Samsung Galaxy S II from T-Mobile First-Look Review

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The Galaxy S II is the latest addition to T-Mobile’s lineup of Android phones. It runs Android 2.3.5 on a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, two cameras, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless networking, and optional HDMI output.

Samsung Galaxy S II from T-MobileT-Mobile began taking pre-orders for this device today, and it’s going on sale October 12. It will sell for $230 with a new two-year service contract and a $50 main-in rebate.

BUILD & DESIGN

The Galaxy S II is a big device, which shouldn’t come as any surprise when you consider the large screen size. The phone is sleek and attractive, with a titanium gray color scheme and a slightly textured back panel. The corners are more gently rounded than on other devices I’ve recently reviewed, making it more comfortable to hold in my hand.

The screen is a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus running at 800 x 480 (WVGA) resolution. It’s quite lovely, with bright colors and very dark black tones, and is responsive to my every touch. It’s extremely bright, and I actually had to turn down the brightness a bit to my personal preference. There’s no physical keyboard on this device, but typing on the large screen is a pleasure.

PERFORMANCE

The T-Mobile Galaxy S II runs Android OS 2.3.5 Gingerbread on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. It has 1 MB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a micro SD card slot that supports memory cards up to 32 GB in capacity.

Samsung Galaxy S II from T-MobileI’ve only been using the phone for a short time, but it already seems wicked fast – if I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was reading my mind. When I start an app, it starts instantly; no waiting around. Benchmark testing will determine whether my impressions match up with the facts, but it’s obvious that the Galaxy S II is no slouch in the speed department.

The phone has an 1850 mAh battery and two cameras — an 8 megapixel camera and flash on the back panel and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for videoconferencing on the go. These will be fully tested for the full review.

PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION

I’ve been trying out this phone for less than a day, but I already like it a lot. It may not be quite as pocketable as I would prefer, but the beautiful large screen makes me less concerned about where I’m going to put it when I’m done using it. There aren’t any major negatives or shortcomings yet, but stay tuned for the full review, when I’ll offer my final conclusions about Samsung’s Galaxy S II for T-Mobile.

 

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