"Goodbye Iphone"on by pirateaye1
Pros Beautiful screen, lightning fast, many free useful Android applications, could transfer iTunes library and mac's address book, much better than my old Iphone 3GS
Cons Need better support on how to transfer contacts list and music from Mac. Quite simple in the end once you know how. Headphones not as good as IPhone
Summary My Iphone 3GS died from salt water in our last vacation. Surprising how quickly it corroded and died. Could not upgrade until February, and given the iPhone 4 antenna issues and disappointing initial cover up, decided to look elsewhere. Was quite hesitant to change to T-mobile after having had a good experience with AT&T. So far I am happy that I did. The Vibrant exceeded my expectations and my experience with it thus far has been much better than with the iPhone.
I had invested to some degree in Apple apps and music, and felt I was going to throw some money out the window by changing. Regarding the iTunes library, all you need is Salling Media Sync http://www.salling.com/MediaSync/Mac/ and install it in your Mac. It's free unless you want the faster version. Once the client is running, the tricky part is figuring out that you need to go to the phone Settings -> Applications -> Development -> and check USB debugging Connect the USB cable to the phone and pull down the upper gray status bar and click USB connected, then click mount. Then go to the Salling program and follow the instructions. Note that two drives will be mounted. You want to install your info in the larger drive which corresponds to the external card and not the internal memory.
Transferring the contacts from the Mac was easier than I thought. Just highlight all and export them as a group vCard from the File menu in the address book in your Mac. Log to your Gmail account in the internet, and import the vCards. Next time the phone syncs with Gmail your contacts will be imported.
The phone is lightweight making the Iphone feel like a brick. The display is beautiful and the Wallpaper feature is impressive. As far as the headphones go, make sure you push them all the way in (there is some resistance at first). You can use your iPhone headphones with the buttons which personally sound better than the included ones.
Tmobile has a better download speed than the 4G Sprint according to many. At the Central West End in St. Louis I have had from 1200 to 3200 kbits/second which is decent considering I got form 3000 to 5800 Kbits/second with the WiFi. So far no issues with dropped calls or poor signal.
I paid the phone in full which in the long run is cheaper and I don't have to be locked in for a contract. The staff at Tmobile although they try to be helpful, are not prepared to handle an iPhone user converting to the Samsung Vibrant, or know what an iPhone user needs to know to feel comfortable with the transition. One Tmobile salesperson actually owned an iPhone which blew my mind.
For the first time I feel a smart phone has reached a level that I feel very happy.
Guess what, no more blue squares where Flash is supposed to play!!!
Many of the hardware complaints people have had for the iPhone like lack external memory, exchangeable battery, and so-so external speakers are not issues for the Vibrant. I can even imagine they will start selling custom shells for the phone as these are easily removable and they even include an extra one.
The Avatar movie was a great addition.
Unless you depend on an essential app only available for the Iphone, don't be afraid to try something new. You'll be happy you did.
Pros 1.BIG BRIGHT AWESOME SCREEN
2.light( people think this is a con, why???, just b/c its heavy doesnt mean it's a better build. If it was heavy that would be a con???
3.stupid fast( no lag at all)
Cons flash and front facing camera but I wouldn't use either one much.
no indicator led you have to unlock the screen to see if you have a message or missed call.
Summary Picked this phone up as soon as tmobile opened release day.I love it, big upgrade from my trusty g1.The store i picked it up from was across from a verizon store and they had a huge line, I walked right in and picked mine up.I was glad tmobile and samsung aren't advertising like crazy as motorola was for the droid x, saved me some time in line.I don't think they'll need the ads these phones will sell themselves by word of mouth. I'm very intrested in seeing the battery test i've been playing with mine(e-mail, movies, sims 3, and showing it off to everyone and only have to charge it a night.
Pros The SWYPE technology for the touch keypad is a big plus! At first I was hesitant about getting a cell phone without a physical keypad, but was surprised how easy, and fast, it was to use this technology to text with (I have big fingers too!)
Cons The battery life does suffer a bit from the default apps loaded with it, but I found that you can replace most, if not all of these apps with replacements on the Android market.
There can be conflicts with the wireless and the cellular data service.
Summary If you`re a regular Android user looking for a better smart phone from T-Mobile, this is it! I consider myself as a "power cell phone user" and customized the phone in only 2 days! Call quality is excellent! The smart phone is as big as the HTC HD2, but it is so thin that, once in your hand, it doesn`t seem that big. It is very snappy and responsive! Customizing this phone was allot of fun and I am pleased with it`s performance. There are many apps that can be bought on the Android market (and free ones too) that really make this phone stand out. My personal opinion about this phone is this: this is a smart phone for smart people, not a smart phone for dumb people who use the Iphone!
Pros TouchWiz 3.0
16GB of onboard memory
Speakerphone is very clear
Reception is good
Cons Bars seem to be improperly designed, shows 0 bars often when it shouldn't.
Summary I love this phone.
There isn't anything I need to say about it that hasn't already been said BUT, the phone does show zero bars often even though I have no problems holding calls, making calls, or surfing the internet so.. hopefully Samsung will push an update out to us so we can get this MINOR problem squared away.
Pros The Big Beautiful Screen, The Really(x2) Fast Processor, Free Movie(Avatar No less), and a entire 16 GB of internal memory.
Cons The Big Beatiful Screen(Drains the Battery(A LOT)), the battery life, it doesn't feel like it could survive a drop(without a case that is), plus it 's a little on the bigger side, and no flash on the camera
Summary The Vibrant is a amazing phone with a amazing processor and a sexy design plus its on T-Mobile amazing network, but...... the screen really takes it toll on a already somewhat meager battery life, while i dont care it's plasticky(like Bonnie said) as long as it's sturdy but this phone ISN'T sturdy and i have almost no doubt that this phone wouldn't survive a drop like some of the other plasticky phones out there(like my HTC Pure) but if you are going to buy this phone then you should but a case so that con is easily resolved, and theres not flash so if you wanted to take a picture in a low light situation then your up a creek without a paddle, the most noticeable cons are the sucky battery life and the no flash other than this phone is great4 words of up for this phone: FASCINATING VIBRANT EPICLY CAPTIVATES
Updated on Nov 29, 2010