Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Amaze 4G Arrive On Store Shelves Today

Did you miss your opportunity to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Amaze 4G? Well don’t you worry as you can now pop into any of your local T-Mobile corporate stores starting today and purchase either one. The Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G mark T-Mobile’s first entry into the 42Mbps HSPA+ smartphone world and if early reviews are any indication, both devices are well worth the money.

Choosing between the two is likely to be more of a personal choice between the stronger camera in the HTC Amaze 4G or the raw processing power in the Galaxy S II. Obviously the differences between both devices extend well beyond those two factors so we encourage you to stop into your local T-Mobile store and try them both out.

In the meantime you can check out some hands on videos of the HTC Amaze 4G or the Galaxy S II and try to decide which phone is right for you.

HTC Amaze 4G (White)

HTC Amaze 4G (Black)

Samsung Galaxy S II

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  • Probably gotta get the Amaze.  My wife is still suffering through her disaster Vibrant–what a piece of junk!

    • Anonymous

      As a 15 month long Vibrant user, I say go with the GSII and that unbeatable screen.  I’m sure the GSII won’t have NEAR the issues that the Vibrant had/has.

      • Sanman202

        15 month Vibrant user here also. Getting SGS2. Should have it in a week. Got a good deal! Vibrant is still fine but I may tinker with rooting or sell it. Can’t wait for this new beauty to arrive.

        • galaxyguy

          What kind of deal you get. I want one but stuck with a sensation.

        • galaxyguy

          What kind of deal you get. I want one but stuck with a sensation.

        • Ismethere

          Its people like you who complain that puzzle me. Just oc it. Something better will always come out.

    • Anonymous

      Got a Vibrant on release day last year…suffered with it ever since.

      Picked up the Amaze today…Holy crap! Is this a beautiful device!

      I looked at the SGS2 and although the screen is larger, the resolution is the same as the Amaze so the pixel density is low, and it makes all of the icons and such comically big. Also, seeing TouchWiz again gave me all kinds of distressed Vibrant flashbacks and I decided there was no way in hell I was going to take that risk again.

      SGS2 has the same “plastic” feel to it as the Vibrant. The Amaze on the other hand has a wonderful “heavy” feel with it’s aluminum body. I have to agree with what the guy at PhoneDog said in his unboxing, this really is the nicest Android phone I have every held, and I’ve held just about all of them. It really does feel like a “premium” quality phone.

      • Anonymous

        Actually the amaze is qHD, the gsII is less.

  • Mirsad Karahasanovic

    Still holding my breath for the Nexus Prime. If it falls through I’m getting the SII.

  • Well I’ve seen pics taken from the Samsung Galaxy S II (Hercules) & it’s camera is amazing too. I remember taking pics on my Vibrant & it was incredible, especially macro-mode, it could’ve seriously replaced my point-and-shoot digital camera. I think it’s a matter of preference in Android Overlay, manufacturer preference, & price-point in my personal opinion.

    • Anonymous

      Samsung’s camera app is the S**t and something I would seriously miss in a Nexus. 

      • Yes it is. Coincidentally, my point-and-shoot (Digital Camera) is a Samsung.

      • Yes it is. Coincidentally, my point-and-shoot (Digital Camera) is a Samsung.

  • Joe

    Well, the GSII was just named smartphone of the year by some magazine, they said it had “the best camera of any phone”.  We’ll see.

    Anybody have any input on the vid camera on the Samsung vs. the Amaze?  If I recall, the microphone sound quality on the Sensation vid camera was awful.

  • Anonymous

    I’m at work with one foot out the door.  20 more minutes.

    • Phoenix

      Just picked mine up…it’s super fast!

  • anonymous

    If anyone gets the GS2 or Amaze, can you please confirm whether or not wifi calling is enabled? Screenshots would be awesome as well :)

    • JayOne

      Wifi only enabled on amaze…..not on sg2.

    • Meagan

      Yes… Pics or vid. Xo

    • Mirsad Karahasanovic

      I just chatted with tech support at Tmobile and he confirmed it does have WiFi calling.

    • i have the amaze, and i am connected to wifi. i have no wifi calling app on the phone

    • Anonymous

      I can confirm that my Amaze does NOT have wifi calling. Called TMo and they said it will be an OTA update.

  • Jasmos1984

    does this phone have the face recognition unlock?

    • Anonymous

      Face Recognition is supposed to be part of Ice Cream Sandwich. I hope some can hack the apk so that it works with ginger bread :)

    • Anonymous

      Face Recognition is supposed to be part of Ice Cream Sandwich. I hope some can hack the apk so that it works with ginger bread :)

  • Meagan

    Exciting day. Hope the tmo stores charge the new mobiles when employees are reviewing the new mobiles.

  • Meagan

    android police have a very indepth review of the new samsung.

    • Sanman202

      Apparently, they say don’t buy this phone. It’s old technology according to them.

    • Sanman202

      Apparently, they say don’t buy this phone. It’s old technology according to them.

  • zazou1

    love both phones, and they both have their advantages.  I need a phone that is not all plastic because of my job, so I will probably go with the amaze or wait for the new Nexus.  It is supposed to have a metal body…

    • M7

      Why do you care if the phone has a plastic cover if you are going to put the phone into a rubber cover?

      • zazou1

        I have had experience with a galaxy before. I live on the beach and unfortunately the sand finds it’s way into the case and scratches the back of the phone.  My HTC G2 has had much better luck…  

  • zazou1

    love both phones, and they both have their advantages.  I need a phone that is not all plastic because of my job, so I will probably go with the amaze or wait for the new Nexus.  It is supposed to have a metal body…

  • Mmartinez3723

    i hope they dont sale out i have wait till 4:00

  • count on me

    I personally like the amaze more but the galaxy s line is the most popular next to the iPhone. I have had no customers ask me about the amaze but people have been asking me about the galaxy s since October first

  • count on me

    I personally like the amaze more but the galaxy s line is the most popular next to the iPhone. I have had no customers ask me about the amaze but people have been asking me about the galaxy s since October first

  • Anonymous

    Did you guys wait in line for it?

    • Anonymous

      No line what so ever for me.  Took a half hour to get the phone tho!

      • Anonymous

        ahhh nice! enjoy your new phone!

        Why did it took 30 mins? wouldn’t they just swap the sim card, less you alter your plan or config your phone?

      • Anonymous

        ahhh nice! enjoy your new phone!

        Why did it took 30 mins? wouldn’t they just swap the sim card, less you alter your plan or config your phone?

        • Anonymous

          New store, new phone, 2nd day employee.  It was aight though cuz they were cool dudes and I got my upgrade fee waved.

        • Sanman202

          Did you come out of the Vibrant to the SGS2?

        • Anonymous

          I’m givin’ my Vibrant to my pops.  

        • Sanman202

          Thats cool!

        • Anonymous

          New store, new phone, 2nd day employee.  It was aight though cuz they were cool dudes and I got my upgrade fee waved.

  • Anonymous

    Did you guys wait in line for it?

  • Whirly
  • Jazzmanmonty

    anyone know where you can buy the amaze no-contract cheaper than thru tmobile? or anyone try negotiating with tmobile for price?  i’m on the value plan but don’t want to pay over $600 w taxes for amaze.

    • Frigadroid

      Get a job at tmobile, their so desperate they will hire anyone. Work for a day or two get your company discount and quit. If you want it for free just take a five finger discount and let them fire you.

  • Jazzmanmonty

    anyone know where you can buy the amaze no-contract cheaper than thru tmobile? or anyone try negotiating with tmobile for price?  i’m on the value plan but don’t want to pay over $600 w taxes for amaze.

  • Anonymous

    First 5 minutes with the phone… absolutely amazing.  No lag, HUGE screen!  Its like the whole phone is screen in your hand.  TW4.0 is a huge improvement!.  Speed test pulled down over 10MEGS!!

    • Frigadroid

      Glad to see you like it so far. I really hope they got it right this time.
      Does it have the same TV out like the vibrant? FM radio? How about sound quality? Is it keeping the 4g signal locked in and are you testing in a 42mbs area. Any surprises or anything missing out of the box other than WiFi calling? GPS? had to ask lol
      Looking forward to a full unbiased review.

    • Anonymous

      Good to hear :D

  • count on me

    Amaze will be about 350 after taxes and 320 for the galaxy….. then u will get a mail and rebate

  • count on me

    Amaze will be about 350 after taxes and 320 for the galaxy….. then u will get a mail and rebate

  • pipelindrew

    can u install google video chat on the Samsun GS2 ? i know it comes with QIK video but was wondering if this is possible

  • Anonymous

    Is it true that only Amaze has Wifi calling and not the Samsung?!

    • NOWIFICALLING

      Not at the moment so GET OVER IT!!!!

      • Mirsad Karahasanovic

        Where did you get this info? I went to the store and I talked to tech support and they both confirmed WiFi calling on this phone.

        • Anonymous

          Did you actually see it on the device? if you went to the store you must have been able to play around with it to check it out.

        • Meagan

          Thanks for the link. 
          See page 48 for WiFi Calling info,
          and Internet (SIP) Calling info.

        • daddy_spank

          Another interesting thing is in the user manual of the SG2 it says 

          “Wi-Fi: Device will not transition betweenWi-Fi and the cellular network.” on Page 23. Why would it say this if it doesnt have wifi calling??!

          http://support.t-mobile.com/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/2667-102-2-4316/TM1796_Samsung_GalaxySII_Start_Guide.pdf

        • Anonymous

          I can verify that my Amaze does not have it and there are several people posting in other forums that have confirmed they do not have it either. It seems to be a device to device phenomenon.

          If you call TMo they will look at the user’s guide they have access to in their system and it specifically states that WiFi Calling is not available and that it is going to roll out via OTA for both the Amaze and SGSII. 

        • Anonymous

          It seems as though there are some Amaze units that have it enabled and some that don’t. I was unlucky enough to get one of the ones that doesn’t have it enabled. Word from customer service is that it will be rolled out to both phones via OTA.

      • Anonymous

        It means I can’t use either phone at work or at home… Same situation for the other 5 or so million people who use wifi calling. Still going to ask me to get over it?

        • Sanman202

          Change carriers?

    • NOWIFICALLING

      Not at the moment so GET OVER IT!!!!

    • Sanman202

      What’s all this wifi calling worry everyone?

      • Mirsad Karahasanovic

        Some of us don’t have great signal at our homes, WiFi calling is great for that.

        • Guest2113

          For any reception problem get a T-Mobile Cel-Fi. I went from one bar and constantly dropping calls to full bars and not digitized voice anymore. It is free when you have reception problem at home.

        • Bob95825

          I have very poor reception at home. 3 bars on the second floor and 0 to 1 bar on the first floor. I had called 2 months ago to ask for the cel-fi and was denied.

      • Nearmsp

        When I travel overseas this is an extremely important benefit to call him for free. The sole reason I did not go for an iphone until now!

  • Aleks

    I just got the Samsung Galaxy SII and let me tell you that it’s a lot bigger than it looks on screen. It’s quite a mini mini-tablet so to speak. And as for the wifi-calling, neither phone has it. Period. I asked T-Mobile and they confirmed through CS that they do not have wifi-calling but will in the future. I love the phone and quite honestly the amaze did not amaze me with it’s small size. It was really small.

    • Mirsad Karahasanovic

      Interesting. Two Tmobile reps confirmed WiFi calling to me today. I guess I’ll take your word for it since you already have the phone.

    • Mirsad Karahasanovic

      Interesting. Two Tmobile reps confirmed WiFi calling to me today. I guess I’ll take your word for it since you already have the phone.

  • Gunan

    I just got my gs2 but in the task manager, it says it has only 784 mb of ram, however specs says 1 gb. Am I missing something?

    • Sanman202

      Some of the RAM is allocated to the operating system. You will never see a full 1GB of RAM available on that device. The Vibrant had 512MB I believe and mine usually said I had about 390 something MB available.

    • Sanman202

      Some of the RAM is allocated to the operating system. You will never see a full 1GB of RAM available on that device. The Vibrant had 512MB I believe and mine usually said I had about 390 something MB available.

    • Sanman202

      Some of the RAM is allocated to the operating system. You will never see a full 1GB of RAM available on that device. The Vibrant had 512MB I believe and mine usually said I had about 390 something MB available.

  • Gunan

    I just got my gs2 but in the task manager, it says it has only 784 mb of ram, however specs says 1 gb. Am I missing something?

  • Davenycept

    Getting mines on the weekend..can’t wait!!

  • BigMixxx

    the Galaxy S2 and Amaze have outstanding network speed (Well at least here in las vegas at the store I played with it).  After running speedtest on it a couple of times on random servers, the average was  13 Mb down, max was 22, 3 meg up.  7-7:30 pm PST.

    Very nice devices…..

    • nerdlust

      Im sold just don’t know which one to get.

      • Anonymous

        GS2

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      When did you get a chance to play with it? Last night? I am in Vegas and it’s not even 7:30 yet.. plus I thought it was just released today?

      • BigMixxx

        Store in summerlin on charleston in boca park had just received there’s yesterday.  They were setting up the display.  VERY nice phone for real.  These are two of the nicest phones that T mobile has EVER had.  Hands down.  Smooth.  Camera’s are smooth, web access is fast and yes you can make phone calls.

  • Mark

    Probably getting a new phone this weekend.  Don’t have the $$ to spend on these new ones, but maybe with the S II out, I can get a better deal on the Galaxy S…

  • kimg

    QUESTION for those who came from Vibrant to SGS II:

    Were you able to get a full upgrade price?  TMo is offering me the phone for $4xx…I tried to ask if I can get a full upgrade price but got shot down!

    • Kimg

      BTW I got my Vibrant last summer so it’s been about 14 months since last upgrade

      • Android00

        Partial discount isn’t going to be much…

    • Sanman202

      Depends on how long with them and if your credit is spotless and the rep you speak with. I was 15 months in and with them 6 years.

    • Sanman202

      Depends on how long with them and if your credit is spotless and the rep you speak with. I was 15 months in and with them 6 years.

    • Anonymous

      I bought my Vibrant full price but let me tell you I LOVE THIS PHONE!!

  • Mglub101

    Stopped by local t-mob store. No show for both phones. THE Cs told me they have them in back, but no dumb ones, no show units for display. Sigh!

  • Minty2g

    Does the sg2 work on att 3g network.

  • Minty2g

    Does the sg2 work on att 3g network.

  • aaa

    Just went to a tmobile store and they are not selling them at full price!!! You must have a T-mobile account and sign up a plan in order to buy it!!! WTF

    • Jazzmanmonty

      thats so gay…i was about to go to tmobile store down the street to play with one, and try to buy one no-contract (if i can get the price knocked down to $499)…contemplating calling tmobile and seeing if they will budge on no-contract price…been with them for 7 years..they better do something with that price. 

      • Jj2000la

        Why would they knock down the price?  No offense but you’re not buying a car… if you have a plan and are re-uping then thats a different issue.  Good luck with that one. 

      • Sanman202

        They want a contract agreement as that’s how they make their money pretty much assured for 24 months. You have more leaverage with device cost if you agree to a contract. You can try but good luck.

      • Tortionist

        I just got mine 6 hours ago. I’ll sell it to you for $500 even. It even has a screen protector on it.

        • aaa

          Well went to another tmobile store and they finally sell me one at full price after some hesitation…seriously you really need to be lucky if you want to get one without contract.

      • Tortionist

        I just got mine 6 hours ago. I’ll sell it to you for $500 even. It even has a screen protector on it.

    • Dickens

      Can’t be a corp store that you went to as I bought mine outright with no issues. 

      • aaa

        It is a Tmobile retail/corp store. I think they did that because they got paid for every new contract signed.

      • aaa

        It is a Tmobile retail/corp store. I think they did that because they got paid for every new contract signed.

  • Jabombardier

    Played with a working model of the SGSII. Light in the hands. Smooth snappy operation. Love the SAMOLED screen but I compare it to the G2X. Both are very colorful. I can get it for 300 down. I will think about it.

  • MMakoto

    for those that did the pre-order, were you charged with $19.99 shipping and $18 upgrade fee?
    this is what i’m seeing on my account’s bill now:
    Samsung S2 – $279.99
    tax – $27.43
    shipping – $19.99 (UPS express)
    upgrade fee – $18
    total – $345.11

    i was not advised by the retention rep yesterday of all these charges. btw, i have been with TMo for 6yrs now and i’ve never had an upgrade before. i did try talking to retention rep earlier to waive those charges, but no luck.

    • Sanman202

      Did they offer you any account credit at all? What was the main reason you called retention for? Did they not offer you anything to keep your business?

    • David Achilleus

      In terms of shipping and upgrade and/or activation fees TMO honors my corporate discount. It is well worth checking to see.  Ask a rep to check their local corporate discount list and odds are if you work for a large enough company or school they will waive these fees.  Checking is key because in my case the University lists AT&T as our corporate discount.  Fact is that TMO honors any large scale buyer.

      Q: did you pay the $279.99 up front or did you put some of that on a payment plan?

      • MMakoto

        the rep did ask me yesterday about my company and school, but none qualifies for a discount. 

        i was given the offer of $250 for the phone, $60 statement credit (that’s my monthly family plan). the rebate i can still submit for $50, so a total discount of $360. i know this is a really good deal for a 2yr renewal of my contract, but i just feel a bit mis-leaded/un-informed by the shipping and upgrade fees.

        i just called retention again and i was able to get the shipping charges waived, and that’s about it, no luck on the upgrade fee. 

        • Sanman202

          Basically the phone is free with 2 year contract renewal? I would jump on that deal.

    • Really? They waived mine and I didn’t even ask

    • Superboy0202

      Yes I was charged those same fees for the amaze 4g I got it today however I ordered it in white and it came in black fml

  • aaaax

    I would just leave this here http://imgur.com/a/zXuDd

    Now it might be easier for people to choose from. I got my S2 an hour back and I am loving it.

  • Me and some other guy were the first to get ours at the store near me which is surprising but maybe it’s the fact that there are like 4 t-mo stores within 15 mile radius of where I live (Bellevue, figures) 

    They didn’t have a model out so when they brought out the phone all the other customers were like “whoa what is that??”

    They also waived my upgrade fee for reasons I can’t explain

  • nerdlust

    Wow that s insane

  • 4g

    Just picked up my s2 in Kansas city and all I can say is the Web speeds are insane and the phone is super snappy.

    • Anonymous

      First thing I did in Raytown with the Demo unit was speed test it and I was shocked at 10Meg down!  Sadly the tower by my house has been jacked since Friday so I gotta wait til they fix it to see what I’ll get at my house.

  • lookitzjohnny

    Anyone have luck picking this up from a local walmart?

  • Sohd

    I just got the Gs2 and the camera kinda sucks what do you all think.

    • Sanman202

      They are many reviews online and it seems to be a good camera. No worse than the Vibrant I would think. Check the settings, maybe you don’t have it set to the highest quality.

      • Society187

        i just have it on auto mode and the daylight pics look very blurry but the low light or just in a dark room pics look really good…and im comparing it to the htc evo 3d 5 megapixel camera at night its about even and the day light surprisingly the evo takes it  once again just in auto mode because lets face it in real life if something funny happens and you need the camera your not going to mess with the settings its going to be in auto lol….i love how big the screen is but i think im taking it back tomorrow for the amaze and just paying the $50 

      • Society187

        i just have it on auto mode and the daylight pics look very blurry but the low light or just in a dark room pics look really good…and im comparing it to the htc evo 3d 5 megapixel camera at night its about even and the day light surprisingly the evo takes it  once again just in auto mode because lets face it in real life if something funny happens and you need the camera your not going to mess with the settings its going to be in auto lol….i love how big the screen is but i think im taking it back tomorrow for the amaze and just paying the $50 

    • Anonymous

      As opposed to what exactly?  And in what room setting?

  • RON

    I just bought 1….loyalty upgrade……$149…..you just need to know how to negotiate. I am the king.

    • Sanman202

      $73 with tax and upgrade fee included after account credit.

      • Anonymous

        how many months into contract? 

        • Sanman202

          15 months and now renewed. My monthly plan is also $10 less per month from what rep said.

        • Sanman202

          15 months and now renewed. My monthly plan is also $10 less per month from what rep said.

  • Lbauer

    Walmart has the sg2 for $169.99 online. I called the store and they didn’t have it in stock yet. (You have to add it to the cart to see the price.)

    • Al55

      No, it’s not…

      • Al55

        Well, it doesnt let me upgrade with the plan i already have…

    • Al55

      No, it’s not…

  • Anonymous

    I plan on getting the SGS II Friday. Can anyone tell me their opinion about the device? Thanks!

    • josue cifuentes

      get it its worth it i got mine today i love it, its super fast and the AMOLED sreen is amazing…

      • Sanman202

        What brightness do you have it set to and how is the battery so far?

    • Anonymous

      To sum it up, the GSII got the Phone of the Year award for a dam good reason.  Exyno or noexynos this this is running is running like a thoroughbread.  It aint locked up on me once and I’ve had it for over 12 hours now.

    • Society187

      got it this morning and will return it tomorrow for the amaze lol…..needs more resolution and a better camera….the big ass screen is bright though and huge so its coo, just depends what your looking for go check them out and make sure you make the right choice for you i didn’t and its costing me $50

      • Anonymous

        I got it Friday and I absolutely love it. The screen resolution isn’t a deal breaker and that’s coming from somebody who owned a sensation. The phone is fast and I love that.

  • Josh Gordon

    User beware: the SII does NOT have wifi calling! This is biiiiiiig deal for those who rely on it (in places with no reception). To clarify: I’m not speaking about 3rd party apps such as skype or google talk, but about Tmobile’s own calls going through wifi in places where the regular reception doesn’t work. This is a major oversight on the part of tmobile and samsung, which is confounded by the fact that both low-tier tmobile and samsung customer support reps don’t know the difference between 3rd party voip calls and their own services going through wifi — and will tell you wifi calling works.  I spoke with 3rd-tier level reps in both companies. Both confirmed that they are planning a patch, but both were unable to confirm dates. 

    • J-Hop2o6

      Yea, the next update will have Wi-Fi calling.

  • Josh Gordon

    User beware: the SII does NOT have wifi calling! This is biiiiiiig deal for those who rely on it (in places with no reception). To clarify: I’m not speaking about 3rd party apps such as skype or google talk, but about Tmobile’s own calls going through wifi in places where the regular reception doesn’t work. This is a major oversight on the part of tmobile and samsung, which is confounded by the fact that both low-tier tmobile and samsung customer support reps don’t know the difference between 3rd party voip calls and their own services going through wifi — and will tell you wifi calling works.  I spoke with 3rd-tier level reps in both companies. Both confirmed that they are planning a patch, but both were unable to confirm dates. 

  • Ilyas_k15

    Got mine today, freakin’ lovin’ it :)

    • Sanman202

      Mine is on the way next week. I hands on it at a tmo store tonight and it was sweet. Can’t go with a smaller screen. Now I have a week to wait and then do an unboxing. Enjoy the device!

      • Ilyas_k15

        Thanks bud, and believe me, I am enjoying the hell out of it lol I am very impressed with the battery life, I’ve been abusing it for over 7 hours, and it only went down by a few percent. It can only get better from here on, once it gets rooted :)

        • Sanman202

          Battery life is a good thing to have increased. One complaint with the Vibrant was that. That’s great that right out of the box you are getting good battery life. Not sure if root is in the future for mine. Wish they would allow for removing bloatware without a root. I guess that is Nexus Prime.

        • Ilyas_k15

          There is no guarantee that the Nexus Prime will even come to T-Mobile

        • Sanman202

          That is true! There may be an entirely different phone announced for TMO like the GS3. Seems like the best phones will be this Galaxy Series or an HTC. There will be lots of mid level phones coming soon to TMO and then the next bump up from this will come. Surprising to have two HSPA+ devices launch on the same day. 

        • Ilyas_k15

          Well the way things are shaping out right now, the next major device(s) will be either the Sensation EX, or the Sensation XL, if not both, although there was clearly no point of releasing a single-core Sensation alternative. GS3 is really far away, so don’t get your hopes up lol it won’t come to the States until at least a year from now. It would be totally illogical, if they do that, GS2 and GS3 will destroy each other sales-wise, and not in a good way. Neither would sell well enough for it to be a win for Samsung. Nexus Prime has a solid shot at the title though

        • Ilyas_k15

          Well the way things are shaping out right now, the next major device(s) will be either the Sensation EX, or the Sensation XL, if not both, although there was clearly no point of releasing a single-core Sensation alternative. GS3 is really far away, so don’t get your hopes up lol it won’t come to the States until at least a year from now. It would be totally illogical, if they do that, GS2 and GS3 will destroy each other sales-wise, and not in a good way. Neither would sell well enough for it to be a win for Samsung. Nexus Prime has a solid shot at the title though

  • Nthach99

    I call a few local walmart and none of them have the galaxy s2 yet, anyone knows when walmart will stock these? it shows online for 169.99 would rather just wait and pick one up for that price instead of paying 229.99 from tmobile.

    • Bmitch2621

      You can only pick this up from Walmart at this price if your willing to switch to a more expensive plan.

  • Meagan

    Doesn’t look like the samsung has wifi calling per the manual

  • Meagan

    My local tmo store does not have a live demo of the samsung. Selling lots of them this morning without a demo.

    • Frigadroid

      I just came from the local “obile” store they really need to get that sign fixed lol. First thing I notice was a help wanted sign on the door. They had two new reps I have never seen before on duty who seemed to be overwhelmed with two anger customers dealing with exchanges. I was the only other person in the store. So I conveniently went to the machine and payed my bill. Then I looked around for a live demo but they only had two dummy sgs2 units, and no amaze live or dummy :,(

    • Frigadroid

      I just came from the local “obile” store they really need to get that sign fixed lol. First thing I notice was a help wanted sign on the door. They had two new reps I have never seen before on duty who seemed to be overwhelmed with two anger customers dealing with exchanges. I was the only other person in the store. So I conveniently went to the machine and payed my bill. Then I looked around for a live demo but they only had two dummy sgs2 units, and no amaze live or dummy :,(

    • Frigadroid

      I just came from the local “obile” store they really need to get that sign fixed lol. First thing I notice was a help wanted sign on the door. They had two new reps I have never seen before on duty who seemed to be overwhelmed with two anger customers dealing with exchanges. I was the only other person in the store. So I conveniently went to the machine and payed my bill. Then I looked around for a live demo but they only had two dummy sgs2 units, and no amaze live or dummy :,(

  • J-Hop2o6

    I just came back from my local Tmo store to check out the 2 new releases
    (SGSII & Amaze 4G).. I mainly was playing with the SGSII of
    course.. They had the Samsung rep there and I was playing with his SGSII
    (my store didn’t put up the demo unit yet).. The SGSII basically ate my
    G2, lol.. my app icons looked soo small compared to the icons on the
    SGSII (because of the same res, but larger screen on the SGSII).. The
    phone was preddy large, but my hands will get used it.. plus it was
    lighter than my G2.. The body was an improvement from the previous
    generation of the Galaxy S series.. Felt like a higher quality plastic
    (harder/tougher).. Oh, and (so far) the screen didn’t look overs
    statuated also.. The whites were fine.. but he did have his phone for
    awhile, so the white probably “broke in” after use.

    I did a
    AnTuTu benchmark (w/o sd card test), and it showed the 8260/S3 was ~40%
    faster than my [OC’d w/ CM7 kernel] G2’s 7230/S2.. The GPU (Knights test
    exactly) part of the test showed FPS at a constant 50-60 fps (compared
    to my G2’s 20-30 fps).. I’m mad I forgot to do a NenaMark2 test >( ..
    Online scores shows 54.5 fps (which is really good), and my G2 maxes
    out @ 13.5 fps on NenaMark2.

    G2 = 3200’s [OC’d @ 1.5GHz]
    SGS = 5000’s [stock 1.5GHz]
    G2 =  2200’s [stock 806MHz]

    But
    I have to go back and check out the phone again because the Samsung rep
    said his SGSII is using old firmware, and the in-store version is using
    a newer version.. I also noticed stuttering moving between homescreens,
    even after the reboot.. but he did have lots of widgets on his
    homescreens.. and remember its also using old firmware, so it could be
    improved once I check out a SGSII with newer firmware.. Opening and
    closing apps stuttered at times also.. The app drawer was smooth tho.

    Overall
    nice phone, but I have to check back on the updated version.. But i’m
    mainly waiting for the Nexus Prime announcement to hear all the details,
    pricing, and availability.

  • I just visited the local T-Mo shop since T-Mobile offered me a great deal on either of the new phones.  I was really hyped about the Samsung GS II for months.  Well, I tried it out and I was definitely not impressed.  The interface should have been butter smooth for being “the best Android phone on the market” but it wasn’t.  It was jerking around in some places and in general it didn’t have any of the “wow this is smooth” feeling you get from Windows Phone 7 and iphone.  I’m going to pass on this phone.  Android really just doesn’t seem to cut it.  I think with the right launcher Android is definitely possible to be much smoother, but Touchwiz doesn’t do it.  I’m still mainly an Android fan but I won’t go for something like that until I can get a custom rom to make it better.

    • Sanman202

      Good decision because that is one more on the shelf for someone that does want this nice phone.

      • Anonymous

        Right!

        • Sanman202

          Think you’ll hold onto this one for a while?..ha With processor speed and screen size I think this phone will be good for a while. I don’t think the Nexus Prime will hit 2ghz. Maybe 1.8ghz dual core at max. 

        • Anonymous

          Well I can’t honestly say that I won’t make plans next summer but I’m content with the phone as is until it gets ICS. I’m expecting a spectacular update whenever it does come.

        • Anonymous

          Well I can’t honestly say that I won’t make plans next summer but I’m content with the phone as is until it gets ICS. I’m expecting a spectacular update whenever it does come.

  • Anonymous

    OK, so I went to the store today and got the wifi calling clarified:

    The Amaze DOES have wifi calling out of the box. I saw it demonstrated with my own eyes.

    The Galaxy S2 DOES NOT have wifi calling out of the box. An internal memo which the rep pulled up from Tmobile which is not official says “a wifi calling update to S2 is coming before end of the year”.  

    So there you have it.

    • A TMO rep promising an update to a Samsung phone.

      Yeah…check’s in the mail, buddy.

      • Anonymous

        wasnt a rep promising, it was the memo and I saw the memo also.

        btw when did tmo promise a samsung update that didnt come?

      • Anonymous

        wasnt a rep promising, it was the memo and I saw the memo also.

        btw when did tmo promise a samsung update that didnt come?

        • Ismethere

          Well I’m here waiting for a stable gingerbread build from tmobile on my vibrant… and yes they do make promises, just don’t fulfill them.

        • P2theNis

          It’s samsung not tmobile

        • P2theNis

          It’s samsung not tmobile

        • Frigadroid

          What a short memory you have! I guess you dont remember when the tmobile spokesman Cole tweeted his half hearted apology and excuse about tmobile dropping the ball on the vibrant froyo update? He said “tmobile would be sending out an OTA” it never happened. If you wanted the half ass update you had to go to mini keys if you even had one of the phones that would update. So I wouldn’t put much trust in anything a tmobile or samsung rep says unless you get it in writing and notarized.

        • Frigadroid

          What a short memory you have! I guess you dont remember when the tmobile spokesman Cole tweeted his half hearted apology and excuse about tmobile dropping the ball on the vibrant froyo update? He said “tmobile would be sending out an OTA” it never happened. If you wanted the half ass update you had to go to mini keys if you even had one of the phones that would update. So I wouldn’t put much trust in anything a tmobile or samsung rep says unless you get it in writing and notarized.

      • Anonymous

        wasnt a rep promising, it was the memo and I saw the memo also.

        btw when did tmo promise a samsung update that didnt come?

      • Sanman202

        Way to be positive! :)

    • Boris

      The salesman did not know what they were talking about or did not bother learn about sg2. I have no signal at home and wifi calling is the only way for me. Sg2 worked out of the box as soon as i hooked it to my home wifi. Samsung decided not to use a standalone application for this, but this does not mean that wifi calling feature is not there! It also works and i have been calling from home through the wifi without any problem. So if you do not see the icon, don’t assume that it is not there. I hope this helps. Got sg2 today and am very happy. It feels like Christmas, comming off sgs4g.

      • Ryan

        Put your phone in Airplane mode, turn on wifi (so no mobile radio on) and see if you can still make a call.

        According to http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2632 the Amaze Wi-Fi calling is in the Wi-Fi settings menu.

        The manual for the SGS2 has no mention of Wi-Fi calling.  http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2670

      • Josh Gordon

        Just so other people don’t get confused, daddy_spank is right, and there is certainly no wifi calling for tmobile network at the moment. i confirmed what daddy mentioned with both tmobile and samsung — an update is expected. though they said by end of year, don’t hold your breath, as these things get delayed.

  • J-Hop2o6

    Why are u using Quadrant? Use AnTuTu (w/o sd card test), NenaMark2 (GPU test), Linpack & Benchmark (both CPU test), Smartbench 2011 (CPU & GPU), Vellamo & CF-bench.. Use those then come back and post them here.. But nice scores tho, compared to the 2500’s we’ve been seeing.

  • Gonna see if they’ll take my POS G2X and shove it in exchange for the Samsung. Yeah, I’ll give ’em a few bucks, but the G2X has got to go.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in the same boat with the g2x. Let us know how it works out for you.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in the same boat with the g2x. Let us know how it works out for you.

  • Gonna see if they’ll take my POS G2X and shove it in exchange for the Samsung. Yeah, I’ll give ’em a few bucks, but the G2X has got to go.

  • Gonna see if they’ll take my POS G2X and shove it in exchange for the Samsung. Yeah, I’ll give ’em a few bucks, but the G2X has got to go.

  • Meagan

    I can’t believe samsung didn’t include wifi calling… What a bummer. Guess I will be getting the amaze.

    • Reel

      Yes it.. I tried it today.

    • Boris

      It does call via wifi. There is no application, but once i got it on to my home wifi, i called through wifi no problem. Wifi calling IS included. Please don’t panic. :))

      • Willingi001

        How do u turn it on or how do u know it’s on thanks

        • Boris

          You don’t turn anything on. Just get on you wifi and it is on. Nothing to enable; it just works. It is a built in feature.

        • Boris

          You don’t turn anything on. Just get on you wifi and it is on. Nothing to enable; it just works. It is a built in feature.

        • Josh Gordon

          Boris — there is definitely no wifi calling in this phone — guaranteed. ONly works with thrd party apps like skype. 

  • Meagan

    I can’t believe samsung didn’t include wifi calling… What a bummer. Guess I will be getting the amaze.

  • Nthach99

    does anyone know the price of the gs2 with partial upgrade? im 18 months in.

    • Sanman202

      I would imagine best upgrade $279.99 and a $50 MIR. Final cost $229.99. You can login to your account and it will give you the price.

    • TMoChris

      $412

      • Guest

        Is that with or without a mail in rebate?

    • Anonymous

      I was just shy of 19-months in and they charged me $4.99 + tax on $254.99. I simply called up to ask when my contract would expire. They gave me a date in January and then asked me if I was considering switching to another carrier. I said I was interested in Nexus Prime but that the SGS2 they carried was interesting. They immediately offered the phone for $254.99 and said they would rebate on my bill $250 but explained that I would have to pay sales tax on the whole amount. I confirmed that they would allow me to keep my $19.99 “unlimited” data plan. They did say that I would have to buy the insurance for the first 20-days of the return period. That sounded like BS to me but I didn’t push back and agreed. My plan is to remove it in a few months after the true replacement of these phone drop.
      To be honest, I wasn’t ready to upgrade yesterday but at that price I couldn’t resist and I have 20-days to change my mind. In hindsight, they must have a way to see how profitable an account is for the company. We have a legacy family talk plan with two lines that includes only 400 mins but we never go over 100-mins and we don’t go anywhere near the “unlimited”/5GB data on either phone. All-in-all we pay $95.16/month (after taxes) for two phones with “unlimited” full-speed data. (I have 12% corporate discount in there)

  • Anonymous

    I just got back from testing both of these devices and the sgs2 is a beast. There has to be something in the way Sammy optimizes the snapdragon to work with tw4. They are using the same processor but the amaze feels like a 500 mhz phone next to the sgs2. As soon as Google announces info on the prime I’ll make my decision. If I have to wait until 2012 for Prime Love I’ll buy the Sammy beast. Can’t wait!

    • Anonymous

      They are both Sammy beasts :=P

      • Anonymous

        Oops! Right you are Pimp, but you understood what I meant. SGS2

  • Nosajbell

    I dont know where you guys are getting this info about the SgS2 wifi calling… but the Tmo Salesman gave me a demo in the store and I have used it at home !  .. Hope this helps some of you .

    • Willingi001

      Can u tell me where it is on the phone thanks

  • Anonymous

    My GSII’s first Quadrant hit 3249.  Siiiiick! Oh and its real world performance is a direct reflection of that score. This thing is running like a champion.

    • Craibailey

      I’ve been reading your comments throughout the day and I’m ready to get rid of my Sensation which I just got. :-(

      • Anonymous

        Man I’m sorry.  Probably pull $400 on craigs, just add another $150 and boom.

        • Craibailey

          Sounds Good!

    • aaa

      My first 3 tests were all over 3500, then suddenly drop to the 2500 range…

    • aaa

      My first 3 tests were all over 3500, then suddenly drop to the 2500 range…

      • Droiiiiiid

        I’m having the same issue. First scores were in the low 3k and now down to 2500 or so, what gives?

  • society

    alright guys just got the gs2 this morning and will be returning it tomorrow for the amaze *and paying the damn $50 to exchange it* its a fast phone and all but does not run as smooth as the sprint one my brother has that one still a beast though….another thing is the camera SUCKS in the daytime at night it does take good pics really good pics!..but my work phone an evo3d with 5 megapixel camera takes better pics in the daytime in low light they are about even…also the resolution is needs to be higher for the screens size, if you dont believe me test it yourself pull up a web page with with background and black text and tell me it dont look kind of blurry enough to really get to me so ill be getting the amaze tomorrow….let me know if you have any questions ill answer them honestly
    *The big screen is bad ass though lol with the htc had that monster of a screen!*

    • society

      wish*

      • aaa

        Wait for the Sensation XL…

  • neither of these phones has WiFi calling .. kind of a big fail until they update or add that feature.

  • DEmmelha

    No wifi calling, no tethering, no hotspot working on either device = tmo fail. They talk about how fast the network is but won’t let us utilize it?

    • Jazzmanmonty

      did you use the new sim card?

    • Anonymous

      The GSII does have portable hotspot and it works.

      • TMoChris

        you have to pay the 14.99 tether fee, unlike on the g2x and sensation it was free.

        • Anonymous

          Says who?  I’ve seen zero indication of being charged 15 bucks.

        • TMOTECH

          Who are these people who don’t know how these thins work? Mobile hot spot is free on all t-mobile phones that have the feature. You just havent figured out how to use it correctly. And WiFi calling is installed on the phone. You just have to turn on the preinstalled app. 

        • Anonymous

          Actually Tech I don’t have a pre-installed WiFi calling app.  I downloaded one onto my Vibrant but this GSII didn’t come with it.  

          I don’t care anyway cuz I got good coverage. 

        • Josh Gordon

          there is no wifi calling tmotech. you’re confusing third part app wifi calling with internal tmobile wifi calling

        • Josh Gordon

          there is no wifi calling tmotech. you’re confusing third part app wifi calling with internal tmobile wifi calling

        • TMOTECH

          Who are these people who don’t know how these thins work? Mobile hot spot is free on all t-mobile phones that have the feature. You just havent figured out how to use it correctly. And WiFi calling is installed on the phone. You just have to turn on the preinstalled app. 

        • youre only charged if you ask to add it

  • Jazzmanmonty

    anyone have any feedback on the amaze battery life yet?

    • Louis

      i just bought it two days ago, and I can tell you that  the battery life is riduculously short because of dual-core processor and big screen

  • Cyclone
  • Evos469

    Wifi calling is built into the wifi itself I know I’ve used it all last night and it works freat, mobile hotspot is on the phone as well. I love my GSII and I haven’t found anything to gripe about except the bloatware.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree.

    • Josh Gordon

      evos, there is no wifi calling in this phone. wifi calling with 3rd party apps — yes. wifi calling for tmobiles network — no. 

  • Evos469

    Wifi calling is built into the wifi itself I know I’ve used it all last night and it works freat, mobile hotspot is on the phone as well. I love my GSII and I haven’t found anything to gripe about except the bloatware.

  • post as guest

    The most important question: does it support at&t
    3g bands??? Come on somebody please unlucked the phone and try it already.

  • Ryan

    Confirmed that HTC Amaze does not have WiFi calling.  Turned on Airplane mode, then turned on WiFi, so no mobile connection.  Cannot place call… tells me I need to connect to the mobile network.

    Software revision 1.36.531.5  In store model had 1.36.531.4 and had WiFi calling.  Updated instore phone to 1.36.531.5, WiFi calling option was removed.

    • TMOTECH

      Did you turn on the Wi-Fi Calling App you dope? 

      • Ryan

        On this phone, it was not a app, but a setting in the menu (watch any video on YouTube, when they open the app drawer, no wifi calling app like in previous flow android handsets). The software update removed WiFi calling.

        • Ryan

          Flow was supposed to be tmo

    • Meagan

      Did you try to access WiFi Calling from the settings menu?

      See page 48 for WiFi Calling info, and Internet (SIP) Calling info.

      http://support.t-mobile.com/servlet/JiveServlet/previewBody/2632-102-1-4273/HTC%20Amaze%204G%20User%20Manual.pdf

      • Ryan

        Yes, I tried that. The user manual and included quick guide mention it, but like I said it was removed with the 1.36.531.5 update.

        • Ryan

          I should also note that I’m using the included SIM card and as the quick start guide says, I have a registered 911 address.

      • Ryan

        Yes, I tried that. The user manual and included quick guide mention it, but like I said it was removed with the 1.36.531.5 update.

  • Meagan

    Inquiring minds want to know…  OK- a bit techy-geeks want to know…

    If you have an Amaze mobile, please post pictures(both sides) of the included SIM card.
    Of course, edit or cover the numbers found on the card.

    Apparently the included SIM is a new SIM that is required to use the WiFi-Calling feature.
    Are there more metal contacts, not found on older sims?

    You can email the pictures to david[at]tmonews.com, as shown on the SUBMIT NEWS link at the bottom of this page.  This might be a good story for a new posting, since it is a SPECIAL Tmobile SIM.  I am sure David and Andrew are always looking for current tmo techy news…

    xo

  • Benz2002

    does anybody know if the SGS2 has LED indicator for txt messages? i got mine today, and i noticed there weren’t any LED indicator. i remember reading in posts earlier that someone said it DOES have LED indicator…. so, i’m a little disappointed.

    also, the unlock swipe screen is very unstable…. sometimes it works, sometimes it “freeze” in motion. i just got the SGS2 for a day now, and have been doing normal activities such as texting, web browsing, tethering, wifi calling (all free, tmo rep confirmed it on my handset), and rearranging my homescreens and downloading important apps. nothing major; yet, how can it freeze several times?

    also, i noticed that when the phone is charging, and i swipe to unlock the phone, the same screen unlock freeze happens, though not always. i’m just concerened that there are ANY freezing instances so early in my possession…. oh, and i changed a new sim card too.

    please give me your thoughts, guys. Much appreciated.

    • Meagan

      What apps did you install?  Maybe an app you installed is not playing well with others.

      Did you install a task killer?  If so, which one.

      • Benz2002

        i didn’t install any task killer; just used what was provided. i’m really big on not making too many changes and trying out the touchwiz package of apps. Update: the screen freezing happens majority of the time when i am charging the phone while it is turned on. after a full charge, the freezing never happens, and when i unplug it, the freezing also never happens. also, i have to clarify that normal functioning of the phone is still tip-top perfect, except for the screen freeze ONLY when i have to unlock my phone. i even tried to change the unlocking mode to “draw pattern” with the 4 connecting dots, thinking maybe if my unlock-mode is different, it might help. but not really. once i unlock the screen, the phone works perfectly…. so maybe its the graphics card? or maybe the Ram isn’t too responsive. i’m still VERY happy with the phone though; i’ve been waiting for the SGS2 since november last year when it was announced/leaked, and my favourite app so far is “double Twist” which allows me to play my iTunes music  on my android SGS2. :)

  • Who needs to email me stuff? You can email to “david@tmonews.com”

  • Benz2002

    hi. i got the new sim card when i purchased/upgraded to the SGS2 as well. these new sim cards are different to the old versions in the the surface area of the gold-plate chip is smaller and narrower.

    as to how it affects wifi calling, the new sim cards might be programmed to allow wifi calling, and the old ones were probably pre-dated to wifi calling technology.

    this was the explanation of my t-mo rep Andrew here in Houston TX who was very patient and thorough in my experience. absolutely helpful and even gave advice on which plan to join/consolidate in order to help reduce my monthly payments while maintaining all the goodies too.

    great experience!

  • MMakoto

    i just got my GS2 earlier today and i’ve noticed one thing-it has only 768mb of RAM?

  • Mikex915

    How is the battety life on GS2 appeared to the amaze? Returned sensation cause of terriable battery. Like amaze screen better

    • Anonymous

      The battery life is great for an android device. I unplugged my Galaxy SII at 8:30 am this morning, it’s now about 7:30 pm and I have 13% left with heavy usage all day. Played flash vids, games, music and lot of Internet browsing both wifi and cellular data. By the way this phone is awesome. It’s absolutely the best phone I’ve owned.

      • Mikex915

        Cool. I have the galaxy s 4g and was going on better battery then that. I’m going to see whay happens with the nexus prime and if it dont come to t-mobile then i’m getting the SG2

        • Anonymous

          Good decision. Either way you’ll be a winner believe me

    • Amaze screen is better resolution but the battery drain is supposed to be worse than the SGSII.  I read in review that the battery is actually something you notice on the Amaze as you will have to be plugging it in often if you are a power user “expect a good three to four hours of action before hitting a productivity ceiling and plugging back in to your nearest outlet.”(Engadget Amaze review)  This is ultimately why I decided today on the SGSII.  Should be getting it on Wednesday or Thursday hopefully.

  • Francis Johannes

    I have an original T-mobile Vibrant; and I have my original t-mobile sim card from my Nokia 5610 phone that I got in 2008; however I can use wifi calling with it.

  • Francis Johannes

    I have an original T-mobile Vibrant; and I have my original t-mobile sim card from my Nokia 5610 phone that I got in 2008; however I can use wifi calling with it.

  • BUA

    LOL! well you have to love you $$$ child regardless. I would sue Samsung for making you phone totally obsolete after 1 week.. Lets see: 1260×760 vs 800×480, ICS vs 2.3, Pure Google experience vs Touchwhiz, NFC, 1750mAh battery vs 1650, first Google updates vs none if ever, no physical buttons, barometer, newer processor..