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Samsung Infuse 4G review
30 January 2012
Summary: I don’t blame you for reading the headline of this review and thinking to yourself, not another Samsung Android phone. The company has flooded the market with smartphones that have very similar designs and specs — in other words, they are extremely hard to discern from one another. However, the Infuse could easily be picked out of a police lineup of Samsung’s family of phones.
Pros: Beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display, Great camera, Solid battery life
Cons: May be a bit too large for some, AT&T “4G” speeds aren’t 4G at all, Low screen resolution
Excerpt: The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was a big moment for every cellphone manufacturer, including Samsung. Samsung announced the Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T. The Infuse 4G was announced as having the largest display and yet the slimmest design. Does...
Conclusion: At $199.99 the Samsung Infuse 4G is a great phone at a reasonable price. While its large size will turn some off, we generally enjoy having a bit more screen space to type and browse on. The hardware isn’t up to the dual-core standards of some flagship phones, nor does AT&T’s network support 4G speeds that are anywhere near as fast as Verizon, but the Infuse is pretty snappy, and didn’t hiccup on us too often.
Pros: Big 4.5-inch screen, Bright screen, Thinnest phone on the market, 16GB of storage
Cons: Low screen resolution for its size, Plastic shell, HSPA+ speeds can’t compete with LTE, TouchWiz interface has some quirks, Weak, poorly placed speaker
Conclusion: There's a lot to like in Samsung's summer blockbuster for AT&T. The Infuse 4G is like having a mobile cinema in your pocket, and despite the huge 4.5" display, the phone is incredibly light and slimly pocketable. Indeed, nothing quite compares to the Super AMOLED Plus display (except the slightly smaller 4.3" Droid Charge's Super AMOLED Plus display). Colors jump out at you, blacks are deep and brightness levels and evenness are superb.
Pros: Class-leading and immense display, slim and light, good HSPA+ speeds where available., Pro: Huge and glorious 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus display. Fast, slim and lightweight. 4G speeds are actually pretty good. Attractive phone. Plenty of internal storage. Very good camera.
Cons: Reception is average., Con: Reception isn't among the best, voice can sometimes sound a bit underwater.
Summary: The Samsung Infuse 4G has plenty to offer--a sleek design, a good camera, and a big and vibrant screen. However, even though this device is thin and light for a 4.5-inch smartphone, using it one-handed can feel awkward because of the large footprint. What's more, having extra real estate makes waiting for content to load over AT&T's network all the more agonizing.
Pros: Large bright display, Above-average battery life, Light for its size, Good call quality
Cons: Poor "4G" speeds, Difficult to use with one hand, Need to plug in power for HDMI out
Conclusion: After being encompassed with jubilation upon first handling the device, it eventually subsided as we began to really figure out the ins and outs of its offerings. Yeah, its $200 on-contract price is more than fitting, and equally contends with its rivals in this area, but there’s just this nagging feeling knowing the that it’s not quite on the same level as some of its next-gen peers; specifically the Samsung Galaxy S II .
Pros: Super-sized & beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display, Razor thin construction, Peppy performance
Cons: Slow “4G” data speeds, Unable to handle sites with heavy Flash content
Excerpt: The Samsung Infuse 4G offers a monster, 4.5 inch, 480 x 800 pixel resolution touchscreen display and is powered by a 1200MHz Hummingbird processor. The Infuse 4G offers an 8MP camera with LED flash and a host of camera/photo effect features, High-Def video record (1920 x 1080p), additional 1.3MP camera for video calling, MP3 player, YouTube player, and an Android Browser supporting HTML and Flash (rendering true web pages).
Excerpt: The Samsung Infuse 4G is a great-looking phone with exceptional media capabilities. Unfortunately, while it may shine at playing movies and music, in our tests images and text came out looking like a mess.