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Review: Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile

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Media Hub

The Galaxy S II comes with Samsung's Media Hub. It is sort of like the BlockBuster Android application. Users can access the Media Hub to download movies and television shows on the Galaxy S II, but not music. Rental fees and sale prices vary by title.

AllShare is on board for those who like to share their multimedia files with DLNA-compatible devices, such as HDTVs.

 

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Music

The Galaxy S II uses the same slightly customized version of the Android Music player application that Samsung has loaded on all its Android phones in the last six months. It includes an attractive carousel for sorting through music, and user-adjustable equalizers for shaping the sound.

Music can be played back through attached headphones, or sent via Bluetooth to properly-equipped Bluetooth devices. Sound quality of music playback was quite good.

Slacker is the only third-party music software preinstalled. If you want Amazon MP3 or Pandora, you'll have to download them yourself.

 

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Video

As far as video goes, the Galaxy S II has the stock Android video player application, YouTube application, Netflix, and T-Mobile HD TV application on board. The T-Mobile HD app offers streamed video content at a higher resolution than in the past, but it isn't HD by any modern definition. Let's just say the service looks less awful than it did last year.

The Galaxy S II easily handled video content that I side-loaded, and I found the Galaxy S II great for watching movies thanks to the roomy and vibrant screen.

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