Straight Talk now has the S II! I'm pretty sure it's the AT&T S II, since it's running a 1.2GHz CPU(the AT&T I777 is the only US S II with a 1.2GHz).
For $399.99, I'd rather buy an S II on eBay for $250 and a sim card for $15.
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Plus you can get a PENTABAND Galaxy Nexus (bigger screen with HD resolution, more powerful CPU) for $350. Running 4.1 Jelly Bean.
With pentaband, you can choose AT&T or T-Mobile SIM.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 09-20-2012 at 07:53 PM.
Still, not bad for $399.
I've had five Nexii, and I still prefer the international S II. But, to each his own. The fact that the Nexus gets the latest updates is worth a lot.
Battery life is waaay better, but the Nexus beats it almost everywhere else.
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Plus there's the option, if one is looking at going with ST for their T-Mobile SIM, to purchase the T-Mobile variant of the SII, the T989, from Walmart for $329 (online only). Unfortunately, you're also forced to purchase a T-Mobile $30 SIM card in that deal, so the phone is only $299 as a component. But it's still a very good deal. The processor is faster than the AT&T variant of the SII and it has a larger screen as well. ICS is already available and 4.1 is rumored to be pending an official release for it (others have already installed CM10). Plus it's capable of 42Mbps HSDPA over the 21Mbps HSDPA on the AT&T version (depending on the coverage in your areas).
I'd probably still go with the Galaxy Nexus over the SII anyway in either version, but it's a good offer for the T989. The negatives of the Nexus remain the lack of a microSD card slot, the lower resolution (5MP) camera and the technically lesser HSDPA (21Mbps) capability, but those are negatives that most can easily deal with.
TOTALLY FALSE. I hate people who post lies.
Go check the specs. ST is getting the AT&T SII which is listed as 1.2GHz, and while the Galaxy Nexus is also 1.2GHz, it's a a better, faster chip[/B]. So, it sort of the OPPOSITE of what you said.
TO REPEAT: The SII's CPU is not faster than the Nexus, much less "twice as fast". What rubbish. Galaxy Nexus is FASTER -- especially on 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Oh, here's a speed test with both the SII and Nexus running 4.0 ICS. (Remem, the ST SII will come with 2.3 while the Nexus now has 4.1.)
ST is releasing the SII with Android 2.3, not ICS. Also listed in the specs. There's no guarantee if or when ST SII will get 4.0 ICS. The Nexus has 4.1 Jelly Bean NOW.
Plus the Nexus has a larger screen, and is HD resolution (720p) while the SII is not. There's really no comparison.
Now, the T-Mobile version of the SII has a faster CPU @ 1.5GHz. But ST is getting the AT&T version.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 09-24-2012 at 10:45 AM.
Quadrant scores should always be taken with large grains of salt, however the AT&T S II has always scored 600 points higher. 4000 vs 3400.
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However, the ST SII will come with 2.3 Gingerbread. while the Nexus now comes with 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Plus, the Nexus has larger screen (4.65" vs SII 4.3"), and HD resolution (720p vs SII 480p).
The T-Mobile version of the SII has a faster CPU (1.5 GHz) and a larger screen (4.52"). But, ST is getting the AT&T version. If you can get the T-Mobile version, while it's still SD 480p resolution, the other advantages start making it more of a horse race: faster CPU, larger screen, better camera, and unlocked it will take both AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+...
Especially if you can get the T-Mobile version for LESS than $350, unlock it and stick in your choice of Straight Talk sim card.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 09-24-2012 at 10:52 AM.
In researching the Nexus on various sites, they report no memory card slot.
Would you confirm or deny this please?
For me, it would be a deal breaker.
- larger screen - 4.52" vs 4.3" (still SD 480p rez)
- faster CPU - 1.5GHz vs 1.2 GHz (some of the speed tests you find on the internet are really the T-Mobile SII)
- quad band -- unlocked (which is easy) will carry both AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+
You can buy it at Wal-mart for $299 + $30 useless $30 pre-paid T-Mobile card. Still, at $329, a BETTER deal than the $349 ST-branded SII. you can unlock it (easy unlock process), and take it to ANY AT&T or T-Mobile MNVO.