Samsung Galaxy S II Hands-On Video for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile


Our one and only Rob Jackson is on location in New York for Samsung’s big U.S. unveiling for the Galaxy S II. Rob was able to get some quick hands-on time with each of the devices, showing off some of the new features and Samsung’s all new TouchWiz UI. I’m sure you’ve already noticed from the press shots but these are not cookie cutter versions of each other. Each device has their own subtle aesthetic differences so let’s jump right in and take a look!



Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. First?

  2. Notification Light on Epic 4G Touch!!! YES!

    1. Didn’t even notice that! Good eye! :D

      1. Netflix app on T-Mobile’s variant

  3. Loving this on tmobile!!
    Only thing is the mail client is not nearly yahoo as good as Sense!
    Also no apps like on the Sense lockscreen!
    But damn this thing flies compared to the Sensation!

    1. Lol don’t know where the yahoo came from.
      Damn swype

  4. As much as I love the GS2 and have been waiting for it to finally hit the US, I WILL NOT be buying this phone anymore. While it’s a sweet phone, it’s already been out for far too long: 4 months and counting, which isn’t considered short in the techno-mobile world. Per usual, the US carriers dropped the ball once again.
    Let’s face it. 2012 is right around the corner, as is CES and the Nexus Prime in the next month or so. I think this is the same reason why Verizon elected to skip out on the GS2 – it’s a 4 month old phone and the Nexus Prime and 2012 are right around the corner. I’ll be waiting for the Nexus Prime. Good job Samsung, poor job US carriers. So sad, so sad. When will US carriers finally WAKE UP and figure it out?

    1. I think you guys that are saying that it’s old already haven’t touched one yet. I had the international version for awhile. It will easily remain the best and fastest phone out this year or a close 2nd to the prime. As much as I like HTC phones sense is too much of a killer on processor speeds. Lg can’t make a phone that’s reliable enough for a daily driver, moto is getting close to getting it now that they have lightened up moto blur. The next iphone will surely be a beast but will also be boring if you are the type that likes to tinker with your phone.
      Even though it’s 4 months old there is nothing else that can touch the speed it has. The bigger 4.52″ screen won’t be an issue as they aren’t much bigger than the international version. They will all have a notification light, it’s easier to keep it than it would be to take it out. The only way I can see it not being there is if they use a different processor than the exynos beast.
      I would tell every one that thinks it’s going to be too big to just go to the store when they come out and take some time to play around with it. You won’t be disappointed.

    2. tell me about that is what sucks about these carriers they has by the balls and they dont care.

    3. REALLY? All this talk about Prime coming soon might as well forget about the SGS II. Really? when you say “out” you mean to buy for the general public? or as in “Announced”? Meaning the general public will be able to buy it a good 4~5 months later.

    4. dual core, 4g & NFC… i don’t think the nexus prime will be that big of an upgrade (i’m on a N1) and even though the SGII is “4 mos old” it’s still the most relevant phone on the market, there’s very little you can throw at it can’t handle. BTW the grass is always greener, i’m sure even all the “power users” on this forum would benefit from this phone

  5. Did they all have LED notification lights or just Sprint’s? Was the one on Sprint’s more than just a battery charging/use indicator? Do any of the US versions have NFC? NFC has a greater potential for more than just easy payments. They are really nice phones but I think I’ll wait to see what the next Nexus device really brings us before I make a choice.

  6. I’m really diggin’ this phone!

  7. I’ve been holding out upgrading my Evo 4G and this may be it. As a custom ROM user, EVO 3D seems to have a lot of support though. I’m hoping this phone will also find a lot of custom ROMs. Decisions decisions..

    1. If you are one to like custom roms, then i would put my money on the galaxy s II. samsung has always supported the rooting community, and the rom developers really seemed to have tons of fun with the original galaxy s. if this is like it’s predecessor, then this phone will have tons of custom roms. it’s a monster already, imagine what it’ll be like after cyanogenmod puts his touches on this, with overclock kernal as well?

  8. Thank you for the videos, phandroid :)

  9. Why is the tittle call Handson.!?!?!?!?
    They never touch the T-Mobile version..

  10. How’s the camera quality on these phones preferably the at&t version? One of the things the iPhone have on android is its superior camera quality. The iPhone 4 has a 5mp camera and all these new phones have at least 8mp but there’s a huge gap in the quality of the picture. Even the front facing camera is great. I think until these android manufacturers come up with a device that can match or beat the camera on the iPhone, Apple will always stay one step ahead. Its sad that the iPhone 4 can still give all these new android phones a run for their money and its been out for over a year now and this is coming from a diehard android user, but honestly Apple is really fucking up by making their iPods so similar to the iPhone fuck the iPhone 5 I’ll just get the iPod touch 5 and still keep my android phone

    1. have you seen 8M shots taken with a SGS II or a 1080p video recorded with a SGS II??

      @_@ baffelled. My sister has an iPhone 4 me a SGSII and we agree the SGS II’s camera is way superior. iPhone 4 the colours are over saturated. Which to some people might make it look “good” but if you blow it out to its original size and print it off…its another story =)

  11. Anyone notice the press release for the Sprint version doesn’t mention HDMI as a feature?

    1. That is because it does not have an HDMI out port. Only through the USB out.

      1. Then why does the press release for ATT say HDMI out? Does it have a true HDMI port? No, the ATT one specifically mentions the adapter. The Sprint press release doesn’t mention HDMI anywhere in it.

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