T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM.

T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

Samsung officially revealed the T-Mobile GALAXY S II on Tuesday at a press event in New York City. The phone’s specs are very similar to the European version of the GALAXY S II, but T-Mobile’s model has more rounded corners and a smoother back panel. The device looks like it’s primarily made of plastic, but unfortunately we couldn’t get close with it because Samsung and T-Mobile kept it under glass. It packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Samsung’s new TouchWiz user interface which is a big improvement over the version that shipped on the original Galaxy S model — we’ve generally found widgets are cleaner and more useful, and overall it is much easier on the eyes. T-Mobile’s Samsung GALAXY S II is equipped with 16GB of storage, a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that offers incredible colors and super deep blacks, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a second front-facing camera for initiating video chats and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a closer look in the coming weeks. T-Mobile has not yet announced pricing for the GALAXY S II but it’s expected to launch this fall. Be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below.

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Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM.

Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

We are here at Samsung’s press event in New York City where the phone maker just took the wraps off of Sprint’s brand new GALAXY S II smartphone. The GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch offers full support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network and is equipped with 16GB of storage, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. We really like the textured back of the phone, which gives it a good grip, but the plastic build still feels just a bit cheap to us. We really wish Samsung would adopt stronger materials in its flagship devices, such as metals and soft-touch rubberized plastic. Still, the phone easily zips through Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface. Sprint will be the first to launch the GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch on September 16th and it’s priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

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AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM.

AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

We just had a chance to get up close with AT&T’s brand new GALAXY S II device, which was just revealed during a Samsung press event here in New York City. AT&T’s GALAXY S II is nearly identical to the European model; it is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, 16GB of storage with room for a 32GB microSD card, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. The GALAXY S II runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface on top. We really dig the TouchWiz update, which adds much more useful widgets, runs faster and looks more attractive than the original. The GALAXY S II reminds us a ton of the Infuse 4G on AT&T, but it’s a bit thinner and has more power under the hood. AT&T’s is launching “in the coming weeks” but the carrier hasn’t revealed pricing just yet. Be sure to check out our full gallery with AT&T’s GALAXY S II below.

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Samsung unveils GALAXY S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile [updated]

By on August 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

Samsung unveils GALAXY S II for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile [updated]


During a press event in New York City on Tuesday, Samsung officially took the wraps off of its U.S. GALAXY S II smartphone family. Sprint’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will support the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network while the T-Mobile and AT&T devices will run on each carrier’s respective HSPA+ network. Each iteration of the GALAXY S II smartphone is equipped with a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats. T-Mobile and Sprint’s GALAXY S II phones offer more rounded cases while AT&T’s maintains the sharper edges of the European GALAXY S II. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile expect to launch the GALAXY S II this fall, although pricing details were not revealed. We’re here at the event live so stay tuned for hands-on reports for each device. Read on for the full press release.

UPDATE: Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions and photos of the T-Mobile GALAXY S II, the AT&T GALAXY S II and the Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch. More →

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