Pros + Cheaper and faster
+ Smooth and beautiful Video
+ Wireless tethering
+ Unlimited expandability
Cons - Lack of internal memory
- Bloated apps
- No flash LED
Summary I was an iPhone user who decided to buy new SGS4G for some "freedom" and cheaper cell/data service. And another reason I bought this device is because it is very close to iphone. Here comes my review after a week of its ownership.Edit URL
1. Cheaper and faster: Speed difference from iPhone is obvious with 4G and better processor. T-mobile provides with cheaper plans.
2. Smooth and beautiful Video: I rarely watch TV/movies on a smartphone. This device made me think again. Quality of the movie screen is amazing - smooth and clear. Watching experience is close to laptop. I will enjoy this on flight.
3. Camera: Without considering more resolution, this camera is better than the one in iPhone GS. It is much less sensible for small shaking.
4. Wireless tethering: I didn't really care for tethering with 3G because of its terrible speed. But this device's 4G now and supposed to be 21 Mbps. After rooting, I first installed wireless tethering. And it works like a charm. This portable wifi router does not really make 21 Mbps but 8 Mbps but it's still practical.
5. Unlimited expandability: Since it's android OS, unlike iphone, the device is not much restricted to expand. You can virtually install whatever you want.
1. Lack of internal memory: 500MB internal memory is too small to store apps. So after getting this device, you'd better start moving apps into internal 16G SD card. As I will mention about this below, however, not all apps can be moved to SD.
2. Bloated apps: Unnecessary apps occupy in apps screen and some of them also automatically run. And most of these bloated apps can't be deleted nor moved to SD card. - Solution: Root and Titanium Backup. See the last part of this review.
3. No flash LED: I rarely use it for taking pictures so it does not matter much to me. But it's one component people may want to have at some point. Besides, you can use it for other purposes with apps. As other devices in this price range have the LED, I am not sure why Samsung is not getting it with this excellent device otherwise.
Root: Root is like easy jailbreak for Android device but without any downside. Of course Rooted device can be bricked and void of warranty but in reality, most of times, CS will fix the bricked device under warranty. Google "Super One Click" for more details.
Titanium Backup: After root, get the Titanium backup app to delete all unnecessary apps. One thing to remember: don't delete telenav app because it will mess GPS up otherwise.
In summary, root is almost required for this smart phone - root will take less than 30 mins. Other than that, with its amazing speed and powerful customizing ability from Android OS, I still have to figure out what it can do. This device is truly a personal computer + more in my hand. I like it a lot more than iPhone.
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Updated on Nov 11, 2011
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Pros -Call Quality
-Large & Beautiful Screen
-Front Facing Camera
-5mp Camera performs like a 8mp one.
-720p HD video performs great.
- Sturdier Design than the Vibrant.
-Inception for free
Cons -Less internal Memory
-Still no flash on the primay camera module.
-Slightly Older Hardware.
Summary Alright so I had bought a G2 with the T-Mobile warranty, recently my baby cousin got a hold of it, and while I was talking to his parents he proceeded to dump it into the fishbowl saying "The fishes needed a new toy." I fished it out but it had been in there for over half an hour and there was no chance of recovering it, so I took it into the store, and they had recently added another 50 dollars to the price of the G2, so they didn't seem too enthusiastic about giving me a replacement one, then this phone caught my eye, and to be honest I liked it. With some haggling I walked out of the store with a new Galaxy S 4G which I got for free, a Gel Silicon case, a screen protector, and my old number on a new Sim Card (the old one was beyond saving).I have had this phone for about 9 days, time to update my impression's, nothing really too much to say. A few things are that the processor is incredibly fast, and I have literally seen NO lag, AT ALL, it's as buttery smooth my friend's iPhone 4. The speed isn't just in the os; it shows up in the web browsing too, it literally takes one second for 75% of web pages too load those which take more are very heavy in media. This speed also extends to the downloading and uploading. The build quality is also much better than the vibrant I had taken off my Otterbox case, to clean it(I didn't know it was also dust resistant) I accidentally dropped it on the back guess what happened NOTHING, it just lay there on its back not even a scratch. (Read on for the rest of the update.)
So far I have only had this phone for two day's so I will update my impressions after a week of use, but for now initial impressions.
The phone compared side to side to the Vibrant it is infinitely faster, plus has infinite less lag. Over the two days I have had I have gotten 12 emails and it pulled them down faster than my work desktop in 9 out of 12 instances, the 3 that is was slower had some seriously big attachments with it.
Whenever I scroll through the pages or open the app drawer I never see that perceptual lag that I still see on the Vibrant. And it is so much faster, perhaps minor changes to the chipset, or maybe they had more time to optimize the software for the phone. The camera is amazing it performs as good as or sometimes even better than my friend's 8mp camera on his Evo, but it isn't as consistent as getting good photo's I guess those 3mp do make a difference. As for the 720p video recording, it is beautiful, if you transfer it to your computer it will seem like a HD video it is supposed to be. To your T.V well?um the pixilation set's at that time. So not really Video's made for your T.V.
The screen is large and amazing, it blew me away, and I always used to think "The SAMOLED is overrated." Well I have now eaten my words and I have never been so happy to be wrong. As for the HSPA+ connectivity it is amazing, the Uploads beat out my two friends Atrix, and Evo in normal browsing, downloading an app, and uploading a photo. The battery was amazing to say the least, I got 28 hours using it in normal day to day activity, browsing on 4G, downloading apps, uploading things, streaming video, constantly getting emails in, texting furiously, and calling every now and then. When I did place a call, the quality was loud, clear and solid. The mobile hotspot was a great performer, although when we got to 4 or more devices it got kind of slow.
The front facing camera was normal far, it was great for styling your hair, and the occasional video chat (Which were clear and loud) as for self portraits, not the best choice, but it will do an okay job. The overall design of the phone was stronger and better at defending the phone ten the vibrant did.
Ok now for the negatives. Samsung seems to be emulating Apple here; they refuse to put a flash on the phones on T-Mobile. There no way directly around it, but the camera did a so-so job of low light setting, but low lights are not ideal for the camera. There's no HDMI, which means no streaming to your T.V the way I got around this is that I connected it to my laptop then connected my laptop to the T.V, while it's not the simplicity of the EVO, it still works. The third con is that while this phone is (IMO) the best phone on T-Mobile, and is serving as the flagship to compete with Android devices like the Atrix (AT&T), Evo (Sprint), and the Droid X (Verizon), the hardware is kind of old WHEN compared to the phones that are yet to come out, if put head to head in the phone market available today, this is some serious hardware + software=Killer Package. The last con and the only reason this phone did not get a perfect 5 is the reduced memory, they went from 16 gigs internal to 1 gig internal, and that seriously hinders memory capability, although it came with a 16 gig card(which I switched out for a 32 gig one). Frankly for normal people 16 gigs is enough, which is why Apple, is getting away with a fixed amount of memory, but for Mediaphile's, Apphiles or for people who need a lot of storage this a serious detractor from this phone's offering.
This phone is an amazing one, it admirably performs in all task's you would expect a normal phone to, it gives a one-up to the current galaxy s generation, and takes the place as T-Mobile's Flagship phone.
Speedy and Zippy in all things-Check
Decent Camera Modules-Check
Great Battery Life-Check
Actually Makes Calls-Check
Updated on Mar 3, 2011
Updated on Mar 3, 2011The video chatting on this thing is smooth and clear and it's a great novelty when you get to use it. One other thing that is that the bigger battery REALLY makes a difference, I forgot to charge and didn't take my charger with me I had 50 percent of battery left and had to make it through the next 8 hours, with some frugal use the 50 percent lasted the entire 8 hours with 10 percent still left, frugal means lowest screen brightness, no web browsing no media, no downloading, but I still used moderately heavy texting calling and pulling down emails. Nearly everything on this phone is well thought out and executed really well. This is a Great Smartphone, one of the best ones out there and totally worth the price.
Pros Screen size, resolution & brightness. Large battery. 4G screaming fast. Great multimedia including live television & ability to download/rent movies & T.V.
Cons POOR INTERNAL MEMORY (All apps can't be moved over to an SD card and after the operating system only approx 512MB are available for apps! Cmon Samsung!!) No flash on the camera on a phone of this caliber is a HUGE disappointment
Summary This is my 3rd Android phone. I had the G1 on Day 1 and upgraded to a Nexus S a month after it came out. I have been on Android from the start watching it develop into a real world contender for Apple. The thing I acknowledged was always lacking was the multimedia capability of the phones on Android. Now with the beautiful SuperAMOLED screen, 4 inches of screen size, doubletwist with AirSync & the Samsung Media Hub & T Mobile TV over 4g this phone is finally competitive with the fruit phone. I have clocked up to 5mb download and 1.8 upload so far with this phone. I'm seeing 3mb download and 8-900kb uploads consistently. This phone actually holds a signal also unlike my Nexus which dropped calls repeatedly (thanks to HTC for putting the antenna in the bottom of the phone....idiots).
My biggest gripe with this phone (and the new Nexus S as well) is that they don't have large enough internal memory. When you won't allow me to put all of the apps on the SD card then how about installing a reasonable amount of internal storage!! 4GB would have been nice with 3.5GB available for app storage or at least 2GB with 1.5 for apps. Applications increase the functionality of the device. You want more people to buy apps on the market place then HELLO!!! Put more storage space in the phone until all the apps can be off loaded onto a SD card. That rant alone cost this phone 3/4 of a star in the ratings area for me. The other poor element is the lack of a flash on the camera. That is unacceptable.
I have loaded several 1080p videos from my computer to the device and the picture quality is impressive. Sound Quality for music, video and phone calls is very good over the speaker as well as through the earbuds included. I'm a bit surprised but charging this phone through the included USB to micro USB cable takes FOREVER. The battery life is pretty good though. The screen is sensitive & accurate to touch. The inclusion of Swype and doubletwist with air sync are thoughtful inclusions. After upgrading from a Nexus 1 I think I may actually keep this even though I'm still upset about the lack of internal storage space in the phone. Overall a really good device that could use just a couple of minor tweaks to make it world class.
Pros I can get calls and text.
Cons The battery gets hot for no reason. The apps that I have sometimes show up. When I use them, the apps are slow and stutter. How do you have a camera on a phone with no flash? 4G isn't everywhere so when it's no where I am, I lose out.
Summary T-Mobile blames Samsung and Samsung blames their service. Either way, this phone is a huge disappointment. But since I'm stuck like chuck with it, I'll have to continue to be disappointed. I'm not sure I'll trust the Samsung name again.
Pros Camera settings are amazing. Very clear.
Easy to use, settings speak for itself.
Cons Battery life.
Lags a lot.
Many unnecessary preset programs.
Summary I've had the Samsung Galaxy S 4G for a few months now and I'm not happy with it at all. The first time I got this phone, all of this happened within a week. I returned it and was able to get a replacement phone and the same issues slowly began to come back.Another con is that there's no flash for the camera and when I Skype, the camera seems to think I'm upside down.
I use this phone mostly for wake up alarm, to take pictures, text/email, social sites and games (bus rides can get boring). And I have to charge this phone every night. Long battery life? Only if you don't use it.
At least twice a month, it turns off by itself, which is highly inconvenient if it happens overnight while I'm sleeping (use it for alarm).
It freezes to the point where I have to take the battery out so I can turn it back on. This has happened to me over 7 times since I've had it (3 mo).
It lags when texting or on websites, even if the website has been fully loaded.
Wifi works but have to turn it off and on whenever I want to browse (does not happen with boyfriend's phone so it's not a provider issue -I think).
Many of the programs that come with the phone are unnecessary (to me) and take up memory space that I can use for something else. Would be great if I could delete them without having to jailbreak the phone.
I'm not happy with it and would NOT recommend this phone to anybody.
Updated on Jan 22, 2012
Can't figure out how to fix that.