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.|
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.