Samsung Infuse 4G Review


AT&T’s Samsung Infuse 4G is described as “big. brilliant. thin”. That’s an accurate description which is almost surprising for marketing message. However, it does summarize fairly well what the phone is about. As a former “computer graphics guy”, I sometimes say that “the display is the computer”, and this is particularly true for the Infuse 4G: its big 4.5” display draws a lot of “wooo” and “ahhh”, but such a large display often gets a love (mostly), or hate, reaction. For a big phone, it is also relatively light: it’s lighter than the iPhone 4. So, how is it to carry the Samsung Infuse 4G around and use it in the real world? Is it as good as AT&T says it is? I tried it for a couple of weeks, and in this review I’ll tell you about its greatness and its pitfalls.

Context

We all use smartphones in different ways, so it’s important that I tell you where I come from: I check my email (a lot!) with Microsoft Exchange, and I reply only moderately because a virtual keyboard is not as productive as a physical one. I browse the web several times a day to check on news sites, but I rarely watch movies or play music. I don’t call much – maybe 10mn a day. On the “apps” side, I have a couple of social networks, but I rarely play games – even Angry Birds. This usage pattern will affect battery life and the perception of what features are useful.

Technical Highlights

Display: 4.5” 800×480
Soc: Samsung 1.2GHz “Hummingbird”
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS: 850/1900/2100 MHz (3.5G HSPA+)
OS: Android 2.2
RAM: 512MB
User Storage: 13GB (internal), 2GB (external)
Camera: 8 Megapixel + 1.3 Megapixel
Sensors: G-sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, Light sensor
GPS: yes
Local networks: WIFI + Bluetooth
Battery: 1750mAh

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