"Fast powerful amazing phone."4.5 starson by indiantechie
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.