So there you have it … they're finally here. Well, almost here. The US variants of the Galaxy S II were finally made official after four long months of waiting. They should land on a carrier near you in the “coming weeks,” that is, if you aren't on Verizon or looking to switch. A similar phone is said to be coming to Verizon in the near future, so don't give up hope just yet.
As we all had assumed, each version has a slight twist and will land at different times. The Epic 4G Touch and T-Mobile variant have 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus displays while the AT&T version has HDMI out and a smaller, 4.3-inch display. And they all feature slightly different designs – some with more rounded corners than others. We know the AT&T and Sprint versions will come with Samsung's own 1.2GHz Exynos dual-core processor, and they will all have 8-megapixel cameras, 2-megapixel FFCs, 16GB of built-in storage, and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0. Not a lot was said about the T-Mo variant, and This is my next has a good theory as to why. They believe – and I'm prone to agree – that the T-Mobile Galaxy S II is the leaked Hercules which is rumored to sport a dual-core Snapdragon instead of a Exynos. Not a huge difference, but it answers a lot of questions.
In its four months on the market, the European Galaxy S II has made a huge splash overseas. At the time it was released, it was easily one of the best phones to own. The beautiful display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM gave it a leg-up over its counterparts. And TouchWiz 4.0 surprisingly changes Android for the better with resizable widgets and unexpected speed. But months have passed; and months equal years in the mobile realm.
Samsung should know by now that phones are generally irrelevant by the time they hit shelves. This isn't necessarily true in the case of the Galaxy S II, but they surely weren't thinking ahead this time. Four months seems like forever ago, and the competitors have caught up – dual-core processors, 1GB RAM and big, beautiful displays are now a dime a dozen. Regardless, Sammy still believes that, much like its European brother, the series will be a big hit in the US. But I just don't see it happening as they've missed their mark ... again.
The Galaxy S II series is full of great phones, don't get me wrong. They are just launching at the worst time possible. Interest in the Nexus Prime (or DROID Prime, whatever that really is), the iPhone 5 and the handful of bigger, better Android phones slated to launch before the holidays is growing. There are better things right around the corner – phones with higher resolution displays, faster processors, better cameras, etc. Then again, there always will be.
Personally, I couldn't force myself to buy a Galaxy S II. Not now. Had they launched a month ago, I would have been on a T-Mobile GSII like white on rice. But we're about to enter September, leaving behind one of the craziest months for the mobile space in history. We're also approaching the launch of the next Nexus, likely to also be made by Samsung, sporting a higher resolution display and the added benefit of having the latest Android software first. There are simply too many uncertainties and too many rumors of impending, next-gen superphones for me to settle for the Galaxy S II right now.
That said, I know there are some people out there that have had their hearts set on the Galaxy S II since it was announced at Mobile World Congress. So tell me, readers, are you going to throw your money on the table for a Galaxy S II when it hits your carrier? Or are you going to stick it out and see what comes in the coming months? Let us know in the poll below!