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Samsung Galaxy S II (photos)

Take a close-up look at Samsung's most successful Android smartphone to date.

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Hello, Gingerbread

We won't fault you if you can't keep your eyes off the Samsung Galaxy S II's generous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The smartphone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's custom TouchWiz 4.0 interface.

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Big and tall

No shrinking violet, the Galaxy S II is tall, but among the world's thinnest phones, at just 0.3 inch thick.
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Handheld

Although tall and wide, the Galaxy S II isn't too heavy to comfortably hold and heft.
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Typing fiend

The phone's width makes for a roomy virtual keyboard. You have your choice of the Samsung standard or Swype.
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Skinny

If you think thin is beautiful, you'll love these dimensions.
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Camera times 2

The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera takes excellent shots for a camera phone, as does the 2-megapixel front-facing camera, which is also useful for video chatting.
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Photo quality

This studio image has a slightly brown cast to it, but we found that most indoor shots balanced colors well with the automatic settings.

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