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Samsung Galaxy S II: Could be king of the Android smartphones [Video]

September 17, 2011 | 11:49 am

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The Samsung Galaxy S II, which went on sale Friday through Sprint, just might be the nicest smartphone currently available running Google's Android operating system.

The Galaxy S II's biggest rival to the title of king of the Androids? That would be the Motorola Droid Bionic, in my opinion. I've tested and used both of the 4G handsets, and although the Droid Bionic feels  like a more premium, upscale product than the Galaxy S II, in terms of materials and finishes used, the Bionic also is a bit thicker, heavier and more expensive. 

The Droid Bionic sells for $300 on a two-year contract exclusively through Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy S II sells for $200 on a two-year contract through Sprint and will soon launch on T-Mobile and AT&T.

Both the Droid Bionic and the Galaxy S II have similar specs with dual-core processors, 16 gigabytes of on-board storage, 8-megapixel cameras and nice, large touch displays.

The Samsung Galaxy S II also is considered by many to be the largest threat at this point to the Apple iPhone 4. Want proof? Apple is suing Samsung in the U.S., Europe and Asia in an attempt to get the Galaxy S II stripped for store shelves, alleging patent infringement.

Take a look at this week's video for a quick review of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Droid Bionic to get a better idea of how these two top-of-the-line Androids stack up.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Photo: The Motorola Droid Bionic from Verizon Wireless (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch from Sprint. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh/Los Angeles Times