I should be more excited about the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S II--but I want more
Maybe I should listen to comedian Louis C.K. more often and be happier--but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. While these definitely look like great Android superphones, I still want more … and that’s okay.
The Galaxy S II on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will all have at least a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and each runs on the carrier’s 4G network. It will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and each device looks like it will be quite attractive.
My beef with these devices is that they already seem a bit old, even though they have yet to land on U.S. shores. The Galaxy S II was introduced nearly six months ago at CTIA and it has already been available in other markets for a long, long time now.
What’s worse: we’re already hearing rumblings of another Samsung phone, the Nexus Prime.The phone is rumored to boast an insane screen resolution and should be running Android Ice Cream; it may even have access to the super-fast Verizon 4G LTE network. That’s not even including the upcoming iPhone 5, which is bound to be “magical” or something like that.
You always run the risk of wanting more when you’re an early adopter in tech. Believe me--as a BlackBerry Storm owner, I know this all too well. But many of these concerns may have been alleviated if we had seen the Galaxy S II in the United States two or three months ago.
I’m not insane though; I still know that the Galaxy S II phones are still going to be very good devices that make millions of people happy. Their amazing screens and the horsepower inside mean that these phones won’t really be outdated for the average user by the time the contract is over.
For the super mobile enthusiast, wanting more can be a heart-breaking thing but it can be a good thing as well. Wanting more puts the pressure on the carriers, handset makers, and app makers to keep pumping out excellent products at a fast pace. Sure, wanting more may make me regret some purchases but it also leads to overall better products.