Pros -4 inch Super AMOLED
-1 ghz Hummingbird processor
-sweet 720p video capture
-ability to customize endlessly with Android
-battery life is great, considering the wealth of features
Cons -lack of dedicated ringer off-switch
-feels so light you think it will shatter if you drop it.
Summary I rushed out and bought this the day it came out. As a long-suffering T-Mobile customer, I was so glad we finally got the option of having a truly top-of-the-line smartphone (with apologies to my Cliq, which served me pretty well). The display is brilliant, the phone is extremely responsive. One area of this review that I completely disagree with is the rather cavalier dismissal of the Vibrant's camera and video capabilities. The 5 megapixel camera is simply stunning. I don't know where they tested the camera out, but it totally impressed me, especially considering the included editing options. The 720p video capture is especially useful for me. And by the way, a flash is definitely NOT needed on this thing. The camera is so great in varying light levels (so far, I've tested it in my office which is bright with lots of sunlight, and two bars which were fairly low-lit; all sets of pics came out sharp and clear). I probably don't need to say anything more about Android 2.1; if you already love Android, there's more of it to love here. If you're on the fence between IOS and Android, then 2.1 may push you over to the Droid side. The battery life is actually pretty amazing considering the sheer number of features that this phone has. I've only had to charge it once since buying it Thursday.
The two (possibly three) cons I had were somewhat minor. I do miss having the ringer off-switch that my Cliq had (that thing was awfully convenient). And yes, the phone feels extremely light to me (at least compared to the Cliq, which could probably go through a plate-glass window), but that's easily countered by getting a gel case, which you should be getting for a phone like this anyway. The potential third con is that I did notice the signal strength was misrepresented (lost 2-3 bars) a few times when I would hold the phone (not tightly, and before I bought the gel case). Lest you think i have the iPhone-mania, let me say that the Vibrant has not dropped a call for me yet, not even when I went into the elevator of my apartment building, something I can't say about any other phone I've had. So, unlike Apple's flimsy excuse for the iPhone's woes, this truly does appear to be a software issue which can be remedied with a quick update in the future.
Samsung really knocked it out of the park with this one. The Vibrant is great, and I would recommend it to anybody.
Pros BEAUTIFUL display, very fast with no lag, SWYPE, loud speaker, great camera with touch subject to focus, HD video, 16GB internal memory, Android, best web browsing to date, multi-touch flawless, Avatar, Sims 3, GPS Navigation, and more!
Cons no camera flash (but you don't need one since the camera is good already), no front -facing camera (neither of which are big deals); also if you are on it all the time like me then the battery life is not the longest, but still long enough
Summary Before I bought this phone, I had a simple, no data, no touch phone. All my friends have iPhones, so I use them or my iPod Touch on WiFi when I need connectivity. I'm extremely picky with spending money, so if I'm going to spend the money on something like a data phone, then it better do exactly what I want it to. Even though I think iPhones are overrated, I'm very fond of their ease of use and overall "wholesomeness." In addition, I have tested some Android phones before but they all felt so...incomplete? I'm not sure what the right word is, but all the Android phones I have previously tried have felt inferior to the wholesome design and usability of the iPhone. They just didn't "wow" me.I forgot to mention that it's scratch proof! Check out this Korean video (fast forward to about 40 seconds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xASJobjD68&feature=player_embedded#!
Now comes the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. I spent a week doing research and talking to people, including my unbiased friend who works as a third party technician doing service for both T-Mobile and AT&T. The end result: I decided to try the SGS.
From the time I walked into the T-Mobile store and picked up the floor model, I have been "wowed." The ultra AMOLED display is gorgeous. Some of you may be aware that Samsung manufactures various parts for many other companies, including Apple. In fact, Apple wanted to purchase the SGS display for the new iPhone 4, but Samsung turned them down.
And you won't just get this awesome display, because on the Vibrant you are also getting Avatar as a wonderful way to show it off to all your friends. :) To put the awesomeness of an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display in perspective for you, Sony released the first ever OLED television recently, and even though it is only 11", it costs $2500 dollars! With this phone, you are getting not just OLED, but ultra AMOLED (advanced matrix OLED) on a 4" display for only $199 with a contract! I can't stress this enough. Not to mention, on all Apple products I have had problems playing videos that are in various formats that I've downloaded from the internet. But the SGS will display any video format just fine. And you don't even need special software or Apps to do it. If you have lots of videos on your computer, then just add any file to your phone via MicroUSB, Bluetooth, or even the wireless server connectivity App that's already included, and then you can play any file right on your device in HD quality.
Ok enough about the screen, but I just love it, and you will too.
As for the GPS, It works better than my mom's Garmin in her car, with the added benefit of adding apps that can do just about anything. It comes pre-installed with something called Telenav GPS, but that's just a trial for something you have to pay for. Don't bother with that since the Google Maps App that it also comes with can already do turn by turn navigation. I can literally press on the Google voice search button on my home screen and say "Navigate to Starbucks" and it will proceed to navigate me to the nearest Starbucks. Very easy. As for the other GPS apps, I added one that will track and record my position, speed, elevation, etc, to Google My Maps. Sure, using GPS all the time drains the battery faster, but you still have plenty of battery time. For example, yesterday I went on a boat trip to an island and I wanted to see exactly where we were headed, so I turned on My Tracks, and recorded my position for 6 hours! All while I used Facebook, and took pictures and HD video. The battery made it through the whole thing!
Another cool GPS App is called Layar, which puts a "filter" on reality so when you look around, you can see new things. For example, the website allmenus.com made a Layar filter where you can look around and see restaurants in real space around you, and you can just click on them to see their menus! It's just like X-ray vision! lol. If you don't like the real space look, you can switch to map view. Other filters include WIkipedia articles, and YouTube videos that are from around you.
Another worry of many is that web browsing will lack compared to the smooth and intuitive design of the iPhone. Well worry no more because it's better. You can use multi-touch for zooming or just double tap. And some people had problems with getting the text to reformat to the screen when zooming but that's because they're doing it wrong. If you simply multi-touch zoom and then double tap, the text will automatically reformat to fit your screen! And there's no prob displaying flash or other media. Plus the pages load so much faster than on the iPhone!
For music, you can buy any song from the Amazon music store or get one of those apps that let you download for free. Or you can use a radio app like Pandora or Slacker, which will even let you cache the stations to listen when you have no connection.
All in all, I am so happy with my SGS and it definitely beats the iPhone. And with unlimited data from T-Mobile and unbeatable customer service, you can't go wrong! (And if you have the free Google Voice like me, then you can have unlimited minutes and texting too!)
Updated on Jul 20, 2010
Pros Enterprise e-mail are awesome:
E-mails are super clear to read
Outlook folders are easy to reach
Calender Support is GREAT! Has full details on events including those are attending, if they accepted and associated e-mails.
Cons None so far
Summary Great phone. I am very happy. I am loyal android fan, but was very unhappy with my Moto Cliq. This phone has a beautiful screen and the HD movies look incredible. It has enterprise features that I really missed from my blackberry and have not seen on other android phones. It looks a lot like an iphone on the exterior (is this a con, maybe?), but don't be fooled it is totally android with some of the best features I've seen so far. Oh and the phone is super fast! I love it.
Pros Screen, user friendly, features, speed, non physical keyboard easy to get used to.
Cons Almost none, just wished it felt a little more sturdy.
Summary Great phone, been wanting an IPhone forever. My contract just ended with T-Mobile, and when this was released, nothing but problems with the IPhone4, I was ready to sign up. Love the phone and the service from T-Mobile. Again the only complaint is wish it felt a little more solid. You can't fault a phone for being light, but you will understand when you pick it up. Already ordered a screen protector, and going to get a gel protector for phone. Worth a look and purchase IMHO if you are looking for a new smartphone. Also you can laugh at your friends when they drop calls on there IPhone.
Pros Screen, features, social, speed, thin, faster and smoother than others out there right now. Fast internet speeds, all around great looking phone. Better than all the other versions from the other carriers.
Cons No flash on the camera.
Summary This phone is great. In no way does it look or feel like the iphone. Its more than just a bunch of icons, and can be customized the way you want it to be. I hear people complaining about it no having a front facing camera, but most won't even use that feature. Anyway, go get this phone...its on the fastest network, and its the best one of them all. Puts other phones like the over rated iphone, and evo to rest in a lot of areas.