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Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on
For a good while now, if you wanted to find mainly mid-range Android handsets, then you'd only need to look closely at AT&T's offerings. Their lineup is filled to the top with less impressive Android smartphones, which don't necessarily tickle your fancy in ways that other devices, like the HTC EVO 4G or Motorola DROID X, have accomplished over at their respective carriers. However, that's all looking to change as AT&T customers are in for a special surprise with the Samsung Infuse 4G that came out of left field to surprise many out of their seats.

We know what you're thinking, that “4G” tucked to its name might imply as being a potential LTE handset, but instead, it will simply offer nothing more than HSPA+ connectivity. Despite that, we managed to get a decent look at this upcoming device that's sure to cause some stir over at AT&T's lineup, since it's one of the few devices to stand out from their existing crop.

We're especially surprised to find it looking ever so streamlined and thin, but even more when you consider that it boasts a number-crunching 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 450 x 800 pixels. Needless to say that it radiates all of the magnificent qualities we find with other Super AMOLED panels, but the Plus in its name provides for better viewing angles, 50 percent higher sub-pixel count, which was the main drawback of the first generation Super AMOLED, and improved brightness, so it's easier to view outdoors.

Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on
Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on
Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on

Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on
Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on
Samsung Infuse 4G Hands-on


Even though we still can't take our eyes off its slim form, it manages to pack some improved hardware over its other Galaxy S siblings – such as a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front facing one. Looking past its respectable specs, it's currently offering the TouchWiz interface running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo.

We are sure that people are probably contemplating already on when this high-end handset will be getting its Gingerbread treatment. Nevertheless, for AT&T customers, it's surely going to be a win-win situation, since the Samsung Infuse 4G is undeniably a handset that's worth saving for.

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posted on 06 Jan 2011, 12:11

1. henry1086 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 May 2010)


so att is putting more data intensive devices on their crappy network... o boy... I would never be caught dead on their network at least in my area. They might be better somewhere else but that's pretty hard to believe.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 16:47

7. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


We have spent the last year and a half at least remedying the "crappy network" thanx to the iToy. it isn't nearly as bad as it was. I was just in a manhole at work today, (underground) and to of my workmates have different carriers, one sprint, and the other, I'm not sure what he has. I just know it wasn't ours (AT&T). Nobody's phone worked but mine.

True story.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 12:31

2. forsaken77 (unregistered)


AT&T isn't bad by me... Long Island, NY. Actually the data speeds I get are by far much faster than all of my friends with numerous carriers. The problem I have with this phone is that I have the Samsung Captivate Galaxy S phone and it STILL hasn't gotten its' Android 2.2 update!!! It was supposed to be updated in September. Another thing is this thing is 4.5 inches??!!! That's bigger than the Evo! Do these companies really think we want to hold a laptop up to our ears to make a call? They're forgetting these are still phones first and foremost. 4 inches tops for me.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 14:59

20. eewhiz (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Jun 2010)


It's all about choice, if you think its too big stay with the Captivate (or its replacement). Or go with the HTC Aria...Sammy also came out with a new phone with a 3.5" screen also (too small in my opinion).
I have the Captivate, and am still waiting for the 2.2 update. There are ROM's out there with 2.2 (Cognoition, Cyanogen) I may go that route if Smasung delays much longer.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 12:54 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I want to see a 10" samsung phone...lol

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 14:49

4. Ryry loves phones (unregistered)


ok this phone is RIDICULOUSLY BIG! I mean come on it may just be the video but who would carry a phone around all day when it is the size of a tablet???

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 15:09

5. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I have to agree...this is pushing the comfortable size of a cell phone a little far. Isn't there a phone out or in development that has a 5 inch screen also? Anyway, I guess they figure how else can we make this phone standout over the iPhone and prevent our customers from running away. With phones as big and fast as these coming out, the iPhone 5 is really gonna have to wow some folks. Imagine what's going to happen when as person goes in to buy a phone and compares a flash-enabled site on an iPhone and an Infuse? With stuff like this coming out, a measly iPhone 4 on Verizon is simply not gonna cut it. My two cents. Not bashing Apple, but all these new entrants are basically in competition with the iPhone and technically some are just plain better.

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 16:39

6. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


I have to agree. I think we (AT&T) perfectly rode the wave of the iToy right back to the beach and now Verizon will try to look cool skim boarding that wave on the shore. I don't typically take shots at other carriers but I think it (iToy) will be (maybe has been) passed (or surpassed) by Android offerings.

That is as it stands now - same basic look; same basic software; and same basic limitations. Other devices are bigger, stronger, faster. Kinda like the $6 Million man.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no fanboy (If anything I was a fan of the old WinMo stuff with all their problems.) I just think unless there is a dramatic change to the next iToy, people won't keep flocking to it en masse as previously. Which might be why AT&T didn't renew the exclusivity contract with Apple. These thing tend to ebb and flow and I think we're jumping the shark on iToy at the right time.

Sure was personally frustrating for me through all this though as I always felt like there were phones out that were better imo than the iToy. And since I am an AT&T technician I felt it was my duty to have AT&T service (if I didn't want it, why would anyone else?) and I would see us getting overstepped by the higher end phones of late to go to other carriers. Looks like the gloves are finally on the other hands that are turning the tables that are over the shoes on the other feet for us.

Bout time AT&T, Now STOP bloating the OS with useless crap and making it so you can't get remove it which holds up the updates!

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 19:06

8. baztah (Posts: 29; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


d hardware looks alright, i think d only thing that would hold back customers is the HUGE screen. i think it would be hard to carry an almost tablet size phone!

posted on 06 Jan 2011, 19:27

9. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Sniff so beautiful. So many choices. now I have to decide what phone to upgrade too. I don't know why you haters out their hate AT&T. been with them for years never have a problem. This is actually the first time they did something right. Now choosing between Infuse or the Inspire.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 00:06

10. Seylan (unregistered)


Why 450x800? Only 204dpi :(
Well atleast it aint 183 like on the E7 !

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 14:29

11. Tom (unregistered)


Is this the galaxy S 2 Phone?
Or is there another one coming out?
Does anybody know? Thank you..

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 15:01

21. eewhiz (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Jun 2010)


No this is not, the Galaxy 2 is supposed to have a dual core proc. this does not.

posted on 07 Jan 2011, 20:46

12. shut up (unregistered)


henry where u from montana, north dakota, im sayn u must be because att is killing it where i am and about 200miles all around me fasho so im neva out of service plus when the full 4g is up and running, att is goin to dominate as always, i hope u aint with sprint or t-mobile cuz if u are, lol stay close to home

posted on 08 Jan 2011, 16:01

13. rafaelinuxxxxZxxc (unregistered)


I still find funny people talking about phones by carriers and not by the phone itself.. so funny.

posted on 09 Jan 2011, 16:12

14. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


I think this phone is gonna be awesome. Its about time At&t get some better phones.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 14:01

15. att salesman (unregistered)


not just because i work for att am i saying this but that infuse is sick i currently have the captivate which i love blows iphone out of the water, but this infuse is a tablet with a phone the 1.2 ghz hummingbird is gonna fly 8mp rear camera with a 1.3 in the front super amoled plus screen hard to imagine its 50 percent clearer then m super amoled. veriaon can have the iphone its a overrated brick. droids are taking over especially this infuse!

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:36 1

16. nohomo (unregistered)


yes these phones are kind of better then the iphone but these andriod phones suck they lack giving u up to date os and u have to wait forever for one by the time u get an update a new andriod phone comes out with a new os an u r still stuck running stock thats why i still have my itoy

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 15:24

17. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Well said.

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 00:52

18. magnus (unregistered)


I'm disappointed, the phone is rather too small. Was hoping for 4.6inches.

posted on 06 Feb 2011, 20:39

19. COCHISE106 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


When will this phone be avail?

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 02:37 1

22. kira hitokiri (unregistered)


that is an awesome device. sure its pretty big but i still like it. plus its like a large PDA phone with a little mixture of a tablet and the screen is absolutely beautiful. also with a screen like that you might want to get a touch pen to make it even cooler for easy accessing. the inspire is sort of OK but ill take a nicer looking and bigger screen any day, plus the infuse has a camera on the front. i don't know about you but the inspire is more like a demo of the other 2 phones and the Atrix to me is just for people with businnes shit to do (almost similar to the blackberry torch but the atrix is a lot better). now the infuse is for people who just want one of the top 3 phones and a nicer look with a screen you will love to watch movies, play games, listen to music, better web surfing, and even reading EBOOKS (maby). 4.0 is too small but the 4.5 screen is the new 2011. plus any way a 4.5" screen can still fit into many pockets :)

posted on 14 Feb 2011, 23:11

23. shwut (unregistered)


I hope AT&T will get a Samsung Galaxy S phone with a slide out qwerty keyboard... Ugh it's what i'm waiting for... :'(

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:57

24. Tom (unregistered)


Been with ATT since before Cingular...Tried Verizon...S L O W compared to ATT 3G Now maybe Verizon has signal where the buffalo roam and 85 million talkers (why do I car about that. I would not use either advantage. My EDGE is faster than Verizon's supposed 3G. Plus you cannot use WiFi to send SMS messages, Internet and calling was not something that could be done......

I will take ATT glitches all day long to avoid Veriaon and their lock down....Don;t need $30 data when you can do EVERYTHING on a wiFi network.

posted on 15 Mar 2011, 22:57

25. Insane Devil (unregistered)


I m really surprised at ppl saying this phone is huge, n how can i expect to carry it around and all!
This phone is clearly targeted for ppl who want big screens.

Have u heard of the Dell Streak? 5" screen, super slim design, froyo. its a great phone, and i almost bought it, but for some screen failure problems n & the inner lcd cracking up if manhandled, while Dell having no stock for screens to replace!

many ppl are using it around, n they dont mund the size either.

i m using the HD2 - 4.3" screen, believe me guys, the best phone in the world, supporting multiple OS. i have been using Android on it for some time to see how good it is, and to get used to it, as i am a diehard fan of WinMobile 6.5.

Samsung Infuse is my next upgrade for sure!
i just wish they had boosted the resolution to a qHD format, like Atrix.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 17:35

26. starnes22 (unregistered)


the size sounds just right to me considering i have huge hands with big thumbs :) my 3" phone just doesn't cut it anymore. I'm hopefully upgrading to this when it comes out which i hope is soon.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 21:06

27. ffblanco (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)


Well, I'm glad with the screen size. I'd say simple phones do not belong to the future anymore. Now ahead we'll see the computer taking place in voice and video communication as long as networks get boosted. This little piece, or not that little, will replace personal computers very soon. Get used with this screen size and also with those a little bigger because it will be the single electronic device you'll carry.

posted on 02 May 2011, 14:45

28. Scott Beamer (unregistered)


AT&T gets much of a bum rap. It all depends on where you are. In my area, they are fine. They are no better or worse than Verizon. And either is better than T-Mobile, which gets less than one bar at my home.

I'ts all about the location...

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 20:43

29. pnut (unregistered)


why would anyone get an android fhone from att? data is to much and they restrict tethering... sprint isnt so well on calls but at least they have unlimited everything for 80 bucks a month n can tether as much as i want... i guess it just depends on where you live

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 23:40

30. Stopplayn (unregistered)


Samsung Infuse 4G I got, love it and it fits easily in my hand size wise...it beats the iphone, so I sold mine today after a month to compare...I'm 6'3" 235lbs avg Joe !

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