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Samsung Vibrant Review

Samsung Vibrant

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Samsung Vibrant Review
Samsung Vibrant Release Date – July 21, 2010


Back in the fall, Samsung was able to build up some steam surrounding the Behold II as it was one of the few handsets in the market to differentiate itself with an AMOLED display. Everything on paper definitely made the smartphone quite interesting and at one point was thought to be part of the upper echelon of Android powered smartphones at the time. Unfortunately for Samsung, it failed to be a compelling device to appeal to consumers who wanted to experience yet another customized Android experience. However, T-Mobile surely has an ace up its sleeve in the form of the Samsung Vibrant T959 – their version of the Galaxy S. Already finding itself in the comfy position amongst other premier Android powered smartphones, the Vibrant packs on some things not found on the other variants to differentiate it. Nevertheless, there's no arguing at this point that the Vibrant will become one of the biggest phones to grace T-Mobile this summer.

Samsung Vibrant Review
The package contains:
  • Samsung Vibrant
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Wall Charger
  • microUSB Cable
  • 2GB microSD card


The Samsung Vibrant employs the same exact design and build quality found with the Galaxy S I9000, which isn't to say is a bad thing, but rather, refreshing for the US market when you consider the stark difference from the Behold II. Constructed primarily out of this slick durable feeling plastic, it may not embody the premium feel of AT&T's version, the Samsung Captivate, but nonetheless practical and comfortable to hold. There is a chrome bezel that holds the recessed display in place which also adds an element of charm to the handset while the patterned design found on the back accomplishes the same feat. One of the most comforting things about the handset is that it's extremely thin (0.39”), especially more so when you take into consideration its packed internals – plus it's one lightweight (4.16 oz) handset that won't burden you in the pockets. Construction-wise, the Vibrant feels solid enough all around, but we'd imagine that its glossy plastic exterior would be prone to some scratching.

Construction-wise, the Samsung Vibrant feels solid enough all around - Samsung Vibrant Review
Construction-wise, the Samsung Vibrant feels solid enough all around - Samsung Vibrant Review
Construction-wise, the Samsung Vibrant feels solid enough all around - Samsung Vibrant Review

Construction-wise, the Samsung Vibrant feels solid enough all around

Samsung Vibrant Review

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If you seek out lush and exquisite looking colors, you'll find plenty of that with the Vibrant's beautiful 4” Super AMOLED display – where its name perfectly sums everything up. Gazing at it for the first time will easily make anyone forget about the last-gen AMOLED display found on the Behold II. Sizing up with a WVGA (480x800) resolution and support for 16.7 million colors, there's no arguing about the sheer color tones and gradients it's able to showcase – plus it's able to replicate pure black so well that you may not even know where the borders of the touchscreen end. Additionally, it boasts some great viewing angles and sheer luminance to keep your eyes glazed from every angle you look at it. Although it's believed to provide an improved experience outdoors in direct sunlight, there is still some instances when shading it would allow for a better view of what's on the screen.

Samsung Vibrant Review
Samsung Vibrant Review
Samsung Vibrant Review

Gone are the front-facing camera and physical button from the original, but aside from that, everything else about the handset is intact. The same four touch sensitive buttons found on the Samsung Captivate dominate the area beneath the touchscreen, but thankfully this time around, they are more recognizable in low lighting conditions as it offers a brighter back-lighting. Physical buttons are minimal with the handset as you'll find the volume rocker and dedicated power button clinging onto the sides – which unfortunately doesn't offer the most assuring responses when pressed. The 3.5mm headset jack is found on the top edge with the microUSB port hidden underneath a sliding latch. Using the same patterned design that's also evident on the original, the branding has been altered to “Galaxy S” as opposed to “Samsung.” Towards the top left of the back of the phone you'll find the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with the two notches for the speaker phone in close proximity. Removing the rear cover can simply be accomplished by yanking it off – providing you access to the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot.

Samsung Vibrant Review
Samsung Vibrant Review
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The sides of Samsung Vibrant - Samsung Vibrant Review

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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: 6330; 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: 286; 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: 99; 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
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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