Conclusion: With arms wide open and readily awaiting an embrace, we welcome the next generation of data connectivity for mobile with the onset of LTE. Sure it's only available in one market for right now, but it does signal the next era of mobile connectivity – and the Samsung Craft is here to give us a tasting. Accepting it solely as a messaging device, its $299.99 price is surely its biggest sore spot – even though it's branded as the first LTE enabled handset.
Pros: Stunning AMOLED display, Great calling quality, LTE connectivity
Cons: Bulky & bland design, Inconsistent web browsing experience, No pre-loaded apps
Summary: After testing the Craft extensively, I believe it could easily vie for the top spot in the messaging phone market. One thing to keep in mind though is to not have your expectations set too high. It may be a 4G phone and have WIFI and all of these great features, but it's still a messaging phone. Web browsing won't be amazing, there may be a bit of a lag when using it, and the overall performance will not in any way compare to that of a smartphone.
Review: Samsung Craft (MetroPCS) – America’s First LTE Phone
22 September 2010
Excerpt: The first review of the first LTE phone in America. Can the Samsung Craft on MetroPCS answer its WiMAX rivals in the marketplace today? Read more to find out. As you may know, we’ve moved to a more fast-paced review format. As such, this may be our shortest review ever. Don’t buy this phone. Period. The Samsung Craft is purely a test mule phone for MetroPCS.