- Dan Seifert , MobileBurn
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is an impressive device with great ergonomics and speedy performance.
Samsung is known for making excellent products for the high-end and entry-level smartphone segments. But what about its mid-range offerings? Are they any good? The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is proof that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. With Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a dual-core Snapdragon CPU from Qualcomm clocked at 1.5GHz, it already impresses, even if only on paper. And the rest of its features will just do more to reinforce the mostly positive first impression.
First off, take a look at the handset’s exterior. Its enclosure measures only 11mm thin, and overall it weighs just 128 grams. Yet for something so compact, it carries a 4-inch 480x800 touchscreen display, 5MP camera, a microUSB port, a microSD card slot, and a 1,750 mAh battery. This gives it up to 7 hours of talk time in 3G and a standby time of nearly 10 full days. It’s certainly something that you’ll be able to rely on for use on the go.
The default software may need a little upgrading, but the truth is that Gingerbread really isn’t that bad to begin with. It can still be useful, especially when used with the other extra hardware features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and NFC.
Samsung designed this particular smartphone to handle speedy mobile Internet, and users will surely be able to enjoy Web browsing on it with HSPA+ speeds wherever there is network coverage. There’s a lot of value to be had here, and if the price is brought down a bit from where it sat originally, it’s a model that will give you a lot of bang for your buck.
Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
1. 4-inch 480x800 pixel resolution touchscreen display looks great for Web browsing. (The Good)
2. Runs on a dual-core processor with a high clock rate, which translates to faster performance. (The Good)
3. Default operating system cannot be upgraded to the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)
4. Display lacks native support for standard HD content. (The Bad)