Phone crashes and buzzess all the time November 1, 2011
Reviewer: B. Ambe "OutdoorsMan" (Odenton, MD) -
I do not like this phone at all. It crashes and freezes all the time. The text messaging application is really crap; browser sucks. I really loved my Google phone it was great, but not 4G capable.
Awesome Phone! April 9, 2011
Reviewer: LisafromPortland (Portland, OR USA) -
Love this phone! And really what is NOT to love? It is fast, sleek, easy to use, amazing screen, and can do pretty much anything you would ever need a phone to do. I can't imagine anyone not liking it. The key pad is roomy and easy to type with, also I love the Swype on this thing, it makes texting easy. I love its syncing capabilities, as it is keeping me very organized, more than any other phone I have used. If you want a fast, fun, easy to use, cool, phone with tons of applications, good camera, great video.....then get this phone. I did tons of research and am pleased with my purchase!
Five stars if not for the bloatware! June 27, 2011
Reviewer: B. League
I've had this phone for two weeks now and I am SUPER pleased with it! The processing power is absolutely amazing compared to my previous Android phone.
The screen size on this phone is also amazing and I must add that it is covered with "Gorilla Glass" from Dow Corning - Google it, if you aren't sure what it is.
Still camera doesn't have a flash but it takes pix at 5 megapixels - more than adequate IMO. The video recorder records in 720p making for some AWESOME videos.
Now for the complaints (in order of most annoying)
First - Bloatware - this phone comes with a TON of apps preinstalled and you can't remove them unless you root the phone - some of them (DoubleTwist for instance) seem to randomly decide when to run and eat up your valuable memory. (Find a task manager app to prevent this.) When I saw all the apps loaded on it, I thought back to the days of the Packard-Bell computers and all the junk the installed on them at the factory - VERY annoying.
Second - No LEDs light up on the screen to tell you that you have a missed call, txt, or that the phone is charing or is charged, etc.
Third - the lights for the control touch buttons on the front of the phones turn off way too fast and you have to memorize where the buttons are.
All in all, these three annoyances are minor - I would still recommend this phone to anyone in the market - it is blazingly fast and I am sooo in love with it.
Great phone May 20, 2011
Reviewer: RainyDay (Western WA) -
Sure, this is my first real smartphone (had a Blackberry Pearl Flip before, somewhat of a mid-point). But I love it. It's easy to set up and use. The features makes sense. Apps are easy to download. I keep most in the microSD card that came with my phone.
Call audio is clear. Battery life depends very much on how much you use the phone. It is a mini computer after all. I can listen to several podcasts and use a few other apps (like Facebook) in a day and have to charge my battery nightly. That's with the WIFI on and bluetooth and GPS off all day. Where I live I only get the edge network (hence the wifi), but around town I get 3g or 4g. Your mileage may vary.
The screen is what eats up most of your battery (you can actually look up this info on the phone), but that's because it's beautiful. Crystal clear and very good display.
Two things I wish were better.... The speaker is on the back of the phone. If you're listening to a call or podcast or movie, and you set the phone down it will be muffled. So you either have to hold it or prop it up, or if it's just audio (like a podcast) you can flip it on its front.
The second thing is that there is no flash. I don't know who thought that was a good idea, but well there isn't one. So either take your pics in daylight or have blurry, grainy pictures. This also means that any apps that use the LED as a flashlight won't work, because there isn't one! This doesn't' matter to me, but the flash is pretty important for photos, especially indoors.
All in all, it's still a great phone. Nice and light, very fast, and with lots of apps preloaded.
Absolute garbage. June 11, 2013
Reviewer: S. Novick "medium*rare" (Philly) -
This phone sucks. You have to either restart it or force close everything 10x a day. Stupid phone can't even run under the power of it's own stock apps. It's also SLOOOOQW. I need a phone that works when I need it to, not one with a million unnecessary customization options I'll never use. Don't waste your time.
Gorilla Glass Screen broke in my pocket June 3, 2013
Love everything about this phone, except that the Gorilla Glass screen cracked in my pocket. I didn't drop it, and the screen was facing inward, but the screen still cracked :(
Excellent smartphone @ reasonable price November 30, 2012
It is my first Android phone that replaced HTC HD2 (Win6.5) . Back to 2010, HD2 was flagship smartphone and I paid >$100 with 2 years contract. As the industry leapfrogged every month (remember "Moore's Law"?), I don't want to pay premium and selected it at Costco for free with two-year contract extension in April 2012.
I couldn't be happier with SG4G, considering my previous one was HD2. The hardware specs didn't differ much, except SG4G with front-face camera. Windows6.5 really sucks. It is very smooth. It froze once or twice in the last 7 months.
No 5 stars because of the following Cons.
1. Camera. I don't complain about missing LED. It is the shutter speed. It takes SECONDS to make a shot. My wife uses HTC Amaze. She took 4 times pictures as mine during the same moment.
2. USB cable. Only the OEM can make PC recognize it as mass storage. Why
Great Phone but has Problems March 11, 2012
I love this phone but it has some problems. There are some things you can look over, like the battery and the constant pop up of double twist, but when it starts to shut down so many times a day and sometimes when you use your bluetooth, it becomes a problem. I am now on my 4th galaxy s (3 of which was all in one mth). I need to send the one im using now back, but tmobile are being a little difficult about everything. I would say get it because the screen is nice, movies/shows show fine, games are nice, etc but you gotta expect problems.
Best phone i've ever had March 9, 2012
I never write reviews but I just have to let everyone know how great this phone is. I purchased this phone 8 months ago so i've had time to use everything it offers. After having about 12 different phones, I must say this one tops them all! The resolution, speed, and options it includes are amazing. The ONLY things that I find slightly annnnoying, are the battery life and the fact that it doesn't have a flash on the camera. I'm constantly on my phone every day (mostly texting or on facebook) and I usually have to recharge my phone after 9-10 hours which considering how much it has running, is really not that bad! The pictures this phone takes are AMAZING. Clear and crisp, AS LONG as you have plenty of light. Seeing such a great phone without a flash is a shame since that's such a basic feature. Overall, this is a great phone and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants an iphone, but better ;)
Best new phone I have ever had! September 7, 2011
Reviewer: Iris Dunson "irisfromohio" (Ohio) -
After months that seemed like years for me to give the nod to a new phone, specifically a 4G device, I am glad that I chose this one. What a terrific phone! I am still a little intimidated by the lack of a QWERTY keyboard, the letters & symbols on the touch screen are large enough that I think I can become accustomed to them. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
I am really liking the fast connections & streaming that 4G offers. the sound on the calls are clear (something I didn't realize I was missing) & the light weight size is one of the better features too. Added bonus is being connected to Netflix on my phone. I'm using the GPS app too.
I don't know what people who don't like this phone are thinking, maybe the less that long battery life, but everyone who has a smart phone that isn't a Blackberry has gotten past that issue & tweak our schedules to allow time for charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is an absolute pleasure to get used to.
Beautiful Screen, Great Android Phone, BUT bloatware is not removable September 4, 2011
Reviewer: Jonny F (Pittsburgh, PA United States) -
The good things about the galaxy s 4g:
Light, nice to hold, with a beautiful screen. It's a fast android phone. Nice all round.
The Bad things:
it is not running the latest android version. mine is on 2.2 from samsung/t-mobile. i can find no news at samsung on when 2.3 would be available, 5 months now after it was released to other phones (5 April 2011).
It comes with a bunch of applications samsung and t-mobile think you'll like. fine. but not fine is that they can not be removed. that could be fine if they just sat there and you could ignore them. but they run, all on their own, all the time, and you can't stop them. They have access to your address book, the internet, your location, and far too many other permissions. This is a big risk for your personal information, and you have no control over it.
Also, the 1 gig of internal memory in the amazon specs is misleading. There is 1 gig for the android rom, not for you. Samsung claim 512MB for RAM, for apps and such. That's not available on mine, about 100-150MB is taken by the pre installed apps from samsung and t-mobile that can not be removed.
All in all, and Customer Service:
The phone is a nice physical device. the pre installed apps put your personal information at risk. but even worse for me was my experience with samsung customer support. i have contacted them 3 times, and not got any helpful response to any of my questions. I did get the tracking number and incident number of a different customer! But nothing about my questions.
Great phone July 19, 2011
I got this phone about a month ago it works great.I like everything about,and there is not one thing that i don't like about this phone.But when you check out bewere that they will add $30 for unlimited internet in your next t-mobile bill.but other than great phone fast shipping.
FINALLY, At Last -- An Android to Love and Treasure ! May 2, 2011
Reviewer: Nandu "Nandu" (Los Angeles) -
When my T-Mobile contract was up for renewal in February 2011, I was one of those who went thru a laundry list of phones to try out (and probably wore down the patience of T-Mobile's customer reps in the process) in trying to find the "perfect" android. Coming from a Motorola V3 Razr (yes, it's been THAT long), obviously things on the cell phone horizon have changed drastically in the last year or two.
My first choice was the Asus Garminfone (which came as a free upgrade phone). Close but no cigar. If you check the feedback and reviews for the Garminfone, the battery life was a BIG liability. Yes, usually by the end of the day, even with minimal use on cell calls and web surfing/emails, the battery was completed DEAD. Luckily, it came with a free car charger, which is a definite plus for this power-hungry sucker. Otherwise the Garminfone was the best in GPS navigation I've ever used in any cell phone. Period. Too bad the battery life became such a hassle that I had to sadly return it.
Next up was the Nokia E73 Smartphone. Great looks and build (looks like it could definitely withstand a couple of drops onto the sidewalk with no damage -- but you still don't want to do that). Unfortunately the Nokia E73 (a Blackberry "wannabe") had a very LOW call volume. Even with the volume turned to its highest setting, I had a tough time hearing the caller clearly. Another bogus choice.
My third and last choice was the Moto Cliq 2. Great solid reviews and I even tested its call volume at several T-Mobile stores just to make sure its volume was decent, and it definitely is and then some. It probably has the BEST call quality of any phone I've tested this year in T-Mobile's current line-up. LOUD and CLEAR. But on the day when it time to purchase, T-Mobile ran out of stock. Wouldn't ya know it? Maybe it's meant to be. Which finally led me to the Galaxy S 4G. I happened to be in Walmart on a shopping errand when I saw it was on sale for $98 with a 2-year upgrade. I couldn't believe my eyes!! That was a STEAL compared to what I've been seeing. I immediately signed up right on the spot, thinking I could always return it again if it sucks like the first two models did.
Was I wrong! This phone is a BEAUT in almost every way -- gorgeous looks and screen (its biggest WOW factor), sleek design, nice size screen, plentiful of apps and features to keep you occupied for days on end. I've also learned in the two weeks since my purchase if you tap on "Task Manager", you'll see the apps currently running. It does allow you to delete the ones you don't want in the background. Sometimes you have to do this more than once a day if you're constantly going into different Apps since the Galaxy S doesn't always automatically delete the App even after you've finished.
And of course if you turn off Wi-Fi and GPS when you're not using it, it def stores up your battery life. I don't know if I should say this (I might jinx it in doing so), but I've been getting by with a minimum of 3 days of usage on the Galaxy in turning off Wi-Fi and GPS. And yes, I'm not constantly on Facebook or text msging, so maybe that has something to do with it. Even with using the Galaxy for 1 to 2 hours of phone calls per day, I can squeeze out 3 days on the battery without recharging. How cool is that??
So looks like I've finally found the right mate to stay "married" for the next two years and I'm a very, very lucky dude to say the least. Get the Galaxy S, you won't regret it. It may turn out to even outlast your current BF or GF :) hee, hee !
Wow! March 18, 2011
Reviewer: S. Colon "WOLFBANE" (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK United States) -
This phone is pretty fast and smooth. I was waiting for a Samsung Vibrant, which they had run out of, so I bought a WindowsPhone7. Boy was I disappointed. Once you use Android, everything else just pales in comparison. I took the Windows phone back at the end of the week, and they happen to have the Samsung Galaxy S 4g. This phone is just awesome! It is basically a Samsung Vibrant with a few touches. They have added HSPCA+
and a front facing vga camera. The Vibrant had 16gb internal memory, which they removed, and instead give you a 16gb sd card. The screen, if you haven't seen AMOLED in action, is the most gorgeous screen of ANY cell phone, period. This is the same screen that Apple wanted to use for their iphone, but Samsung refused. Also, the screen is made out of Gorilla Glass. The additions that Samsung has put in are unobtrusive compared to the motoblur that Motorola uses on it's phone. Highly recommend this phone, you have 14 days to return it to T-Mobile.
Avoid this device. Phone screen cracked within 2 weeks of purchase. June 25, 2011
Changed to Samsung Galaxy. Bad idea. Cracked within 2 weeks of purchase and I did not have insurance for physical damage. Samsung was to charge me around 163 dollars to repair a phone bought for more than 500 dollars 2 weeks earlier. Sadly, I had to buy another device because I felt that was a wrong investment. I will advice everyone to run away from this device. Please do not waste your money.