- 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)
Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)
A decent but not extraordinary device
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G makes for a fairly good Android phone. Is it worth your $150? I would give it a conditional yes. Of all the major carriers, T-Mobile probably has the scarcest options in terms of good Android devices. Compared to the rest of the carrier's offerings, the Blaze makes a decent mid-point between the newer Samsung Galaxy S II on the higher end, and the truly cheap options like the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G and the Samsung Exhibit II. That said, the Blaze isn't going to match up with the amount of bang for your buck that you'd get on other carriers. The s... Full review
A good handset that stops just short of greatness
We're certainly excited to see dual-core processors trickle down into T-Mobile's mid-tier, and thanks to some well-tuned software, the Blaze 4G is an excellent performer. It's an admirable handset that offers top-notch battery life and network performance, pristine call quality and a beautiful, sturdy enclosure. That said, it's a good handset that stops just short of greatness. To justify its high price, Samsung could've included a better display and its superior 8-megapixel camera. Instead, it stopped short of the mark its competitors will be hitting in just a few months -- at which time,... Full review
Delivers big performance at a small price
Looking at the phone's spec sheet and Galaxy-esque design, you may mistake the Blaze 4G for the successor to the Galaxy S II. It’s not. The Blaze 4G is more of an extension of the series with a cheaper price tag. Qualcomm’s CPU is a multitasking beast and the Super AMOLED is just as commendable as any other mobile screen on the market. Still, the Blaze 4G doesn’t bring anything new to the Android forefront. ICS integration might have placed it atop of T-Mobile’s premium handsets, but its lack of memory and hackneyed design gives the device a mid-level presence.Some m... Full review
An impressive device with great ergonomics and speedy performance
Fast performance, great size, fast data when available
Top notch telephony, NFC connectivity, solid build quality
he Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G packs enough functionality to keep every potential Android user, who thinks that a screen over 4" in size is too big happy. It is well built, fast, and pocket friendly. It's also got some powerful hardware that makes it relatively future proof.
The smartphone however, is far from perfect. Its Super AMOLED screen has remained in 2010. Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4 on the other hand, while perfectly polished, is quite far from being at the cutting edge of the Android realm. The lack of an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline does not he... Full review
Great Battery Life, decent camera, little weight
If you're looking for a compact, Android phone in the Galaxy S family, the Blaze is a good option for those who aren't looking to shell out more than $200 bucks for a new phone.
At $150 with contract, the Galaxy S Blaze is a mid-range phone with strong capabilities given its spec and size. While some of its competition includes the HTC Sensation 4G with an 8 MP camera, the Galaxy S Blaze blows the Sensation's battery life out of the water.
The lack of Ice Cream Sandwich, the newest version of Android, is a bummer, but hopefully with many smartphones receiving updates soon, the G... Full review
Offers strong performance and long battery life in a more compact design
Compact design, peppy performance, great calling quality, above average battery life
Good things are still found in small packages. In fact, that’s essentially what we find with T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, as it’s able to impress us in so many ways. To tell you the truth, we weren’t expecting a lot out of this one, especially when the Samsung Galaxy S II is out there floating around, but it’s evident that the Blaze 4G is a wonderful alternative for those who prefer a device that’s more compact – without sacrificing the goods in the specs department. Taking into account its $149.99 2-year contract price, it’s price reasonably enough to justify it st... Full review
Looks like your standard mid-range phone but it packs a few punches you’d never see coming
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