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Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile Review

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Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile Review
Chattering away on the handset, we’re accepting of its overall quality since voices are clear and distinctive on both ends of the line – though, its weak sounding earpiece can be challenging to comprehend conversations in noisy environments. Moreover, we’re presented with squeaky voices when switching over to its speakerphone.

Displaying an adequate amount of bars in high coverage areas, the handset has no problem retaining a connection to the network in the greater Philadelphia area.

Having the largest capacity battery out of the three variants for the US, we’re able to get 11 hours of juice on a single charge while using the smartphone heavily. Light users will obviously get through a solid day, but it’s still something you’ll probably want to charge on a nightly basis.
 

Conclusion:

Are you a T-Mobile customer looking for the best Samsung branded Android smartphone? As expected, there’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S II is absolutely the top dog in the category – well, for right now that is. It will certainly serve you well in many different ways including web-browsing and photo-taking, due to its exceptional performance, large screen and high-quality camera.

There are some other great phones in T-Mobile's line-up though, which you can opt for, if you find the Galaxy S II too big, or don't like it for some other reason. For example, you may want to check out the HTC Sensation 4G, or, if you would like a physical QWERTY keyboard, you can safely go for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide by HTC.

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. Nevertheless, it’s still a respectable high-end smartphone that should appease a good chunk of people with its offerings.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.5
Kernel Version: 2.6.35.11
Build Number: GINGERBREAD.UVKID

Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile Video Review:



Pros

  • Gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Shoots lovely photos & videos
  • Great build quality and thinness

Cons

  • Price point is a bit high
  • Subtle choppiness with its performance
  • WVGA resolution
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posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:06 3

1. remixfa (Posts: 13950; 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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:41

8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The video review shows lagginess. Benchmarks show otherwise... why???

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:37

12. remixfa (Posts: 13950; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:38

13. remixfa (Posts: 13950; 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 06:59

33. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


So this is the worst??

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:44 2

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. :)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:11 2

2. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


Buy this today or wait for the nexus prime??? I'm so tired of waiting...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:32

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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:35

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:51 1

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:54

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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:42

9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Nexus Prime will set the new Standard.

I'd say go with the new standard. :)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:57 3

19. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh yes, because the Nexus S really set a new standard.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:11 2

24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


right? and how about that iPhone 4S? real revolutionary huh? ;)

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:38

27. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yup. Jealous much?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:42 1

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


your sarcasm does your 4S no justice.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:36 1

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 07:17 3

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


No points on the upgraded data speeds? Seems like they should have just kept the exynos processor.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:39 2

14. remixfa (Posts: 13950; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:16

21. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:15

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..

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 08:55

10. thethingis (unregistered)


BUT... does this thing have a notification LED?

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 09:53 1

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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 10:58

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...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:18

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 11:54 1

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:11

20. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; 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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:17

26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


without Exynos the Droid Bionic is probably the better choice.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 14:50

23. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Exynos processor & my internationa GS2 is still in full command

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:59

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...

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 17:34

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.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 20:24

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 06:34

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?

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 19:48

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?

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 20:03

36. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


makes sense to me. o:

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 00:22

37. watbetch (unregistered)


the increase in HSPA speed is not a gimmick, they're real. Get a clue you fool

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 11:12

41. jroc74 (Posts: 5040; 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.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:05

38. Anony (unregistered)


It doesn't matter. There is already a SGSII LTE/HD LTE in the works.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 11:10

39. FUCK (unregistered)


THIS PHONE IS BEST f**kING PHONE OUT IPHONE CAN SUCK MY d**k

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 15:17

40. vennenno (unregistered)


Parece que es el ganador en la guerra de los smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.3 2.3.6 2.3.5
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Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (206 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.11 x 2.71 x 0.37 inches
(130 x 69 x 9 mm)
4.77 oz  (135 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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