Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular) review: Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular)

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 9.0
  • Performance: 8.0

Average User Rating

3 stars 18 user reviews
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The Good The Samsung Galaxy S II has a large, beautiful 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a great 8-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB built-in storage.

The Bad U.S. Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S II has a slower network. It's significantly pricier than other handsets in the carrier's lineup.

The Bottom Line With venerable specs, including a terrific camera and large, beautiful screen, the Samsung Galaxy S II is holding true to its claim to fame as the everyman's high-end Android phone.

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With the rapid-fire release of one smartphone after another, it's easy for once-great phones to quickly become obsolete. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one device with staying power, and its appearance on U.S. Cellular's network is a slam dunk.

There are two things to be aware of: this is a 3G phone on U.S. Cellular, and the cost is a little steeper than on other carriers: $229.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and with a new two-year activation. It's also costlier than other U.S. Cellular phones at the time of the review.

Editors' note: This review focuses on the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S II on U.S. Cellular and the Samsung Galaxy S II on other networks. You can read up on the full feature set here.

Design and features
The Samsung Galaxy S II maintains the same design as the T-Mobile and Sprint versions of the phone. It starts with a trim, rounded rectangle candy bar design, and has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen that's just beautiful, rich, clear, and vivid. (AT&T's model has a 4.3-inch screen. Its Galaxy S II Skyrocket variation has the larger display.)


It's good to see a strong Android handset like the Galaxy S II anchor U.S. Cellular's lineup.

There's a nice, strong 2-megapixel camera on the front that's great for video chats, but the best lens yet is the 8-megapixel one on the back, which continues to take excellent shots on every Galaxy S II variation we've seen. Auto-focus and an LED flash help out.

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Where to Buy

Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular)

Part Number: GALAXYSIIUSC Released: Feb 29, 2012

MSRP: $229.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date Feb 29, 2012
  • Talk Time Up to 540 min
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider U. S. Cellular
  • Weight 4.6 oz
  • Diagonal Size 4.3 in
  • Technology 3G