UPDATE: This preliminary review was written based on a relatively short time with this smartphone. A much more in-depth review has now been published based on extensive testing:
The Samsung Vibrant is T-Mobile’s latest high-end Android OS smartphone. It is a variation on Samsung’s line of Galaxy S smartphones — other versions are available from AT&T and Verizon. All of these employ Samsung’s exclusive Super AMOLED display and Samsung’s 1 GHz Hummingbird processor.
The Vibrant is selling for $200 with a qualifying two-year service contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
Like the Samsung Captivate (a Galaxy S model for AT&T), the Vibrant’s design is heavily dominated by its 4-inch Super AM-OLED touchscreen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution.
The advantage of the Super AM-OLED screen over other OLED ones is that it’s thinner, more energy efficient, and doesn’t have the inclination to wash out completely in direct sunlight. Suffice to say, it’s impressive.
Like its sister model the Captivate, the Vibrant has a farly solid build.
There are only a few notches around the device for buttons and ports. The Power/Lock button is on the right side, the 3.5-mm jack and micro-USB slot are at the top, and volume buttons are on the left side.
The rear has the Galaxy S-standard 5 megapixel camera, and pretty much nothing else. Similar to many mobiles — but dissimilar to the Captivate — the Vibrant’s rear panel comes entirely off to reveal the 1500 mAh battery, SIM card, and microSDHC card slot.
The Samsung Vibrant is running Google Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) on the 1 GHz processor I mentioned earlier. Most functions have been quite speedy so far, though I’ve not yet ran it through some of the heavier webpages and use scenarios that tax the system some.
This mobile has the usual suite of Google applications: calendar, contacts, email, maps, music player. It has a GPS receiver and the Google Navigation app.
The Vibrant also comes with a slew of additional applications added by T-Mobile such as Audio Postcard, Layar web browser, Swype, and ThinkFree Office.
It comes with 16 GB of internal storage for images, music, and video, as it comes with a 2 GB microSd card. You can upgrade this to as much as 32 GB with an replacement memory card.
This smartphone can connect to T-Mobile’s 3G (HSPA+) network. plus it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
I’ve had just a few hours with the Samsung Vibrant, but there’s a lot to like. It’s nice to see T-Mobile offer a powerful Android OS device.
Stay tuned for the full review coming in a few weeks that will detail more of these and other impressions of the Vibrant.