The next generation of smartphones is on its way, and one of Android’s advantages is definitely the wide selection of handsets that its open platform provides. After writing about the main features of the HTC Sensation, it came to my attention that most of you were comparing that device to the Samsung Galaxy S II, mentioning the reasons why you were more inclined to purchase one more than the other. It goes without saying that Samsung’s new flagship device is one of the most anticipated of the year, and it definitely has its advantages over the competition.
Like many of you, I have been studying the latest high-end devices and checking out my options, and the Samsung Galaxy S II is definitely among the top competitors in my personal list. Why?
- Design: Though it may look a bit fragile to some, it is undeniable that this device is simply beautiful. The metallic finish is very attractive, and its thinness is impressive.
- Dual-core/Graphics: Great speed, multi-tasking, and overall performance. Also optimized for gaming and multimedia.
- Super AMOLED Plus display: Definition, colors, and saturation are amazing on the Samsung Galaxy S II. Remember the Galaxy S displays? Well, imagine that, but even better.
- Touchwiz: While Stock Android is the best way to go, Touchwiz is among the best manufacturer UI’s out there, along with Sense (in my humble opinion).
- Improved Web Browsing and Email: Very snappy browsing, as well as other cool additions, like zooming in/out by moving the device (using the gyrosensor). Samsung has also added a Honeycomb-like email client, making it very unique and much easier to navigate.
- Camera: Stunning 8 MP camera, able to record at full 1080p HD quality. It also has a 2 MP front-facing camera, which is something we will begin to use with more frequency as it becomes more available.
- MHL connection with TV: Watching all your content on a big screen is something that we could often take advantage of. With the Samsung Galaxy S II, you can do it at full-HD 1080p resolution (with up to 30 fps).
- Unlocked Bootloader: Last but not least… The main reason why this device is better for many of you. Being able to play around with your device, and customize it at will, is one of the most fun abilities that Android gives you. If you are one to root and take the Android experience to its fullest, an unlocked bootloader is a must.
It so happens that Samsung has also released a “closer look” video of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Though it roughly follows the same pattern as the Sensation’s video, this one is much more detailed. Samsung’s demo is about 12.5 minutes long (around twice the length, compared to HTC’s). While the Samsung Galaxy S II has not been released in the U.S. yet, it has made its debut in Korea, and it is currently on its quest here. In the meanwhile, check out the video after the break, and let us know why you are choosing (or not) the Samsung Galaxy S II. Which will be your next device, and why?