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Samsung Galaxy S II Is a Stellar Smartphone

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Forget all the Apple (AAPL) iPhone hype -- Samsung is setting the bar for touch-controlled business phones with the Galaxy S II ($199 with two-year contract from Sprint (S)).

The market has become downright flooded with large, bright, powerful, pricey, touch-activated smartphones for businesses, to the point where it is getting awfully tough to sift out a winner in a legit competitive analysis between, say, an iPhone, Motorola (MOT) Droid Bionic and HTC EVO.

The Galaxy S II is rapidly become the star in the mobile businesses telephony market.

For a business anyway, they're all pretty much the same.

So how cool is it to find a large, bright, high-powered mobile device that actually offers fresh value to firms: The Samsung Galaxy S II. The unit came to Sprint earlier this month and is widely available at places such as Radio Shack (RSH), Amazon (AMZN) and Best Buy (BBY). And after several weeks of tough testing, I gotta say, this thing is worth keeping track of.

The Galaxy S II is rapidly become the star in the mobile businesses telephony market.

What you do get
The Galaxy S II offers probably the best mix of mobile business functions found in a touch-based smartphone today.

Samsung deserves a huge round of applause for making a phone that seems smaller than it actually is. At first blush, the Galaxy seems like the average chubby cellphone: 5.5-inches diagonal overall, nearly 3 inches whide, roughly a half-inch thick. You get the idea. But when you touch the thing, the unit seemed practically delicate. It is done in a bulk-reducing, soft-edge case and is lighter than expected. But there was enough mobile real estate for a 4.52-inch diagonal screen that has got to one of the best-looking on the market -- bright, remarkably crisp, and the blacks are excellent. Tied with a fat, 1.2-GHz processor, the 4G Sprint network and support for oodles of business apps, this unit is an all-world business-class performer.

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