T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II didn't fall far from the family tree. It's good looking, fast and an overall great phone.

- Tim Stevens , Engadget 

With its roomy screen, thin profile, speedy performance, and powerful media capabilities, there's little to dislike.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

8.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 48 reviews

What's good  

    What's bad  

      As their flagship phone for 2011, the Galaxy S2 from Samsung is one sexy smartphone. With the subtle sophistication that we've come to expect from this Korean company, Samsung's latest offering gives users a frustration-free multitasking experience in a sleek, compact package.

      This smartphone is fast and handles many apps simultaneously, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor paired to 1 GB of RAM. This means users can update their Facebook status, shoot HD videos, and receive text messages and calls without needing to close any programs.

      Weighing in at a airy 116 grams, this thin smartphone has dimensions and design similar to the iPhone 4. This makes it large enough to be fully functional without feeling like you're lugging a laptop in your purse or pocket.The textured back and slightly curved sides makes holding the Galaxy S2 comfortable and secure in the users palm.

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      Along with all the features now considered standard among smartphones like GPS, in-browser Flash player, and social hubs, the Galaxy S2 has a generous 4.3-inch screen that makes viewing the intuitive navigation menu quick and simple.

      When it comes to making a phone call with the Galaxy S2 (yes, some people do still use their smartphones as phones) users enjoy enhanced call quality with the integrated noise reduction control. Video calling is simple with Android Platform 2.3.3 onboard, and if you've ended your call before the conversation is complete, Samsung makes redialing or sending a message to your last contact easy with instant onscreen prompts.

      The Galaxy S2 Android phone is available now, providing an alternative for consumers who don't want one of the popular fruit-branded smartphones (namely those from Apple or Blackberry).

      Need to know: Samsung Galaxy S2

      1. The super-speedy response time will keep users with challenged attention spans satisfied with the ability to run numerous apps simultaneously and flawlessly. (The Good)

      2. With a 4.3 inch 800 x 400 Super AMOLED plus display shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass, the display on the Galaxy S2 is fantastic, with crisp images and colors. (The Good)

      3. Like most modern smartphones, this unit likes to eat batteries, especially when browsing the web or playing games, so keep the charger handy. (The Bad)

      4. With no way to silence the camera shutter, you can forget about taking sneaky candid shots with the Galaxy S2. (The Bad)


      Specs summary

      Screen
      4.27"

      The Samsung Galaxy S II's screen is 4.27 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

      Processor
      1GHz

      There is a Samsung Dual-Core Cortex A9 MPCore 1 GHz processor (CPU).

      OS

      The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

      Camera
      8+ MP
      You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
      Storage
      16/32 GB

      Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

      Battery
      1650mAh

      The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 29.5 days standby time, 1100 minutes (2G), 540 minutes (3G), 264 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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      Reviews summary

      8.8/10AVG.
      RATING
      Based on 48 reviews

      What's good  

        What's bad  

          As their flagship phone for 2011, the Galaxy S2 from Samsung is one sexy smartphone. With the subtle sophistication that we've come to expect from this Korean company, Samsung's latest offering gives users a frustration-free multitasking experience in a sleek, compact package.

          This smartphone is fast and handles many apps simultaneously, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor paired to 1 GB of RAM. This means users can update their Facebook status, shoot HD videos, and receive text messages and calls without needing to close any programs.

          Weighing in at a airy 116 grams, this thin smartphone has dimensions and design similar to the iPhone 4. This makes it large enough to be fully functional without feeling like you're lugging a laptop in your purse or pocket.The textured back and slightly curved sides makes holding the Galaxy S2 comfortable and secure in the users palm.

          Show more

          Along with all the features now considered standard among smartphones like GPS, in-browser Flash player, and social hubs, the Galaxy S2 has a generous 4.3-inch screen that makes viewing the intuitive navigation menu quick and simple.

          When it comes to making a phone call with the Galaxy S2 (yes, some people do still use their smartphones as phones) users enjoy enhanced call quality with the integrated noise reduction control. Video calling is simple with Android Platform 2.3.3 onboard, and if you've ended your call before the conversation is complete, Samsung makes redialing or sending a message to your last contact easy with instant onscreen prompts.

          The Galaxy S2 Android phone is available now, providing an alternative for consumers who don't want one of the popular fruit-branded smartphones (namely those from Apple or Blackberry).

          Need to know: Samsung Galaxy S2

          1. The super-speedy response time will keep users with challenged attention spans satisfied with the ability to run numerous apps simultaneously and flawlessly. (The Good)

          2. With a 4.3 inch 800 x 400 Super AMOLED plus display shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass, the display on the Galaxy S2 is fantastic, with crisp images and colors. (The Good)

          3. Like most modern smartphones, this unit likes to eat batteries, especially when browsing the web or playing games, so keep the charger handy. (The Bad)

          4. With no way to silence the camera shutter, you can forget about taking sneaky candid shots with the Galaxy S2. (The Bad)

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          Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)


          The complete package

          from TelecomTiger (3 years ago)

          The Samsung Galaxy S2 is certainly a good buy in this price range. It offers a long list of in-built high class features/applications that exist in all latest Android phones. The big 4.3 inch Super AMOLED plus screen is amazing and it offers great display. The powerful RAM and processor gives hassle... More

          The Samsung Galaxy S2 is certainly a good buy in this price range. It offers a long list of in-built high class features/applications that exist in all latest Android phones. The big 4.3 inch Super AMOLED plus screen is amazing and it offers great display. The powerful RAM and processor gives hassle free browsing experience. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a brilliant phone in almost all aspects.

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          8/10

          Offers solid performance, a vibrant screen, and a great multimedia experience

          from Cnet (3 years ago)

          You might think the $369.99 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is merely a repackaged relic offloaded to Boost Mobile by its Sprint overlords. And you’d be right, at least in part, but that’s not the whole story. Sure, the Galaxy S II is by no means a spring chicken, but this gray-haired device still boasts the... More

          You might think the $369.99 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is merely a repackaged relic offloaded to Boost Mobile by its Sprint overlords. And you’d be right, at least in part, but that’s not the whole story. Sure, the Galaxy S II is by no means a spring chicken, but this gray-haired device still boasts the enviable abilities that helped it achieve legendary status among Android phones. Of course you can opt for the $299.99 HTC Evo Design 4G, which offers Android 4.0 and 4G data for less. I wouldn’t recommend doing so, though, since the Galaxy S II 4G features the same Android software, 4G, a much better camera and display, plus faster performance for $60 more. Despite its age, there are plenty of reasons why it’s Boost Mobile’s flagship smartphone and currently the most capable phone the carrier sells.

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          8/10

          A powerful, gorgeous smartphone for U.S. Cellular, but 4G is on the horizon

          from PC Magazine (4 years ago)

          There's no doubt about it: Nearly a year after we reviewed the initial, unlocked version, the Samsung Galaxy S II remains one of the top Android phones available. In a market that sees a new hot smartphone come and go every few weeks, that's an impressive feat. The Samsung Galaxy S II has already ta... More

          There's no doubt about it: Nearly a year after we reviewed the initial, unlocked version, the Samsung Galaxy S II remains one of the top Android phones available. In a market that sees a new hot smartphone come and go every few weeks, that's an impressive feat. The Samsung Galaxy S II has already taken the major carriers by storm, so it's nice to see it make its way over to U.S. Cellular. And the Galaxy S II remains just as potent as ever—it's every bit as fast and beautiful as before. But U.S. Cellular will soon be launching a 4G LTE network, and the Galaxy S II isn't a 4G phone.

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          8/10

          Absolutely beautiful screen, very good camera

          from Pocketables (4 years ago)

          The S II was a technological marvel when it first came out. That's closing in on a year ago now, but the phone is still one of the top phones out there. With a chipset that puts most phones - and tablets - to shame, enough RAM and ROM to not cause any of the typical low-end Android phone issues, a s... More

          The S II was a technological marvel when it first came out. That's closing in on a year ago now, but the phone is still one of the top phones out there. With a chipset that puts most phones - and tablets - to shame, enough RAM and ROM to not cause any of the typical low-end Android phone issues, a screen that is hard to hate, and a camera that you would actually use for proper photos it seems to have it all. It falls short in the audio quality department, and could do well with smarter solutions for things like external file systems and accessories. Its place as Samsung's top model has now been passed to the Galaxy Note, but the S II is as much a smaller version as it is an inferior one. The S II still sells like crazy all over the world, and with good reason; it's one heck of a phone.

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          Respectable battery life and a beautiful screen

          from Recombu (4 years ago)

          It’s a fantastic phone that has been cleverly created to stay relatively up-to-date in the near-future, with a high-speed dual-core processor, wireless syncing to your computer and the very latest version of Android. That luscious screen stands alongside the iPhone 4 as a market-leading display and... More

          It’s a fantastic phone that has been cleverly created to stay relatively up-to-date in the near-future, with a high-speed dual-core processor, wireless syncing to your computer and the very latest version of Android. That luscious screen stands alongside the iPhone 4 as a market-leading display and Samsung’s clever touches, like a special “outdoor brightness” setting for outdoor photos, makes it more intelligent too. We think this is the best Android phone yet; all that extra power has made using Android as reliable and as smooth as the iPhone 4. With all that extra power, respectable battery life, and a beautiful screen, it’s perhaps even the best smartphone available today.

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          10/10

          Thin, light and powerful

          from Digital Versus (4 years ago)

          The Galaxy S already had a lot going for it, but Samsung's second generation of the smartphone is very much a product of its time. The Galaxy S II is incredibly powerful but surprisingly thin and light at the same time. Our biggest disappointment was the Super AMOLED Plus display's bizarre approach... More

          The Galaxy S already had a lot going for it, but Samsung's second generation of the smartphone is very much a product of its time. The Galaxy S II is incredibly powerful but surprisingly thin and light at the same time. Our biggest disappointment was the Super AMOLED Plus display's bizarre approach to reproducing colours and the fact that the HDMI connection requires a separate cable. But in every other department—including mobile web browsing, video recording, music, and even making phone calls—the Galaxy S II is a very strong performer.

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          10/10

          It's hard to find any real negatives regarding this particular phone

          from Brighthand (4 years ago)

          If you're on the market for a new smartphone, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy contender. It performed well in all of my standard tests except for slow performance when using the GPS and included navigation apps.Photos and videos look really nice on the large screen, and the sound quality... More

          If you're on the market for a new smartphone, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II is a worthy contender. It performed well in all of my standard tests except for slow performance when using the GPS and included navigation apps.

          Photos and videos look really nice on the large screen, and the sound quality on the external speaker is very good. Voice quality is much better than usual, even though there were a few coverage issues (which says more about T-Mobile's network strength in my area than it does about this phone). It was hard to find any real negatives regarding this particular phone. The camera takes very nice shots too, and all of this adds up to a worthy upgrade from your current device, especially if you're pleased with T-Mobile's network coverage in your area.

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          9/10

          The most high-quality smartphone to have been released by Samsung in the US thus far

          from Android Community (4 years ago)

          Samsung has optimized the Samsung Galaxy S II to be the best Android smartphone on the planet, and if you ask me, that’s exactly what it is. For now. It’s got the most advanced version of Samsung’s vision for an ideal device, and here they are to be trusted. Samsung is, on the other hand, creating m... More

          Samsung has optimized the Samsung Galaxy S II to be the best Android smartphone on the planet, and if you ask me, that’s exactly what it is. For now. It’s got the most advanced version of Samsung’s vision for an ideal device, and here they are to be trusted. Samsung is, on the other hand, creating more versions of the Galaxy S II every day, and until we’ve got them all in our hands, and until Android ceases to be an operating system, there will be no best device.

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          Large display, faster processor and zippier wireless data radio

          from Phone Scoop (4 years ago)

          T-Mobile and Samsung have a winner on their hands with the Galaxy S II. It is as good as the HTC Amaze 4G and gives the iPhone 4S a good run for the money. We can't say that it is light-years ahead of the competition, but it outshines them by a galaxy.

          T-Mobile and Samsung have a winner on their hands with the Galaxy S II. It is as good as the HTC Amaze 4G and gives the iPhone 4S a good run for the money. We can't say that it is light-years ahead of the competition, but it outshines them by a galaxy.

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          More compact than its brothers and boasts a great camera and fast data speeds

          from Laptop Magazine (4 years ago)

          AT&T subscribers now have two stellar smartphones to choose from at $199: The Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S. The S II has a bigger Super AMOLED Plus display packaged in a lighter design than Apple's handset. It also offers a great camera and one of the fastest processors inside a smartphone, plus a... More

          AT&T subscribers now have two stellar smartphones to choose from at $199: The Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S. The S II has a bigger Super AMOLED Plus display packaged in a lighter design than Apple's handset. It also offers a great camera and one of the fastest processors inside a smartphone, plus a highly customizable interface. On the other hand, the iPhone 4S offers more apps, more advanced voice recognition, and a faster camera packaged inside a more premium (albeit older) design. The Samsung Galaxy S II is definitely the best Android phone on AT&T, but we prefer the Sprint and T-Mobile versions because the former offers a brighter screen and unlimited data, while the latter offers much faster 4G speeds.

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          8/10

          Samsung S 2 X on Koodo... Great performance for the Dollar

          (3 years ago)

          Had this for 3 days now. Impressed with the beautiful screen and fast processor. Upgraded from the Galaxy Ace which had bad resolution, slow processor and inefficient memory. Very happy so far, except for the battery life which doesn't last as long as my previous phone (G. Ace). Pros: Camera t... More

          Had this for 3 days now. Impressed with the beautiful screen and fast processor. Upgraded from the Galaxy Ace which had bad resolution, slow processor and inefficient memory. Very happy so far, except for the battery life which doesn't last as long as my previous phone (G. Ace). Pros: Camera takes nice pics, Wifi and Data is fast, screen is beautiful & bright (not like Galaxy Ace), large phone but it is light and evenly balanced, inexpensive = great phone for the $. Downloaded 'Opera Mobile' and browsing is faster than installed browser. Cons: Battery life could be better. Phone is a little slippery, will get a skin to protect it and fix this problem. Some Google/Samsung 'bloatware' is evident. If you get that stuff off this phone would be even faster!

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          8/10