U.S. Samsung Galaxy S II Variants Unveiled, No Verizon Version as Expected!

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    U.S. Samsung Galaxy S II Variants Unveiled, No Verizon Version as Expected!

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    Here are the three variants for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have been unveiled. This confirms the Wall Street Journal.

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    Review of Samsung Galaxy S

    It's only been six several weeks since Samsung released its highly effective Universe S assault upon the united states market with a number of company personalized phones: the Vibrant and Captivate GSM twins for T-Mobile and also at&T, the WiMAX-rocking Epic 4G for Sprint and also the Fascinate for Verizon. More types showed up later, using the Mesmerize, Continuum, Nexus S, and LTE-outfitted Universe Indulge. Still the Vibrant was the very first, and also the nearest to look at towards the original Universe S, losing the leading-facing camera, but attaining searching button. Regrettably, Samsung was slow to upgrade early products such as the Vibrant beyond Eclair, and also to fix the well-recorded AGPS problems. As a result, the discharge from the Samsung Universe S 4G for T-Mobile -- essentially an up-to-date Vibrant with HSPA , a front-facing camera, a bronze battery cover, Froyo from the gate, but no devoted internal expensive storage -- is bittersweet. While advantageous to individuals who anxiously waited, it is a slap hard to individuals who bought the Vibrant. But could it be a worthy upgrade? So how exactly does it squeeze into T-Mobile's high-finish Android selection? Continue reading for the full review following the break.


    Instantly, you would be challenged to inform the leading from the Universe S 4G aside from the Vibrant. The only real difference may be the return from the front-facing VGA camera also present about the original Universe S, Epic 4G, and Nexus S. It features exactly the same gorgeous (dare we are saying vibrant?) 4-inch WVGA glass capacitive Super AMOLED touch screen, filled with faux-chrome surround. The T-Mobile logo design is incorporated in the same top center location, below the earpiece and near the closeness and lightweight sensors, as the Samsung logo design is situated bottom center, over the standard row of backlit capacitive buttons. Company, the LEDs behind the capacitive buttons still switch off too early but still shine too vibrant. At the spine, the Universe S 4G is nearly just like the Vibrant, with similar metal-rimmed 5mp camera, speaker grill, and Universe S logo design -- the signature bump within the battery cover carries over. But rather than being finished in shiny black having a faint silver us dot pattern, the rear is colored a satin bronze finish that changes color slightly with respect to the viewing position, as being a lenticular print. It is a very polarizing design: while many people enjoy it, we believe it appears cheap and tacky, especially on which is perhaps T-Mobile's flagship phone. Everything continues to be same round the fringe of the unit, having a standard 3.5 mm earphone jack and microUSB connector (behind an imaginative sliding door) on the top, battery power cover removal slit and microphone at the base, a lanyard hole and volume rocker about the left, and also the energy / lock key about the right. The Universe S 4G feels just like light because the Vibrant, and believe it or not plasticky, the industry shame.

    Spec-smart the Universe S 4G further mirrors the Vibrant, but cranks some misconception a notch with the help of HSPA for network accelerates to 21Mbps (what T-Mobile calls "4G"). Inside you will find exactly the same 1GHz Hummingbird CPU with PowerVR SGX 540 graphics, 512MB RAM, Wi-fi compatability b / g / n, Bluetooh 3., AGPS, a compass, a gyroscope / accelerometer, along with a light sensor. Despite being already six several weeks old, this mixture of hardware still provides solid performance, particularly when combined with Android 2.2. Additionally towards the aforementioned HSPA radio (with AWS / 1700MHz and 2100MHz support), gleam legacy quadband radio for EDGE duty. Lifting battery cover discloses a sd card slot together with the obligatory SIM slot. A 16GB card is provided together with an SD adapter -- it consists of the film Beginning like a DRM encoded file. Oddly, the 16GB of internal expensive storage contained in the Vibrant is finished in the Universe S 4G, departing the sd card slot because the sole selection for storing media along with other content. Within our tests, calls seemed obvious and reception was equally good. Battery existence, however, was just average, using the 1650mAh battery lasting about 24 hrs on the charge with moderate use (taking photos, hearing music, surfing the net, and texting). Although this is consistent with other high-finish Android phones, we believe there's room for improvement.

    The same is true HSPA really make a difference? We in comparison the Universe S 4G to the HSPA-only Nexus S on T-Mobile using the speedtest.internet application in a variety of Bay Area locales (inside the carrier's HSPA footprint) and more often than not the outcomes were similar on products. Obviously the topography of Bay Area is infamously difficult on signal quality, and that we expect the performance gap between HSPA and HSPA to widen with time as T-Mobile tweaks its network, but for the time being HSPA doesn't seem to offer significant speed gains. Your mileage can vary.


    Samsung understands how to create a nice cameraphone, and also the Universe S 4G isn't any exception. It shares its 5 megapixel sensor and autofocus optics using the Vibrant, and takes excellent pictures. Actually, the outcomes are superior to other 5 megapixel cameraphones. This can be a camera with couple of equals among Android products. It gathers a lot of information, with accurate color balance and exposure. There is no expensive, but low light performance is first class. Noise is stored well in check, and lack of detail is minimal. The Universe S 4G does a good job of recording 720p video in a smooth 30 fps. While there is no autofocus before or throughout video capture, Samsung sensibly chose AAC (rather than the default AMR) to scribe audio, leading to better seem quality. Consumer experience can do or die a cameraphone. Fortunately, your camera interface about the Universe S 4G is among the best we have seen on Android, without doubt because of the business's experience making devoted point-and-shoot cameras. It's reasonably intuitive, and all sorts of the key controls are often accessible, with less frequent configurations situated within menus. There is no devoted two-stage shutter key, but you will find touch-to-focus, smile / blink recognition, along with a panorama mode, among additional features. Overall, we are very impressed using the camera about the Universe S 4G. It strikes a great balance between image quality and usability, without making a lot of compromises.


    Let us put things in perspective. The Vibrant shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair) mid-This summer and merely received its Android 2.2 (Froyo) update in The month of january. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) was released mid-December using the Nexus S. The Universe S 4G is running Android 2.2, even though Froyo still offers great performance and helpful features for example built-in Wi-fi compatability hotspot functionality, it's somewhat disappointing to determine a flagship phone arrive available on the market one full OS version behind the condition-of-the-art. Obviously, this is actually the cost all of us purchase producers and service providers designing Android inside a problematic make an effort to differentiate themselves. Fortunately, the TouchWiz 3. UI utilized by Samsung about the Vibrant carries to the Universe S 4G mostly unchanged. It remains lightweight and relatively inconspicuous, unlike Motorola's Blur. We are still not offered about the ultra-saturated cartoon-like color plan (made more powerful through the high-contrast Super AMOLED display), but Froyo about the Universe S 4G certainly feels snappier than Eclair did about the Vibrant. Quadrant scores routinely hover round the 1000 mark, even though it's really no speed demon, the Universe S 4G consistently provides the amount of performance we have come to anticipate from a higher-finish device. Like a reason for reference, our Nexus S with Gingerbread easily reaches 1500 about the Quadrant benchmark. TouchWiz 3. provides some nice, well... touches, just like a task manager, personal files browser, a significantly enhanced very good music player, along with a row of toggles within the notification area for Wi-fi compatability, Bluetooth, Gps navigation, quiet mode, and auto-rotation. The sideways-scrolling application tray is a little disorienting in the beginning, but is simple to sit in.

    There's numerous pre-installed applications from Samsung and T-Mobile about the Universe S 4G, for example Amazon . com MP3, doubleTwist with AirSync, Facebook (although not Twitter), Kindle, Layar, Media Hub, Qik Video Chat, Slacker, T-Mobile TV, TeleNav, and ThinkFree office. As with the Optimus T, T-Mobile bundles the Swype keyboard, Wi-fi compatability calling (also known as UMA), and visual voicemail message using the phone, together with DriveSmart, an application that minimizes driving distractions by silencing notices, routing calls to voicemail message or perhaps a Bluetooth headset, and optionally auto-reacting to calls and texts. I was particularly excited to determine doubleTwist with AirSync pre-loaded about the Universe S 4G, but we are no sure why TeleNav is incorporated thinking about Android provides awesome free built-in navigation. T-Mobile TV dishes out live as well as on-demand TV programming. Prices varies using the content and it is charged straight to your T-Mobile account. While there is a 30-day free trial offer, we are less than certain having to pay to look at television on the 4-inch screen is an especially attractive proposition, but we are not necessarily the target audience with this. To create matters much more confusing, Media Hub also enables you to definitely rent or purchase video content and charge it for your T-Mobile account. There's certainly something to become stated about Apple's unified iTunes Store approach here. As pointed out above, The film Beginning endures the provided sd card and includes its shortcut. Just remember that formatting the sd card will remove the film. The relaxation from the Universe S 4G software programs are all standard problem Android. Sadly there is no photo or video editor available like on another Samsung products.

    A couple of applications make use of the front facing camera right as they are, such as the camera and video recorder, in addition to Qik Video Chat, a T-Mobile top quality version from the popular video streaming service. We also installed Tango about the Universe S 4G making several video calls over T-Mobile's network for an apple iphone 4 on AT&T. Image quality is virtually what you'd expect from the VGA camera -- acceptable in normal light and grainy at nighttime -- however it will get the task done.


    This is an exciting time to become a T-Mobile customer. There's never been a much better choice of high-finish AWS-compatible Android products before. The Universe S 4G, Nexus S, myTouch 4G, and G2 each bring a distinctive flavor of Android towards the table. We believe "pure" Android 2.3 trumps HSPA , therefore the Nexus S is our first choice. But when you will require HSPA , we recommend the Universe S 4G. It beats the myTouch 4G having a bigger, greater quality display, a less pervasive skin, along with a lower cost (after mail-in rebate). Additionally, it enhances upon the Vibrant with HSPA along with a front-facing camera, at the fee for that 16GB of internal expensive storage. Cosmetically, we like the Vibrant towards the Universe S 4G, but that is dependent on taste. If you have an exciting, we recommend waiting until some thing compelling arrives, unless of course HSPA and also the front-facing camera really matter for you. We loved our time using the Universe S 4G. It is a feature wealthy Android phone having a slightly personalized UI that packs a remarkable camera and provides solid performance overall. Battery existence might be better, and maybe it's a little cheaper ($200 having a two-year contract, after $50 mail-in rebate). Let us just hope Samsung drops that Gingerbread update in under six several weeks this time around 756.

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