Review: Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile
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.
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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.
Phone Scoop met with T-Mobile today and was able to spend some time with its new newest — and fastest — 4G phones, the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G. Here are our initial impressions.
Aug 30, 2011
AT&T and T-Mobile today announced that they will both be getting versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Confusingly, they will both bear the name "Galaxy S II", but will have different specs, including different screen sizes.
Sep 4, 2012
T-Mobile USA today announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S II through 2,600 Walmart stores for $299. The device can be paired with one of T-Mobile's no-contract Monthly4G plans or Walmart's Family Mobile plans.
Aug 28, 2012
T-Mobile today made a maintenance update available to the Samsung Galaxy S II. The GSII remains at Android version 4.0.3, but the new software build includes an "ISIS/NFC update."
Aug 28, 2012
Samsung today said that it would fight Apple's request to ban its products in the U.S. through any available means.