Samsung’s Galaxy S II, announced back in February of this year at Mobile World Congress, has been heralded by many as the best smartphone currently on the market. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise then to hear that the South Korean handset vendor has managed to sell more than 10 million of them since it launched in April. What’s more impressive is that half of those 10 million units were sold in just the past 8 weeks. Considering the Galaxy S II has been on sale in America for less than 2 weeks, and only on 1 operator (Sprint), how many more sales can this beast rack up? The AT&T version of the Galaxy S II is coming out on October 2nd and the T-Mobile variant doesn’t yet have a launch date. Verizon said they’re not going to offer their customer the Galaxy S II, instead they’ll launch something even more powerful. Rumors suggest that the next Nexus device, the “Droid Prime”, will be a Verizon exclusive … at least for a short while.
Anyway, the question is should you buy the Galaxy S II? Lots of folks will be turned off by the 4.3 inch screen, despite the thin 8.5 mm body. Then there’s also the impeding release of the next version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, that will be fully unveiled in either October or November. How fast will the Galaxy S II get Ice Cream Sandwich? Should you just wait for a device that comes with Ice Cream Sandwich preinstalled? These are tough questions, and the fact that Apple is going to come out with their own dual core smartphone in just a few weeks makes things even harder when considering which smartphone you should buy this holiday season.
We say wait. Chances are what you’ve got in your pocket is doing a decent job already. There are just too many awesome handsets slated to be released during Q4 2011 that make the Galaxy S II seem more like an impulse buy than an educated purchase.