Samsung Infuse 4G Review
There’s no denying that we would have loved to see this high caliber handset be graced with some sort of dual-core processor instead, but fittingly enough, we’re still nevertheless agreeable with its 1.2GHz single-core Hummingbird processor. Despite that, it’s able to perform at a high level and seems to handle even some of the most basic tasks without much fluff. Even with a graphically intensive live wallpaper activated, it doesn’t stall that much in its movement while navigating across its homescreen, but in the back of our mind, there’s no arguing that some of its luster is diminished primarily due to its choice of sticking with a single-core processor. Even though it doesn’t put up some impressive benchmark results, overlooking that and gauging its actual everyday performance, the Samsung Infuse 4G is more than speedy on its own.
Rather than seeing the updated TouchWiz 4.0 experience that’s in use with the Samsung Galaxy S II right now, we’re simply presented with nothing more than the tried and true previous version of the customized experience running on top of Android 2.2.1 Froyo. Personalization is plentiful and abundant with the handset, especially when it boasts a decent amount of Samsung’s widgets, which you can use to beautify any of its 7 homescreens to your liking. Specific to TouchWiz, we find four icons positioned at the bottom edge of every homescreen and gives you access to the phone dialer, email app, web browser, and app tray. Meanwhile, its app panel is laid out in that familiar grid-like layout with its equally memorable square looking icons, which are evenly spaced from one another. There’s no doubt that it’s a pretty looking interface, but we still have to agree that HTC’s Sense UI is still significantly preferred partially because of the various enhancements it has to offer that makes the experience so complete.
Conveniently taking into consideration the needs of social networking conscious individuals, we adore the Social Updates widget since it aggregates content from your social networking accounts all in one place. Additionally, we can write quick status messages, which can be sent to various accounts simultaneously. Not stopping there, it’s also nice being given the ability to even upload photos to those respective accounts as well – as opposed to using separate clients. Conversely, the Buddies Now widget is pretty useful too since it provides you quick access to some of your favorite contacts. Of course, you can instantly place a phone call or text message to a specific person, but it’s also tied closely to your social networking accounts so that it’ll display some of their recent status messages.
The Buddies Now widget
The Social Updates widget
Personalization is plentiful and abundant with the Samsung Infuse 4G
Organizer & Messaging:
We also appreciate the usefulness of the integrated Calendar, since it pulls events from your Google, Facebook and corporate Outlook/Exchange accounts. Views are separated by day, week, or month (the default tab), or you can view a list of your recent and future appointments, holidays, and birthdays. Reminders are easily set, and you can choose if the phone is to mark the event only on the handset, or sync it to the cloud with Google Calendar as well. Pushing events work quickly, so adding that party to Google Calendar or Facebook saves it to the phone instantaneously as well.
The alarm function can be found under the Clock icon in the apps menu, and also includes a world clock, stopwatch and timer for all those hard boiled eggs in the morning. It's nice that you can control every aspect of its sounding, and even snooze duration and repetition.
Thanks to its monstrous sized display, you know that the messaging experience is going to be easier partly due to its roomy confines. Presented with three on-screen keyboards (stock, Samsung, and Swype), buttons are acceptably larger than most others in portrait, but we’re equal content with the responsive nature of the handset – thus translating to an error-free messaging experience. Obviously, the landscape style keyboard offers the most amount of real estate, able to accommodate even the largest of fingers, but when it comes to speed typing, it astoundingly caters to the needs of even the most stringent users out there.
Gmail experience is pretty much the norm at this point – especially with a high caliber handset like this. With plenty of room to view emails in all of their glory, it’s supplemented with the vast set of features that we commonly find with the experience, like threaded view, the ability to label stuff, and add multiple Gmail accounts. Besides Gmail, you can quickly and easily set up other popular accounts by simply providing your email address and password. In some instances though, especially for custom email accounts, you might be required to give additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to have it properly set up on the handset.
1. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
This phone got 8.5 for not being able to play heavy flash contents, while iPhone got 9.5 for not playing any flash content at all. PA FTW! (I'm being sarcastic here.)
3. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
Oh and btw, this handset got 8.5 for low 4G data speeds. I'll bet on PA giving iPhone5 a 9.5 or even a 10 even if it does not support 4G data.
2. ecml490 (unregistered)
8.5! really. You can't put the slow 4G speeds on Samsung. That's all or mostly AT&T problem with the slow speeds. If the iPhone got a 9.5 then this phone should of gotten at least a 9.6.
4. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Why are so many people upset with PA's scores on the Infuse and Galaxy S II? So what if the iPhone got a higher score last year, it was LAST YEAR. It's 2011 and it's an industry that changes crazy fast. Both the Infuse and Galaxy S II are great handsets. Reviews are from the time of release, they're not written to stand the taste of time.
7. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Yea. And idk if most people noticed, the Verizon iPhone got a 9/10, not 9.5. But they ignored me when I said that the first time.
11. ikkuh (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 May 2011)
well, it's Apple's best phone for months to come so comparing to that is fair enough.
5. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
@WirelessCon Do you know the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II? Infuse? Very impressive and deserved a higher score.
9. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
ecml, good point on the specs, but there's more to handsets than specs. Reviews are subjective not quantitative. Reception is far more important than chip speed, yet reception is never tested to the extremes that should be expected for a website writing phone reviews, but that's Phonearena's subjective choice. Reception benchmarks would be a great aspect to these reviews.
8. andymp3 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I love this phone and wish it would come to Canada. I have had the GS GTi9000 ...loved it ..and now have the Captivate and the Dell streak so the game play capabilities and touchwiz mixed with a larger screen like my streak would be the perfect phone...I only hope Samsung smartens up and comes out with a new model with a dual core in it....A 4.5 inch screen is the happy medium for me...The streak is nice however is a pain sometimes when I don't have big pockets or a jacket on...This phone seems large however not so big that is can't be carried around...After having the Dell Steak for a while... a 4 inch screen seems so small when surfing the web or watching movies...Hopefully there will be a big enough demand for 4.5 to 5 inch screens to push samsung to produce another dual core version. I will keep my fingers crossed...!
10. ikkuh (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 May 2011)
Have to agree with eingild. This infuse does about everything better than the iPhone 4. Sure the iPhone has a slicker OS. We all know the reason for that: if you don't do much it can't slow you down either.
If you look objective at the hardware compared to the 9.5 iPhone 4 there's only one conclusion: the iPhone 4 has a much to high rating.
14. GG (unregistered)
Does the Infuse underclock the processor like the Galaxy S II?
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I tried out the Samsung Infuse for 3 days before having to return it. MIND YOU I DID NOT WANT TO RETURN IT. But I am stuck with Verizon for now and let me tell you. The screen is huge and gorgeous. It's very lightweight and thin, plus I like the back cover.
Second, yes it's a single core processor, meaning TURN THE PLUG INS ON DEMAND. If you do that, the browser is very fast, smooth and works great. Okay I am so sick of how PA purposely lowers phone scores because of Flash. At least Android HAS FLASH.
16. gcsqrd (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)
great if you're a kid, not if executive over 25. No Outlook sync? Whose going to put their thousands of contacts and personal notes & data on the cloud, or AT&T for that matter? Thought I finally had something other than Blackberry or iPhone to get into the century with. No joy.The 3rd party garbage sync offerings hearkens back to the 90's, form field matching and all. While Samsung has deftly replaced Sony in most my home, their website is just about as terrible. Could have been, should have been a winner, all else is quite nice but without 'normal' functionality it isn't going to replace Blackberry anytime soon.
17. ElectrohouseR (unregistered)
There is no such thing as 4G yet.....not until 2012! haha. Call AT&T and ask if you don't believe me.
The phone is 4G because it will support 4G but there is no 4G data yet.
18. M-Walsh (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)
So I've had this for about a month now, and it's been nothing less(or more) than highly respectable. I haven't gotten any hangs, crashes, or freezes that weren't 100% my fault(for modifying the phone's software beyond factory specifications). The screen is large, however quite pixelated since it's still the 800*480 resolution seen on phones with 3" screens, but it is SAMOLED+, so it's got great black levels and doesn't use much energy in most situations when compared to LCD. However, I personally think the vibrancy of the screen is far, far, far overrated, my desktop has a slightly more vibrant CFL LCD screen, however it could just be a software issue on my end.
Onto the speed itself, out of the box it's alright, however it can be made infinitely better by doing some simple things such as installing LauncherPro from the market, and rooting and removing AT&T/Samsung bloatware. You can do a quick search on the internet for "ways to speed up android" and get many more suggestions which all have an effect, whether noticeable or not depends on what you're doing and your individual phone. There are far more advanced ways such as installing a custom kernel and overclocking, however you should NOT attempt this unless you didn't just have to google "what is a phone kernel" as it can damage your phone instantly and permanently.
Sound on this device is crap due to Samsung's horrific audio drivers, it shouldn't be noticeable to the non-audiophile however.
The Gorilla Glass screen scratches like plastic, so I'd definitely recommend a matte/anti-glare screen protector, however a clear one will do. I don't know why my device scratches most of the time, I wear polyester pants with pockets that are easily turned inside out, so I always check to make sure there's not a grain of sand or anything harmful in my pocket, and yet it comes out looking like I had sandpaper in my pocket every time. Be sure to check out my Infuse screen protector review on my profile to see how to properly apply without getting dust or bubbles.
ALL Samsung devices charge incredibly slowly, it might take 8 hours to charge from dead to full. Although your battery should NEVER remain dead or full for very long, leaving a battery at full charge degrades the battery quickly, as does discharging it fully. It's best to let it go down to 10% at the lowest, or 70% at the highest and then charge it fully, but unplug it as soon as it reaches full charge. They do NOT have a memory like all the propagandists would have you believe, so charging it from 60% to 70% 100 times a week isn't going to change anything compared to 20% to 100% 10 times a week.
There's a lot more to say about it, but I'll stop there.
Lastly, if you will buy this smartphone I suggest at:www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI
19. Shrek (unregistered)
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20. garynjohnson (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)
I have used this phone (infuse) for a few days and find that the battery does not last more than 1/2 day before needing recharging. Also I find that I cannot hear the conversation unless I put the call on the speaker phone. I purchased from ATT as a refurbished phone and will be returning to them. Overall the phone is good except for the 2 things I commented on.
21. daniellegatton (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
I absolutely love this phone, has a lot of features. I love the front facing camera, for face time, the app store is mainly free especially if you download 4shared. I love how fast this phone is, it has a big screen and is really thin, Love the gorilla glass. This is a great phone, i'd definitely reccomend purchasing this!!
22. ReneN (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)
I love my Samsung Infuse. Unfortunately before I found a case for it, I dropped it not once but twice one week after I bought it at a pawn shop. On the second drop, the screen broke. This was 11 months ago. With a hefty $135 screen replacement (I paid $50) I chose to wait until it died. Albeit sometimes it is hard to read the screen through all the cracks, it has been functioning perfect. The phone is just now slowing down and freezing. Any other phone would have died on the spot.
23. Dynamo (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)
hi is this the same model as the Samsung Infuse 4g SGH-i997 and do all the models come with the built in memory of 16gb
|Display||4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus|
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||5.20 x 2.80 x 0.35 inches|
(132 x 71 x 9 mm)
4.90 oz (139 g)
|Battery||1750 mAh, 8 hours talk time|