Delayed by a day due to Hurricane Irene, Samsung finally announced the release of the new Galaxy S II in the United States at the Samsung Experience in New York City. While the unveiling was a bit anticlimactic (more than 5 million units have already shipped worldwide), it was our first opportunity to take the hardware for a spin, and we were happy to oblige. We can report that the new device looks nothing like any iPhone we’ve ever seen.
In the video below, Samsung tech Vance takes us through some of the new and interesting features of the Galaxy S II, first by comparing the AT&T version to the Sprint one (T-Mobile’s wasn’t yet ready for hands-on). He then shows off the camera, TouchWiz interface, Video Maker software and the Samsung Media Hub.
Our first impressions are positive; the phone is thin, light, fast and has a big bright screen. Some of the new TouchWiz functionality was cool-looking, but we’re not sure if we’d find its regular use practical. We look forward to getting more time with one very soon.
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