Samsung Galaxy S II review: Eye-popping Gingerbread

Top-notch specs deliver on the Samsung Galaxy S II. We can't wait to get our hands on a version bound for the U.S.

Josh Miller

What do you get when you merge Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch high-end screen, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 4G capability? Simply Samsung's best smartphone to date.

The Samsung Galaxy S II (first announced at Mobile World Congress) impresses with a long list of top-shelf features that overall deliver. Not every design element is perfect and we weren't always able to maintain 4G-like speeds, a hurdle that's hardly surprising given this model is an unlocked handset that's unoptimized for US networks.

However, the FCC's recent clearance leads us to believe that the Galaxy S II is bound for our shores soon, and we can't wait. After all, the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display alone makes Gingerbread look good enough to eat.

Catch our hands-on video, photos, and all the pros and cons in our hands-on review.

Featured Video

Your Black Friday shopping survival guide

Ready to battle for deals? Bridget Carey helps you plan your strategy with tips on smartphone apps, where to find the best deals, and when to avoid the stores.

by Bridget Carey