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T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review
Yet another Samsung Android smartphone showcased at MWC 2012, the T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is, obviously, destined to join the ranks of T-Mobile's portfolio of products in the US. So, what can it do to win over some attention from the geeky crowd in the States? Well, basically, the Blaze 4G looks like a well-balanced offering, being packed with some decent hardware, but keeping things firmly placed on the ground, without getting too ambitious.

Right off the bat, we noticed that, typically for a Samsung handset, the Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic, and having in mind its generic shape,  we don't really think that it will manage to stand out from the rest of the Android gang that's already available. Hardware-wise, there's the Snapdragon S3 processor inside, clocked at 1.5GHz, so we expect plenty of speed with this handset. Indeed, while we were trying it out here, we did notice the fluid nature of the UI.

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review
T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review
T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review

The T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic
The T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic
The T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic

The T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic


The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement either, having the good-old WVGA resolution. Of course, the Super AMOLED technology does its job to cover the imperfections of the relatively lower res.

Other features that you'll find with this new mainstream player include a 5MP camera with autofocus, capable of 720p video recording. Even though you won't be able to record 1080p video though, you'll still be capable of playing it on the device, which is still appreciated.

The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement
The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement
The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement

The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement


Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we really hope that the manufacturer is to update it to Ice Cream Sandwich... at some point. But you didn't think you'll get away without TouchWiz, right? Well, of course Samsung has also pre-installed its trusty TouchWiz user interface. So, overall, the situation on the software front is that we'll be pretty much waiting for Samsung to release ICS for this device, until we can start referring to it as a serious contender in the mainstream Android space.

Right now, the Blaze 4G is expected to hit the shelves sometime in late March, at a price of about $149 with a two-year contract. Anyone planning to get this handset?

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posted on 28 Feb 2012, 10:55 1

1. Bangthering_007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Nice low budget phone!!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 11:02 3

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


if this is low budget i need to upgrade lol.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 18:17

16. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I agree, this is like last year's mid-range.. So it should be a low-mid range phone

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 11:31

3. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


New day, new Galaxy...

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:02 1

4. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


THE.SHAPE.CURVED.LOOKS.UGLY.OBLONG.EDGE.TO.EDGE.DE​SIGNS.LOOK.STYLISH.LIKE.
SONY
EUROPEAN.S2.LOOKS.BETTER.THAN.STATES.S2

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:04

5. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


WHY.IS.THE.AMERICAN.S2.DIFFRENT.FROM.EUROPEAN.THAT​S.WHY.IT.DIDNT.SELL.THAT.WELL.PERHAPS.IM.IN.UK.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:53

14. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


So.apple.didnt.sue.them.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:05

17. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


the AT&T Galaxy SII was exactly like the International version with the exception of the button arrangement. It even lacks LTE just like the international version :p.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:33 2

6. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Why the fck is it being released with GB i mean fck me push out fcking ics with new phones its fcking feb.28 bitches.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:38 2

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love how uninspiring this preview is. seriously, its the skyrocket/hercules in a slightly smaller package with a slightly smaller camera. Add 0.5 inches and and extra 3mpx and you are excited as all heck.
Honestly 95% of regular customers dont give a darn about the resolution. The super amoled screen is more than enough eye candy to make up for it. If anyone really gave a darn, then the SGS2 wouldnt have sold half as much.
So basically, the new midrange is an S3 @1.5ghz. Amazing how 2 months ago that was the "high range" lolol.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 02:56

18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I would be marking out if this was one of their prepaid phones.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 13:43 1

8. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Samsung Galaxy S 2 is better

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:19 1

9. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You know, this phone actually looks kinda like an exbibit 11 but i'll just wait for the HTC ONE S or for the Iphone 5 since its suppose ably gonna come to tmobile also but i'll beleive it when i see it -__-!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:24 1

10. Artex (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jan 2012)


nothing special... waiting for Samsung Galaxy S 3

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:34 1

11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


A smart phone is not a budget phone. You have to pay data service and payments add up.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:53 1

12. tlsmithsr (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


LMAO this is like the Galaxy nexus minus ICS and 4.6 inches.. everything else is the same, well the Galaxy nexus has a 1.2ghz cortex a-9 and this one has 1.5ghz and S3.. my prediction this phone will get ICS 4th quarter of this year and will not upgrade pass that. side note... this is not a low budget phone.. $50 more and u can have the Galaxy S3

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:47 1

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, no its identical to the american SGS2/skyrocket/hercules Everything is exactly the same but with the smaller camera and slightly smaller screen. :)

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:52 1

15. torr310 (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


The current best android phone for T-Moblie's lineup is still Samsung Galaxy S2, which is announced in August, 2011. Please bring some surprise!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:05

19. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


for the price point this is an excellent device... same specs as S2 including data speeds but less of a camera and screen size... will sell big time

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