Samsung Conquer 4G Review
We all know that if you wait long enough you can get a really good price on a product that is slightly aging. Arguably the most iconic device of 2010 was the HTC EVO 4G - it was the first 4.3” smartphone and the first 4G device in the US, along with one of the first 1GHz processors, gobs of memory and a whole host of other goodies. Fast-forward just over a year later and we have the Samsung Conquer 4G. Billed as the first budget 4G device, the spec sheet is actually quite similar to the EVO 4G in a smaller package and all for under $100 on contract. Alright, there are some cutbacks such as the 3.5” 320x480 display and 3.2 megapixel main camera, but you still get a 1GHz S2 (second generation) Snapdragon processor, 1GB of memory and 4G WiMAX data. Included with the Conquer 4G you’ll get the microUSB cable with AC adaptor and a 2GB microSD card.
When you hear the term “budget friendly” a high quality build doesn’t come to mind, but we were pleasantly surprised when we first unboxed the Samsung Conquer 4G. The phone is very well put together with great attention to detail. The battery door is covered in tiny nibs and soft touch which proves an excellent tactile feel. The shiny metal frame is a nice contrast to the black housing, and the side buttons and ports blend right in but are still easy to find by touch. Below the display are four hardware Android buttons which flare downward to cradle the curve of your thumb. Though likely plastic, they have the appearance of black brushed aluminum- which matches the camera housing on the back- to give the phone a sophisticated look.
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The display itself unfortunately reminds us that this is indeed a budget device. The 3.5” TFT display supports 16M colors, but is only 320x480 and the pixel density leaves a lot to be desired. It is a far cry from the Samsung AMOLED panels we have come to know and love and is more than likely the same display found on the Samsung Transform. Then again, phones with AMOLED displays are often twice as expensive as the Conquer 4G and corners must be cut somewhere. Other than the pixel density the quality of the display is above average with good brightness and its ability to stand up to direct light pretty well.
In this day and age of 4”+ displays it is kind of refreshing using a smaller device now and again. The Samsung Conquer 4G fits very comfortably in our hand and with a smaller screen it is easy enough to reach across the phone with our thumb for one-handed operation. The textured, soft touch back gives us a reassuring grip and the narrow profile makes it easy to cradle in your palm. We are pleasantly surprised that Samsung did not skimp on the design of the Conquer 4G and are quite pleased with the result.
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1. Mandroid96 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Aug 2011)
Wow that's incredible, 1gb of RAM along with 1ghz 2nd gen snapdragon on a small display must make this thing the most powerful mid-range phone out there. If they increased the camera to 5mp I would definitely consider buying this. Pretty cool...
2. Simon Belmont (unregistered)
I am amazed at it having 1GB of RAM and a second generation Snapdragon CPU. That thing must fly in the benchmarks. It has so few pixels to push at that resolution and screen size too. Wow, had I known about this, I might have pushed this towards my wife for her upgrade last month instead of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G that she got (and loves), but it was only $30.00 at RadioShack, so I can not complain.
The camera is low on the megapixels compared to the Sprint HTC EVO 4G, but that hardware is pretty awesome otherwise. Nice job, Samsung.
3. Damon (unregistered)
I like that the Samsung Conquer is a relatively low in price compared to other 4G phones, and can do almost the same things as the others. It should be a popular phone since it can access the 4G network, and isn’t as expensive. One app that I use and that I definitely say to get if you have DISH Network is the DISH Remote Access app. I love this app because it lets me stream live TV and recorded shows from my 922 SlingLoaded receiver to my Galaxy S phone anywhere I am! It is awesome. As a customer and employee of DISH, I have been using the app for a long time and I say to give it a try! It will work wonders on the Conquer!
4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
As of now there are 3 other 4G sprint devices that have the same price as this: HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G, & Samsung Epic 4G. All priced at $99 on 2-year contract. All with bigger screens (which I understand is not necessarily everybody's cup of tea) & better cameras. I think I have better options, but if this phone's price dropped to around the same price as the Nexus S (now $29 on contract), it would be a decent 4G phone for starters.
Personally I'm not very fond of the design & the physical buttons below, but if it works for you, I guess that's what matters.
5. scsa852k (Posts: 279; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
I've had this phone for a little over a half year now, and I gotta say I'm a bit surprised by the 8.5 review score.
I haven't had any serious issues yet with this device, but Sprint's dismal 4G network coverage doesn't let this device run freely on 4G. And Battery will die very very quickly on 4G obviously.
Most of the apps run pretty smoothly but a lot of the latest games will lack badly which is expected for a pretty cheap smart phone.
But that's the selling point of this device. It's cheap. And I have to say it's a great value to grab a pretty decent mid-range gingerbread device.