Samsung's Galaxy S II is drawing rave reviews for everything but its silly names on Verizon (Function), AT&T (Attain) and Sprint (Within).
Samsung's Galaxy S II handsets caused quite a stir when
the phone maker unveiled
prototypes at Mobile World
Congress in February, but for now the nomenclature U.S. carriers have affixed
to their devices has gadget geeks scratching their heads.
An early Webpage from retailer Wireless Xcessories Group
Samsung Galaxy S 2 Function from Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Galaxy S 2
Attain from AT&T and Samsung Galaxy S 2 Within from Sprint. No word on any such device from T-Mobile as of yet.
These names have been confirmed
by the United States Patent
and Trademark Office, so it isn't a joke. Official or not, bloggers have called
these names anything from too
If the brands hold, eWEEK will call the branding
undesirable. Consumers, especially mobile gadget-craving teenagers, don't want
to purchase phones named for quests of spiritual enlightenment.
Fortunately, Samsung appears to have product hardware and
processing power, including a 1.2GHz processor
humming along in a
.33-inch thick (same as the iPad 2) handset that borders on magical.
and Boy Genius Report
loved the Galaxy S II, even as a pricey unlocked unit for $799.
Meanwhile, Samsung has mysteriously nixed a launch event
of some kind it had penciled in for May 24. A spokesperson declined to explain
why, though it was likely a Galaxy S II or Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 coming-out
Stay tuned as eWEEK, which has been testing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 it received at Google I/O last week, ferrets out more details.