T-Mobile Galaxy S II

The Fed-Ex man just dropped off something I've been itching to get my hands on -- the T-Mobile Galaxy S II.  For all intents and purposes, it's the same Galaxy S II we've seen across the rest of the world, with a few extras -- a 4.52-inch display, and an HSPA+42 modem.  We have to get down and dirty with it for a bit to know the in's and out's, but there's no way we would make you guys wait for a quick preview of what may be the best smartphone T-Mobile has ever carried.  Hit the break for the details, some video love, and a handful of pictures.

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The first thing you'll notice when you're holding this one is how big the screen is.  Then you'll notice how thin it is.  Combine those two things together, and you have a combination that works -- even for dinosaurs like me who insist the new phones are just too damn big.  The display is gorgeous, and the whole experience is summed up in one word -- great.  The device feels very solid, the metal case center really makes a difference here, and anyone who felt that Samsung needed to improve the way their phones "feel" in the hand will be pleased.

The phone is snappy as hell, like we expect a Galaxy S II to be.  All doubt about the Snapdragon processor needs to be put to rest, because you would never know the internals are different between this one and the rest.  We'll have to see how it handles games and video, but I'm expecting no issues at all.

Keep an eye out for the full review, but in the meantime, here's some mouthwatering specs and pictures of the latest phone-porn for T-mobile subscribers.


  • Android 2.3.5
  • 4.52-inch Super AMOLED plus display at 480x800 pixels
  • 0.37x 5.11 x 2.71 inches; 4.77 ounces
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
  • Touchwiz 4
  • NFC
  • T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps data speeds
  • 1850mAH battery
  • 8MP camera with 1080p recording, 2MP front facing
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, with Wifi Direct
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, up to 32GB microSD card

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Reader comments

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Galaxy S II


I thought I read that they were going to put a notification light on the GSII. That is a bummer that they left it out.

yeah that will be important for some users, in my case i got unl. minutes so this monster I am excited to get on the 12th, even though the Nexus is around the corner which I can wait until is available in T-mobile, if it is anyways.

Hope the Tmobile version is better than the Sprint model. It felt so cheap and junky! Also 800 x 480 on a screen this size just seems wrong.

If it doesn't support wifi calling it will be very easy to root and just import the apk and bingo you are all set. Looks like a great device, I am sold or will I wait for the New Nexus, frig it I will get both. I have both T-Mobile and Verizon accounts. I am a glutton for punishment and always looking for the next great phone. It is getting very expensive these days to keep up.

Great job Jerry

The battery has 'Near Field Communication' printed on it because the NFC hardware is in the battery casing. Rather good way of handling that, better than putting it in the case. Hopefully the stock batteries are not much more expensive.

So if the battery has the nfc chip in it, can't i buy this battery and use it in the epic touch 4g to get the nfc functionality?

I'm sure there are specific contacts on the battery so the phone hardware can interact with it. The epic probably doesn't implement that, because if it did I would imagine they would have just done it.

Thank you for putting the specs in an organized easily accessible place in the article. All reviews should have specs listed out this way, instead of me playing word search throughout the article to find the scattered information.

He is incorrect that 'T-Mobile & AT&T give Telenav just like Sprint to their customers'. Only Sprint gives you the app and usage free, included as part of the 'Everything' plans. I just wish 'reviewers' would get their shit straight.

I have seen the following question posted at T-Mobile, but no one has given a definitive answer. So, here it is again:

Background: T-Mobile is the only carrier in the US that allows "wifi calling" (aka: UMA) if the device is wifi-calling enabled. This capability allows for phone calls via wifi in zones where there is no cell phone reception, and T-Mobile recently announced that calls made through wifi will NOT count against the contractual minute allotment.

Other T-Mobile phones, such as the original Samsung Galaxy S, and the Motorola MyTouch 4G Slide phone, are wifi-enabled.

A previous post commented on it and posted the T-Mobile website where this is stated:


However, it seems that we don't have a T-Mobile's definite answer for SGSII.

Question: Will the Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile version)be a wifi-enabled device? I have read the specs both at T-Mobile (very skimpy) and at Samsung, and even the Android 2.3 Manual at the Google website, and there is no indication if this version of the SGSII will have this capability.

Answer, anyone?

Wifi calling will be available but not through UMA. Any phone with 42mbps will need a new sim card to allow for this.