The Samsung Galaxy S 4G for T-Mobile is what Eric Zeman of PhoneScoop.com calls a "near carbon-copy" of the Samsung Vibrant, yet this slim smartphone offers some worthy improvements. The Galaxy has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, and TouchWiz 3.0 interface as the Vibrant. In addition, the Galaxy S 4G features a front-facing camera, runs Android 2.2 and offers a giant speed boost, thanks to T-Mobile's HSPA+ network -- the T-Mobile equivalent of 4G. Sites "load in a blink," says Zeman, while applications download "in a flash." However, Lendino says he's yet to find a video-calling app for Android that works very well.
The Galaxy S 4G comes loaded with entertainment apps, such as Amazon.com's Kindle for Android and a copy of the movie "Inception," which makes the most of what PC World's Ginny Mies calls a "gorgeous" display. Despite the improvements, Mies says that "other than its 4G-ness, it feels like last year's super phones." With dual-core processors and Android 2.3 available on other smart phones, those who want the "latest, greatest and fastest phones" may find the Galaxy S 4G doesn't measure up, she says. Experts say call quality and reception are good, and in tests battery life is phenomenal. PCMag.com's lab test yields an unprecedented 17 hours of talk time, while CNET gets nine hours -- better than the six and a half hours promised by Samsung.
Top sources, including PC World, PCMag.com and CNET compare the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and the Samsung Vibrant, noting enough differences to put the Galaxy S 4G ahead. PhoneScoop.com and InfoSyncWorld.com also offer solid evaluations.
Praising the Samsung Galaxy S 4G for its "gorgeous" screen and "very fast" data speeds, Jamie Lendino rates the phone a 4 out of 5 stars, though he terms it "only a modest refresh over the Vibrant."
Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile), Jamie Lendino, March 2, 2011
The Galaxy S 4G gets a similar rating at CNET, where Bonnie Cha says 4G is the biggest improvement. She's disappointed that the camera still does not have a flash, though photos and video quality are good.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4G (T-Mobile), Bonnie Cha, Feb. 24, 2011
3. PC World
Ginny Mies provides a thorough review comparing the Samsung Galaxy S 4G with the Samsung Vibrant, its predecessor. The Galaxy S 4G provides improvements over its predecessor, but it "might not cut it" for those looking for the best of the best on the smartphone market, she says.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Ginny Mies, March 1, 2011
Eric M. Zeman draws several similarities between the Vibrant and the Galaxy S 4G, noting that the only major differences noticeable at first glance are the color of the battery cover and the addition of a front-facing camera. Further inspection proves that the Galaxy S 4G does indeed offer faster speeds than the Vibrant.
Review: Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Eric M. Zeman, Feb. 22, 2011
This review also compares the Galaxy S 4G with the Vibrant, noting that not much has changed. Perlman says the camera has been improved, but a flash should have been included.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4G Review, Mike Perlman, Feb. 26, 2011