Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus for T-Mobile?


  1. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    I know the vs question has been asked a couple hundred thousand times, but I'm curious about the 2 devices on T-Mobile, not just in general. Does either tend to have better service on T-mobile than the other?

    Also, I'd like some opinions on what you guys think is the better phone NOT including a few things. Forget the fact that the Nexus will stay more current with the software because either phone will more than likely have a custom ROM on it. Also, I know the Nexus has a much better screen resolution, but unless you compare them side by side, the Galaxy S II still has a really nice picture right?

    I just bought the S II from Walmart for $300, haven't gotten it yet, have to wait for it to get here some time next week, but I'm really debating whether or not I should have went with the Nexus instead for $50 more...

    So, considering both phones will be on Jelly Bean (S II would have CM10 on it), does anything really make the Nexus better than the S II?

    I'm sorry again for the question that's been asked over and over again, I've went through tons of these threads trying to find MY questions and answers and I'm not really getting what I want to see...

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

    I have moved this thread into the T-Mobile forum, so that those who use these phones with T-Mobile can post their tips here to help you decide.:)
  3. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    You are right that the big advantage the Nexus has is with the screen. It is larger (4.65 to 4.3 inches), higher resolution (1280x720 instead of 800x480) and higher pixels per inch (315 to 217 ppi). My understanding is that side by side the Nexus screen looks much better, that the resolution and size differences are noticeable, and brighter.

    On the flip side, the SII has a 8MP camera and the Nexus only a 5MP, the SII has an FM radio, and a microSD slot.

    I think there is an advantage to not needing to root to have the most recent Android version but understand that doesn't make a difference to you. OTOH, the updates will still be a bit faster to the Nexus (maybe a month); I believe the first Jellybean custom ROMs for the Nexus were available within a day of the Google announcement -- the source code will likely be available for the Nexus before it is for the SII.

    As for T-Mobile service, I'm not aware as to why there would be any differences. From what I recall, both phones are HSPA+21. Though, this website claims that the Nexus does have better network performance.

    Hope this helps.
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  4. euphan1555

    euphan1555 Well-Known Member

    galaxy s2 has a 4.52 screen not 4.3 and its hspa+42 not 21
  5. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    That isn't what the specs show:

    Display Type Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density) Multitouch Yes Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
    Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps EDGE Class 12 Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth Yes, v3.0+HS NFC Optional USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
    Here's the Samsung page that shows the same specs.
  6. euphan1555

    euphan1555 Well-Known Member

    you must be linking the specs for the s2 skyrocket since that has a 4.3 screen if im not mistaken..you can find the specs here for the galaxy s2
    Samsung Galaxy S II | T-Mobile

    and also at walmart.com and any number of vids on youtube.


    edit-wasnt the skyrocket but i do remember seeing some s2 phone with a 4.3 screen but its definitly not the s2 for tmobile
  7. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the response. I know side by side the Nexus screen would look much better, but I'm more curious if they weren't side by side. Basically, just asking how nice the S II picture is without comparing it to the Nexus. I hope that makes sense.

    Also, since their processors are so similar in speed, would that make the S II a little more snappy considering the resolution is so much lower?
  8. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    The Nexus runs very fast, especially with Jellybean. As for the screen, I think you likely need to make your own determination, as that seems to be more of a personal preference. My recommendation is to go into a T-Mobile store and play with the display SII.
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  9. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    As you found, it was not the Skyrocket I was looking at. The specs I quote are the S II's actual specs, just that the T-Mobile is actually a different phone that was code named "Hercules" and is being marketed as an S II. Apparently the processor in the stock S II is not compatible with T-Mobile's network. It was also released about 8 months after the original version of the S II.

    So my apologies for not looking at the T-Mobile variant of the S II.
  10. lordj

    lordj Well-Known Member

    My supervisor has an S2. I was messing with it last week. Its a very nice phone, well worth the money. However, it pales in comparison to my Nexus. Seriously, the screen is simply in a different league.That being said, price being a factor I consider them equal. If you held them side by side you would definitely know where that extra $50 went.
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  11. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    So does pretty much everybody prefer the Nexus over the S II?
  12. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Ok, I just looked at Google's return policy... If for whatever reason the Nexus doesn't work too great around here and I have to return it, Google charges a 15% restocking fee on opened items plus shipping isn't refunded... I don't know if I want to risk that now. Walmart will refund everything if I run into some sort of problem... That MAY have made up my mind, I'm still kind of on the fence though, it's driving me nuts.

    Edit: Meant to edit the above post, not make a new one, don't know what I was thinking... Sorry for the double post.
  13. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    I have to question why you would want to return the Nexus once you have it? ;)

    Both are great phones. It seems like most agree with me that the Nexus is a nicer phone, the S II is still a very nice phone. So I wouldn't worry about it too much, both are solid choices especially with the S II being $50 cheaper with the $30 card.
  14. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Lol, not because I disliked the phone in any way, just worried that I may not get a strong signal or SOMETHING that would just make me have to return it for some reason. I'd hate to lose like $60+ if I had to return it for SOME reason...

    I was literally about to purchase the phone after hearing what all you guys had to say and just return the S II when it was delivered until I saw their return policy, I'd just be really mad if I got stuck paying that much for absolutely nothing.

    Lol, I'm still really on edge about what I want to do though... I figure it wouldn't be shipped out until Monday anyways, so I have until Sunday to think about it to get it as soon as possible... I really still have no idea what I want to do though. The return policy scares me, but the upsides to the phone is driving me crazy that it would only be about another $50.


    Is there any reason the phone wouldn't get just as good a signal as my current T-Mobile phone?
  15. euphan1555

    euphan1555 Well-Known Member

    i actually did return a nexus because of bad signal strength and ended up getting everything i paid for the phone refunded.

    now i dont know if it was because i contacted the bbb when around 30 days have passed and no refund but the day after bbb contacted google about my complaint i got a email that said my total purchase price(381) was being refunded even though that had nothing to do with my complaint.my complaint was only about how long they were taking to do a refund.
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  16. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Really? Ok, I just e-mailed them asking if I was to buy the phone and had to return it because of bad signal strength if I would still be subject to the 15% restocking fee..

    I think my mind is pretty set on the Nexus if I have nothing to worry about if I was to have to return it.
  17. lordj

    lordj Well-Known Member

    You will love it. Personally, I would hate to get the lesser phone and be kicking myself later. For what its worth, I get an excellent signal and usually get about 7-8 Mbps speeds.
  18. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    That's exactly where I am... If I don't get the Nexus, I'm just going to be kicking myself forever until I upgrade again eventually. BUT if I get it, and I get stuck paying like $60 for nothing, I might be even more mad.... As of now though, I'm really leaning towards just getting the Nexus and really hoping for the best... Like I said, it wouldn't be shipped until Monday anyways, so I have until Sunday to make up my mind so I can get it some time next week.
  19. euphan1555

    euphan1555 Well-Known Member

    yep i dont feel like posting the whole email but here is the headline.for what its worth i had two samsung phones on t mobile with about the same signal strength.so imo that really shouldnt be a concern when you choose which phone you want.if you think the nexus is worth $50 more to you then i wouldnt hesitate to buy it.
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    oh and i was told up until i got my refund about the restocking fee but when my refund came they didnt deduct for it.im not sure if it was because of bbb though
  20. surgerush

    surgerush Well-Known Member

    Does the T-Mobile S II have Gorilla glass? How is the Nexus glass?

    Ugh... I'm still bouncing back and forth after looking up like a hundred different comparison reviews... Plus, it's kind of hard to find comparison reviews with people using the T-Mobile GSII instead of the older one. Then, it's almost impossible to find comparison reviews with the GSII not on Gingerbread.

    Ok, if we were ONLY comparing performance, speed of the devices, forget the screen and all that... Are they pretty much the same when it comes to how smooth and fast they run?

    The T-Mobile GSII has the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the Nexus has the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but they are different. So I'm assuming they are pretty much identical with speed and smoothness right?

    I've been stuck on wanting the GNex pretty much since I started asking you guys, but I think I'm just going to go on the performance, as long as they are just as smooth and fast as each other, I don't need to spend the extra money or worry about the possibility of a return.

    Please let me know what you guys think so my mind can finally be made up... I thank all of you very much for the help you have given me.
  21. euphan1555

    euphan1555 Well-Known Member

    i only owned a nexus and not a s2 so what i say about that phone is what i read or seen in videos.going by benchmarks the t mobile s2 is faster but only buy a for hundreds.when i had my nexus i had zero lag after i updated to jellybean.

    now if you like watching movies or vids on your phone it should be a no brainer that the nexus would be better.

    phonedog has a lot of dog fight vids on youtube and im pretty sure i remember watching one against the nexus.now it would be against a s2 using gingerbread but it will give you some idea which one you want.
  22. SumGuy

    SumGuy Active Member

    Not to take the thread away from the OP, but I too have a question. And didn't just want to add to the forum.
    Which is MORE VALUE for my money; Nexus on $30 prepaid plan, or Galaxy S3 on contract? Does T-Mobile move their pre-paid customers down the priority "list" for those on their Pre-Paid plans, as opposed to someone with a contract? I just ask because Sprint does that with Virgin and Boost customers?
  23. Atma

    Atma Well-Known Member


    There are some things I don't get on the $30 monthly 4G plan that contract customers do, like visual voicemail. Monthly customers also do not get an option for upgrading phones either.

    Do you talk a lot on your phone? I don't much at all. 100 minutes and 5gb data is perfect for me. If you talk more you might need another plan. Over 100 minutes is 10 cents a minute.

    Personally, I would go with the Nexus from Google mainly because it will get updates long before the carrier branded phones.

    If you like a big screen, you could wait until next month and all the carriers will probably be getting the Note 2.
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  24. SumGuy

    SumGuy Active Member


    Yeah that's not a bad idea about the Note 2, my gut is telling me that the price of that thing is gonna be a pretty penny.... I just seen last night that they had the S3 for $99 for s limited time... I'm guessing though that the Nexus has a good development community behind it than the S3?
  25. Atma

    Atma Well-Known Member

    Yes probably so. Although the S3 is a very popular phone and has a lot of dev support, the Nexus has a humongous amount.
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