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Samsung Conquer 4G Review

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You’re going to have a mostly stock Android experience on the Samsung Conquer 4G, which is a good thing.  It is a SprintID device, unlike some older ones there is no prerequisite to install an ID before you get started.  This leaves the phone about as close to a Nexus as you can get without being one.  The preloaded software is minimal but not uninstallable: you’ll get Sprint Zone, Mobile Wallet and ID, ThinkFree Office, My Files (file manager), Adobe Flash and Qik.  Thankfully the Conquer 4G has half a gig of free memory available so these apps don’t take up any valuable space.  Swype is also preloaded for your typing pleasure.

Dialer - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Contacts - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Swype - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Dialer

Contacts

Swype


New ID packs can be downloaded at the user’s discretion which will install a theme of apps, wallpapers and ringtones.  In theory the ID packs offer easy personalization without wading through the 200K+ apps in the Market, but nearly a year after launching the service there are still only two dozen or so packs available.

Home screen - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Main menu - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
ID packs - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
SprintID - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Home screen

Main menu

ID packs

SprintID


With a second generation Snapdragon processor at 1GHz and 1GB of RAM the user experience on the Samsung Conquer 4G is quite smooth.  It has plenty of horsepower and free memory out of the box so that you won’t be slugging along once you’ve installed a handful of your favorite apps.


Data and Connectivity:

As the name implies the Samsung Conquer 4G runs over Sprint’s WiMAX network and we found speeds to be on par with the Photon 4G and EVO 3D in 4G areas.  It of course offers 3G data over the EV-DO network and allows for Wi-Fi b/g/n as well.  It is the second device in Sprint’s lineup to feature Bluetooth 3.0 with the EVO 3D.

The stock Android browser performs very well.  Zooming via either double tap or pinch was smooth, complex pages loaded quickly even over 3G and Flash content played without a hitch.  As the stock browser is getting better and better third party browsers are less needed on Android devices, though they often do add some nice enhancements.

Web browser - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Web browser - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Web browser



Camera:

Despite only having a 3.2 megapixel camera the Samsung Conquer 4G managed to take some decent snapshots, provided the lighting was good.  In bright daylight images were better than they should have been.  As the light went down the grain went up and details got lost.  Even in bright light images were soft and light flare could be an issue, but it does a good job of capturing those spontaneous moments.  The front camera is suitable for video chat, but for some reason Google Talk does not support the Conquer 4G despite it being Android 2.3.4.

Camera interface - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Camera interface


Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Samples made with the Samsung Conquer 4G


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples


The video may only record at VGA resolution, but it did so surprisingly well.  Options for both are the standard Android fare with nothing you wouldn’t suspect and nothing that stands out.

Samsung Conquer 4G Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The Samsung Conquer 4G relies on the stock Android music and video players.  With a Music Beta account you can stream your music collection via the cloud or use up to a 32GB memory card for local storage.  The Conquer 4G couldn’t play our DivX videos, but had no problem with XviD, H.264 or MPEG-4 files that we threw at it.

The Samsung Conquer 4G relies on the stock Android music player - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
The Samsung Conquer 4G relies on the stock Android music player - Samsung Conquer 4G Review
The Samsung Conquer 4G relies on the stock Android music player - Samsung Conquer 4G Review

The Samsung Conquer 4G relies on the stock Android music player



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posted on 15 Aug 2011, 17:03

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...

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 13:22

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.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 22:32

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!

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 17:38

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; 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.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 19:33

5. scsa852k (Posts: 257; 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.

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi)
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.57 x 2.38 x 0.46 inches
(116 x 60 x 12 mm)
4.10 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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