Samsung Galaxy S II Is a Stellar Smartphone

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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