Samsung Galaxy S II AT&T Vs T-Mobile Comparison

There aren’t a whole lot of differences between the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S II but the differences that do exist are both important and noticeable. Thankfully we’ve received a handy comparison chart which highlights (in yellow) those differences that are worth considering if you’re teetering on which device (and which network) to pick one up.

Checking out the differences in screen size, data speeds, processor and battery are all major features worth factoring in when deciding to make a purchase. Therefore, check out this handy chart which has dropped into our inbox to get a really good comparison between the two different Galaxy S II editions. Have fun!

P.S. Notice that this comparison chart does NOT list quad-band UMTS/HSPA+ bands for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II. This Fact Sheet does. Which is right?


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  • Navy

    Sadly i have just watched the vid, and 2300 in benchmarks is just sad, i love this phone and have been waiting since i first heard of the s2, but my vibrant is getting higher benchmarks than that on 1ghz. I know benchmarks are not real world but i mean 2300 C’mon son. That 1.5 S3 is complete trash. And what makes people think the nexus prime will get an exyonos chipset also, if the prime come to tmobile it will most likely use the same processor to capture the 42mbps we will not see. Im truly disappointed today, 2300 qualcomm u suck :(

    • Calvin

      Where did you find that video, I’ve been looking… I have to see this with my own two eyes!

      • Oce

        Search for mobilesyrup’s youtube vids.  Its there.  I posted the link but its waiting to be approved by David I guess.

        • Navy

          Like, im almost in tears after that video, we have nothing to look forward to unless omap is 42mbps capable, because tmobile will only market their hspa+ network. So it pretty much qualcomms or lesser from here on out. Sad day for tmo fans, but i remember when mobile syrup first got pics of the hercules, the benchmarks were at 3300, so it went from 3300 to 2300, wtf is going on :(

        • Anonymous

          Dude I think we’ll be just fine. Yes the quadrant benchmark are disappointing cause it ain’t no exynos, but the phone looked super smooth to me, the browser, the pinch to zoom all that good stuff and that’s what matters. I wish we had exynos but honestly I think this phone will be a beast. The sun spider browser score was in the 2000s which is INCREDIBLY fast, as a matter of fact it is faster than the original GS2 google the scores.

    • Anonymous

      Nexus is “supposed” to  be using a TI OMAP chip.  The Qualcomm was a personal decision made by T-Mobile(and Telus) to bring us the 42Mbps phone.  Google on the other hand wants performance first and foremost.  

      If the Nexus is gonna be the Bells and Whistles phone that we all hope for then I highly doubt El Goog will use a chip based on outdated tech (Cortex A8)

    • Anonymous

      Nexus is “supposed” to  be using a TI OMAP chip.  The Qualcomm was a personal decision made by T-Mobile(and Telus) to bring us the 42Mbps phone.  Google on the other hand wants performance first and foremost.  

      If the Nexus is gonna be the Bells and Whistles phone that we all hope for then I highly doubt El Goog will use a chip based on outdated tech (Cortex A8)

    • Anonymous

      Nexus is “supposed” to  be using a TI OMAP chip.  The Qualcomm was a personal decision made by T-Mobile(and Telus) to bring us the 42Mbps phone.  Google on the other hand wants performance first and foremost.  

      If the Nexus is gonna be the Bells and Whistles phone that we all hope for then I highly doubt El Goog will use a chip based on outdated tech (Cortex A8)

  • Navy

    Sadly i have just watched the vid, and 2300 in benchmarks is just sad, i love this phone and have been waiting since i first heard of the s2, but my vibrant is getting higher benchmarks than that on 1ghz. I know benchmarks are not real world but i mean 2300 C’mon son. That 1.5 S3 is complete trash. And what makes people think the nexus prime will get an exyonos chipset also, if the prime come to tmobile it will most likely use the same processor to capture the 42mbps we will not see. Im truly disappointed today, 2300 qualcomm u suck :(

  • Navy

    Sadly i have just watched the vid, and 2300 in benchmarks is just sad, i love this phone and have been waiting since i first heard of the s2, but my vibrant is getting higher benchmarks than that on 1ghz. I know benchmarks are not real world but i mean 2300 C’mon son. That 1.5 S3 is complete trash. And what makes people think the nexus prime will get an exyonos chipset also, if the prime come to tmobile it will most likely use the same processor to capture the 42mbps we will not see. Im truly disappointed today, 2300 qualcomm u suck :(

  • Anonymous

    tmobile is seriously heading to the wrong direction with these sub par phones how can you even launch a “powerful” phone water down the guts and expect customers to be happy 

    • Deon Davis

      I swear you people disappoint me, everybody is such benchmark slut. Out of all the vids Ive seen on this phone it seems just as fast in everyday usage as the exynos powered sg2, This phone will be able to play any game or movie the same as any other sg2 out there. Look I got a slightly overclocked mt4g and I have YET to find a app or a game including some Tegra only games that I can not play with my 1.2 ghz single core S2 cpu and 205 adreno gpu! And this phone puts my phone to shame.

    • n900mixalot

      I’m curious, what do you believe currently qualifies as an “on par” phone?

  • Navy
    • Calvin

      I just saw the video and while it is disappointing, it is still a beautiful phone. I did a little bit of research about benchmarks and most sites say that they aren’t a big deal. I still definitely want to check it out at the store and will most likely get it. Unless it sucks in my hands.

      • Anonymous

        “Unless it sucks in my hands.”

        That just doesn’t sound right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

    The Beast Phone Perhaps is the HTC Amaze!  Which is TMo bound!

  • Which way is Up?

    Some of these comments are just crazy… I’m literally trying to figure out how these numbers will affect real day to day use. Yes, there is always a cool factor in bragging rights after comparing specs and all but seriously? The GS2 looks to be a great device, powerful, pocketable and pleasing to the eye and it had a larger capacity battery…

    This phone is still a winner, regardless and all things considered.

    • Oce

      Take a look at a review of the GSII w/exynos and witness how smooth the screen transitions are.   Then look at the review of the Tmo GSII, you’ll notice some lag when transitioning from screens and from apps menu to home screen.  I own a Vibrant and almost purchased a Sensation until I played with one.  The lag was just too painful.  The Qualcomm chips aren’t in the same category as the Samsung chip.  To the masses, this is a non issue, but to us phone tech aficionados, this is major.  The GSII just isn’t the GSII w/out Exynos.  Period.

      • VoiceOfReason

        Both of my Vibrants constantly crashed, freezer up, stalled, stuttered for whatever reason even after a full factory reset and no new apps installed.  

        All Android phones will do this eventually regardless or processor.  I’ve had almost every Android phone T-Mobile has put out and they’ve all choked on me after a few months of use.  Luckily I’m patient enough to factory reset them every once and a while.  

        Exynos or Qualcomm I’m getting the GS2 from T-Moible.  Dual core 1.5 GHz is better than anything I’ve had up to this point and I will reserve judgement until after I’ve messed around with one myself. 

    • n900mixalot

      I don’t see how a 2200 benchmark is that much worse than a 2380 benchmark either. And the whole “lag” situation … every device I’ve ever owned (well, not so much in WP7), iPhone included, has stuttered at one time or another, and the SGSII is no exception. RAM bottlenecks, or whatever–it happens.

      Some people will never be satisfied.

      Don’t worry about them though. You find what makes you happy.

  • Lastkid11

    Okay, this is for David. Does this prove the phone is “future-proof” when it comes to possibly crossing to the darkside (AT&T)??
    And for the AT&T guys (_ATL_Guy), I’m not starting ANY beef, but I have to report that at least in SoCal, my AT&T amigos are consistently having problems with dropped calls. I’ve been with the Big Magenta for about five years, and I could count on my one hand how many dropped calls I’ve had, and that usually is in areas where service is spotty for everyone else. It could be opposite in ATL,but here, it’s a no-go…

    • Tbyrne

      LMFAO!!!

  • Calvin

    I know this isn’t completely relative but I think it gets my point across.

    Big Lebowski

    Underworld

    District 9

    Just a few example of things that were great but were passed up by poor reviews. As multiple people have said, let’s try this phone out first!

    • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

      Underworld is a TERRIBLE example

      • Heath

        I kinda liked Underworld. :( Sequels not so much.

        • Br1

          District 9 FTW!!!!! I’m still patiently waiting for District 10 lol.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.

        • n900mixalot

          The first one was actually really good. Anyone who says otherwise was probably too young (or not even born yet), or isn’t a fan of vampire/werewolf movies.

      • Anonymous

        LOL.  Them movies sucked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

    People need to realize that low benchmarks could be due to unfinalized software.

    • Anonymous

      It’s been publicly benchmarked?

  • DavidThande

    Must Get! Anyone Know How Muchie Retail? San-Contract’?

    • OKDave

      If you find out, tell me. No one seems to know. 

      I even called TMobile direct through our corporate contact and asked, and the gentleman I spoke with found *nothing* about the full contract price. He knew the upgrade/new line price, which has been well publicized, but he had no information on the full price. They make less $$ on the non-subsidized phones, so they probably are reluctant to put that info out there too aggressively. 

      Best I can guess is probably in the $499-$529 range, but that is *purely* a guess – absolutely no double-secret info here. 

      • Anonymous

        I never understand the benefit of omitting the full price info.

  • Nonono

    Love the Galaxy S II.  Unfortunately, the ATT version (the frame) looks better.  TMo version is too round in the corner.  Just my opinion…

    • Anonymous

      i agree with u ATT and Sprint version of the SGS 2 looks way better than this roundish SGS 2 for T-Mobile version.. but i still gotta go with the Tmo version since i’m a Tmo customer….. sad… and i also prefer the exynos processor even though it only supports up to 24 mbps 

  • MIKEEEEE

    no WIFI calling= POS.

    • Sbyre888

      Point Of Sale?

  • OKDave

    The SGS2 has the now-infamous Qualcomm CPU that others have mentioned is equivalent to that in the Sensation (hence why I call TMobile’s version the “SGS2-Lite”). Some have even said that a rooted Sensation with a custom ROM achieves comparable specs as the SGS2-Lite. Does that mean you shouldn’t go ahead and get the SGS2-Lite if you’re shopping for a new phone?

    Put another way, given that the Sensation is about $499 off-contract, and it appears the SGS2-Lite from T-Mobile will be about $529 off-contract, if you’re buying a new phone, why would you *not* get the SGS2-Lite? Is there some compelling reason why someone should get a Sensation and root it instead?

    Best I can tell, even with the crippled CPU, the SGS2-Lite is the hottest performer in TMobile’s lineup…

    • Anonymous

      Maybe some people prefer Sense > Touch Wiz.

      • Anonymous

        i prefer Touch wiz than sense… sense makes the phone lag too much (i’m currently a sensation user) i used Vibrant before this Sensation and i am very disappointed at HTC for making a very very laggy battery draining phone (i rooted and installed a custom rom just to let u know) but i guess most people prefer Sense over Touch Wiz (i actually prefer AOSP than any other UIs though anybody agree with this?)

        • Anonymous

          Launcher Pro up front and Touch Wiz behind the scenes for me.  I would like to try out Motorola’s new skin but it would be pointless since we don’t carry their good stuff.

      • Anonymous

        i prefer Touch wiz than sense… sense makes the phone lag too much (i’m currently a sensation user) i used Vibrant before this Sensation and i am very disappointed at HTC for making a very very laggy battery draining phone (i rooted and installed a custom rom just to let u know) but i guess most people prefer Sense over Touch Wiz (i actually prefer AOSP than any other UIs though anybody agree with this?)

      • Anonymous

        i prefer Touch wiz than sense… sense makes the phone lag too much (i’m currently a sensation user) i used Vibrant before this Sensation and i am very disappointed at HTC for making a very very laggy battery draining phone (i rooted and installed a custom rom just to let u know) but i guess most people prefer Sense over Touch Wiz (i actually prefer AOSP than any other UIs though anybody agree with this?)

    • Willingi001

      you right but the sgs2 has faster internet speeds and a better screen

    • jma316

      Sgs2 lite ur a fuching idiot if only u knw how much better the tmobile sgs2 was gonna b

  • Anonymous

    PSA:  The Nexus will be announced at Samsung’s “Unpacked” on October 11th.  That timing couldn’t be any better I tell ya!!

    • Enoel69

      I hope during the announcement the presenter says despite the rumored specs there have been a few changes folks..instead of the rumored 1.5GHz dual core OMAP 4430 processor we decided to go with a more super fast processor…the 1.5GHz dual core Exynos 4212 or the 1.5GHz dual core OMAP 4460 or 4470 processor or the 1.8GHz MSM8960 Qualcomm Krate processor w/ power savings of 70%….any of the three will be fine w/me.

    • Enoel69

      I hope during the announcement the presenter says despite the rumored specs there have been a few changes folks..instead of the rumored 1.5GHz dual core OMAP 4430 processor we decided to go with a more super fast processor…the 1.5GHz dual core Exynos 4212 or the 1.5GHz dual core OMAP 4460 or 4470 processor or the 1.8GHz MSM8960 Qualcomm Krate processor w/ power savings of 70%….any of the three will be fine w/me.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like a win to me!

  • Tom29

    only 480 x 800 pixels??? wtf?

  • Anonymous

    After watching a review of the Telus Galaxy S II x, its like watching a 60Hz tv versus a 120.  Granite it looks retarted watching 120 on TV but on the phone, you want it to be that smooth.

    I really hope that the reviewed phone was incomplete because it honestly does not compare :-(

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

    Im excited about the tmo version , mainly because it would be the only one I can get right now.. but one thing I wanted to point out was that the 1.5 ghz chipset is the older snapdragon and the 1.2 ghz in the other versions (ATT & Sprint) of the phone is the newer chipset with better GPU capabilities.. just to get the facts straight.

    The Exynos cpu/gpu doesn’t support 42Mbps “4g” which is why the ATT and Sprint versions have those specs swapped effectively.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

    Im excited about the tmo version , mainly because it would be the only one I can get right now.. but one thing I wanted to point out was that the 1.5 ghz chipset is the older snapdragon and the 1.2 ghz in the other versions (ATT & Sprint) of the phone is the newer chipset with better GPU capabilities.. just to get the facts straight.

    The Exynos cpu/gpu doesn’t support 42Mbps “4g” which is why the ATT and Sprint versions have those specs swapped effectively.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

    Im excited about the tmo version , mainly because it would be the only one I can get right now.. but one thing I wanted to point out was that the 1.5 ghz chipset is the older snapdragon and the 1.2 ghz in the other versions (ATT & Sprint) of the phone is the newer chipset with better GPU capabilities.. just to get the facts straight.

    The Exynos cpu/gpu doesn’t support 42Mbps “4g” which is why the ATT and Sprint versions have those specs swapped effectively.

  • Nearmsp

    What is the cost for those not completed 18 months to buy this? What about the cost for those on value plan? 

  • Raul

    Nice video..thnx for posting..
    This makes me wanna get the attain instead of hercules.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we get the Exynos as well?

    • WW

      i don’t know the technical details but i’ve read that the exynos doesn’t support hsdpa 42 meg.

      • Raul

        There is one exynos that supports 42mbs
        But it is more expensive and the phone will go up more… Il pay more I dnt care but some people do.

  • Tolosa997

    Im a store mgr for a an ATT dealer and today we were told were not geting the galaxy s 2 in california because were supposed to get the LTE version in 5 weeks..wtf? Has anyone heard anything like this? This came down from our company VP..

    • Raul

      Yea the samsung galaxy s2 lte is coming out
      Screen 4.63in
      Its got some processor 1.8 or 2.0
      I cant remberber anything else.

      • Crazythunder1968

        wtf was that?

    • Bigjohn7187

      do you realize that ATT using the term LTE is actually stupid? LTE is the Long Term Evolution from CDMA technology to GSM technology. SO it actually only applies to verizon and sprint.. well and cricket and those companies but that doesnt really count

    • Bigjohn7187

      do you realize that ATT using the term LTE is actually stupid? LTE is the Long Term Evolution from CDMA technology to GSM technology. SO it actually only applies to verizon and sprint.. well and cricket and those companies but that doesnt really count

  • Angarma1

    American versions of GS2 without headsets!!, which are included in the International version, got the international version in Puerto Rico thru a carrier named Claro(America Movil) with headsets at $199.99 w/ 2yrs contract

  • Anonymous

    Im with old Magenta and currently posting from my MT4G….. I really want the amaze right now!

  • Danny Perez

    Does anyone still remember the leaked tmo gs2 with the aluminum-looking back. I wants :(

  • pipelinedrew

    does anyone know if the Tmobile version will come with an LED indicator for messages and missed calls

  • pipelinedrew

    does anyone know if the Tmobile version will come with an LED indicator for messages and missed calls

  • Raul

    Im here in at&t about to get the gs2 n I just scored 3634 quadrant benchmark…how bout that :)

  • Paul

    Why the heck did T-Mobile have to make their’s bigger? So stupid.
    I’d rather have the form-factor of the AT&T version – it fits in the pocket better and is easier to hold.
    Both have the same resolution so there’s absolutely no advantage to going bigger; in fact, there’s a disadvantage as the pixel density is decreased slightly.
    Besides, if the form factor were the same for both versions, the manufacturing costs would be less from Samsung and so the device would be cheaper, from both carriers (economy of scale).

    I do like the upgraded processor on the T-Mo version, so I’ll stay in the T-Mobile network, but this one thing annoys me because 4.3″ is plenty big enough, bigger is undesirable.

  • Paul

    And for anyone wondering, the T-Mobile is 5mm longer and 4mm wider, but the same thickness, as the AT&T version (126x66x9mm). These specs were left out of the table above.