If you’re on the market for a new smartphone, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy contender. It performed well in all of my standard tests except for slow performance when using the GPS and included navigation apps.
Photos and videos look really nice on the large screen, and the sound quality on the external speaker is very good. Voice quality is much better than usual, even though there were a few coverage issues (which says more about T-Mobile’s network strength in my area than it does about this phone). It was hard to find any real negatives regarding this particular phone. The camera takes very nice shots too, and all of this adds up to a worthy upgrade from your current device, especially if you’re pleased with T-Mobile’s network coverage in your area.
- Large, bright display
- Fast performance
- Excellent voice quality
- Good external speaker
- Very good camera
- Good battery life
- Almost too large to comfortably fit in my pocket
- Some jaggy edges on the homescreen and application launcher
- Back cover difficult to remove if you need to swap out SIM or microSD cards
- Disappointing navigational experience (though I suspect a problem with the loaner phone)