Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G Review
Do you happen to love the dreamy specs associated with T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but prefer something a bit more form fitting in the hand and less expensive? Well then, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G might be the device you’re after, not only for the simple reason it’s similar in the specs departments while maintaining a more compact figure, but it’s also going to be trail blazing with its speedy 42Mbps HSPA+ data connectivity. Although it’s technically still a part of the original Samsung Galaxy S line, it should prove to be a smoking addition, so let’s find out if it’s worth picking up.
In typical fashion, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G exhibits the usual design characteristics akin to Samsung’s stable – meaning it’s all-plastic and very lightweight. Interestingly, it actually looks similar to the BlackBerry Torch 9860, because of the way its bezel curves towards its top edge. Even though its overall design isn’t particularly polarizing over other things, above all, we’re fascinated most above its smaller footprint over the previous Samsung Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G, even more when it packs the same 4-inch sized display.
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Donning the usual four capacitive Android buttons, they’re positioned close one another and towards the bottom edge – thus, causing us to accidentally pressing them at times. Meanwhile, there’s a front-facing camera above the display ready to take 1280 x 960 resolution self-portraits.
On one hand, we like the distinct feel of its volume control, but its dedicated power button is flat to the touch – albeit, both deliver springy responses when pressed. In addition, we find other customary things around its sides such as its 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microphone, and spring loaded microSD slot.
Knowing that this handset bears some respectable specs, it’s fitting that we find a 5-megapixel snapper with LED flash in the rear – plus, it’s capable of shooting 720p videos. Prying off its soft touch rear cover, we’re given access to its SIM card slot and 1,750 mAh battery.
Surely enough, we still can’t get over the fact that this Blaze 4G is packing a 4-inch display, especially when its overall footprint is smaller than the previous models with such screen. Employing a WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED display, we’re naturally entranced by the poppy and saturated colors it’s able to deliver – while still maintaining clarity thanks to its wide viewing angles. Despite employing a PenTile matrix arrangement, it’s sharp enough to visibly see fine text with relatively few issues. All in all, it’s a beauty, but then again, that’s common thing accompanying this kind of panel.