Pros 1. Phone is lightning fast
2. Screen is incredibly crisp, bright, and vibrant
3. Android 2.2 is pretty fantastic
4. camera is very nice, 8MP 4x zoom + LED flash
5. Amazing speaker, sound quality
6. Thin & Light
Cons 1. The phone is a bit slippery
2. HDMI adapter needs to be powered through the USB cord
3. WiFi slow to detect new networks
Summary During my research I found mostly positive reviews for the Infuse. The few user complaints I came across tended to be related to the large screen size (too big?), thin profile (fragile?), and light weight (toy like?). I too was concerned that it would be a little too large to be easily pocketable. After about a week with the device I can say that this device fits in pocket very well. It is so thin and light that most of the time I don't even notice that I have something in my pocket. I was considering a belt clip case for the phone, but probably won't get one for now.
There are several different facets that could be reviewed with this phone. Here are some of the most important for me.
Simple gorgeous. Makes even high end computer screens look bad. I had high expectations here, and they were exceeded handily. The screen has a resolution of a little over 200 pixels per inch - which is nearly three times as dense as most computer screens. It's incredibly crisp, bright, and vibrant. There is no color distortion at any viewing angle. The glass is well coated and although glossy, doesn't appear to suffer from excessive glare. The screen on my Android Tablet (Asus Transformer) is much more difficult to see in bright rooms.
--BUILD AND FORM FACTOR--
Dimensions: 2.7" wide, 5.1" high, 0.35" thick
I was concerned it was going to be too big, but I haven't found this to be the case. It fits into my pocket with ease and so far seems to resist scratches well. I've even dropped it already and the phone suffered no ill effects (not even a scratch). The back cover is a thin textured plastic piece that looks great and gives it a high end feel. The sides are a glossy black plastic and while it looks very nice, can sometimes make it tricky to hold onto. I don't plan on getting a case for the phone, but if I find myself dropping it often, then I'll look into it.
--RECEPTION AND CALL QUALITY--
In short, better than any other phone I've ever owned. I'm coming from a Samsung Impression (semi-smart phone), and the sound quality of the infuse is head and shoulders above it. Callers voices are clearer than I've ever heard from a cell phone before. This was an unexpected surprise. Reception also seems to be better than that of most other phones. I get abysmal phone reception in my apartment. Most people have to go outside to get a decent phone call. I can now move further away from the front of my apartment than I could before while still getting good reception. It doesn't sound like much, but for those who don't get great reception in their area, it could be very valuable.
This is a fast phone. I was concerned about "only" having a single core processor and "only" having 512MB of RAM, but again these concerns have been unfounded. Responsiveness of the phone is quite good and it almost never lags (slows down slightly when installing apps). The keyboard can actually keep up with my fast typing, and the swiping of screens and pushing of icons happens quickly. This phone installs and runs apps noticeably faster than my Asus Transformer, which is impressive given the huge size differential. I have zero remorse for passing up the faster Galaxy 2 for this phone.
--CAMERA AND SPEAKERS--
I won't mince words, the speakers are awful. Don't even attempt to listen to music with the built in speakers because it won't do it justice. A far better option for any type of multimedia is plugging the included headphones into the jack on the top of the phone. This gives vastly improved sound instantly.
The camera feature is a mixed bag. The sensor seems to be quite good for a camera phone, however it's hobbled by the interface. There is no dedicated shutter button, but there is a basic mix of camera controls in the included software. Image quality is good for a phone, but point-and-shoots are still better in every way. For most casual users, this camera phone will probably take the place of their point and shoot.
It comes with Android 2.2 installed and it's pretty fantastic. I have Android 3.1 on my tablet and while "3.1" sounds a lot better than "2.2", the 2.2 on the Infuse does everything I could want and then some. For 99% of the population, you could leave 2.2 on this phone and be happy for the life of the phone.
AT&T has installed a handful of branded apps which can't be removed without rooting the phone. Most are fairly unintrusive, so there is no great harm in leaving them. Most of these apps are geared towards getting you to spend more money on subscription services to AT&T when in reality you can probably find free apps to do the exact same thing. You can use "Superoneclick" and "Titanium Backup" (both free) to quickly and safely remove these apps if you are so inclined.
Aside from the handful of AT&T apps, the phone is set up very well with a couple dozen of basic, but very useful apps. Being Android, there is obviously a TON of customization here, but right off the bat you get the most basic apps to do what most people need to do. Emailing and texting are excellent on this phone straight out of the box.
--BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING--
Again here, better than expected. I read horror stories about terrible battery life with this phone (granted these reviews are from mid 2011), but I just haven't experienced it. I typically get a full day (14 hours) out of the phone with moderate usage while only running the battery down to 30% or so late at night. While I definitely expect to have to charge the phone every day, as of now I never worry about making it through the day without charging. You can install various battery saver apps (I use Battery Dr Saver) which will extend life further.
Charging is done via a standard micro-USB cable and plugs up into any USB port. Charging isn't particularly quick, so you'll probably have to leave it overnight to charge it completely when it runs low.
So far I'm delighted with the phone. I've found the hardware to be exceptional and the software platform to be reliable and extremely useful and innovative. The somewhat largish screen on this phone just makes the software that much more usable. It performs basic phone functions flawlessly and handles moderately complex multimedia without a hiccup. While this phone is technically a step down from the Galaxy 2, it doesn't feel like a compromise phone at all. Given the exceptional price under contract, this phone is a no brainer for those looking for an upgrade.
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Pros + Extremely thin
+ Phone is lightning fast
+ LCD screen is gorgeous and very bright
+ The camera is very nice. It has an 8 megapixel 4x zoom + LED flash
+ The video camera take beautiful recordings at 720p
Cons - No have for cons
Summary So I got my new phone yesterday from amazon. I decided to go with the Samsung Infuse 4G just to try something different.Edit Broken Link:
Out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is the size of the phone itself. It's pretty big lengthwise (4.5 in screen) yet extremely thin, but still fits comfortably in my hand (I have huge hands). When I picked the phone up, I was in a state of disbelief at how light it is. It's really unbelievable how little the thing weighs. Overall the phone has a nice texture and looks rather professional. The glass on the front is made with corning gorilla glass, and looks gorgeous.
The phone is lightning fast, especially compared to my iphone 3Gs. Everything loads instantly, whether it be applications or zipping through the menus. I am thoroughly impressed with the phone's speed. I'm new to android, and navigating the phone was very easy. It comes preinstalled with 2.2 (FROYO).
The LCD screen is gorgeous (as are most samsung displays) and very bright. Even the lowest brightness setting is almost painful to look at in the dark for a long time.
The camera is very nice. It has an 8 megapixel 4x zoom + LED flash, and takes great pictures. The video camera take beautiful recordings at 720p. There are some settings you can fool around with that you normally wouldn't see on a phone, which is nice. I'll upload some pictures to give an example.
One of the cooler apps I installed and had time to fool around with was the N64 emulator, and to my suprise it ran flawlessly, no stuttering or anything. I played mario 64, and got the first star. I think this is a testament to the power and capabilities of the phone.
I love the phone so far, way better than my old IPhone. Definitely pick this up if you're in the market for a new AT&T phone. For the $150 price tag, I couldn't be happier.
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Updated on Sep 27, 2011
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Pros - Battery life
- Screen - big and bright
- Hardware - Internal Storage and Processor
- Design - light and thin
Cons - Fewer widgets than HTC Sense
- AT&T - it really isn't a 4g phone in any sense of the term because AT&T's network prevents you from taking advantage of the phone's full potential
- "Outdated" - TouchWiz 3.0, Android 2.2
- Bugs during the first co
Summary As per usual, I completely disagree with CNET's conclusions. Let's take a loot at their two major complaints -
1. AT&T's data speeds
2. "Pixelated" screen
Allow me to answer for both -
1. Yes, AT&T is the worst carrier when it comes to 4g. I'm getting nowhere near what they claim I should be getting, and I live in a city. Not a metropolis, but a small city, nonetheless.
2. Their second complaint just isn't true. You will see pixelated text if it gets down to maybe size 6 font and you try to zoom it. Otherwise, you won't notice any pixelation.
Now, allow me to elaborate on some of the finer points.
I've read many reviews which criticize the battery life on this phone. Either these people have never used a smartphone before, or they didn't take care of the battery by draining it to zero at least once before charging it up, because the phone does a great job. It comes with a Task Manager pre-installed, and it does a great job closing most apps on its own. Considering the size of the screen, with moderate use (an hour of playing music through the speaker, five to ten minutes of talking, texting throughout the day, occasional web browsing, half an hour of reading an e-book, all per day), I can get 1.5-2 days out of the battery. The one complaint I have is that it takes a long time to bring that up to charge. Turned off, it takes about 3 hours to go from 0-100%, and turned on, about 4. It's not the end of the world, but is certainly something to take into consideration.
The most impressive thing about the phone is, undoubtedly, the screen. I came from an HTC Aria, one of the smallest devices out there, to this behemoth, and the difference is incredible, especially in typing. On the Aria, I basically had to live by autocorrect, but now it is far much less so. Additionally, the default Android keyboard is very user-friendly. The screen is clearly visible when turned up all the way in direct sunlight, and the phone comes with the option of automatically adjusting the brightness based on your surroundings. Most of the time, I use this feature.
The phone is, naturally, very snappy. It can multitask extremely well, and plays high quality videos without a single hiccup. A nice added bonus is the 13 GB of internal storage, a far cry from the roughly 2.5 GB TOTAL (SD card included) on the Aria (granted, they're two very different phones, but it's the only reference point I have). It also comes with a 2 GB SD card, so you have plenty of room for apps, music, and videos. Speaking of videos, the MediaHub credit is useful, but buys you very little. The only real "bargains" are video rentals, and those range from $2-5 for 24 hours, depending on the movie. Movie purchases are as much as $18. So, they give you $25, but it's deceptive in that it buys you very little. I'll certainly use the credit, but I don't think I'll be using MediaHub once I've spent that.
Kudos to Samsung on the design. While the screen could have warranted a kickstand for watching videos, it likely keeps it out in order to maintain its incredibly slim profile. In fact, the phone doesn't really feel that big, because although it is wide and tall, it's also very thin and light, something you will likely have to experience in person to fully appreciate. As for the style, you can just look at the video and see for yourself.
Now, I realize that there have been complains about the OS, in that it has neither TouchWiz 4.0 nor Android 2.3. However, as I saw with the upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2 on my Aria, the reality is that there's very little difference between each small update. The lack of TouchWiz 4.0 bothers me more than the lack of Android 2.3, and hopefully we'll see an update soon (though I won't hold my breath). Regardless, it really wasn't a deal breaker for me.
I did have some problems with bugs during the first couple of days. The phone simply froze up on me a couple of times, and I also had difficulty getting the Media Scanner to scan and locate the SD card that I had swapped from my old phone to this one. In the end, I just used my computed, moving the files from the old card onto the phone, and using the SD card that came with the phone, and the problem went away (perhaps a newer generation SD card, I don't know enough to give an adequate explanation, myself). Additionally, within the first few days, I had trouble with the phone locking up, especially when using the music player. I changed music players, and started using SongBird (I made the switch because there doesn't seem to be shuffle on the stock player, and that's a feature I enjoy using). After starting with SongBird and getting my music library perfectly synced, those bugs also went away. One thing that you should note, though, is that the screen might react to stray hairs, smudges, etc on the screen. If the phone suddenly starts jumping around or hitting random buttons, turn the screen off and clean it. It should be fine.
In conclusion, this is most certainly the best phone in Android's lineup. It beats the pants off of the iPhone (which I've also had the "pleasure" of experiencing before), and certainly makes up for the lack of dual core with its screen and OS, pushing it ahead of the Atrix.
Pros -Large Screen
-Very Fast Response
-Screen looks amazing
-Very thin and extremely light
-Chicago's 4G is pretty good
Cons -With a case it makes the phone almost as large as an Iphone in an otterbox
-Coming from an Iphone, Droid UI is hard to get used to
Summary I've had this phone since sunday afternoon and so far it has been amazing. Battery life so far is quite good, went a solid 8 hours of semi-active use and the phone got to around 65%. Haven't made any phone calls yet so I can't comment on the call quality.
For people that are used to an Iphone, getting used to Droid is quite difficult in my opinion. How certain things function is very different, but it is growing on me.
Although it is not a duel core, you honestly wouldn't notice. The phone is quick as hell. Apps pop up fast, close quickly, I've even had tons of Apps running without it slowing down.
Now for the 4G. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, and the 4G is superb. Their advertised 4G speeds of 6Mbps download are true by my house. When running speedtest I got 5.6Mbps download and 1.3Mbps upload, which is around the same speeds I get from Uverse. So I am definitely impressed with their 4G performance so far. I do however know that as soon as I leave the Chicago area I will probably lose these speeds but I'm impressed either way.
In conclusion, for being my first Droid phone it definitely is different from my old Iphone. The Iphone did have certain things that made it better. However, I am certain that given time, I will love this phone more than I did my Iphone and it really will help remove all the smack talking against AT&T and having a solid Droid line.
Pros A-) 8 megapixel camera takes superb pictures
B-) Battery is able to last a full day (which is why I choose this instead of a dual core Android phone)
C-) Screen is huge but manageable. Due to its screen size your able to take more pleasure in surfing web
Cons A-) I'm still stuck with Android 2.2. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) would of been highly welcomed.
B-) TouchWiz 4.0 is not included, although TouchWiz 3.0 does its job.
C-) Resolution could of gone up a bit. Icons are just to big.
D-) Data services are faster
Summary Well Samsung has finally rised and is offering a product worth buying. I sold my iphone 4 to get this phone (before the resale value goes down) and I must say I dont regret doing so. This phone has a screen to die for and a camera that outshines that of the competition. Now I finally have a device where surfing the web is done without constraints. Don't get me wrong, the Iphone is a good phone but the limits of its screen size takes away some of the joy of surfing the web.
I dont care so much about the lost of apps. Instead of using apps now i can just surf the web. Regardless, most everyday used apps found in the App store are found in Android, its the games that are slow to reach the Android community.
Many complain that this phone doesn't have a dual core processor but from my understanding these devices (dual cores) are battery hogs. The Infuse has a 1.2 ghz single core processor and it is this that allows it to be able to operate a full day (we can thank the bigger battery as well). Overall the phone is fast and I have yet to run into any hiccups with it.
The one thing I do wish for is "Gingerbread". Samsung has this Android OS update available for its European market so why leave us out? I know its all part of the market play and Im betting At&T has more fault in this than Samsung but Jesus give us a product with the latest update from the start. Android 2.2 holds its ground though and Samsung did include some Gingerbread features in this phone so no hard feelings (for now).
Excellent buy, no regrets and It stands out.