Yes, you read correctly. Engadget has just finished and published their review of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The device has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Super-Amoled Plus 4.3 inch screen, and is the thinnest smartphone to date. Engadget’s review focuses on the cons and pros of the device, and reviews just about every single aspect, but the end it something that I did not expect to see.
Engadget has always been known for not being too favorable towards Android devices, often finding weak spots of specific devices, and hitting Android as a whole. This doesn’t mean they are incorrect or bad reviews, they just don’t see Android shining quite as brightly as some others do. Their recent HTC Thuderbolt review seemed to be a change of pace, however, when they came out of the gate strong and finished by saying this about the device: “HTC’s managed to put together a handset here that we can honestly recommend with a straight face . . . And if you’re lucky enough to live or work in an LTE market (or one that’s going live this year), it’s the best choice by a country mile.” That alone was surprising for me to hear, as I found myself finding some faults in the Thunderbolt that Engadget did not even mention. It doesn’t stop here though.
Engadget’s review of the Samsung Galaxy S II is a very very well written review. Vlad Savov clearly, and accurately depicts the smartphone to readers giving the positives and negatives, but not really parking in one place for too long. The ending is what surprised me, though. Vlad said: “It’s the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might well be the best smartphone, period.” He went on later to say: “Nonetheless, if you’re asking us what smartphone to buy today, unconstrained by such externalities, the Galaxy S II would be the clear choice. Sometimes it’s just as simple as that.” I was so impressed by this review, not just because it’s an Android phone, but because it is a very solid, true review. Engadget has really done well on this one, and I am looking forward to the Galaxy S II now more than ever. The operating system wars can sometimes get to us, but when we can all come through and give honest credit where it is deserved, I think the tech community is just a better place. This is all about the Galaxy S II in the first place, however, so I would hit the source and read the review for yourself. Cheers, Engadget.