Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Review
Do you happen to love the dreamy specs associated with T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but prefer something a bit more form fitting in the hand and less expensive? Well then, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G might be the device you’re after, not only for the simple reason it’s similar in the specs departments while maintaining a more compact figure, but it’s also going to be trail blazing with its speedy 42Mbps HSPA+ data connectivity. Although it’s technically still a part of the original Samsung Galaxy S line, it should prove to be a smoking addition, so let’s find out if it’s worth picking up.
In typical fashion, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G exhibits the usual design characteristics akin to Samsung’s stable – meaning it’s all-plastic and very lightweight. Interestingly, it actually looks similar to the BlackBerry Torch 9860, because of the way its bezel curves towards its top edge. Even though its overall design isn’t particularly polarizing over other things, above all, we’re fascinated most above its smaller footprint over the previous Samsung Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G, even more when it packs the same 4-inch sized display.
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Donning the usual four capacitive Android buttons, they’re positioned close one another and towards the bottom edge – thus, causing us to accidentally pressing them at times. Meanwhile, there’s a front-facing camera above the display ready to take 1280 x 960 resolution self-portraits.
On one hand, we like the distinct feel of its volume control, but its dedicated power button is flat to the touch – albeit, both deliver springy responses when pressed. In addition, we find other customary things around its sides such as its 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microphone, and spring loaded microSD slot.
Volume keys on the left
Power key and microSD slot and the right
3.5mm jack on top
microUSB port on the bottom
Knowing that this handset bears some respectable specs, it’s fitting that we find a 5-megapixel snapper with LED flash in the rear – plus, it’s capable of shooting 720p videos. Prying off its soft touch rear cover, we’re given access to its SIM card slot and 1,750 mAh battery.
Surely enough, we still can’t get over the fact that this Blaze 4G is packing a 4-inch display, especially when its overall footprint is smaller than the previous models with such screen. Employing a WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, we’re naturally entranced by the poppy and saturated colors it’s able to deliver – while still maintaining clarity thanks to its wide viewing angles. Despite employing a PenTile matrix arrangement, it’s sharp enough to visibly see fine text with relatively few issues. All in all, it’s a beauty, but then again, that’s common thing accompanying this kind of panel.
1. mercorp (Posts: 917; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
great phone.too bad i am a singaporean.and coming with gingerbread?still ok,
2. samboycott (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Windows phone is the latest trend today and Nokia Lumia is the best smartphone today. The proven windows phone with the trusted Nokia Hardware is a superior example and as always nokia sells all teh models of the windows phones at the lowest price. comparatively samsung is selling ugly models and designs with poorer battery at even higher prices.
see it here
3. PandiM (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Gonna buy this, but with a HLI-T769XL 4000mAh extended battery,
4. billlang (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
are you referring to this battery model?
Its an awesome upgrade for this phone.
5. saint_satin_stain (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)
Perhaps because I am used to one other Android phone, myTouch Q, that I consider a bad phone, and before that one, a non smart phone I liked, T-Mobile Tap, I really am impressed and like the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. It has good sound, even speaker. I can listen to music on the speaker without getting peeved off; although it has wonderful sound on ear buds and stereo Bluetooth headset. I do use non stock music player and video player. The latter which really uses the Super AMOLED screen with good effect.
Its battery lasts longer than my awake day, longer than the specs say, even for talk time, but I must confess that I've fiddled with it a bit. Even before I fiddled with it I liked it.
It has every thing I like in the S III, most, without the pricey tag. I plan to get the S III when I can afford it and a custom case for it. Several of my friends have discovered that it's not wise to carry an S III in a pocket, whereas I have carried the Blaze naked in a pocket around the house. I have dropped the naked blaze on carpet and wood floors with the worse to happen, the back popped off.
I dont recommend dropping it.
I recommend a D30 molecule case when out and about with it.
The Blaze is fast. At home I dont use the usb cable to exchange files; I use wifi, it's easier and fast. It has so many ways to exchange files with my desktops. I plan to try it with my old 1400cs.
Instead of the extended battery I elect to carry two extra oem batteries; it's easy to change batteries and the Blaze has fast startup. I want to avoid any possible problems.