The Galaxy S was a huge success, but plenty of other excellent phones have come out since. Does Samsung still make T-Mobile's best phone?
31 October 2011
Summary: The Galaxy S II for T-Mobile is exactly what you’d expect from a sequel: it’s faster, bigger, and a bit better put together. However, it’s not the standard-setting Android phone the Galaxy S was a year ago, mostly because competing phones have caught up, and — in some critical areas, like the display — even surpassed what the Galaxy S II brings to the table. It’s clearly one of the three best phones available on T-Mobile, along with the HTC Amaze 4G and HTC Sensation.
Pros: Big, bright screen, Excellent cameras, Very fast
Cons: Low-resolution display, Terrible speakerphone, Lots of bloatware
Excerpt: Just about a month ago , Samsung announced that its Galaxy S II family of Android phones had surpassed 10 million sales globally, a blockbuster number by any metric. In the US, Sprint is the exclusive carrier for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch . The Galaxy S II Epic, as its name suggests, is bigger than normal, with a 4.52″ screen. From here on, I’ll just refer to it as the GSII . Let’s give it a closer look.
Pros: Gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display, Incredibly light, Very good battery life, Screaming fast processor
Cons: Resolution is low for such a large screen, TouchWiz is uninspiring
Excerpt: Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone debuted in the U.S. with Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile in September and we finally got our hands on a review sample. The Samsung smartphone runs on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system and includes an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video, front facing 2 MP camera, and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface.
Conclusion: It’s a fantastic phone that has been cleverly created to stay relatively up-to-date in the near-future, with a high-speed dual-core processor, wireless syncing to your computer and the very latest version of Android. That luscious screen stands alongside the iPhone 4 as a market-leading display and Samsung’s clever touches, like a special “outdoor brightness” setting for outdoor photos, makes it more intelligent too.
Summary: AT&T subscribers now have two stellar smartphones to choose from at $199: The Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S. The S II has a bigger Super AMOLED Plus display packaged in a lighter design than Apple's handset. It also offers a great camera and one of the fastest processors inside a smartphone, plus a highly customizable interface.
Summary: Of the new crop of superphones on T-Mobile's network, the $229 Samsung Galaxy S II is the most compelling. Not only does it serve up bleeding-edge performance and feature a lovely Super AMOLED Plus display, it also offers incredible endurance. Another high-octane option on T-Mobile is the $259 HTC Amaze 4G , which features fast 4G, dual-core power, and an even better camera.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (Sprint)
12 October 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is provides Sprint customers with a great choice for an Android device. The beautiful display, excellent camera and super snappy operation make it a real pleasure to use. Is it better than the Photon 4G? The general answer is, "Yes." However, some people will definitely find the Epic 4G Touch a little too large to use comfortably. And while the Photon is hardly small with a 4.3" display, it was a better match for my hand.
Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile review: A dragon's heir
11 October 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile is priced at $229.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Of course, you will also need a two-year contract with the magenta colored wireless provider in order to qualify for the above price. When the original Galaxy S II was launched almost six months ago, it enjoyed the luxury of barely having any competition. It trounced everything compared to it and for a good reason – the Exynos chipset was simply faster than anything else.
Cons: No dedicated camera key, Slim body has poor grip when taking pictures, No FM radio