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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  • 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.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lastone1968 LA Stone

    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.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

      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.

      • 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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONDU3ICZY5ZMA2LNECW66CVPIM All About Me

    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…

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    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. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

          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

  • 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.

  • 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. :)

  • http://tmonews.com David

    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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

      Some of the memory goes to UI

  • 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

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

      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..