Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)

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Reviewed by Darth Something Cool But Evil (Currently owns)

I've had the T-Mobile variant GS2 now for just over a month, for me the form factor won the battle, between getting the iPhone 4S on AT&T or staying with T-Mobile and getting the Amaze. It is the lightest, thinnest one of the bunch, and it has a 4.5+ inch screen to boot. I previously owned an unlocked iPhone 4 on T-Mo which replaced my HTC-G2. I have large hands, and the G2 didn't cut it, and the iPhone was even smaller. Despite the lower resolution screen on the GS2, the larger real estate is a relief, the colors pop, and the bezels are skinny, but there are some issues with bad screen calibration at lower brightness levels (Supercurio on XDA is working on a fix as I write this).

The recent software update to 2.3.6 yesterday, has fixed some obvious problems, Google talk now has built in video chat (why they didnt include it at release, makes no sense to me), the battery life is now much improved, lasts almost 22+ hours as compared to 18+ hours before, which bumped the "Battery Life" rating from 7 to an 8. Without the update it would have stayed at 7. The UI is also a lot smoother, but there is still some sputtering, and it gets a little annoying when most of the time its smooth as butter and then all of a sudden it gets a seizure or something. Better HW accel. on ICS should improve this, somewhat.

Performance has been a bone of contention, considering the processor switch to support the new 42.2 data speeds, but the snapdragon has shown no problems so far, the benchmarks have been excellent, including Nenamark2 which did 53.7fps consistently, Antutu scored a 5832, Quadrant was quite erratic showing scores between 2450 and 3600, but the majority fell around the 3100-3200 mark, which isn't bad at all considering my device is stock (touchwiz) and unrooted. The adreno 220 handles the graphics of all games i've tried so far, with excellent frame rates and detail, including shadowgun, it may not be as good as the ARM-MALI but it's good enough.

(EDIT: 12/21/2011 Benchmarks were re-performed after the 2.3.6 update to the device, and while the other benchmarks did not vary enough from earlier to warrant a change, the Antutu now consistently scores around 6200-6350, likewise performance score has also been updated to reflect this change 8 to 9)

Overall score would be 8.4 but the sliders wont let me go halfway, so I'll round up to 9, important to note that while it is not in my opinion a 9, giving it only an 8 based on recent updates, would be an injustice.

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  • Design 8
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 9
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 9
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