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.


About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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