Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile Review
Unlike its siblings that utilize a dual-core Exynos processor, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II uses a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU instead. Sure it’s fast with its operation, but it doesn’t have the same buttery smooth movement seen with the other variants – plus, we do notice some subtle instances of choppiness. In theory, the Snapdragon S3 is very powerful platform and fine tuning of the software may bring better results.
Just like the other models, it features the latest version of TouchWiz running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, which boasts a cleaner look than previous versions. Aside from the deep level of personalization that TouchWiz offers, it also employs some motion-based services that add some functionality to the platform’s operation – like zooming with the web browser or media gallery. Although they’re nice additions, some are more practical than others.
The Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile features the latest version of TouchWiz running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Camera and Multimedia:
Not surprisingly, the handset is capable of snapping some delicious looking photos with its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. Producing plenty of sharp details and neutral looking colors, there’s plenty to like about this one as it can literally replace your typical point and shoot camera.
Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile Sample Video:
With the TouchWiz music player, its presentation follows in line to other conventional looking players, but thankfully we’re pleased with its neutral volume output, which can be fine-tuned by selecting the appropriate equalizer settings.
More than equipped to play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, the handset is unequivocally perfect for the occasion thanks to its smooth playback and rich details – and it helps that its Super AMOLED Plus display is so oozing with plenty of eye-catching visuals.
Internet and Connectivity:
Not only is it able to load our web site very quickly thanks to its HSPA+ connection, it’s not fazed one bit when it’s faced with plenty of Flash content. Additionally, its navigation controls are spot-on by showing plenty of evidence that it’s capable of exhibiting tight responses with its operation.
Voice phone calls are not a problem for this GSM equipped smartphone, however, 3G and 4G speeds are obtained through T-Mo’s specific AWS band. Besides that, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi are all on board for the ride.
1. remixfa (Posts: 14044; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
S3.. makes me cry every time i think about how Tmobile pulled the bait n switch on all those people waiting for an SGS2
8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
The video review shows lagginess. Benchmarks show otherwise... why???
12. remixfa (Posts: 14044; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
benchmarks are not a true indicator of real world performance. Snapdragon's are notoriously easy to mess with when it comes to Quadrant Benchmarks, so my guess is Samsung messed with them a bit so it would squelch some people's fears of the under performing S3 processor.
It will be fine for 90% of the people out there, but tech heads like me and people that want that buttery smoothness will see the difference right away.
13. remixfa (Posts: 14044; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Also, touchwiz has been optimized for Exynos. So a few updates might help it out immensely. However, I dont expect samsung to be putting too much update weight behind this version of the SGS2 since 90% of the rest of the world is getting the exynos version. Love it out of the box or dont buy it.
17. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Damn what's up with people giving you a thumbs down? You are only speaking the truth. It was pretty dirty of T-mobile to pull that crap on their customers especially seeing how they were the last ones to get the device. Oh well thank goodness I'm with At&t because I am loving my SGS2 with my Exynos processor. :)
2. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)
Buy this today or wait for the nexus prime??? I'm so tired of waiting...
4. Rooney (unregistered)
Let 's buy it. Nexus Prime is just a trial on Ice Cream Sandwich OS, nothing special, camera is just 5MP. Nex Prime like nexus one andnexus S just the trial and expiriments of new Rom. The others device will be update soon after
5. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)
Don't pretend to know the specs on the Nexus Prime. They haven't been announced. It could be a 13MP camera for all we know.
7. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
The MP count doesn't mean much. It might just have a 5MP camera but the sensor could produce results better than the SGSII's 8MP camera. Sure SGSII might get ICS sometime but I can assure you it will not be soon. Of all the manufacturers, Samsung has been known to keep their consumers waiting the longest. It took forever for the original SGS (vibrant) to get updated from android 2.1 eclair to 2.2 froyo and by the time they released froyo to the public (which wasn't OTA but through Samsung's proprietary software), android 2,3 gingerbread was out and being pushed to other phones. So if history repeats itself and your anticipating an update for ICS on the SGSII, you can say bye bye to that dream now.
22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
in the US it gets update late because of your carriers...in the UK galaxy series have been getting updates quicker than everyone else
9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Nexus Prime will set the new Standard.
I'd say go with the new standard. :)
19. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Oh yes, because the Nexus S really set a new standard.
24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
right? and how about that iPhone 4S? real revolutionary huh? ;)
28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
your sarcasm does your 4S no justice.
6. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
I'd wait for the prime. You can't really go wrong with either but If you want vanilla android go Prime... If you want a user friendly-ish UI go SGSII. The SGSII is still the best phone on the market and Verizon is rumored to have exclusivity over the Prime so you might have a longer wait than you expected if your going with T-Mobile.
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
No points on the upgraded data speeds? Seems like they should have just kept the exynos processor.
14. remixfa (Posts: 14044; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
exactly. real world speeds are in the teens most of the time regardless of if its capable of 21mb/s or 42mb/s. they dropped 25%+ power to have an advertising gimick. ugh.
21. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
It makes be wonder why Verizon didn't do something similar. If the Exynos processor isn't capable with LTE, why didn't they do something like this? I mean sure it sucks it has a snapdragon processor and all but its better than not having it at all.
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i suppose it was a risk to them with so many other high-end devices coming out. Verizon will be offering the best from HTC, Samsung & Motorola here in a couple of months and they already have the reputation of having the worst Galaxy S phones and besides i think Samsung is more pleased with Droid branding considering how successful the Droid Charge is even at a $299.99 price point..
10. thethingis (unregistered)
BUT... does this thing have a notification LED?
11. deeoh1084 (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)
i really don't get y stupid Tmobile decided to put the snapdragon S3 instead of blazing fast exynos if theres no point on the upgraded data speeds (i use sensation 4g which is 24mbps and it's fast enough for me)?? so so so disappointed... well i guess i'm gonna go with Nexus Prime (if it has the sd card slot) stupid tmobile... so stupid
15. tharag (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
prime & gs2 both are class apart ....prime will be a delightful treat for techy's....& gs2 provide the balance of performance as well as user friendlly nature for common users...
16. Sam (unregistered)
What are the 3G bands on this phone? Will it work in India which requires a 1900/2100 band?
I dont know why Tmobile is messing with a proven phone. They should have stuck with the smaller screen and the samsung processor. They just wanted to have a marketable phone and as most marketing just bumped up specs without adding much substance! The phone seems a bit too large and the processor hasn't added any real gains and to make it worse I dont think it has the global 3G band as well.
18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Typical PA ignorance at its finest. Bawww, it doesn't have the monster processor from the Sprint version, so we'll give it a crap review. Average guy isn't going to notice a difference. But kudos for leaving off Samsungs crappy design which plagues the Sprint version of dropped calls and data failure. This review is ignorant. Course why should I care? I prefer the superior iphone.
20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I easily noticed the difference between this and the other SGS2 devices, you don't have to look hard.
Sure unless you have already used one or have it side by side you are correct it still out performs any other android phone but in the end they should have kept the exynos processor and left the price at 199.
Unless you are in a very strong 4G t mobile area you won't be able to benefit from the faster data speeds but no matter what connection you are on. Wifi, 4G, or 3G you'll always notice and appreciate the better processor that the exynos brings.
26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
without Exynos the Droid Bionic is probably the better choice.
23. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Exynos processor & my internationa GS2 is still in full command
29. boogiman (unregistered)
Seriously.... Give a bad review because it doesn't have the almight Exynos processor....Give me a break. So this phone doesn't live up to the hype for you fanboi's. So freakin what if it doesn't live up to your hype. Keep using your Loss of service sprint version of the galaxy and the oh so smaller screen on the at&t version and be happy. No one cares if you don't like that this has a different processor. Keep it moving and go enjoy trying to find 3g service with sprints crappy service. Oh lets not forget that the 4g phone you have with sprint is not going to even get the aging wimax that you were promised. I would take this phone over sprints crap service and at&t's ridiculous prices.. Dueces...
30. Rick (unregistered)
This is why I left T-Mobile after 6 years and went to AT&T FOR THEIR GALAXY S2, AND BECAUSE I get 3g on my Omnia 7 now instead of just edge. I hated to leave but I see no reason to pay more for a phone that is not better but in fact less than another of the same brand on at&t or sprint.
31. saar (unregistered)
Does someone know ever can I buy this phone's battery?
It's 1850 Mah battery that can also be place in the "Original" SGS2.
32. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
Funny how they forgot to mention Sprint's complete lack of 4G when saying they prefer the Sprint version. Not only that, but Sprint even says it will be late 2013 before they pull their heads out of their asses. Guess I need to change my handle. Just dumped Sprint for T-Mo to grab up this beauty. And I'll finally get to experience 4G. Anyone want to buy a Sprint EVO 4G?
35. treo...not! (unregistered)
Who writes these reviews?!
"If you are strongly devoted to the Galaxy S II idea, and switching the carrier is not a problem for you, you'll surely want to know that T-Mobile’s version IS BY FAR THE LEAST favorable option on our list. Taking into account its higher $229.99 price point and not as buttery smooth performance, Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch is looking A TEENY BIT BETTER."
Which one is it?
37. watbetch (unregistered)
the increase in HSPA speed is not a gimmick, they're real. Get a clue you fool
41. jroc74 (Posts: 5171; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
The thing is was it worth it for a weaker cpu, gpu or a cpu,gpu that isnt as good with Touchwiz?
21Mbps that the Exynos is capped at is probably faster than most get with home ISP's and if ppl could actually hit 21Mbps down consistently thats more than fast enough for a phone.
IMO T Mobile shoulda went with the Exynos.
38. Anony (unregistered)
It doesn't matter. There is already a SGSII LTE/HD LTE in the works.
39. FUCK (unregistered)
THIS PHONE IS BEST f**kING PHONE OUT IPHONE CAN SUCK MY d**k
40. vennenno (unregistered)
Parece que es el ganador en la guerra de los smartphones.
|Display||4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (206 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||5.11 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches|
(130 x 69 x 9 mm)
4.77 oz (135 g)
|Battery||1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time|