Open Forum: Samsung Leads the Pack with Galaxy S II

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At the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress, which wrapped up on Thursday, several large companies received awards for releasing outstanding products over the past year. Samsung’s Galaxy S II was among the products that received such honors, as the handset received the best smartphone title over competing devices such as Apple’s recently released iPhone 4S. Samsung altogether was selected as the best device manufacturer of the year…

“We are pleased to receive this honor from GSMA and believe that it’s a testament to Samsung’s innovation, quality products, and attention to consumer preferences,” Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin said in response to the awards. “We sold over 97 million smartphones in 2011, demonstrating that this is the right approach.”

Samsung has seemingly emerged as one of Apple’s top rivals, and a previous report by TechCrunch even suggested that the South Korea-based electronics conglomerate is poised to become the “next Apple.” Both companies have been involved in numerous patent infringement lawsuit cases over the past few years, with generally mixed outcomes.

But, what do you think? Has Samsung earned the success they are experiencing, or is the company crossing the line by posting controversial TV commercials and newspaper advertisements, while releasing lookalike products? And is the Galaxy S II truly a better smartphone than Apple’s offerings? Sound off in the comments.

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