T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review

T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G Hands-on Review
Yet another Samsung Android smartphone showcased at MWC 2012, the T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze 4G is, obviously, destined to join the ranks of T-Mobile's portfolio of products in the US. So, what can it do to win over some attention from the geeky crowd in the States? Well, basically, the Blaze 4G looks like a well-balanced offering, being packed with some decent hardware, but keeping things firmly placed on the ground, without getting too ambitious.

Right off the bat, we noticed that, typically for a Samsung handset, the Blaze 4G is mostly made of plastic, and having in mind its generic shape,  we don't really think that it will manage to stand out from the rest of the Android gang that's already available. Hardware-wise, there's the Snapdragon S3 processor inside, clocked at 1.5GHz, so we expect plenty of speed with this handset. Indeed, while we were trying it out here, we did notice the fluid nature of the UI.

The 4” Super AMOLED screen on the front of the device doesn't really make a statement either, having the good-old WVGA resolution. Of course, the Super AMOLED technology does its job to cover the imperfections of the relatively lower res.

Other features that you'll find with this new mainstream player include a 5MP camera with autofocus, capable of 720p video recording. Even though you won't be able to record 1080p video though, you'll still be capable of playing it on the device, which is still appreciated.

Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we really hope that the manufacturer is to update it to Ice Cream Sandwich... at some point. But you didn't think you'll get away without TouchWiz, right? Well, of course Samsung has also pre-installed its trusty TouchWiz user interface. So, overall, the situation on the software front is that we'll be pretty much waiting for Samsung to release ICS for this device, until we can start referring to it as a serious contender in the mainstream Android space.

Right now, the Blaze 4G is expected to hit the shelves sometime in late March, at a price of about $149 with a two-year contract. Anyone planning to get this handset?

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Galaxy S Blaze 4G
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(7.00h talk time)



1. Bangthering_007

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Nice low budget phone!!

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if this is low budget i need to upgrade lol.

16. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I agree, this is like last year's mid-range.. So it should be a low-mid range phone

3. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

New day, new Galaxy...


Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012



Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012


14. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011


17. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

the AT&T Galaxy SII was exactly like the International version with the exception of the button arrangement. It even lacks LTE just like the international version :p.

6. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Why the fck is it being released with GB i mean fck me push out fcking ics with new phones its fcking feb.28 bitches.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i love how uninspiring this preview is. seriously, its the skyrocket/hercules in a slightly smaller package with a slightly smaller camera. Add 0.5 inches and and extra 3mpx and you are excited as all heck. Honestly 95% of regular customers dont give a darn about the resolution. The super amoled screen is more than enough eye candy to make up for it. If anyone really gave a darn, then the SGS2 wouldnt have sold half as much. So basically, the new midrange is an S3 @1.5ghz. Amazing how 2 months ago that was the "high range" lolol.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I would be marking out if this was one of their prepaid phones.

8. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 2 is better

9. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You know, this phone actually looks kinda like an exbibit 11 but i'll just wait for the HTC ONE S or for the Iphone 5 since its suppose ably gonna come to tmobile also but i'll beleive it when i see it -__-!!!

10. Artex

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 29, 2012

nothing special... waiting for Samsung Galaxy S 3

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

A smart phone is not a budget phone. You have to pay data service and payments add up.

12. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

LMAO this is like the Galaxy nexus minus ICS and 4.6 inches.. everything else is the same, well the Galaxy nexus has a 1.2ghz cortex a-9 and this one has 1.5ghz and S3.. my prediction this phone will get ICS 4th quarter of this year and will not upgrade pass that. side note... this is not a low budget phone.. $50 more and u can have the Galaxy S3

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, no its identical to the american SGS2/skyrocket/hercules Everything is exactly the same but with the smaller camera and slightly smaller screen. :)

15. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The current best android phone for T-Moblie's lineup is still Samsung Galaxy S2, which is announced in August, 2011. Please bring some surprise!

19. rhinoceros

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

for the price point this is an excellent device... same specs as S2 including data speeds but less of a camera and screen size... will sell big time

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