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Samsung Vibrant Review

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Samsung Vibrant Review
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Callers said that our voice sounded somewhat muffled and that the microphone seemed to be somewhat more sensitive than others as it's able to capture voices from a good distance. On our end, there was some static sound in the background, but it's not overbearing as we were still able to comprehend words that were spoken. When using the speaker phone for our conversations, it produced some strong tones that can be easily heard, but there was some echoing that was present. Despite some of the issues we found with its call quality, it's still decent enough to be passable for most people.

Although we didn't experience any connectivity issues to the network in the greater Philadelphia region, we tended to see bars on the phone fluctuate – even when we were stationary at the same spot.

It's almost unheard of to see a handset that boasts a massive and bright display still be able present you with a great battery life – even more so when it's an Android powered smartphone. During our testing, we set the phone to automatic brightness and did some heavy usage as we attempted to see what kind of longevity it can pull out. We were more than surprised to find the handset at 50 percent battery after a full day of heavy usage. It's a safe bet to say that it manages to set the bar for Android phones with its stellar battery life. For the average person using it in normal conditions, we'd imagine that it could potentially get a good 2 days before requiring a recharge. Probably the Super AMOLED technology, which is touted for its low power consumption, has something to do with that.


Conclusion:

T-Mobile customers have been treated to a stellar device in Google's very first branded phone – the Google Nexus One. Up until now, the Nexus One claimed the top title not only in T-Mobile's lineup, but on many others around the world as well. However, the Samsung Vibrant comes storming out of the gate to provide customers a new level of experience that's supplemented by its refreshing interface, swift performance, and battery life that makes everything else before it pale in comparison. The Super AMOLED display doesn't disappoint as it's clearly the first striking characteristic that enthralls gazers from a far distance – not to mention playing Avatar will also get the smartphone noticed by peers. Additionally, T-Mobile's version includes some extra goodies that showcase some of the foundational strengths it has already been known to excel in – such as gaming and video playback. Now that the Samsung Vibrant is here and available to the masses, it easily washes away the bad after taste left in the wake of the Behold II last fall. T-Mobile customers won't want to miss out on this handset as it's easily by far the best Android offering available to them this summer.

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Pros

  • Brilliant Super AMOLED
  • High-performance Hummingbird CPU
  • Superb battery life
  • Awesome video playback

Cons

  • Choppy photo quality
  • Mediocre calling quality
  • Plastic construction
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I suppose not having a flash isn't a deal breaker, but C'MON MAN!!

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 08:35

2. martycota (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Not being made by Apple is the deal breaker! :D

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:42

3. networkdood (Posts: 6281; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I buy this or the HD phone if I am a T-MOBILE subscriber. Funny how it is pretty much the same exact reveiew as the one for the CAPTIVATE, which I will buy on SUNDAY.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 20:08

4. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


so basically the captivate is better because it doesn't have those cons and the pros are the same

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 16:08

6. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)


wel t mobiles network is techniqually better

posted on 21 Jul 2010, 00:18

5. gldustgirl (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2010)


If you had to chose between the Samsung Vibrant and the LG Ally, which one would you chose and why?? I really don't know much about cell phones but need to upgrade the flip one I have, so I'd love to hear some comments. Thank you!

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 16:09

7. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)


isn't the ALLY on verizon?? well if it isn't than go for the vibrant, if it is and your considering verizon may I suggest the verizon version of this, the fasinate, or the Droid X

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 11:38

8. Juls (unregistered)


hi my contract is up and i need a smart phone to use for work and every thing else i tryed droid x which is great except the screen was not a very clear screen ive seen the samsung virbrent compared to it and wow theres quite a difference iam with verizon so i need a verizon phone although my contract is up so i can go any where please tell me what is the best phone for quality the i phone4 the galaxy s fasinate or the droid x or incredible on verivon please help

posted on 31 Aug 2010, 11:28

9. samsung vibrant (unregistered)


THIS PHONE IS CRAP! Myself and three of my friends have this phone and ALL of us have had many issues. We are all having to have our phones sent back in and they're giving us new ones, but I have a feeling that the same thing is going to happen. BAD PHONE I DO NOT BUY! The phone crashes and will not let you restart it, freezes up, the few buttons it does have will not work at times, and the text messages mess up A LOT saying that they're from people that they really are not from!!!

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 09:46

10. kristoferallen (Posts: 42; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


well if you don't know how to use an android phone those things will happen. there is plenty of development on the vibrant and it is a fast and reliable phone when fixed and used right but its not for someone who sounds like they have no clue what they are doing. one word for you though: Voodoo

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 20:07

11. kenneth scott (unregistered)


what is the three dots on the front in the top left conner.

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Samsung Vibrant

Samsung Vibrant

OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
Size4.82 x 2.54 x 0.39 inches
(122 x 65 x 10 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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