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First Look: Samsung Galaxy S II

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First Look: Samsung Galaxy S II

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Although there's no U.S. release date for it yet, the Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the best Android phones we've seen to date.

Hi, I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET. This is the first look at the Samsung Galaxy S II. This is the next generation Samsung Galaxy phone and it happens to be my editor's choice. Now, there's a lot going on with this device. First of all, it is a quad-band GSM world phone. It's got dual core 1 gigahertz processors, 4G speeds with HSPA+ and it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That is the latest version of the Android OS. The screen is really beautiful. It is a 4.27 inch. It's almost 4.3 inch super AMOLED plus screen. That means it is brighter, bolder, smoother and the colors pop more than the regular Samsung Super AMOLED screen, which was also very good. So, this is just pretty amazing, pretty brilliant linking. Now, this phone does feature Samsung's custom Touch Wiz 4.0 interface. I'm not always a fan of these custom UIs, but I do like the easy access to wifi and bluetooth settings and there are some visual flourishes on here as well. Hopefully, that won't impede any of the OS updates in the future. There is an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on this phone, also flash and has got a 2-megapixel front facing camera for all those video chats. Photo quality on this phone was really impressive. It was sharp and clear and the camcorder on the back captures and plays back 1080p HD video. As for the design itself, it's very thin. This is less than 0.5 an inch, it's 0.3 inches and it's also pretty light. Sometimes light isn't very good because it makes the phone feel cheap, but in this case I'm glad that it's not too heavy and won't let you down. Now, Samsung's Galaxy phones are usually really plasticky, but with this design, they're getting much better. There's this textured backing that makes it feel a little bit more premium. However, it's still not as premium-looking as one competitor, that's the LG T-mobile G2x. Now, I did have a few complaints. There is no camera hardware button on the side and the back cover is really stiff. I feel like I was gonna break my nails off trying to get it off. There is a micro SD card behind the back cover, but its position in such a way that you have to remove the battery to exchange the card. It holds up to 32 gigabytes of external storage. There are couple interesting things inside the phone. First of all, there's a photo editor and a video maker, which I find really handy, also an FM radio that I like. Samsung has added 3 new hubs; it's got music, games, and a reader hub. Now, it's something that's unique to the TouchWiz Interface. There are also some motion controls that are pretty interesting. For example, you can zoom, pan, silence, and tap for certain apps. There are also some business tools to try to make the phone a little bit more enterprise-friendly. For example, there's VPN encryption and support for some of Cisco services. An FC support is also enabled for some markets. So, how can you get this wonder phone? It is available in Europe and Korea right now. It costs about 500 euros, 500 pounds in Europe unlocked and it was able to find an online from between $700 and $800. However, when Samsung does announce US and Canadian availability, the price should come down. So, what do I think of this phone? Despite a few design flaws, the Galaxy S II has really top of the line specs and it delivers. So, with the screen and speeds, and the excellent processors, it adds up to one of the best all around Smartphones on the market. This is Jessica Dolcourt and you've been looking at the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II.

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