Trifecta of Galaxy S II Phones Prepares to Invade 3 Top U.S. Carriers
August 31, 2011 8:25 AM
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The Galaxy S II is coming in the next few weeks to 3 of America's top four networks. The best model appears to be on Sprint's network (left), but all sound pretty nice.
Verizon is left out of the GS II party -- for now
Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) scored a sales hit with its Galaxy S smartphone, powered by Google Inc.'s (
Android operating system. Now the phone's successor --
the Galaxy S II
-- has been officially announced for three of the U.S.'s top four carriers.
The release comes just days after the
official Samsung announcement
of a larger-screen Galaxy S II variant and just weeks after pictures of the upcoming models
As rumored, the phone will launch on AT&T, Inc. (
], Sprint Nextel Corp. (
], and Deutsche Telekom AG's (
) T-Mobile USA [
] -- America's second, third, and fourth largest networks, respectively. Noticeably absent from the party is Verizon Communications, Inc. (
), America's largest wireless network.
Moving on to the phones themselves, you'll notice some slight differences in the various models, which can be seen below:
The Sprint version arguably sounds the best with a true 4G modem, larger screen, and exclusive larger battery. It also is arriving the first.
All three of the phones will start off running Google's latest Android operation system, Gingerbread, and will eventually receive
an update to Ice Cream Sandwich
-- a new release of Android that's coming this fall.
Samsung brags that the new phone is the world's "thinnest 4G phone" (8.89 mm). Sounds about right. If you're in the market for an Android, you'll definitely want to check these out as they're some of the best the market has to offer.
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already own one on At&t
8/31/2011 1:04:57 PM
Thats great and all but after getting one of these off Amazon last week. I am completely happy. You can also find a 1800mAh battery on amazon that is the exact size as the standard one.
Does suck a little to spend $620 on a phone since At&t doesn't have lower plans for out of contract which they should since I'm not recouping a phone. I guess I'll just get one for 200 when it comes out. Root/jailbreak it and sell it on ebay.
The phone is insanely fast. I upgraded from a iPhone 3G and its the differene of night and day in speed.
On HSPA+ I currently have speed tested about 2.6Mbps down and .83Mbps up. Not too bad at all seeing as no carrior offers true 4G in my area so At&t still has the fastest network here.
I got to keep my iphone data plan as well. This slightly worried me since I had to get a new sim because I was having connection issues with my old one. But keeping Unlimited data is a big plus.
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