Samsung Infuse 4G Review - BWOne.com





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Published on May 9, 2011


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The Samsung Infuse 4G aims at being AT&T's top Android Smartphone. Does it live up to the hype?

Hardware & Design

Let's start off by just saying Samsung has created a beautiful& sexy device in the Infuse 4G,. They have found a way to make a large 4.5 inch screen work and work well. It's comfortable to hold and is very light and about the only phone I've held that is lighter is the Galaxy S II. The screen is Samsung's new Super AMOLED Plus display which packs 50% more pixels and will improve battery life. The screen is just amazing to look at as its sharp, bright and clear and battery improvements is noticeable which we will get into more later. Its one of the thinnest 4G devices out there being only 8.99 mm thin but packs a fast 1.2 Ghz single-core processor, 1750 mAH battery, 2 GB pre-installed SD card with 16 GB of on board storage and a 8 megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture. The camera is by far the best I have seen since the Nokia E7 and we did a full review on the camera along so check that out for deeper details. There is also a front facing 1.3 Megapixel camera for video chat which we can't fully test yet because Google Talk with Video is not available on it yet and Fring only works with the rear facing camera and not the front facing camera.

Surrounding the bezel you have a power button, 3.5 mm headphone jack, volume controls and micro USB port on the bottom next to the mic port. The USB port supports the include USB to HDMI cable which I praise AT&T & Samsung for including in the packaging as standard. I can't praise the hardware enough. Samsung has made 4.5 inches and created a powerful device that you will want to hold in your hand.

Software & Usability

Let's start off with the most important part of the phone call quality and battery life. Call quality is also good and battery life is impressive with getting about 2 days with moderate use, 1 day with heavy use so definitely that Super AMOLED Plus display is giving the expected battery life improvements..The Infuse 4G comes with android 2.2.1 with the latest version of TouchWiz on top of it. You get the standard features you expect in TouchWiz and the one touch controls in the notifications section which is a very popular feature. You get the choice of 3 keyboards. The Samsung keyboard is the default with option to choose either the Android keyboard or Swype keyboard . There are some AT&T specific apps such as U-Verse Mobile, U-Verse Live TV , full version of Angry Birds and the app they are pushing heavy with the Samsung Media Hub.

The Samsung Media hub is where you can buy movies and TV shows right on the device. You can either rent or own it and you can either watch it on the really nice Super AMOLED Plus display even though the audio is not that great out of the speakers but if you want to watch it with better audio on your TV you can with the included HDMI adapter. The were some reports that other reviewers were unable to get the HDMI working but I was able to get it going without a problem. It basically turns the phone into mirrored mode and whatever you do on your phone it will show on the screen and videos will playback in HD if they are in that format. All this works smoothly without a hitch as I didn't run into any software issues or freezes or lag which that 1.2 ghz processor prevents from happening. Call quality is also good and battery life is impressive with getting about 2 days with moderate use, 1 day with heavy use.

Now for one of the bigger disappointments and its in the name of the phone the 4G. AT&T needs to get their 4G network up the par. Speeds in some cases were even slower than 3G speeds. I'm in the Northeast market here in Boston and the speeds never went into the double digits in many test. I tried it in both Boston and NYC and speeds were inconsistent but always slow. They just need to step it up here to allow the 4G in this phone's name to live up to the hype.


Samsung & AT&T has come together to make one of the best android phones in the market. The Infuse 4G has great hardware, great screen and camera with solid software with it. The 4G in its name now doesn't live up to the hype and I'm pointing more in AT&T's direction for that and hopefully they will fix this sooner than later. This is by far the best android phone on the AT&T network and if you're in the market for an Android phone and willing to wait for the 4G to get better this phone will be one of the phones on the top of your list.


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