The Good The Samsung Galaxy S II has a speedy dual-core processor, a large, gorgeous display, 4G capability, and excellent cameras. It's also up-to-date with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Bad The Samsung Galaxy S II lacks a hardware camera button, and you need to remove to battery to access the microSD card slot. Call quality could be better.
The Bottom Line Despite a few complaints, the Samsung Galaxy S II hits all the high notes, making the unlocked handset Samsung's most advanced and successful smartphone to date.
Samsung Galaxy S II (unlocked)
Since its first Galaxy iteration, Samsung has taken the line of slick black smartphones and run with it, straight down the production line, to produce one blockbuster after another. The cell phone maker wasted little time spinning off variations, from theto the , and even the . But of the more than a dozen global models, the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II takes the cake; the svelte "jumbo phone" is as beautiful and premium as when we last February at Mobile World Congress.
The impressive specs start with a dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It runs on the latest Android OS, version 2.3 Gingerbread. Samsung's custom TouchWiz 4.0 interface adds some extra visual perks and three new hubs for gaming, e-reading, and music resources. It also hasin HSPA+, which makes an already top-shelf device even zippier. We had a few minor complaints, but overall, the Galaxy S II is a comprehensive piece of mobile machinery. The Galaxy S II is available in Europe and Asia, but there's still no word on a U.S. carrier agreement, although . In the meantime, you can acquire it unlocked. It's a GSM phone (no current plans for a CDMA version last time we checked,) so if you get it, you'll need a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card for it to work.
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