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Wow ...

Still, there's no mistaking the latter over the former, as the latest Epic found plenty of ways to not just stand out but enhance the global GSII. As preposterous as it may sound that an already wonderful phone may have been improved upon by a carrier, we think Sprint's variant may have done just that: beefing up the screen, adding an LED notification light, using a larger battery and adding a couple capacitive touchscreen buttons could indeed make the phone even more desirable than it already is, as painful as it may feel to admit it.

Did I seriously just read this from a Engadget writer?
 
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Also, this is a serious relief to read ...

Our calls were absolutely solid. The phone's reception is on par with the best handsets around, and we never suffered from dropped calls or degraded quality. Our calls came in absolutely clear, and we think the speakers go to 11 because we had to actually turn down the volume to comfortably hear the other end of the line. The same thing could be said about the loudspeaker for calls and music, which both came out loud and clear without needing to strain our ears or feeling like we needed to break out the headphones. However, the sound seemed a bit limited when watching a full-length blockbuster movie, though we believe this had to do with the quality of the movie itself and not the phone.

Last but not least, we double-checked the GPS to make sure it wouldn't have similar concerns to the Galaxy S series, and weren' t disappointed. In several locations -- including a basement next to a window -- the GPS pulled up our location in less than ten seconds. Needless to say, this is definitely a sound improvement, one we imagine had special attention given to it throughout the course of the phone's development.
 

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It's good too see that nothing has really diminish from the original. I look forward to seeing what Samsung will be bringing to the table next.
 

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Maybe it's just the way I'm interpreting it, knowing all along that Engadget tends to heavily lean towards Apple favoritism. I see it as a huge testament to the quality of this device, with an iPhone fanboy site basically saying "Wow .. this is a great device, and somehow Sprint actually managed to improve it".
 

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Kind of feel like since that block of writers left Engadget to go start This Is My Next...(soon to be The Verge) the Apple fan-boyism has cut back. Though the whole build quality thing seems like a reach. Not everything can (or needs to be) brushed aluminum.
 

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Kind of feel like since that block of writers left Engadget to go start This Is My Next...(soon to be The Verge) the Apple fan-boyism has cut back. Though the whole build quality thing seems like a reach. Not everything can (or needs to be) brushed aluminum.

In fact, very rarely is brushed aluminum actually used. It's usually a polished chrome-like plastic. But that doesn't stop people from thinking the build quality with shiny plastic is superior.
 

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Kind of feel like since that block of writers left Engadget to go start This Is My Next...(soon to be The Verge) the Apple fan-boyism has cut back. Though the whole build quality thing seems like a reach. Not everything can (or needs to be) brushed aluminum.

I know seriously, they should take off build quality on the negatives lists entirely and should only mention it in the review article but not be part of the actual review score as build quality is quite subjective (some like plastic, some like metal).
 

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The review was pathetic. Not only did they barely talk about using it as an actual phone, they didn't talk about data speeds at all. Seriously? Do they think that no one's going to be using this for data consumption?
 

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The review was pathetic. Not only did they barely talk about using it as an actual phone, they didn't talk about data speeds at all. Seriously? Do they think that no one's going to be using this for data consumption?
I thought it was pretty good.

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Our calls were absolutely solid. The phone's reception is on par with the best handsets around, and we never suffered from dropped calls or degraded quality. Our calls came in absolutely clear, and we think the speakers go to 11 because we had to actually turn down the volume to comfortably hear the other end of the line. The same thing could be said about the loudspeaker for calls and music, which both came out loud and clear without needing to strain our ears or feeling like we needed to break out the headphones. However, the sound seemed a bit limited when watching a full-length blockbuster movie, though we believe this had to do with the quality of the movie itself and not the phone.
Last but not least, we double-checked the GPS to make sure it wouldn't have similar concerns to the Galaxy S series, and weren' t disappointed. In several locations -- including a basement next to a window -- the GPS pulled up our location in less than ten seconds. Needless to say, this is definitely a sound improvement, one we imagine had special attention given to it throughout the course of the phone's development.

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When it comes to data speed yes they missed that point no big deal.
I'm sure it was pretty good if they got GPS lock in 10 seconds below ground level
 

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I thought it was pretty good.

Engadget:
Our calls were absolutely solid. The phone's reception is on par with the best handsets around, and we never suffered from dropped calls or degraded quality. Our calls came in absolutely clear, and we think the speakers go to 11 because we had to actually turn down the volume to comfortably hear the other end of the line. The same thing could be said about the loudspeaker for calls and music, which both came out loud and clear without needing to strain our ears or feeling like we needed to break out the headphones. However, the sound seemed a bit limited when watching a full-length blockbuster movie, though we believe this had to do with the quality of the movie itself and not the phone.
Last but not least, we double-checked the GPS to make sure it wouldn't have similar concerns to the Galaxy S series, and weren' t disappointed. In several locations -- including a basement next to a window -- the GPS pulled up our location in less than ten seconds. Needless to say, this is definitely a sound improvement, one we imagine had special attention given to it throughout the course of the phone's development.

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When it comes to data speed yes they missed that point no big deal.
I'm sure it was pretty good if they got GPS lock in 10 seconds below ground level

No big deal? You're talking about a device that runs on one of the nation's only two 4G networks, has a giant screen perfect for consumption of media, and has access to a market with hundreds of thousands of apps that use data extensively.

For them NOT to include data performance is a laughable oversight, and makes their editorial process look like a joke. Like I said, pathetic.
 

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No big deal? You're talking about a device that runs on one of the nation's only two 4G networks, has a giant screen perfect for consumption of media, and has access to a market with hundreds of thousands of apps that use data extensively.

For them NOT to include data performance is a laughable oversight, and makes their editorial process look like a joke. Like I said, pathetic.

makes sense.. i like you
 

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No big deal? You're talking about a device that runs on one of the nation's only two 4G networks, has a giant screen perfect for consumption of media, and has access to a market with hundreds of thousands of apps that use data extensively.

For them NOT to include data performance is a laughable oversight, and makes their editorial process look like a joke. Like I said, pathetic.
Yeah I agree data performance is important but don't see it as a big deal in review due to coverage.
Example would be wirfly smack down- Droid Bionic/sprint GSII.
The GS2 smoked Bionic on data speeds pretty sick really.
Does that make GSII better ? No.
Sprint coverage was better in that testing area
 

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