on T-Mobile's S II was solid overall though nothing to rave about.
reason-maybe the bigger screen produced bigger soft keys on the phone's virtual
keyboard-I had a really easy time using the Swype gesture input application on
this SII, where it is preintegrated and accessible via a single button tap on
the keyboard, as it is on most Android smartphones.
The 8MP camera
with 1080p high-definition video capture performed exceedingly well, as did the
preinstalled Qik video chat application, thanks to the 2MP front-facing camera.
difference between T-Mobile's S II and the other models is its inclusion of near-field
communication tag-reading capabilities. But good luck finding good cause or
opportunity to test this tool. I suspect it will eventually make the S II a
good vector for the Google Wallet application, but neither T-Mobile nor Google
have played up any such relationship yet.
S II's battery life exceeded 1,800 mAh, compared with Sprint's S II at and
AT&T's own pedestrian 1,650-mAh battery. I used it for a full nine hours
before it burned down, though I did something different this time: I didn't
watch a single Netflix movie or TV episode and not a single YouTube clip.
tasked the battery purely with only email and normal Web browsing, as well as a
handful of social media applications, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and
Google Reader. I took some pictures. Overall, I stayed completely away from
video play, which wreaks havoc on smartphones, especially on 4G Long-Term
Evolution devices like the S IIs.
this T-Mobile model is excellent, offering 16GB of onboard memory, expandable
to 48GB with a 32GB media card.
recommend the device to a T-Mobile user looking to upgrade, though the
uncertainty surrounding the company's future must give existing or prospective
new subscribers pause. Sure, you get grandfathered in if AT&T gets
T-Mobile, but you need to have a sound comfort level with both carriers. That's
my paranoid opinion, anyway.
If you want fast, speedy application access and sound calling and texting and
camera capabilities, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than the carrier's S
II, assuming you live in an area where T-Mobile' 4G network is reliable. That's
AT&T's model to work the fastest in my neck of the woods, plus it has a
more modest 4.3-inch screen. Ma Bell still makes my favorite S II.