Apple’s iPhone 4 still top-selling smartphone at AT&T, Verizon in September

By on October 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 4 still top-selling smartphone at AT&T, Verizon in September

Apple’s iPhone 4 was still the best-selling smartphone at both AT&T and Verizon Wireless in September while the Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch topped Sprint’s smartphone lineup and the HTC Sensation was No. 1 at T-Mobile. Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley on Monday revealed the results of checks the firm performed recently, and the resulting estimates paint an all too familiar picture of the smartphone landscape in the U.S. last month. Read on for more. More →

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Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone hits new milestone: 10 million GALAXY S II phones sold

By on September 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM.

Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone hits new milestone: 10 million GALAXY S II phones sold

Samsung on Sunday announced that its GALAXY S II line of smartphones has reached a new milestone. Just eight weeks after the South Korea-based vendor revealed that it had shipped 5 million S II smartphones in just 85 days, Samsung now says it has sold 10 million GALAXY S II devices into global sales channels. “Since its launch in late April 2011, the GALAXY S II has seen continued sales success, demonstrating Samsung’s industry-leading capabilities in – and commitment to – the smartphone market.” said Samsung mobile boss JK Shin in a statement. “In just five months the GALAXY S II has seen tremendous growth, reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world, who in selecting the GALAXY S II as their device of choice have driven the device’s strong market position globally.” The news came just ahead of two new device announcements, the GALAXY S II LTE and the GALAXY S II HD LTE, Samsung’s first smartphone equipped with its 720p Super AMOLED HD display. The company’s full press release follows below. More →

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Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch review

By on September 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch review

Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone ever has finally landed in the United States. The GALAXY S II will be sold by Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, and Verizon is expected to offer a similar phone in the near future. Sprint’s model came to the market first under the Epic 4G Touch moniker and I have been using it nearly non-stop for the past week. The “Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch” has stiff competition among the ranks of Sprint’s 4G phones. Can it keep up? Read on for my full review during which, for the sake of brevity, I’ll refer to the device as simply as the Epic 4G Touch.

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Our first ever BGR reader event is tomorrow!

By on September 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM.

Our first ever BGR reader event is tomorrow!

We’re hosting our first ever reader event tomorrow in New York City, and the response so far has been incredible! Samsung will be there demoing the company’s GALAXY S II handset in addition to other products, and you’ll get a chance to meet with me and the rest of the BGR team. Of course there will be great music, food, drinks and some special appearances as well. Plus, we’re going to be giving away a whole bunch of our favorite Samsung smartphones, so make sure you get there early and don’t forget to RSVP!

The BGR NYC Summer Event takes place tomorrow at AVENUE, 116 10th Ave, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. RSVP: meetup@bgr.com

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Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch just $149.99 on pre-order

By on September 6, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch just $149.99 on pre-order

Set to launch later this month, Sprint’s version of the Samsung GALAXY S II smartphone is now available for pre-order from popular cell phone retailer Wirefly. While the highly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G Touch is set to launch at $199.99 from Sprint, Wirefly is offering early adopters an unusual discount — a pre-payment of $149.99 will secure anxious GALAXY fans an Epic 4G Touch as soon as they become available in mid-September. Announced late last month at a Samsung press event, Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and compatibility with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The sleek smartphone will launch nationwide on September 16th, though the Wirefly site does not specify when pre-orders will ship. More →

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Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM.

Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

We are here at Samsung’s press event in New York City where the phone maker just took the wraps off of Sprint’s brand new GALAXY S II smartphone. The GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch offers full support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network and is equipped with 16GB of storage, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. We really like the textured back of the phone, which gives it a good grip, but the plastic build still feels just a bit cheap to us. We really wish Samsung would adopt stronger materials in its flagship devices, such as metals and soft-touch rubberized plastic. Still, the phone easily zips through Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface. Sprint will be the first to launch the GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch on September 16th and it’s priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

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Samsung unveils GALAXY S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile [updated]

By on August 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

Samsung unveils GALAXY S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile [updated]


During a press event in New York City on Tuesday, Samsung officially took the wraps off of its U.S. GALAXY S II smartphone family. Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will support the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network while the T-Mobile and AT&T devices will run on each carrier’s respective HSPA+ network. Each iteration of the GALAXY S II smartphone is equipped with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats. T-Mobile and Sprint’s GALAXY S II phones offer more rounded cases while AT&T’s maintains the sharper edges of the European GALAXY S II. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile expect to launch the GALAXY S II this fall, although pricing details were not revealed. We’re here at the event live so stay tuned for hands-on reports for each device. Read on for the full press release.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions and photos of the T-Mobile GALAXY S II, the AT&T GALAXY S II and the Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch. More →

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Sprint's Samsung GALAXY S II, the Epic 4G Touch, revealed ahead of announcement

By on August 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM.

Sprint's Samsung GALAXY S II, the Epic 4G Touch, revealed ahead of announcement

The most popular smartphone in Samsung history is expected to be unveiled for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile this evening at a special press event — where we’ll be reporting live — but it looks like new details are beginning to leak out early. Sprint’s version of the sleek Android phone has apparently been revealed by website Stuff-Review. Sprint’s GALAXY S II, or “Epic 4G Touch” as it has apparently been named, will feature a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. Pricing and an official release date are still a mystery, but hopefully we’ll learn more at tonight’s event. Additional leaked details surrounding the Samsung Epic 4G Touch follow below. More →

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Samsung to unveil U.S. Galaxy S II models on August 30th [updated]

By on August 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

Samsung to unveil U.S. Galaxy S II models on August 30th [updated]

Samsung has begun sending event invitations to bloggers and members of the press for an event on August 29th where the South Korea-based vendor will unveil U.S. models of its popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. The devices will be unveiled in New York City, and no other details from Samsung are available at this time. BGR exclusively reported earlier this month that Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II would be called the Epic Touch 4G, and a purported Verizon Wireless roadmap suggested that the nation’s top carrier could release the sleek smartphone on September 9th as the Samsung Stratosphere, though other reports have suggested the Stratosphere is a different device that is not part of the Galaxy S II line. Versions are expected for both AT&T and T-Mobile as well, though details surrounding these devices have not yet been revealed. BGR reviewed the international version of the Galaxy S II back in May, and we found it to be one of our favorite Android smartphones to date at that time.

UPDATE: Due to the hurricane approaching the New York area, Samsung has pushed this event back one day to Tuesday, August 30th.

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