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Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Most certainly, the Galaxy S Relay 4G isn't gunning to outshine Samsung's prestigious Galaxy S III in the experience department, but we're glad to see that it has been blessed with a few of the cool features found with the TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Of course, running underneath it all is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which still provides for all the exciting personalization aspects of the platform. Supplementing it, however, are things like S Beam and S Voice, which gives the experience some delightful functionality. Although it doesn't offer the comprehensive level of functionally attached with Sammy's flagship, we're nevertheless pleased by offering.

UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

UI of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G


As we take a look at some of the core organizer apps on the smartphone, it's quite clear that they're identical to what's offered by the Galaxy S III, which we appreciate. Furthermore, the email experience is soundly intact for power users, as the Gmail app coughs up all the usual set of deep functionality we desire.

Core organizer apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Core organizer apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Core organizer apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Core organizer apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

Core organizer apps


Already winning us over with its slick physical keyboard, you can always fall back on using its on-screen keyboard instead. However, we find ourselves being a bit more cautious since the layout is somewhat cramped in portrait – albeit, it's responsive enough to keep up with our pace.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

Not surprisingly, there are a small handful of third-party apps preloaded on the handset – these include Dropbox, Evernote, Lookout Security, Slacker Radio, and TeleNav GPS Navigator. Yet, T-Mobile's presence is in full force as it packs items like Access T-Mobile, Game Base, MobileLife Organizer, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and visual voicemail.

Preloaded apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Preloaded apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Preloaded apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Preloaded apps - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

Preloaded apps



Processor and Memory:

What do you know people? It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is outfitted with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM – instead of the previously reported last-gen S3 CPU. With it in tow, we're treated with an overall peppy performance with few instances of it straining to perform smoothly. Heck, the benchmark scores prove that it's packing some serious heat under the hood!


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G 4960 6692 60,3
T-Mobile myTouch Q 2040 3806 29,7
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3417 6491 35,1
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19,7

Always a comforting item to find on any smartphone, the handset's microSD card slot gives us the flexibility to supplement its 5.06GB of available internal storage out of the box.


Internet and Connectivity:

Knowing that it's tucking away one serious processor behind the scenes, it doesn't surprise us that we're given a great web browsing experience – thanks primarily to the fluid navigational controls it has to offer. Additionally, it's complemented by its speedy 42Mbps HSPA+ connection, which enables it to load complex sites in no time all. Combining those two factors, it results in simply an enjoyable experience.

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G - Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

Web browsing with the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G


Already winning us over in the web surfing department, its 42Mbps HSPA+ connection is able to keep us content with real world maximum download and upload speeds of 7.6 Mbps and 1.3Mbps. On top of that, it also features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot. And yes, it packs NFC too!

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:42

1. Kostas_13 (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)


Nice for DOS emulator!! :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:01 2

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


you guys also gave the photon q a over all 7 when all know its way better than the relay........

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:29

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I think it's unnecessary to mention about the call reception now...since every phone must be equipped with a good radio! But you can mention that when it doesn't do the phone justice!
Nice review though...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:21

4. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


The only cons is the old Amoled screen of the first SGS, innatural colors and low PPI.

The phone itself seems to be good, it will be available in Europe?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:43

5. SpearDJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Ack. Looks like I'm sticking with my G2 for a bit longer.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 14:54

6. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The phone is a weird device, its like part Samsung Epic 4G with its screen size, keyboard, and resolution, and party Galaxy S3 with its phone hardware. Looks like a good device though.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 05:33

7. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


In my opinion QWERTY smartphones are too thick.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.56 x 0.53 inches
(126 x 65 x 13 mm)
5.6 oz  (159 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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