Samsung Galaxy Indulge Review

Camera and Multimedia:

One area that hasn’t been improved upon since the Samsung Craft is the 3.2MP autofocus camera. Even though the software has a nice selection of scenes and shooting modes, the autofocus is slow and can take up to 5 seconds to focus on a subject, though saving the image is done in less than a second. Images that we took outside are mediocre at best, edges are soft and lacking fine detail, and color accuracy is poor, due to the auto white balance having issues. Indoor images aren’t great either, again having issues with the color and white balance. The device still lacks a flash, so don’t expect to use it much at night, even though there is a “night mode” which only slows down the shutter speed to allow more light in, but at the same time the image will be tend to be blurry.

Videos can also be recorded up to 720x480 resolution at 30 frames-per-second, up from 640x480 at 15fps on the Samsung Craft. When played back on a PC, the quality is OK, but not as good as high-end HD video phones. Again, nothing that is worth more than a YouTube upload.

Samsung Galaxy Indulge Sample Video:

We were able to playback a wide variety of our own video files, up to 1280x720, and formats that include MP4, H.264, DivX, and XviD. They all played smoothly, but colors were washed-out looking, and there was some noticeable pixelation. One nice extra is that the microSD card comes with a digital copy of the Iron Man 2 movie.

The music player is also pretty basic for Android, as it can display your songs, playlists, albums, artists, and genres. There is also a Disc View mode that shows a nice cover-art flow when the phone is in landscape mode. Playback quality through the rear mono speaker is average, but can sound a bit distorted if the volume is turned up to the highest setting. Thankfully, you have the option of using 3.5mm wired earbuds or a Bluetooth stereo headset.

Internet and Connectivity:

Going into the phone’s settings, shows that the Samsung Galaxy Indulge supports CDMA voice: 800/1900MHz 1700/2100MHz AWS, and LTE data: 1700/2100MHz AWS 1900MHz PCS. What this translates for your data connection is that it uses MetroPCS’ 1700/2100MHz network with a 5MHz spectrum for 4G LTE, or will default to their 1900MHz PCS network for 3G. By contrast, Verizon uses the 700MHz band for its 4G LTE, but uses a larger 20MHz spectrum.

As we discovered, not all 4G LTE is created equal. When using the web browser to load the web site on the Galaxy Indulge, it took almost 55 seconds to complete (including all Flash content and ads), compared to only 22 seconds when using the HTC ThunderBolt with Verizon’s 4G service (of course, we shouldn't forget the significant difference in processing power between the two devices). One thing about using the web browser on the Galaxy Indulge is that most web page text is pixelated and unreadable, due to the lower resolution display, so you have to zoom-in for text to be readable.

When using the app, the Galaxy Indulge would only get between 1.0-1.4Mbps download and upload speeds on the MetroPCS 4G network, while the HTC Thunderbolt would get between 8-10Mbps download speeds on Verizon’s 4G network. The Motorola DROID X would get about 0.75-1.2Mbps download on Verizon’s 3G EVDO network.

We also tried downloading the Angry Birds Lite Beta app, which is 11.44MB, from the Android Market to see how long that would take on each device. On the Galaxy Indulge it was a snail’s pace at 2 minutes 5 seconds to fully download over 4G, while the HTC ThunderBolt was lighting fast at 18 seconds on Verizon’s 4G network. But the Motorola DROID X took the longest at 2 minutes 40 seconds on Verizon’s 3G EVDO network.

What all these numbers tell us is that even though the Samsung Galaxy Indulge is technically a “4G LTE” device, its speeds are much closer to 3G (or maybe 3.5G in our opinion) and do not even come close to the faster 4G LTE speeds of Verizon’s network using the HTC ThunderBolt.



1. QQ unregistered

i think you meant to say 12 days of stand by time on a full charge..;;; 12 days of talking really?

2. PDei unregistered

I hear the battery is pretty notorious, and only 3 hours of talk time. 12 would be standby for sure. Its a big phone. shame the pixels have decreased and the camera has no flash. love that it has a slide out QWERTY and 4G capabilites. and what can I say? I love samsung. Would this phone work in Korea? I know its CDMA so is there no transferance of the SIM? porbably not. oh well. Thinking about it... If metro, then likely. but Ill wait it out just a bitt.
Galaxy Indulge
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(3.00h talk time)

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