battery life is… so what I am saying is the thunderbolt battery life sucks, og droid battery life sucks.. I had both phones also but gave the thunderbolt back because of battery and it was a peice of crap

          • Jeff

            I get the same battery life as my Incredible.

      • Durago

        My TBolt gets the same battery life as my DX. You’re doing something wrong.

      • Durago

        My TBolt gets the same battery life as my DX. You’re doing something wrong.

      • Anonymous

        The droid charge gets good battery life.

        • TheNuttyTrinitron

          Define “good”…

    • vernon

      actually, the us market version will carry the traditional 4 buttons, Samsung did the same thing with the old gs

    • Anonymous

      Agree…if I’m gonna have a phone for 2 years…and since I do live in a 4G area…it is going to be 4G. Especially since I have my grandfathered unlimited data and who knows what kind of streaming apps will be out in the next few years. 

    • Paxmos

      You guys don’t know what you are talking about. Have you tried one, I own one and it beats every phone out there, and I’ve had quite a few phones in the past year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Even for Samsung, that is pretty sexy

    • Paxmos

      Touchwiz is fantastic on this phone.

  • Camarriott

    Ba.