“Hands On” With The T-Mobile Galaxy S II

Our excitement peaked to a point it hasn’t seen in some time for a phone launch with the T-Mobile announcement of the Galaxy S II arriving “this fall” this evening. Unfortunately, as the Samsung press event wore on we were completely let down by the lack of a true “hands on” experience by the T-Mobile folks. While the AT&T and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S II were fondled on camera, the T-Mobile variant was tucked away safely inside a few glass boxes with just one home screen available for pictures.

Even more notable was the lack of hard specs, price, release date and what I would consider most important, the true capabilities of the HSPA+ chip. So while this might have been a hardware problem, a software problem or a combination of both making up one big nightmare for the T-Mobile team we were truly disappointed. Whatever and whomever is to blame, the lack of a true hands on tonight was a missed moment for the Magenta folks who could have really used the time to display the ridiculous HSPA+ speeds this device is rumored to put out. Guess we’ll have to start counting down the days to that rumored release date.

In any event, we’ve got a few images and video courtesy of the folks from Thisismynext, Engadget and Phandroid for you to peruse.

Thisismynext; Engadget and Phandroid

 

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  • Wilma Flintstone

    More like a “Hand’s Off” Lol!!!  They got those things locked down to where Air can’t even get to them.

    • HeLLkAt31

      LoL!

  • Anonymous

    why the hell would they do that?is it broken that if u touch it,it falls apart?perhaps Exynos equipped?sprint is the only one releasing it in september,very smart move.october release is a fail for t-mobile.

  • Diamond_Prince

    I KNOW THIS PHONE IS GOING TO BE AMAZING AND BETTER SPECS THEN AT&T AND SPRINT SO IM A GET IT AS SOON AS IT CONES OUT :)

    • Tortionist

      I seriously hope that you’re right.

  • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

    Maybe it’s not a problem, maybe T-mobile is hiding something that it doesn’t want to show off yet probably an app or something

  • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

    Maybe it’s not a problem, maybe T-mobile is hiding something that it doesn’t want to show off yet probably an app or something

  • RMartino

    Cut Tmo some slack, they are just passing time until their payouts from the forthcoming AT&T deal.   I don’t think they are too concerned about some bloggers at a lame event in a crappy hotel conference room.  Sad, but true.

  • AlealeG2

    I have a feeling if tmobile is releasing this in the fall they wont get the iphone 5. Putting the phone in a box like that is silly when the other carriers have the same phone and its there for the people to mess with them. Another fail by tmobile.

  • Etherealremnant

    I don’t get what is going on… Gizmodo says its an Exynos in Sprints version but I thought US variants were Tegra? When did this change?

  • OKDave

    Absolutely ridiculous. So the three main carriers were going to get them – and the big splashy announcement was a hands-off, no-details nothing, promising only “someday.” 

    Shame on T-Mobile for not getting its act together and getting this product on the road. For heaven’s sake, its going be nine months old by the time its released if only the October rumor date is real, and we have no hard confirmation of that. It *can’t* be that complicated to get this thing on the road. 

    Very disappointed in this non-announcement announcement. 

  • Oce

    Another good example of why Tmobile USA is up for sale.  Sad.  Just sad.

  • Oce

    Another good example of why Tmobile USA is up for sale.  Sad.  Just sad.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung’s decision to keep the phone in the case is a reason why T-Mobile is up for sale? Uh… okay, sure.

      • Giving

        Not the reason, but one if the hundreds if examples

      • Giving

        Not the reason, but one if the hundreds if examples

    • Anonymous

      Samsung’s decision to keep the phone in the case is a reason why T-Mobile is up for sale? Uh… okay, sure.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung’s decision to keep the phone in the case is a reason why T-Mobile is up for sale? Uh… okay, sure.

  • Oce

    Another good example of why Tmobile USA is up for sale.  Sad.  Just sad.

  • Jckool21

    I have a upgrade coming and that’s what I’m getting. T-Mobile G2.

  • Jckool21

    I have a upgrade coming and that’s what I’m getting. T-Mobile G2.

  • Jckool21

    I have a upgrade coming and that’s what I’m getting. T-Mobile G2.

  • Anonymous

    There haven’t been a bigger fail of a press conference since HP’s palm purchase conference

  • Anonymous

    There haven’t been a bigger fail of a press conference since HP’s palm purchase conference

  • Anonymous

    I am willing to bet money it wasn’t Samsung’s decision but Tmobile’s to lock the phone up

    • Android_enthu

      now even Tmo’s but AT&T’s decision.. :-)

    • Android_enthu

      now even Tmo’s but AT&T’s decision.. :-)

    • Android_enthu

      now even Tmo’s but AT&T’s decision.. :-)

    • Android_enthu

      now even Tmo’s but AT&T’s decision.. :-)

  • Thereugo67

    All I can say is Nexus Prime!

  • Bimmerz
    • Anonymous

      WELL THIS IS ALSO INTERESTING….
      ATT version doesnt state which processor either at least according to phandroid YET the ATT version was AVAILABLE TO HANDLE!!!1!!!!1!!!!!!
      GASP!!!!! 

  • Allleyesonme

    Like always,tmo is sooooo behind on everything.

  • Gordo G

    What an EPIC FAIL! for T-Mobil. This has all but sealed by exodus.. I will wait to see how the iphone 5 and the Nexus Prime look and make my choice..I know one thing for sure I will be a sprint customer in a few months. It sucks because I love T-Mobil but with this kind of uncertainty looming with the carrier I think you would have to be an idiot to buy a new phone with T Mobile at this point. How the hell do they release this phone on three carriers have an event for the phones release and the other two get full access to the phone while T-Mobil gets to look at it through a glass box. It makes absolutely no sense at all.

    • Anonymous

      You would leave a phone company because they decided to not let people handle it at an event you werent even at?
      Did they Samsung and Tmobile hurt you?

    • Anonymous

      You would leave a phone company because they decided to not let people handle it at an event you werent even at?
      Did they Samsung and Tmobile hurt you?

    • Tortionist

      Why would someone be considered an idiot for buying a phone within the next couple of months? They would have over a years worth of use with it before it is all but useless. I replace my phones anywhere between every six months to a year, so the time frame works for me. I wouldn’t classify everyone as an idiot just because of this. you don’t know their situations and all of the factors involved. If you did, then you might have a valid point.

    • Tortionist

      Why would someone be considered an idiot for buying a phone within the next couple of months? They would have over a years worth of use with it before it is all but useless. I replace my phones anywhere between every six months to a year, so the time frame works for me. I wouldn’t classify everyone as an idiot just because of this. you don’t know their situations and all of the factors involved. If you did, then you might have a valid point.

  • Derrick Thomason

    Not much of a “Hands-on” experience if its locked in a case.  More like “On-Looker” experience…

  • Anonymous

    Thisismynext just explained the whole thing. This phone is using a Snapdragon processor instead of Samsung’s Exynos processor. Makes sense now why they kept it locked up.

    • Anonymous

      Really? Seriously? That is somehow proof its not the Exynos?
      Even if it turns out not to be the Exynos somehow I doubt this is why they decided to showcase it this way. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEHFXH67KK5NVX6X7PBMFVPXPA Infrared

    Guys… this is what happens when it would be awkward to have your Snapdragon-equipped variant out for playing with that is way slower than the proper Exynos-equipped versions that the other carriers have out for playing with. Instead of allowing people to get a first-hand experience on their inferior device, Tmob hid it. Quite frankly I would make the same decision (why put inferiority on display?). Shroud the whole thing in mystery and vagueness and you’ll be able to maintain interest in your variant up until launch (or whenever the real announcement of its specs come out, probably only a week before to mitigate the loss of interest that will come when people see its subpar specs).

    • Anonymous

      WOW man really? 
      Call Alex Jones he might be able to get the word out! 

  • Anonymous

    David your blog posters NEVER fail to disappoint!
    We now have BOX-GATE! 
    Some people have their tin foil thongs on a little too tight. 

  • Android_enthu

    It was the strategic decision to not  announce price, hw specs etc. Simple – they don’t want AT&t version sales to get affected by Tmo sales. This puppy won’t come in September as in AT&T but it will come in October. AT&T is pretty much driving all these decisions.

  • Faifai

    Possibly 2 reasons….. 1. it is not using the same cpu….. 2. 4G is not ready…..  hopefully is the second one as the screen is bad enough already if it is really using the snapdragon then it will make every body sad…..

  • Guest

    Screw Samsung Galaxy II, for now. What happened to those rumors about the iPhone 5? Why have they disappeared? Was it *clever* PR used for retention purposes? Adding new customers? What was that all about? Seriously.

    I keep seeing the rumors about Sprint, but the news has shifted away from talking about T-Mobile getting the iPhone 5 – are they or are they not? Or is TMobile’s PR spreading rumors…

    • http://twitter.com/shinkinrui shinkinrui

      What are you, an idiot? T-Mobile’s NEVER said we’re getting the iPhone 5. T-Mobile’s “PR” has never breathed a damn word about getting the iPhone, It’s all rumor and speculation. FFS.

      • Guest

        You think you’re clever with your cartoon avatar and ignorant reply. You’re the idiot. 

        Has Sprint EVER announced that it would get the iPhone 5, formally? No! That’s a rumor, too. In fact, it’s a rumor that the iPhone 5 is coming out in October, too. Don’t believe me? Ask Apple, Verizon or Sprint. 

        I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that the minute rumors starting flying around that T-Mobile would be the ONLY carrier without an iPhone after Oct – *someone* said they’d get it, too. I’m fairly certain it was T-Mobile via clever PR.

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    reminds me of the old ways when there were just ‘dummy’ phones. i’m guessing prototypes like you see at car shows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

    A good way to look at it is that if it does use qualcomm as the chipset we wont have to worry about GPS issues anymore ;)

    • Tortionist

      LOL, good point

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

    A good way to look at it is that if it does use qualcomm as the chipset we wont have to worry about GPS issues anymore ;)

  • Anonymous

    Actually this phone may not come with the exynos processor. I guess that’s why w don’t have specs yet.

  • Anonymous

    Sigh….AT&T got the one thats closest to the international version which means tons and tons of compatible accessories and makes me want to switch to AT&T just for that. Hell even Sprint’s has a blue LED on top. Tmo you dissapoint me yet again

  • TMOREP

    Seems like everyone forgot about the GINGERBREAD UPDATE FOR THE ORIGINAL GALAXY S Samsung promised everyone a looooooooooooooong time ago.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

      whats a galaxy s?

    • Frigadroid

      This is the update. That’s how samsung does their business.

  • Stfu

    I believe the world will continue to spin even if this phone has the SD processor.  Yes if the CPU inside a cell phone has you this hot and bothered you obviously need to get laid or your mama’s a whore.  

    I can’t believe the drama over a cell phone CPU.  What is the world coming to? 

  • Stfu

    I believe the world will continue to spin even if this phone has the SD processor.  Yes if the CPU inside a cell phone has you this hot and bothered you obviously need to get laid or your mama’s a whore.  

    I can’t believe the drama over a cell phone CPU.  What is the world coming to? 

  • Stfu

    I believe the world will continue to spin even if this phone has the SD processor.  Yes if the CPU inside a cell phone has you this hot and bothered you obviously need to get laid or your mama’s a whore.  

    I can’t believe the drama over a cell phone CPU.  What is the world coming to? 

  • Tortionist

    I do look forward to getting this phone, but if this doesn’t have the Exynos processor i’ll get something else. I think it’s kind of ridiculous to leave a wireless carrier over a phone. if your’e going to leave a wireless carrier, do it because of customer service, prices, or unethical conduct, but not because it doesn’t have the phone you want. 

  • Tortionist

    I do look forward to getting this phone, but if this doesn’t have the Exynos processor i’ll get something else. I think it’s kind of ridiculous to leave a wireless carrier over a phone. if your’e going to leave a wireless carrier, do it because of customer service, prices, or unethical conduct, but not because it doesn’t have the phone you want. 

  • SomeoneWhoMakesSense

    T-Mobile is most likely ready to throw in its support around the iP5 launch in early October and will wait to release a phone like this afterwards to avoid people requesting phone exchanges in droves.  Smart move actually.

    I’d buy this phone with the Snapdragon processor.  See the Netflix app?  Yep it’s compatible with Snapdragon and the others may not be. 

    I don’t see what the hype and hoopla is over phone CPU’s like this.  It’s the implementation and OS that also play a part is the overall smoothness and efficiency of operation.  Android in its current form is still buggy, prone to crashes, overheating, application failures (force close) and so on.  It’s going to take a lot more than a Samsung branded CPU to fix all of this. 

    If IceCreamSandwich is as good as they claim and Google can get a handle on the Android OS then even a 1 GHz older generation processor should work just fine.  If Apple can do it so can Google.  Even WP7 as an OS with a complete lack of the most popular apps still performs much better even with single core CPU’s.  That should tell you something.  You really don’t need a ship the size of the Titanic towing a small life raft but with Android you almost have to just to keep the phone from exploding.  

  • Fe Treedeee

    Very amateur writing again. To speculate blame for a phone being locked up, on Hardware or software issues truly shows the immaturity of your post. It is very obvious that you have been rubbed the wrong way by t-mobile, and now you write to appease the masses of negativity.

  • Fe Treedeee

    Very amateur writing again. To speculate blame for a phone being locked up, on Hardware or software issues truly shows the immaturity of your post. It is very obvious that you have been rubbed the wrong way by t-mobile, and now you write to appease the masses of negativity.

  • Frigadroid

    I haven’t decided if I would ever give samsung another chance after the Vibrant fail. I’m not even sure about wanting to renew with tmobile for 2 more years.
    What I learned today was more of the same old tmobile disappointing marketing and promotion. Regardless of the reason personaly I lost a little more confidence in tmobile and now have even less interest in the t mobile gs2 / hercules.

  • Frigadroid

    I haven’t decided if I would ever give samsung another chance after the Vibrant fail. I’m not even sure about wanting to renew with tmobile for 2 more years.
    What I learned today was more of the same old tmobile disappointing marketing and promotion. Regardless of the reason personaly I lost a little more confidence in tmobile and now have even less interest in the t mobile gs2 / hercules.

  • http://twitter.com/flaw ? Eleni

    I read on another site that the screen is 4.52″ like Sprint’s. If so, that’s really disappointing. I can barely hold the Sensation in one hand, so I definitely wouldn’t be able to hold this thing. I was excited for it too. -_-

    • Raul

      Its got a 4.53 screen

      • Jaja

        No, 4.54

    • http://twitter.com/DestroyerBMX Dave Holland

      This is too open for jokes

  • Anonymous

    T-mobile is garbage. I mean people have been waiting months for this phone to cone to the US, they announce it and customers are left in the dark. Now we have to wait for another event maybe in early October to tell us they’re going to release it in late October? You suck t-mobile!

  • Anonymous

    T-mobile is garbage. I mean people have been waiting months for this phone to cone to the US, they announce it and customers are left in the dark. Now we have to wait for another event maybe in early October to tell us they’re going to release it in late October? You suck t-mobile!

    • http://twitter.com/DestroyerBMX Dave Holland

      Thats the whole cellphone industry, they keep it quite until the phone is a week away from launch.  Everyone does it to maximize current phone sales.

  • Anonymous

    T-mobile is garbage. I mean people have been waiting months for this phone to cone to the US, they announce it and customers are left in the dark. Now we have to wait for another event maybe in early October to tell us they’re going to release it in late October? You suck t-mobile!

  • Anonymous

    T-mobile is garbage. I mean people have been waiting months for this phone to cone to the US, they announce it and customers are left in the dark. Now we have to wait for another event maybe in early October to tell us they’re going to release it in late October? You suck t-mobile!