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Samsung Infuse 4G

*Est. $50 with contract
Reviewed
February 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Massive yet thin, the Infuse 4G looks good, but lacks real 4G speed

Pros
  • Large, colorful screen
  • Thin and light despite large size
  • Good camera
  • Good call quality
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Slow 4G data speeds
  • Outdated processor
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Skeptical of its large size at first, experts are pleased to find that the massive Samsung Infuse 4G with its 4.5-inch touch screen is actually light and rather thin. "As sizable face-on as it is slender from the side," Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear.com describes it. The Infuse 4G sports a giant Super AMOLED Plus screen with better outdoor visibility and higher contrast than previous generations. The resolution remains the same, causing some experts to report pixilation in text. Yet all agree it performs well with multimedia, displaying "deep blacks, searing whites, and infinite viewing angles," according to Tim Stevens of Engadget.com.

Compared to the Droid Charge (*Est. $150 with contract), the Infuse 4G's design is "far more chiseled and free of excess anything," says Stevens. "It's definitely been hitting the gym." The slimmed-down body packs a 1.2 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. In terms of hardware, the Infuse falls between the Samsung Captivate (*Est. $0.01 with contract) and the Galaxy S II, also known as the Epic 4G (*Est. $100 with contract) says Todd Haselton of BGR.com. It lacks a dual-core processor, but experts say it's still speedy during daily use. The Infuse comes with Android 2.2 and Samsung's TouchWiz interface, which looks a bit too cartoony for some but overall proves responsive and easy to navigate.

Camera impresses, while 4G falls flat

Its vibrant screen makes the Infuse 4G a good multimedia smartphone. Experts say it leaves plenty of room for typing, scrolling and browsing the web. The Infuse comes with an 8-megapixel camera that creates excellent shots for most reviewers, though Armando Rodriguez of PC World and CNET's Bonnie Cha complain of a slight pinkish-red overcast in indoor shots. Call quality is good, though some reviewers wish the volume were louder.

The biggest disappointment with the Infuse smartphone comes with its 4G speeds. Speeds average 3.07 Mbps down and 0.11 Mbps up for Todd Haselton at BGR.com. "That's a solid 3G download speed, but overall the throughput is pathetic for anything with a 4G moniker," Haselton says. For those who don't care about AT&T's slower 4G, web browsing is still fast and the Infuse offers decent download times. Overall experts rank the Infuse as one of the top AT&T smartphones. "Obviously, its large size will mean it won't appeal to everybody," says Cha, "but if you're OK with that, you'll get a beautiful screen for browsing the Web and watching video, good performance, and decent battery life."

AndroidCentral.com offers the most thorough review of the Samsung Infuse 4G, while SlashGear.com provides the most test results and data. CNET and PC World test call quality, battery life and data speeds while comparing the Infuse 4G to other popular 4G smartphones. Engadget.com takes a detailed look at data speeds, while BGR.com gives a thorough overview of the Infuse with plenty of images.

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Samsung Infuse 4G Android Phone (AT&T)

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Our Sources

1. AndroidCentral.com

"It's big, it's bold, it's thin, it's fast and has one hell of a camera," Phil Nickinson says of the Infuse 4G smartphone, noting that it has quickly become "the best AT&T has to offer."

Review: Samsung Infuse 4G Review, Phil Nickinson, May 14, 2011

2. SlashGear.com

Citing the Infuse 4G's "solid battery life" and "amazing" display as positive points, Vincent Nguyen says the smartphone "deserves to be a big seller" though customers should consider the size and slower 4G speeds before buying.

Review: Infuse 4G Review, Vincent Nguyen, May 18, 2011

3. CNET

Giving the Samsung Infuse 4G 4 out of 5 stars, Bonnie Cha notes that while the slower 4G speeds and the smartphone's large size can be a turnoff for some, it's still "very much a solid Android smartphone."

Review: Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T), Bonnie Cha, May 12, 2011

4. PC World

Armando Rodriguez says the Infuse 4G smartphone has "exceptional" multimedia capabilities and a nice screen, but that text and images are "jagged." He rates it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Review: Samsung Infuse 4G Review, Armando Rodriguez, May 10, 2011

5. Engadget.com

Calling the Infuse 4G "another solid offering from Samsung," Tim Stevens of Engadget.com notes that while the smartphone doesn't have the "blistering" processor speeds of the Motorola Atrix 4G, it makes up for it with its display and battery life.

Review: Samsung Infuse 4G Review, Tim Stevens, May 13, 2011

6. BGR.com

Unimpressed by its 4G data speeds, Todd Haselton does find the Infuse 4G's screen "incredible" and appreciates the solid battery life. "It's not the 4G phone you've been waiting for," says Haselton, "but it's still a solid device."

Review: Samsung Infuse 4G Review, Todd Haselton, May 11, 2011

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