Samsung Galaxy S 4G First-Look Review

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is the latest Android phone to hit the T-Mobile network. I’ll probably always think of this one as the “Inception” phone because it came in a slick box featuring artwork from the movie, and it came pre-loaded with a copy of the movie.

BUILD & DESIGN

Samsung Galaxy S 4G from T-MobileLike several recent devices, the Galaxy S 4G is all about the screen, and this one is very nice. It’s a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and it’s gorgeous.

I know some folks don’t like to watch video on a small screen, especially something as long as a feature film, but Inception looks great. It sounds great too, thanks to the high quality external speaker, which can put out impressive volume without any distortion.

All of that power comes in a surprisingly small and light package. It’s a little flashier than some, with silver accents and a platinum gray back cover, but nothing garish.

The phone is so light weight that I had a hard time believing the battery had already been installed — this is one phone that definitely won’t weigh down your pocket or bag.

PERFORMANCE 

Since I just got the review unit today, I haven’t been able to spend a great deal of time with Galaxy S 4G yet. I can say that it seems to be very responsive, and I haven’t had to wait at all when switching between apps.

There are plenty of apps to choose from too, since the Galaxy S comes pre-loaded with quite a few –everything from PIM apps like a memo pad and mini diary to ThinkFree Office for Micrsoft office documents and the Qik video chat app. DoubleTwist is also included, which promises to sync iTunes playlists, podcasts, and videos to your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G from T-MobileEarly tests on this smartphone’s 4G support look positive. I can’t say yet whether this model lives up to its promise of 21 Mbps downloads, but so far, web browsing feels fast. 

PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION

After my brief time with it, I have a good first impression of this new Samsung smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Image GalleryMy full review will include coverage of all of the Galaxy S 4G’s features, which are on the high end: a 1GHz processor, a 16GB microSD card with plenty of room for music and videos, and two cameras (one 5-megapixel with 720 HD video capture, and one front-facing for video chat).

This model launches from T-Mobile tomorrow for $200 with a two-year contract.

 



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