"What a Let Down!"on by MadJoe
Pros Dual Core, that's it.
Cons Screen size is WAY too big for 800x480 resolution. Chassis is WAY too big to fit comfortably in the hand. T-Mobile & Samsung are great tag-team partners when it comes to dropping support for devices.
Summary The Vibrant, T-Mobile's original Galaxy S, is 4" and has the exact same resolution (800x480, which @ 4" = 233ppi), which means it has a greater pixel density (PPI), and it doesn't have all that sharp of a display. So reducing sharpness by increasing size doesn't make for a good combination. It ends up making the icons look ridiculous on the home screen, since there's so much room between them, not to mention video and photos look pixelated. This phone is the definition of "let down".
Pros Driving Mode is AWESOME!Huge screen, speed, size and weight, usability, camera, video recording, etc. Battery life is also very passable....Did I mention Driving Mode is AMAZING?!
Cons Tmo bloatware, even though I've gotten rid of it, it is a pain in the you know what.
Summary I have had mostly every high-end Tmobile cell phone that's ever been created including the Cliq's, Vibrant, HTC's (from the Amaze down to their very first on Tmo)and there is not a phone even close to the greatness of this phone. I am blown away by the enormous vibrant screen on this beast. I can keep it at 40% and it's still vibrant! I would usually pump up my brightness to 85% minimum as I like brightness, but I don't need to with this beauty, which keeps my battery life averaging around a day (24hrs) with pretty consistent usage which is great for a smartphone. It's blazing fast, record 1080p video that looks stunning and the 8mp camera definitely does the job when you need good pics at a snap. The feature that adorns me the most (if you see my pro's I suppose you can guess lol) is the Driving Mode. I discovered it on a whim while looking for widgets to place on one of my screens. The voice recognition is above average at minimum. I don't have to yell or talk like a robot for it to understand me. I can do anything I want while driving and never have to touch the phone once the app is enabled. Text hands free, make phone calls, get navi directions, dictate a memo, play music...whatever you wanna do it's there for you.
Overall this is a great phone and I can see myself holding on to this for quite a while. Also, ICS is on the Horizon, as it was recently announced in Tmo's blog that the update is already in process to be released within the next month. I had the Vibrant for almost a year (the longest I've had a cell since smartphones came out) and I can see holding on to this for AT LEAST that long!
Pros SO Fast. Everything runs seemlessly. Good audio quality, good audio through speaker phone quality. great camera. and i know you heard of the Super AMOLED Plus screen, but let me tell you, it looks WAY better in person.
Cons maybe Battery Life, but considering its 1850 mAh battery, to the HTC Amaze 1650. ill take it. will usually last me a day because i am constantly using it.
SummaryHonestly, I LOVE this phone. the BIG screen is so useful for browsing the web, and also apps. I use the Draw Something app alot, and the big screen is very useful when i draw on it. I love the user interface for it as well, i was able to take out "contacts" on the dock and put in voice talk. Ive also used the GPS system in my car and it works smooth and flawlessly. Truly amazed.
Updated on Apr 5, 2012
Now i have the best phone of anyone i know. And this is coming from someone who had a 2 year old, Samsung Behold LOL.
I love that i have the T Mobile version because its better than the other carriers, and aesthetically pleasing as well, the others look too square
Pros Beautiful big screen, front and rear cameras. Runs android.
Cons Price. Poor voice command recognition. Confusing music player. Kinda big.
Summary I may be the only one out there who doesn't want an iphone. But if you are techy like me, you will appreciate the openness of android. As a college student, my life is on my phone (and I'm not just talking social, all the homework is online now). So having a big screen that I can read PDFs and open Google docs with is fantastic. The size could be a major turn off for some people, but I think the pros majorly outweigh the cons. I upgraded from a Motorola Cliq XT and all of Motorola's false promises of software upgrades. I'm never going back. Starting off it was a little bit complicated, because it didn't particularly love my old micro SD card, but once I had time to sit down and reformat it it has since all worked beautifully. Call quality has been as good, if not better, than any of my previous phones. Great apps and widgets. Sticky notes and agendas really help me out, not to mention a proper google search bar on my home screen. The price at the moment is a bit of a killer, but I got it at Costco and got a pretty good deal on it. I've had it for a few months now and love it, even though the name of the cellphone game is that the moment you buy it it's outdated. The wifi calling capabilities are also handy. It can switch over for when your signal isn't that great (say at the dorm) and use the wifi. Though the 4g is a plus.
Pros LARGE screen, fast 4g, WiFi calling, android apps, decent memory.
Cons Battery life if you leave WiFi on all the time like I do.
Summary Been using the phone for 3 mo and still finding new things to do with it. It does so much that a plane old phone doesn't.