Samsung Galaxy S2 (or S II) is arguably the best smartphone currently in the market. The Galaxy S II’s arrival in the US market has long been anticipated, following the record it set as the best-selling Samsung phone ever after selling 5 million units in Europe and Asia in just 85 days. The Galaxy S II boasts of bringing the next viewing, media, communication, entertainment, and business experience with its various specs, including a 4.3″ SUPER AMOLED Plus screen, HSPA+ 21 Mbps wireless capability, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras with LED Flash, and dual core processor.

However good the Galaxy S II may be, let’s face it: competition in the Android department is really tight. Here are five ‘super’ smartphones that we think can contend against S2 and might emerge victorious in the end.

Motorola Droid Bionic

Droid Bionic is touted as “made from machines to rule all machines.” Providing top specs like 4.3″ qHD screen, 8 MP camera, 1080p HD video capture, dual core processor, and up to 650 minutes of continuous talk time, Droid Bionic can easily dethrone S2. Released early September, Droid Bionic is an obvious upgrade of the Droid X2, thanks to the 4G LTE support of Verizon.

Samsung Nexus Prime


Everyone’s looking forward to October, the speculated release month of monster smartphone Nexus Prime. It will most likely be the first smartphone sporting the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), combining the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Other reported specs include dual-core Krait-based Snapdragon processor (which will make the device run 100 times faster than normal), 1GB RAM, 720p HD display, 1080p HD video capture and playback, and a 5 MP camera.

HTC Vigor

HTC won’t get left behind with the HTC Vigor, the smartphone said to be backed by Beats by Dr. Dre features. Having said that, it is expected to deliver top music experience. A possible replacement for the old top model HTC Thunderbolt, Vigor is rumored to have a dual core processor and 4.3″ display with 1280×720 screen resolution.

Motorola Photon 4G

Another Moto contender is the Photon 4G, a Sprint-powered phone with stark similarities to Atrix 4G. It has an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI port, 1 GB RAM, and 2 GB ROM, among other impressive specs. Engadget gives it a 8/10, admitting that it “comes very close to dethroning Samsung’s mighty Galaxy S2 as king of the Android hill.”

HTC Holiday


Following the rise of 4.5-inch display in Android smartphones, HTC is reported to be releasing Holiday, which is reported to be another concern for Samsung. Reported to be released this September at AT&T, it will have a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 8 MP camera with 1080p video playback, HSDPA up to 21 Mbps.


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