Interface and Functionality:

Most certainly, the Galaxy S Relay 4G isn't gunning to outshine Samsung's prestigious Galaxy S III in the experience department, but we're glad to see that it has been blessed with a few of the cool features found with the TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Of course, running underneath it all is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which still provides for all the exciting personalization aspects of the platform. Supplementing it, however, are things like S Beam and S Voice, which gives the experience some delightful functionality. Although it doesn't offer the comprehensive level of functionally attached with Sammy's flagship, we're nevertheless pleased by offering.



As we take a look at some of the core organizer apps on the smartphone, it's quite clear that they're identical to what's offered by the Galaxy S III, which we appreciate. Furthermore, the email experience is soundly intact for power users, as the Gmail app coughs up all the usual set of deep functionality we desire.



Already winning us over with its slick physical keyboard, you can always fall back on using its on-screen keyboard instead. However, we find ourselves being a bit more cautious since the layout is somewhat cramped in portrait – albeit, it's responsive enough to keep up with our pace.



Not surprisingly, there are a small handful of third-party apps preloaded on the handset – these include Dropbox, Evernote, Lookout Security, Slacker Radio, and TeleNav GPS Navigator. Yet, T-Mobile's presence is in full force as it packs items like Access T-Mobile, Game Base, MobileLife Organizer, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and visual voicemail.



Processor and Memory:

What do you know people? It turns out that the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is outfitted with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM – instead of the previously reported last-gen S3 CPU. With it in tow, we're treated with an overall peppy performance with few instances of it straining to perform smoothly. Heck, the benchmark scores prove that it's packing some serious heat under the hood!


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G 4960 6692 60,3
T-Mobile myTouch Q 2040 3806 29,7
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3417 6491 35,1
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19,7


Always a comforting item to find on any smartphone, the handset's microSD card slot gives us the flexibility to supplement its 5.06GB of available internal storage out of the box.

Internet and Connectivity:

Knowing that it's tucking away one serious processor behind the scenes, it doesn't surprise us that we're given a great web browsing experience – thanks primarily to the fluid navigational controls it has to offer. Additionally, it's complemented by its speedy 42Mbps HSPA+ connection, which enables it to load complex sites in no time all. Combining those two factors, it results in simply an enjoyable experience.



Already winning us over in the web surfing department, its 42Mbps HSPA+ connection is able to keep us content with real world maximum download and upload speeds of 7.6 Mbps and 1.3Mbps. On top of that, it also features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot. And yes, it packs NFC too!

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7 Comments

1. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Nice for DOS emulator!! :)

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

you guys also gave the photon q a over all 7 when all know its way better than the relay........

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I think it's unnecessary to mention about the call reception now...since every phone must be equipped with a good radio! But you can mention that when it doesn't do the phone justice! Nice review though...

4. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The only cons is the old Amoled screen of the first SGS, innatural colors and low PPI. The phone itself seems to be good, it will be available in Europe?

5. SpearDJ

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2011

Ack. Looks like I'm sticking with my G2 for a bit longer.

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The phone is a weird device, its like part Samsung Epic 4G with its screen size, keyboard, and resolution, and party Galaxy S3 with its phone hardware. Looks like a good device though.

7. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

In my opinion QWERTY smartphones are too thick.
Galaxy S Relay 4G
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h talk time)

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