Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Review
Hardly a surprise, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G flaunts the most up-to-date TouchWiz UI experience on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. No doubt, we dig its rich level of personalization, much like any other Android devices out there, but it’s strange that static wallpapers are no longer scrollable. Specifically, the selected wallpaper remains static as we scroll through its various homescreen – whereas before, the wallpaper also moved accordingly to each homescreen. Aside from that, the experience shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has used a recent Samsung device.
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G flaunts the most up-to-date TouchWiz UI experience on top of Android 2.3.6
Spoiled by devices bearing 4.3” and up displays, it’s challenge trying to get comfortable using the Blaze 4G’s on-screen keyboards, since its layout is less spacious. And even though it exhibits a good amount of responsiveness, we’re somewhat more cautious with our rate of input because of the limited amount of space for our thumbs to comfortably type.
Much like other Android devices, the Blaze 4G is wonderful in the email department because its Gmail app is remarkably adept in keeping us organized with its depth of features. Alternatively, the other standard email app is also quite usable for our other accounts. Obviously, setup is a pain-free process since it only requires our email address and password for automatic setup.
Preloaded with quite a few apps from the get-go, T-Mobile’s presence is established in apps such as 411 & More, Game Base, MobileLife Organizer, More For Me, My Device, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, Visual Voicemail, and the T-Mobile branded Qik app. As for the rest, they include Kier Air, Lookout Security, Media Hub, Netflix, Polaris Office, Slacker, TeleNav GPS Navigator, Yelp, and Zinio.
Processor and Memory:
Probably taking most people by surprise, especially when the Blaze 4G is technically a part of the original Samsung Galaxy S line, the handset is powered by none other than a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with 1GB of RAM. Even for this small bundle of joy, it exudes a consistently responsive performance with nearly all actions. So whether it’s scrolling through the homescreen or opening apps, it’s accompanied with that tasteful performance to make it gratifying. Furthermore, it also manages to retain its high level of performance while using a graphically intensive live wallpaper.
Eh…it’s surely not enough to keep multimedia buffs content, but nevertheless, the handset’s storage breaks down to a 4GB microSD card, 1.4GB internal, and another 1GB strictly for apps.
Internet and Connectivity:
Although it might not be regarded as a top-shelf offering, we’re actually astounded by the spot-on web browsing performance it has to offer. Naturally, complex sites like ours load within 30 seconds, but we’re actually more impressed by the buttery smooth navigational controls seen with things such as pinch gestures and kinetic scrolling. Honestly, it’s like as if it were running a snazzy quad-core CPU of some sort, because it doesn’t flinch for a moment with Adobe Flash content.
As we know, one of the main attractions of the handset is its 42Mbps HSPA+ data connectivity, which should no doubt please those individuals located in areas where it’s available. But in our exact location, we’re only able to obtain average download and upload speeds of 5.5Mbit/s and 1.5Mbit/s. Rounding things out, it features other connectivity items such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.
1. mercorp (Posts: 954; 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.
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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: 10; 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.
|Display||4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (235 ppi) Super AMOLED|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||4.79 x 2.48 x 0.44 inches|
(122 x 63 x 11 mm)
4.50 oz (128 g)
|Battery||1750 mAh, 7 hours talk time|