Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)

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T-Mobile is now the only American carrier without the iPhone, and it's betting the farm on Android — a platform where Samsung's devices have typically been the cream of the crop. The $229.99 Galaxy S II (with a two-year contract, of course) is a natural upgrade to its top-notch, huge-selling predecessor — it’s got a bigger screen, and beefier internals — but is it enough of a step up? We had high hopes for this phone, since we've already reviewed one Galaxy S II variant, the Epic 4G...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.38 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.52 inches
Carriers T-Mobile
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3.5

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.1 inches
Width 2.7 inches
Thickness 0.38 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.52 inches
Technology Super AMOLED Plus
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 206
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers T-Mobile
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1700, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Modem

Sim card Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S3
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 2 megapixels
Video resolution VGA

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin TouchWiz
Launch OS version 2.3.5

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1850 mAh
Removable Yes

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8.0

Average User Review

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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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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by josemedina1983 (Currently owns)

    Pros:
    Large Display
    Great on screen keyboard
    Good Camera
    HSPA+
    Duo-Core
    Great for gaming.
    Easy to root

    Cons
    Plastic body easy to scratch
    Low pixel density
    Speaker phone sucks
    Battery won't get you through a day with heavy use
    Design is nothing to brag about
    ICS update?????

    I wont get into too many details on my review, I would just say the T-Mo GSII is not ground breaking nor revolutionary device but I can say this device is a freaking solid device to have, it does everything well and fast without a lag. I gave it a 7 for the simple fact that Samsung wont be supporting this device with any android updates after a year, so if your like me and change devices every year or don't mind waiting for ICS or prefer rooting than waiting this might be the best device for you. If you want android updates for 2 years you might want to save up a few bucks and go with the Galaxy Nexus GSM or might wanna give Windows Phone 7 a try.

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  • 9.0
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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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    • Display 8
    • Camera(s) 9
    • Reception / call quality 8
    • Performance 9
    • Software 8
    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 9
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