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AT&T will make the Samsung Galaxy S II available Sunday, October 2 for $199 after contract, but there’s no need to wait until then to see it. I’ve been using a review unit of this Google Android(s goog) smartphone for several days and have plenty of impressions to share. I’ll have a full written review soon, but for now, here’s an early video look at AT&T’s(s t) version of Samsung’s best-selling smartphone to date.
My favorite feature so far is the Super AMOLED Plus display. Even though it’s only 800×480 resolution, a number of folks I showed it to thought the display resolution rivaled the iPhone 4 (s aapl), due to the vivid, bright colors. Yes, the 4.3-inch display is big, but the thin nature of the smartphone makes it “feel” smaller and I have no problems putting the handset in a front pocket.
A dual-core 1.2 GHz processor powers Android 2.3.4 quite nicely; as you can see in the video, switching between tasks is fast. Image quality for still pictures is excellent and I’ll test some high-definition video soon. The front camera sensor is 2 megapixels, which worked great on a Google Talk video chat I had with my son.
The phone supports AT&T’s HSPA+ network up to 21 Mbps. A few sample speedtests have topped out around 4 Mbps down and 1.4 Mbps back up, but I live in a rural area with average network coverage so I’ll try some tests in other areas.
Note: In the video, I inadvertently refer to the internal storage at 16 MB; it’s actually 16 GB.