If you haven’t heard of the Samsung Galaxy S II by now you’ve been living under a rock. The GSII has been selling like crazy in Europe for months now, and has continued doing so in the US when it finally arrived. So far, all of the Galaxy S II’s (Sprint, AT&T) have not failed to impress, boasting their large screen, dual-core goodness. Now with the T-Mobile version arriving, we can see how the device stacks up to its GSII brothers and sisters.
The hardware of the T-Mobile GSII is what the hardware of the GSII has always been: thin, light, and plastic. A lot of times when people say a “plasticy” feel about a smartphone it is a bad thing, and while it’s not a good thing, the plasticy feel of the GSII isn’t all bad. The device is extremely light, especially compared to other phones such as Bionic or the Sensation. And because of the lightness of the device, it’s understandable that Samsung didn’t go with a thick metal build that Motorola is known for. The screen is a 4.52 WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, and it is a fantastic display. The colors pop, and media and anything else displayed on the screen look fantastic, especially at the whopping 4.5 inches the screen sits at. The device also comes with an 8.0 megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S II also runs Android 2.3.5, the latest build, with TouchWiz4 on top. While i would prefer stock Android, TouchWiz is smooth and runs very well thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 ghz. Android is Android, and all of the apps and functions you’d expect to see from Gingerbread are here. One thing Samsung didn’t include in the GSII, is the option to change the lock screen, which upset me a little, because I don’t particularly like the one that comes stock on the device. Other than that the software is solid and runs smoothly and quickly.
At first glance, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is a great device. The phone is fast and light, and with the fantastic hardware accompanied by Android, you can’t really go wrong. After I’ve played with the device for a while I’ll post a full review, so be sure to stay tuned. T-Mobile hasn’t yet announced the official release date, but the device should be here very soon, and you can sign up for email updates from T-Mobile here. Be sure to check below for a video quick look at the device and some shots of the device.