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T-Mobile's QWERTY slider falls flat

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For a mid-tier smartphone running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is no slacker. Its Snapdragon S4 chip allows for smooth and fast performance, and battery life is none too shabby. Sure, the 4-inch WVGA display isn't tops and the camera is underwhelming, but $150 doesn't buy you the stars. What it should buy you is a comfortable, reasonably fast device that fits in well with your texting and photo-taking habits. If there wasn't a five-row QWERTY keyboard under the hood, our review would end on a higher note. But the fact that there is one naturally leads to some expectations about a better typing experience, and this device falls flat in that regard. If you want the extra set of keys, the Photon Q is a much better pick, and if you're open to going touchscreen-only, T-Mobile has plenty of superior devices -- even within the Galaxy S lineup.

Critic reviews

7.3
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.3
  • Display
    6.9
  • Battery life
    8.3
  • Camera
    5.5
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.9
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support
    10
  • Durability
    10
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    10
7.0
Engadget Sep 27, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, T-Mobile's newest QWERTY slider, offers snappy performance and good battery life, but the uncomfortable keyboard is a dealbreaker.

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8.0
CNET Sep 25, 2012

Those looking for a QWERTY smartphone will gravitate to the thick and hearty Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, which has Android 4.0, strong hardware specs, and excellent call quality.

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7.0
PC Mag Sep 20, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is T-Mobile's best keyboarded smartphone, but unless you really need that keyboard, you should go for the Galaxy S III.

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7.0
TechHive Oct 11, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G isn’t going to redefine Android handsets anytime soon. The keyboard is handy to have, especially if you are a heavy texter, but the phone is bulky and has a subpar camera.

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8.0
Phone Scoop Sep 27, 2012

In the end, as long as you're not stuck on the idea of having the best camera-phone in the market, the Relay is a fine choice.

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7.0
phoneArena Sep 19, 2012

If you can somehow see through the boring design of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, you'll find a superb Android smartphone that manages to be a good device in the mid-range category.

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8.0
Android Community Oct 5, 2012

We’d recommend something along the lines of the Galaxy S II or Galaxy S III over this, but if you must have the keyboard this is surely the best bet from T-Mobile.

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6.0
IntoMobile Sep 25, 2012

If you’re content with intrusive software modifications, and happen to be a sucker for phones carrying fantastic keyboards, then T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is for you.

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9.0
lizakbrown lizakbrown

I bought it for my little sister, who is still studying on collage. She said it's marvelous and love it more than any other cell phone and she wants me to share this good news with all friends and families. That's the reason why i am here.

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