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Samsung Galaxy S 4G Review
2 March 2011
Conclusion: Overall callers were impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S 4G . They said we sounded a bit distant and real nasally (in fairness we are a bit congested) but not hollow and they had no issues hearing us clearly. They rated us an 8.25/10, and we would probably rate them about half a point higher than that. Their voice sounded natural and clear, and though we could hear background noise from the store they were at it did not take away from the conversation.
Pros: Wonderful Super AMOLED display gives great multimedia experience, Great battery life, 21+ Mbps 4G speeds is the best on the market, Comfortable, thin design
Cons: The materials could be better, Lots of bloatware
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an evolutionary upgrade to the Vibrant. Think of it as the Vibrant with 2011 tweaks: 4G, a front video chat camera and Froyo with Flash 10.1. If you already own a Samsung Vibrant, you likely won’t want to shell out the out of cycle upgrade price for the Galaxy S 4G, but if you’re coming from a lower end Android phone like the myTouch 3G or a feature phone, the Galaxy S 4G has major appeal.
Pros: Excellent display, solid camera with good video recording, 4G HSPA speeds are great.
Cons: Attractive but plasticky, 1GHz Hummingbird no longer the cream of the CPU crop.
Summary: The Galaxy S 4G delivers the fastest speeds yet for T-Mobile customers and adds some welcome enhancements, including a front-facing camera and longer-lasting battery. While we wish Samsung had also included a faster processor for $199, this is now the top smart phone available for the carrier. Both the $99 myTouch 4G and T-Mobile G2 are great bargains, but the Galaxy S 4G has a superior Super AMOLED display and does a better job of living up to the 4G part of its name.
Conclusion: It’s brilliant to see Samsung come out with a serious smartphone contender, and the Korean company has done a great job. It’s a handset we wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen with, and managed to keep up with us every step of the way. A definite contender for anyone currently considering the likes of the iPhone 4, Google Nexus One or HTC Desire.
Summary: Sleek and fast, the Samsung Vibrant is one of T-Mobile's top smartphones for entertainment, but its feature set takes a toll on the battery life.
Pros: The Samsung Vibrant boasts a brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen and comes preloaded with a number of entertainment goodies, including a full-length copy of "Avatar." The Android-based smartphone also offers 16GB of internal memory, full wireless options, and great call quality.
Cons: The phone feels plasticky and slick. Battery life isn't the greatest. There's no camera flash.