T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is an application-processing workhorse with a strong battery. Just make sure you live in a region where the carrier serves proper 4G mobile broadband.
summer, I tested and reviewed Samsung's Galaxy S II Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread handsets on AT&T and Sprint's networks. I found both
to be speedy, reliable and enjoyable to use, whether accessing applications via
the carriers' 3G or 4G networks.
acquainted with AT&T
S II devices and all of their new
eccentricities, from the TouchWiz user interface with screen capture
capabilities and customizable widgets, to the phones' spectacular, low-latency
So with that
backdrop, I've been using T-Mobile's new Samsung Galaxy S II
the last five days and I have to say it doesn't miss a beat from AT&T and Sprint's
S II's, even though it costs $229 on contract while its brothers cost $199 with
I want to talk
about some of the differences I noticed with this handset, which like the
Sprint S II, Epic 4G Touch model has a spectacularly crisp, 4.52-inch Super
active-matrix organic LED Plus (Super AMOLED Plus) screen with an 800-by-480
physical standpoint, T-Mobile's model mirrors that of its brethren, except that
its titanium-colored plastic back has a less textured feel compared with the
other models, which you can see side by side here
handset is only 0.37 inches thin, which makes it fit nicely in the pocket. I'd
still argue, as I did discussing the Epic 4G Touch, that a 4.52-inch screen is
too big. Anything over 4.3 inches is too big in my hand for my usability preferences.
This phone and others like it are not for the small-handed.
Overall, if it
weren't for the T-Mobile branding on the top of the touch-screen display, it's
hard to distinguish between T-Mobile and Sprint's models. Under the hood, there
are more significant differences.
model employs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S3 Snapdragon processor, compared with the
Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz chips fueling AT&T and Sprint's S IIs. So, supposedly
it's that much faster, but I'd be lying if I told you I could discern a
All three S
IIs process applications-ranging from Facebook and Twitter for Android to
YouTube clips-quite admirably. T-Mobile included a lot of bonus applications,
some of which are bloatware and some, such as Netflix, Zinio Reader and Slacker
Radio, may be convenient to satisfy users' entertainment media needs. I'm a
Netflix hog, so I appreciated not having to download the application.
network, which has always been iffy for me in Fairfield County, Conn., was
suspect despite the fact that my area is supposed to be blanketed by the
carrier in 4G coverage.
A drive from
my home to the Connecticut/New York border showed T-Mobile's network oscillate
from 3G to 4G repeatedly with no rhyme or reason. I got anywhere from 2M bps
download speeds on 3G to 8M bps downloads on 4G, based on Ookla's Speed Test
application for Android. That disparity is frustrating.