Samsung's best smartphones: A closer look

CNET rounds up six of Samsung's finest smartphones, including a budget option and one phone that's yet to hit our shores.

Samsung Galaxy S II (unlocked)
You can look, but you can't touch. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung is one of the most prolific cell phone manufacturers there is, but not every phone is an instant hit. From a smartphone-maker's standpoint, it doesn't have to be.

Top-of-the-line handsets might wow us with their sheer processing power and camera might, at least compared with the generations that came before, but companies also make strategic decisions about when to cater to more-restricted budgets and when to pile on the features. At times, we even get a mix of both.

To that end, we've rounded up today's crop of Samsung's smartphone all-stars, which includes a couple of budget-friendly options and one phone that isn't even available yet in the U.S.

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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