Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile Review

Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile Review

Completing the trifecta, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II is about to embark on its own journey, as it aims to reign supreme over T-Mobile’s lineup. Employing a new processor under the hood and a slightly higher $229.99 on-contract price than its siblings, will it still be able to impress after we’ve seen two great offerings from Sprint and AT&T already? Well, T-Mobile customers are surely hoping that’s the case with this one.


Sharing a similar design footprint to the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch, with its size, dimensions, and weight, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II is every bit the same appealing handset that we love. Plastic in nature, it’s lightweight for its size, but we truly like its rubbery textured back cover that keeps it looking clean at all times. However, it’s your conventional looking smartphone slate.

You can compare the T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Above all, its 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display continues to impress us with its wide viewing angles, high-contrast looks, and vibrant color production. Even though it’s sufficient for most things, its resolution is clearly beginning to show its age – and it’s especially evident with web browsing!

Around its sides, we find its volume rocker, power button, 3.5 mm headset jack, noise cancellation microphone, standard microphone, and a microUSB port – with the latter, you gain video-out functionality with the use of an MHL adapter. Around the back, it features an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and notches for its speaker. Meanwhile, pulling off the back cover reveals its beefy 1,850 mAh battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot.



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Jul 15, 2011

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

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

33. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

So this is the worst??

17. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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: Jan 21, 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: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 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: Aug 19, 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: May 03, 2011

in the US it gets update late because of your the UK galaxy series have been getting updates quicker than everyone else

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Nexus Prime will set the new Standard. I'd say go with the new standard. :)

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

24. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

27. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yup. Jealous much?

28. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

your sarcasm does your 4S no justice.

6. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: May 10, 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: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 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: Oct 07, 2011

prime & gs2 both are class apart 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: Apr 06, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: May 10, 2010

without Exynos the Droid Bionic is probably the better choice.

23. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 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...
Galaxy S II T-Mobile
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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