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Samsung Galaxy S 4G

Samsung Galaxy S 4G

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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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82 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
UChoudhari
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
frankyan
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
suarez0528
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Average user Score
 
90
UChoudhari
12.02.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
frankyan
11.24.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
suarez0528
05.17.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
alensaqe
04.18.12
Overall a good phone for a phone based on the pricetag. Survives the times.
 
80
flameflash
08.11.11
For an unboxing video, please visit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OVI7h_uqMY There were some main selling points to this phone over others on the market: Storage capacity. With a 16GB miniSD card in the phone I can not only store the prepackaged “Inception” movie but anything else I might want to carry with me on a phone (like music). GPS I have a tendency to either need to print out a map when I’m driving somewhere or have driven to that place dozens of times. Getting a built-in “TomTom” in my phone means thats one less device I have to buy. Yes, the default GPS system is dependent on the service provider, but a quick app download of “CoPilot” and its related (huge) map database for North America and I could go into airplane mode and still get to my destination. (And thanks to the 16GB miniSD card I have no fear of filling it up simply with maps. Email (IMAP) I bet that one has some of you scratching your heads. One reason I initially got the Sidekick three years ago was because it had advertised I could have e-mail functionality. What the fine print didn’t indicate was that it would only do POP3 email. For the uninitiated I’ll be brief: POP3 Email: You download it all to your device at every location you access your email. So if you download it to your phone and delete everything (and read everything) it’ll be on your home computer as though it’s all brand new... unless you tell it to delete server side. IMAP Email: You read it one place, it shows up read everywhere else. You delete it one place, it deletes everywhere else. This is the type of email I’ve been using for years. The type of e-mail I expected from my Sidekick an didn’t get. For this feature alone I’ve fallen in love with my new phone. Nothing Lost Say what? When I say this I’m thinking of what my first cell phone was like in the Sidekick. I had a keyboard (I get an onscreen one now), camera (check), Internet (check). That’s it. That’s all I ever used on my Sidekick. The “keyboard” is the Android Swype system. I like it. Fast but stupid. So if you’re typing something that isn’t commonly in the dictionary (like an Internet password) you’ll probably have to manually key it in. The camera has video functionality. No flash, but I didn’t have one on my old phone, and it takes good pictures. Internet access? Yep. The speed was never an issue (edge network only in my area) but this browser seems to be superior to the one that had been in the Sidekick, and since we’re on a widely used Android OS now, hopefully updates, when needed, will fix any browsing issues... otherwise I’m sure there will be “an app for that.” After using it for a few months I’ve found that the kids also appreciate it as a quick time-user. Grabbed some free games for it like “Suicidal Birds” (Angry Birds) and a Princess Memory game. The WoW auction house application and armory application are both impressive as well. Almost enough to inspire me to subscribe to that extra fee service. Almost. Now what about features that I didn’t mention, or the fact that I didn’t go with an iPhone. Well, iPhone wise, I plan on getting an iPad, and I wanted “tethering” (Internet sharing through the phone) which isn’t easily accessed on an iPhone through either Verizon or AT&T (when I say easily, I mean cheaply). Tethering (at the time of this writing) is free for T-mobile. I am a Mobile Me subscriber with Apple. So how does it work with my phone? All my contacts are synced. Now there is a caveat: I got a really good deal thanks to being kicked off my previous data network. Would I have still gone with the Galaxy S if I hadn’t gotten such a sweet deal? No. But that’s because I’m cheap and if I was approaching T-mobile today I would look at their current offerings of plans and deem none of them for me. As it stands, I kept my old Sidekick plan (including MyFavs) and only pay $3 more for the new “Android” data service. Would I have gone with a similar phone? Absolutely. This review is meant, if you’re on the fence to upgrade, to push you over. It is not to convince you to go with a particular server provider. -FF
 
100
kevnjevon
07.23.11
I love this phone on Tmobile, its fast, lightweight and functions with no problem.
 
80
Dyna
05.22.11
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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