Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)
2:34

Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)

Mobile
Hey, everyone. I'm Bonnie Chad, senior editor at CNET.com, with another look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 for AT&T. First I got a glimpse of this Gingerbread Android phone at the launch event in late August, but we finally got it in for review and it's pretty sweet. The AT&T version actually most closely resembles the international version of the phone because it has a 4.3-inch display instead of a 4.5-inch touchscreen like the T-Mobile and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S2. And I think that's a good thing because it gives the phone a more manageable design. It's not as tall or wide, so it's easier to hold, which I think is going to be more appealing to a lot more people. Plus I think with 4.3 inches, there's still plenty of room to view; web pages, media and messages. The Super AMOLED Plus display shows off really deep colors and sharp images and texts so I didn't miss having that extra 0.2 inches of screen real estate. As I mentioned earlier, the Galaxy S2 is running gingerbread along with Samsung's new TouchWiz interface. It includes some nice enhancements like more controls in the notification's area, and the ability to resize live widgets. While some of the other changes are marked cosmetic but still it makes for a more polished user experience. On back, you've got an 8-megapixel camera and flash and I was really happy with the picture quality. Even under dim lighting photos came out with bright colors and lots of detail. And since the phone has a dual-core 1.2 GHZ processor, it can also shoot 1080p HD video which also came out looking fantastic. The processor also kept the phone running smoothly and quickly, apps launched right away and there was no slowdown when switching between apps. I also had no problems playing games or Flash content. The phone delivered good call quality too and battery life has been impressive for a smartphone, getting a little over a day's use on a single charge with moderate to a heavy usage. The only complaints I really have about the phone are that, parts of the phone feel plasticky like the battery door and AT&T's HSPA+ data speeds weren't all that impressive, at least not here in New York. Still, there's so much to love about the Galaxy S2 which is why we're giving it our Editor's Choice Award. Its combination of a sleek design, great feature set and solid performance makes it the best Android smartphone available from AT&T right now, in my opinion. The Galaxy S2 will be available October 2nd for 199.99 with a 2-year contract. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 for AT&T.

Up Next

Hands-On With Huawei's Pura 70 Ultra
240515-winged-pura-70-ultra-00-01-30-05-still001.jpg

Up Next

Hands-On With Huawei's Pura 70 Ultra

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested
240409-site-humane-ai-pin-review-v2

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2
humane-ai-pin-thumb2

Humane AI Pin Hands-On: Tiny Wearable Phonelet Beams Light Like R2-D2

Here's Why Your Phone Battery Still Sucks
badbatpic

Here's Why Your Phone Battery Still Sucks

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device
rabbitr1cms

First Look at Rabbit R1 Mobile AI Device

The Best Mobile Tech We Saw at CES 2024
screenshot-2024-01-11-at-3-11-36pm.png

The Best Mobile Tech We Saw at CES 2024

I Upgraded to the iPhone 15 Pro Max: Was It Worth It?
thmbcnet

I Upgraded to the iPhone 15 Pro Max: Was It Worth It?

iOS 17 Still Holds Surprises: Overheating Fix, Podcast Changes and More
one-more-thing-cnet-00-07-22-23-still005

iOS 17 Still Holds Surprises: Overheating Fix, Podcast Changes and More

How Apple's Switch to USB-C Will Change the iPhone
img-6321

How Apple's Switch to USB-C Will Change the iPhone

Everything Apple Announced at Its iPhone 15 Event
appleiphone15-supercut-v2-clean

Everything Apple Announced at Its iPhone 15 Event

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

The Galaxy S24 Ultra With Samsung DeX Replaced My Laptop
240613-site-samsung-dex-1

The Galaxy S24 Ultra With Samsung DeX Replaced My Laptop

The Great Apple AI Divide Is Coming
240613-yt-omt-apple-ai-divide-wwdc-v07

The Great Apple AI Divide Is Coming

All the Big News from Elon Musk at Tesla's 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting
elon-1

All the Big News from Elon Musk at Tesla's 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting

Our Fave EV Truck Gets Even Better: Testing the New Rivian R1T, R1S
240610-yt-rivian-off-road-experience-v04

Our Fave EV Truck Gets Even Better: Testing the New Rivian R1T, R1S

Home Security Cams Like My Nest Doorbell Are Getting Smarter With AI
must-use-subject-ring-doorbell-device

Home Security Cams Like My Nest Doorbell Are Getting Smarter With AI

Apple Watch: New Features Coming in WatchOS 11
cnet

Apple Watch: New Features Coming in WatchOS 11

Apple's MacOS Sequoia: The New Features You'll Want to Try
240610-yt-macos-ai-mac-vs-ai-pc-v06

Apple's MacOS Sequoia: The New Features You'll Want to Try

Apple Intelligence: What to Know About Apple's Gen AI
cnet

Apple Intelligence: What to Know About Apple's Gen AI

Apple Introduces Private Cloud Compute for AI Processing
ipados-00-09-14-29-still003

Apple Introduces Private Cloud Compute for AI Processing

Apple Reveals InSight for TVOS
screenshot-2024-06-10-at-12-20-29pm.png

Apple Reveals InSight for TVOS