Samsung Conquer 4G First Look Review: 4G on a Budget

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UPDATE: This preliminary review was written after only a short time with this smartphone. A more complete version based on in-depth testing is now available:


The Samsung Conquer 4G is going to be the first budget-priced 4G phone from Sprint. It’s an Android 2.3 device with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display, a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash as well as a 1.3 megapixel front-facing one, and a 1 GHz processor.

Samsung Conquer 4G from SprintIt will be available for just $99 when it officially launches on August 21. This is a preliminary review based on a few day’s use of the device; a full review will follow shortly.

BUILD & DESIGN

The Conquer is a nice change from some of the recent smartphone “giants” that have been released in the last few months. It has a slightly smaller screen at 3.5-inches, and that means the overall handset is a bit smaller too. It’s made out of plastic, with a nicely textured back for good gripability, and is extremely lightweight.

The screen resolution is relatively low, at 320 x 480 (HVGA), but that isn’t surprising considering the bargain price. The screen looks good at first glance, though you can easily see some jagginess/pixelization when you examine it closely.

This device doesn’t have a physical keyboard, so you’ll be using a virtual keyboard on-screen for all of your data entry needs.

PERFORMANCE

The Conquer 4G runs the Gingerbread version of the Android OS, version 2.3, on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. Although I haven’t yet fully torture tested the device I am generally pleased with its performance so far, though it doesn’t offer anything amazing or jaw dropping by any means.

Samsung Conquer 4G from SprintThe camera is relatively low end at just 3.2 megapixels, but it does seem to take good shots  under the right conditions. The LED flash is quite capable as well, allowing the camera to capture shots in low light while achieving good results.

The battery has a 1500 mAh capacity, but more extensive testing is required to determine if the Conquer offers acceptable battery life or whether the higher battery drain associated with 4G phones will be too much of an issue.

PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION

I’ve only had two days with the Samsung Conquer 4G so far, and I still have a lot of testing to do before I can offer any recommendation. I can say that I like the overall small size and light weight of the device, and the screen is a good size, but the low resolution may be a deal breaker. The 3.2 megapixel camera is also a concern, especially if you plan to replace your everyday point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone.

The bargain price is certainly something to consider though, but the phone has to perform well or it isn’t really a bargain at all. Stay tuned for the full review here at Brighthand.

 

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