Looking back over 2011 one might say that T-Mobile had a pretty rough go at things. With the whole buyout deal and the lack of an iPhone 4S hanging over the carrier, some blogs would have you believe that things are pretty dark over in their neck of the woods. We’re here to tell you that Big Magenta don’t need no stinking iPhone to stay relevant and the carrier is going to keep swinging for the fences.
Since the release of the G1 in 2008 T-Mobile has released a string of entry-level and mid-range devices with the occasional high-end smartphone. As we glance back at the last few releases, however, we’re starting to see more of a focus on performance and power. Take for instance the Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II, two solid devices with 4G connectivity and heavy hardware.
4G HSPA+ Handsets are Crazy Fast
The Galaxy S II is perhaps our favorite phone from T-Mobile thus far as it features a gorgeous 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and HSPA+ 42Mbps speeds. Ohhhh that speed is fast, too. We’ve been testing the download speeds in northeastern Ohio over the last few weeks and consistently pull down 18-22Mbps. Compare that to the 10-15Mbps that most people get from their home connection and you can appreciate how quickly we download games or files from Dropbox.
Even upload speeds are crazy fast too, getting upwards of 3Mbps. Don’t think that’s a big deal? Watch how must faster we sync photos to the cloud than you do. YouTube videos? We’re already done. Our next clip is a video of you trying to sync your files from your iPhone 4S. It doesn’t matter which carrier you have for that thing, it ain’t as fast as T-Mobile’s network.
We’ll admit that we got off track a bit, going from specs to network talk a bit prematurely. Apologies, but we forgot to tell you that the Galaxy S II also offers an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p HD videos, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, and 16GB of internal storage. Oh you need more? The microSD card slot allows for another 32GB. How about that iPhone of yours?
So you like choice, do ya?
OK, so maybe you feel like we’re beating the drum a bit too heavily on the Samsung Galaxy S II. That’s where Android and its multiple hardware options and manufacturers come in. See, over on the Android side of things, we appreciate that we have choice.
Like we said at the top, the HTC Amaze 4G is another top-notch device that skews heavily in favor of people who love to take great photos. Features here include software like SmartShot (group photos), SweepShot (panoramic photos), and BurstShot (multiple photos). On the hardware side, the Amaze 4G boasts 1GB RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display, and an 8-megapixel camera.
If the $229 price point is a little too rich for your blood, consider that T-Mobile still provides fantastic mid-range and entry-level Android devices. There are a number of form factors to choose from from multiple companies including LG, Motorola, HTC, and Samsung.
Competitive Rate Plans
We couldn’t talk about T-Mobile without touching on their rate plans. Currently, users can get two lines with unlimited talk, text, and data at $49.99 per line. Take a peek at the other carriers and you’ll see that, even with promotions, they don’t come add up to the same value.
Whether you’re just starting out with your first smartphone or are a seasoned Android user, T-Mobile’s got you covered with some of the most compelling hardware, competitive pricing and high-speed data that you could ask for.