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Review: Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile

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T-Mobile loaded plenty of bloatware onto the Galaxy S II. Here's a sample listing: Asphalt 6, Blio, Lookout, Netflix, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, Polaris Office, Slacker, Zinio Reader, among others. I was unable to uninstall these applications using the normal system tools. Worse, T-Mobile also installed three app-finding apps, one called Bonus Apps, one called T-Mobile Mall, and the other called More For Me. These are in addition to the Android Market. Enough, T-Mobile, enough.


The Galaxy S II supports mono/stereo Bluetooth headsets. Pairing and connecting was no problem, and sound quality through both was acceptable. The same goes for pairing with PCs and other devices to pass files back and forth.


As with Samsung's other Galaxy S II devices, the lock screen has a large digital clock at the bottom (or other positions, if you so wish), but I wish the font were thicker or bolder. It can be a bit difficult to see at times. There is also a clock application if you're interested in using a stopwatch, timer, setting alarms, etc. This app doesn't have any effect on the lock screen clock, though.


The Galaxy S II includes Google Maps and TeleNav's software. Both do an admirable job of providing navigation, though TeleNav's software is a bit more reliable and faster to respond to real-time situations. Sadly, it costs $10 per month to use. Google Maps is a respectable free alternative.

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