Our friends over at Boost Mobile have sent us the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G for us to review! This is the first time a Galaxy S II is being offered on a pre-paid carrier in the US and it does run on Boost Mobile’s 4G WiMAX network! It is just their second 4G WiMAX device. Keep in mind that Boost Mobile is a pre-paid carrier meaning that you pay more for the device but less for the plan. The Galaxy S II 4G on Boost Mobile will cost you $369.99 plus the plan you choose. So, should this be your next device? We will answer that in the full review which beings now!
The design of the Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G is similar to the Galaxy S II we saw for AT&T or Sprint. It is available in a nice white color, that has an aluminum siding that goes all around the device. It is not super thing at .38-inches and is not heavy in your hand at just 4.6-ounces. Above the display you have an earpiece, notification light, Samsung logo, front-facing camera, and a sensor. Below the display you have 4(four) touch buttons, those being menu, home, back, and search. These are very common on many Android devices. Your volume rocker has found it’s home on the left hand side, while the power/sleep button is found on the right hand side. On the top you have the headphone jack and the micro USB port can be found on the bottom. The back is home a speaker, an 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash, and a Galaxy S II logo. One thing to note is that no Boost Mobile logo can be found on the device, although the theme is quite Boost-Mobile-ish. I have to say that I really like the white color on the Galaxy S II, it goes very nice with the silver aluminum as well.
Now, when the Galaxy S II first launched we were all impressed with its awesome hardware, luckily Samsung kept the same great hardware on the Boost Mobile variant. For starts you have a super bright 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display and you can certainly tell it is a Super AMOLED Plus from the first luck. Colors look super vibrant and the images look very realistic. On the back of the device you have the still amazing 8 megapixel back camera. Looking back on this camera shows that Samsung really does an awesome job with its imaging products, whether it’s on a tablet, camera, or even a smartphone they always impress. Images look very realistic, colors are bright, there is no tone overcasting the image, overall a very clear photo. It also does record video in 1080pHD quality. You are running on Boost Mobile’s 4G WiMAX network, where it is available. If you do have access to you can expect speeds around 2-4Mbps for upload and download. But, keep in mind that your data speeds all depend on the coverage in your area. You also get speed from the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, this keeps the device going. And while it is not as fast as the HTC One X or the Galaxy S III, it still moves quickly. Multitasking is a breeze and it only get’s hung up every once in a while, when you have many large applications all running at once. But for the most part the device moves very fast. In terms of storage you get around 2GB of internal space and for extra space you get a micro SD card slot. Overall, the hardware on the Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G is very nice and is similar to the original Galaxy S II’s.
Out of the box the Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G is running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Like many other Sprint devices and a couple of Boost Mobile devices you get Sprint ID. This serves as your customizable user interface for the device, there are many different to choose from like AOL Entertainment, Veterans, MTV, Boost ID, Android Basics, Auto Enthusiast, and many more! And out of the box it is set up for the Boost ID pack and it has customized home screens and many pre-loaded applications. You get applications like airG, AllShare, Boost Hotspot, Boost Zone, Facebook, Google App Suite, Kies Air, Mobile ID, Photo Editor, Play Store, Polaris Office, Social Hub, Task Manager, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Video Maker, YouTube, Visual Voicemail, and more! The Galaxy S II 4G features visual voicemail, which is always a nice feature to have. You can also share you 4G WiMAX network connection with others via the Boost Hotspot application. Like I mentioned before the device is very fast, it only gets hung up if you have a ton of heavy applications all going at once. Now, on top of the Sprint ID interface there is a little bit of Samsung Touch Wiz to be found, that is as well as some of the applications. You get Social Hub which allows you to view all of the your social networks and updates in one easy to use application. While the Galaxy S II 4G comes loaded with many applications, it still performs will.
The Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G is a very nice design and in my opinion it is currently, out of the ones that I have reviewed, the best device on Boost Mobile’s lineup. You get 4G WiMAX speeds, a great 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display, speed from a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and much more! And while the device does cost $369.99, you do get the freedom to choose your own plan which may save you some money instead of going with a contract carrier. If you have been waiting for a Galaxy S device for Boost Mobile or want a very nice Android device, you should certainly take a look at the Galaxy S II 4G for Boost Mobile. For More Information On The Boost Mobile Galaxy S II 4G, Please Click Here. We would like to thank Boost Mobile for providing us with a copy of the “Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II 4G”.