And I have to say I am really impressed with what I saw and experienced with this Samsung phone.
- Android OS 2.3.3
- Dual Core CPU 1.2GHz
- 4.3 inch screen “Super AMOLED Plus”
- 16GB/32GB Ram onboard AND a microSD Slot (for up to 32GB additional storage)
- 1GB OS internal Ram
- Size 125x66mm and only 8,5mm thin
- Camera 8MGpx (back) & 2MGpx (front)
- Quad band GSM, 3G/HSPA+ and FM-Radio
- HDMI (TV-out) & micro-USB (for charging and PC connection)
I personally like the optional Swype keyboard which Samsung provides - this enables you to type words without lifting your fingers. After using it once on the Galaxy, I missed such a feature on the iPhone.
The Samsung also has a remote management feature ("Samsung Dive"), which enables finding or disabling the phone if it lost, similar to the "Find my iPhone" service of Apple.
Samsung provides an own software suite for Windows and OSX PCs called Samsung KIES, which even enables a wireless sync to the PC. Media management of KIES is good but not as good as Apple's iTunes. There are a few sellers for Android music (most prominently Amazon) but Video content does not seem to be available anywhere.
- Documentation: There was not much, especially more info about Samsung’s own apps and pointers towards the KIES Windows/Mac software would have been great.
- Branding: Is it calledSamsung Galaxy S II or Samsung Galaxy S2 or Samsung i9100? Just own your brand and decide on ONE name with one spelling, worldwide! Especially do not allow the carriers/providers to change the name (as it is often done in the US).
- Camera: An external hardware shutter button would be nice, as would be build-in additional camera app features (like HDR or filters).
- Updates: Apples keeps it iPhones up-to-date with new Firmware for about 30month (at least that what they did with the first two generations). It would be a very good sign for the consumers if Samsung did the same or at least provide updates to the customers for more then the 18 month they recently announced together with Google. After all a contract is usually 24 months for the end customers so this timeframe should be covered!
The last word: Funny