Samsung Infuse 4G Review
It seems that most high-end phones are now coming with an 8-megapixel camera (or larger), and the Samsung Infuse 4G is no exception, as it also employs auto focus and a single LED flash. The camera menu is pretty similar between other Samsung phones, giving you options for changing the resolution, scene modes, timers, white balance, effects, ISO, and light metering…among others.
After snapping a few photos with its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera and previewing them on the handset, we’re actually impressed with the quality since it appears to ideally capture the moment. However, after downloading them to our computer, we’re not encompassed with the same feelings since they look just passable. Outdoors, it manages to capture a fair amount of detail, but it’s still not as sharp as we’d like, while its somewhat over-exposed appearance makes it look as though color production is on the cooler side. Conversely, indoor shots under natural lighting appear to be soft in tone with cooler looking colors present once again. Fortunately though, the LED flash does a wonderful job in lighting up the scenery with its clearer details and accurate looking colors.
front facing camera, but it’s perfect for all your video chatting needs. Using AT&T’s network and Fring’s video chatting service, we’re content with its performance in getting video and voices synced simultaneously.
As more high-end handsets boast full 1080p video recording, some would argue that 720p might not be able to sufficiently give the kind of quality that some people desire. However, those critics can be silenced because 720p recording on the Samsung Infuse 4G is undeniably good. In addition to its fluid capture rate of 29 frames per second and plentiful details, the one absolute thing that makes it so useful is the fact that it employs continuous auto-focus – something that naturally keeps things looking sharp. Furthermore, it’s not overly sensitive when it comes to exposure, which means, it’ll gradually adjust according to the lighting conditions. Meanwhile, its audio recording it fairly normal sounding in tone without much distortion to it.
Samsung Infuse 4G Sample Video:
The multimedia files get organized in the Gallery, which offers some 3D effects, batch view by date/time, and grid view. It automatically indexes the pictures and video on the card and in the phone. The gallery syncs with Picasa upon launch, assigning different icons to the pics depending on their source. Images can be rotated and cropped right in the gallery, uploaded on Google's Picasa, or sent via email, MMS or Bluetooth. The Samsung AllShare function is also here, if you happen to have a DLNA capable TV to view the pics or videos from the phone on the big screen. Videos can also be uploaded straight from the gallery, to Google's YouTube.
When it comes to playing some tunes on the Samsung Infuse 4G, we’re glad to see that the interface is definitely up there in terms of functionality and presentation. Naturally, it displays all the usual set of items when a particular song is playing, but the beauty of its interface is found when you enter “disc view.” In this mode, albums and songs are arranged in this 3D carousel of CDs that fluidly move around as you’re browsing. Additionally, the handset offers a good amount of equalizer settings to tastefully accommodate the genre of music and a visualization effect that runs while a song is being played. Audio quality with its speaker is actually punchy in tone and doesn’t sound crackly or distorted at the loudest setting.
Taking into account its rather large and brilliant looking display, you know that it’s the perfect combination for watching videos. Loading a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, it plays swimmingly in full fidelity with no instances of slowdown or lag. And despite not offering a dedicated video out port, the packaging does include an HDMI-out adapter that enables you to output videos to your high-definition television set. Also, you can get a mirrored experience that allows you to view everything you do on the handset directly on the big screen.
Internally, there’s 12GB of free storage out of the box, but supplementing that capacity is the preloaded 2GB microSD card. If that’s still insufficient, you can always replace it with something up to 32GB in size.
Internet and Connectivity:
Regretfully, the Samsung Infuse 4G is bitten with the same bug afflicting other recent high-end Samsung devices like the Droid Charge. Specifically, it’s just unable to handle web sites with heavy Flash content, much like ours, seeing that it locks up every now and then – making for one excruciatingly frustrating experience. Come to think of it, that’s probably why plug-ins are set to “On Demand” by default as opposed to “Always on.” For other sites that aren’t Flash intensive, it offers a smooth and responsive experience much like any of its contemporaries out there. Seeing that pixel density isn’t as high compared to other devices with smaller sized displays, on-screen text do not look as sharp as we’d like – thus requiring you to really zoom-in to get an adequate size.
Being a world phone and all, you know that the handset will work in just about any corner around the planet. Interestingly enough, the Samsung Infuse 4G is also AT&T’s very first device to feature HSPA+ Category 14, which should theoretically get speeds of up to 21Mbps. Continuing its greatness, it’s mentioned to support HSUPA when it’s officially launched on May 15th, 2011, which is the upload component of HSPA+. Right now though, we’re once again disappointed with its highly touted data speeds – much like the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola ATRIX 4G before it. Actually, we tested it out in New York City and within the greater Philadelphia region, and to no avail, we’re simply greeted with 3G-like speeds instead. Naturally, the handset employs all the usual set of connectivity features – such as GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Luckily, its mobile hotpot functionality will share its cellular data connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.
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|