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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review


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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Review
Just as before, calling quality is pretty darn good on the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE – though, its speaker won’t blow your mind away. Nevertheless, its quality is ample enough on both ends of the line to comprehend voices with minimal effort.

As we’ve comes to realize, battery life is a constant concern for the majority of LTE devices out there, therefore, we can only speculate that it would be no different for this one. Of course, seeing that we’re able to connect via EDGE, its battery life is handsomely generous in getting us a few days of juice on a single charge.


No doubt we take a fancy to seeing a higher resolution display, but in all honesty, you’re better off picking up that other Samsung device, you know, the one they call the Galaxy Nexus. There is no reason to buy this Korean only model, as the unlocked carrier-free penta-band Nexus has similar price and everything it offers plus Ice Cream Sandwich and usable 4G. If the Galaxy S II HD LTE had usable 4G connection, it would have been an alternative for those who want something “different”. However, it is ridiculous to pay premium price for a “2G phone”. The upcoming Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD on AT&T will not have this issue and will come with a carrier-subsidized price, making it a model to consider.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.6
Build Number: GINGERBREAD.EL07
Kernel Version:

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE Video Review:


  • Sharp looking Super AMOLED display
  • Above average photos & videos


  • LTE and HSPA are not usable in the U.S.
  • Sluggishness with its performance
  • No Ice Cream Sandwich
PhoneArena rating:
5 Average
User rating:
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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 05:58 2

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Well this review is somewhat harsh. Lol but it makes a lot of sense why you would feel this way. I agree the Galaxy Nexus is the better handset...Mainly because of software.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 06:37 9

3. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Why Phonearena ?!?
LTE and HSPA are not usable in the U.S. > LTE will be available in the following years and in some countries is still available
Sluggishness with its performance > Software problem (read down)
No Ice Cream Sandwich > It will updated in the folliwing months

This review is absolute madness

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 07:07 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

unless you live in korea, its not really cons. hopefully by the time it comes here, its ICS filled.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 07:31 1

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

@remixfa, im adding a line to my tmo plan but the phones they have on the tmo site for free really suck, since you was a tmo employee i was wondering if you could help me

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:28

16. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

lol, if you want free, then you need to wait for a sale. the normal free phones are clearance phones. there will be a president's day sale here shortly, but i dont have any details on it.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 18:40

20. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I got to looking at your past post about the galaxy s 4G so i ordered it

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 18:45

21. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

oh, I have the 3g vibrant, not the 4g. its almost identical though. still one of our best phones, even after 16 months.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 14:53

23. tidus28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)

if you want good deals on t-mobile phones go to target the galaxy s 2 is on sale for only 99$

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 16:59

24. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Why PA reviewing this unit?? this is not for US!! even more funny it got con for not compatible with US band hahaha

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 06:09 2

2. Jericho (unregistered)

lol what u thaught it was going tn beat lg optimus lte.
Fyi it aint better than lg.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 06:51 3

4. jasongohjr (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Sep 2011)

I but if it was load with ios i-phonearena would definitely give it a 9/10 -.-

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 07:37 5

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

are you stupid iPA ?
why the hell you gonna give it 5 ? why are you even reveiwing it when you know its a KOREA only model ?
reveiw was good but rating was BS.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 09:05 5

8. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

We review it, because it is available online from some retailers and people can buy it.
We review its usability in the States, and that's why we don't like the fact that it doesn't have usable HSPA or LTE.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 09:19 3

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

PhoneArena has a good point, whats the point of a HSPA/LTE device if your only on edge.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 13:33 4

14. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

So wait for the AT&T version. This was like reviewing a Verizon phone and giving it a failing score because you use T-Mobile. People who buy an international unlocked phone trend to be aware of its band limitations. That doesn't stop people from using unlocked phones on other carriers. IPhones number over a million on T-Mobile, there are numerous users of the Nokia Symbian models never officially released on our shoes on AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as Asia-based phones. Take down the review or give the phone a fair rating

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:31 4

18. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

sorry, but i gotta disagree, PA. people that buy unlocked phones are generally more educated than the normal consumer about the pros/cons of doing so, and thus would understand that not all the features should work. The review should be done on its technical merits alone. Otherwise, the SGS2 9100, all iphones, and a bunch of other phones should be docked because none of them work fully on Tmobile where a lot of people with unlocked phones go... It just doesnt make sense to reduce score for that.

honestly, i didnt even look at the final page for the score because I assumed it would have been the same as the skyrocket's score or a smidge higher for the screen improvements. After seeing people's reactions, and going back and reading it, I agree with them.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 09:08 4

9. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

phonearena... You... Are... Crazy... :-/
this is one of technologicaly most advanced phones of today and you give it an average "5" score??? and why? because it wasn't made for US market?
slugishness? live wallpaper layering on an HD resolution is not perfect and you give it a 5? iPhone has NO live wallpapers, NO hd screen (and a tiny one at that), so it should get a "2" rating! :-/

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 09:33 4

11. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

and another very important fact... not only americans read phonearena. i'm from europe... so phones should not be rated by regional usefulness...

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:25 4

12. nuadar1 (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Well...I don't mean to be rude but this is really crappy review...for folks in Korea, this is probably 9/10...

You really shouldn't review phones this way...and I'm also non-american

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:59 2

13. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Some other reviewers here have a good point. If a phone isn't made for a particular market (in this case the U.S.), it shouldn't be rated as if it were used in that market. The phone should be rated on its merit. You wouldn't rate a hammer poorly because it can't tighten bolts very well. Likewise, this phone sounds like a winner for its intended purpose.

So PA, I think you need a re-do on this one.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:25 3

15. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

Agree with re-evaluating the score. I don't think a phone not made for this country should be held at fault because you want to use it in this one.

And how many people are going to pay an off-contract price for a phone they can only get 2G service on??? Doesn't make much sense; plenty of people that buy this phone will be using it on their respective country's 3G / 4G networks.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:31 3

17. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)

I'm also tired of seeing "not having ice cream sandwich" as a con for phone reviews. Be patient PA, phones will be updated soon. The manufacturer doesn't HAVE to put ICS on a phone, it is a preference that you desire.

Rate a phone on what it is, not what you want it to be. This phone is still a stellar piece of hardware, and last time I checked, Gingerbread was still pretty awesome. ICS will only make it BETTER.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 15:11 2

19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1623; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Well, get ready for the next few weeks when phones are releasing with Gingerbread and they will mark it down one point because it won't have ICS...

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 05:30

22. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

In still proud of my ceramic white galaxy S2 running VERTIMUS ice cream sandwich domination. BEST PHONE EVER.

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