Timing of the Galaxy S II on AT&T should prove interesting as the smartphone is arguably the best suited Google Android handset to compete directly against Apple’s iPhone, which is still a top seller on AT&T’s network.
The October 2 launch date for Samsung’s phone appears to be prior to an expected new iPhone. Apple is reportedly holding a press event on October 4, where it’s likely to introduce the next iPhone although the handset may not be available immediately. That would mean the Galaxy S II could enjoy several weeks of sales without competition from the newest iPhone model. Knowing that an updated Apple handset is due soon, however, consumers may hold off on the Samsung device.
To recap the functions and features of the Galaxy S II, the handset uses a fast dual-core processor and large, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. The thin handset also includes an 8 megapixel rear camera capable of capturing 1080p video which can be piped to a high-definition television set. A 2 megapixel front-facing camera can be used for video chat. And in terms of usability and performance, our own Darrell Etherington said this in his review: “This is the device that comes closest to creating a mobile experience as smooth as Apple’s.”