Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: Vibrant
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 07/13/2010
- Released on: 07/21/2010
The good: The Samsung Vibrant boasts a brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen and comes preloaded with a number of entertainment goodies, including a full-length copy of "Avatar." The Android-based smartphone also offers 16GB of internal memory, full wireless options, and great call quality.
The bad: The phone feels plasticky and slick. Battery life isn't the greatest. There's no camera flash.
The bottom line: Sleek and fast, the Samsung Vibrant is one of T-Mobile's top smartphones for entertainment, but its feature set takes a toll on the battery life.
The Best Phone I Have Ever Used
by infinitewisdom on July 17, 2010
Pros: -4 inch Super AMOLED
-1 ghz Hummingbird processor
-sweet 720p video capture
-ability to customize endlessly with Android
-battery life is great, considering the wealth of features
Cons: -lack of dedicated ringer off-switch
-feels so light you think it will shatter if you drop it.
Summary: I rushed out and bought this the day it came out. As a long-suffering T-Mobile customer, I was so glad we finally got the option of having a truly top-of-the-line ...
Summary: I rushed out and bought this the day it came out. As a long-suffering T-Mobile customer, I was so glad we finally got the option of having a truly top-of-the-line smartphone (with apologies to my Cliq, which served me pretty well). The display is brilliant, the phone is extremely responsive. One area of this review that I completely disagree with is the rather cavalier dismissal of the Vibrant's camera and video capabilities. The 5 megapixel camera is simply stunning. I don't know where they tested the camera out, but it totally impressed me, especially considering the included editing options. The 720p video capture is especially useful for me. And by the way, a flash is definitely NOT needed on this thing. The camera is so great in varying light levels (so far, I've tested it in my office which is bright with lots of sunlight, and two bars which were fairly low-lit; all sets of pics came out sharp and clear). I probably don't need to say anything more about Android 2.1; if you already love Android, there's more of it to love here. If you're on the fence between IOS and Android, then 2.1 may push you over to the Droid side. The battery life is actually pretty amazing considering the sheer number of features that this phone has. I've only had to charge it once since buying it Thursday.
The two (possibly three) cons I had were somewhat minor. I do miss having the ringer off-switch that my Cliq had (that thing was awfully convenient). And yes, the phone feels extremely light to me (at least compared to the Cliq, which could probably go through a plate-glass window), but that's easily countered by getting a gel case, which you should be getting for a phone like this anyway. The potential third con is that I did notice the signal strength was misrepresented (lost 2-3 bars) a few times when I would hold the phone (not tightly, and before I bought the gel case). Lest you think i have the iPhone-mania, let me say that the Vibrant has not dropped a call for me yet, not even when I went into the elevator of my apartment building, something I can't say about any other phone I've had. So, unlike Apple's flimsy excuse for the iPhone's woes, this truly does appear to be a software issue which can be remedied with a quick update in the future.
Samsung really knocked it out of the park with this one. The Vibrant is great, and I would recommend it to anybody.
23 out of 41 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Android phone. Best T-Mobile phone. Best Phone.
by ckubber on July 20, 2010
Pros: BEAUTIFUL display, very fast with no lag, SWYPE, loud speaker, great camera with touch subject to focus, HD video, 16GB internal memory, Android, best web browsing to date, multi-touch flawless, Avatar, Sims 3, GPS Navigation, and more!
Cons: no camera flash (but you don't need one since the camera is good already), no front -facing camera (neither of which are big deals); also if you are on it all the time like me then the battery life is not the longest, but still long enough
Summary: Before I bought this phone, I had a simple, no data, no touch phone. All my friends have iPhones, so I use them or my iPod Touch on WiFi when ...
Summary: Before I bought this phone, I had a simple, no data, no touch phone. All my friends have iPhones, so I use them or my iPod Touch on WiFi when I need connectivity. I'm extremely picky with spending money, so if I'm going to spend the money on something like a data phone, then it better do exactly what I want it to. Even though I think iPhones are overrated, I'm very fond of their ease of use and overall "wholesomeness." In addition, I have tested some Android phones before but they all felt so...incomplete? I'm not sure what the right word is, but all the Android phones I have previously tried have felt inferior to the wholesome design and usability of the iPhone. They just didn't "wow" me.I forgot to mention that it's scratch proof! Check out this Korean video (fast forward to about 40 seconds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xASJobjD68&feature=player_embedded#!
Now comes the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. I spent a week doing research and talking to people, including my unbiased friend who works as a third party technician doing service for both T-Mobile and AT&T. The end result: I decided to try the SGS.
From the time I walked into the T-Mobile store and picked up the floor model, I have been "wowed." The ultra AMOLED display is gorgeous. Some of you may be aware that Samsung manufactures various parts for many other companies, including Apple. In fact, Apple wanted to purchase the SGS display for the new iPhone 4, but Samsung turned them down.
And you won't just get this awesome display, because on the Vibrant you are also getting Avatar as a wonderful way to show it off to all your friends. :) To put the awesomeness of an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display in perspective for you, Sony released the first ever OLED television recently, and even though it is only 11", it costs $2500 dollars! With this phone, you are getting not just OLED, but ultra AMOLED (advanced matrix OLED) on a 4" display for only $199 with a contract! I can't stress this enough. Not to mention, on all Apple products I have had problems playing videos that are in various formats that I've downloaded from the internet. But the SGS will display any video format just fine. And you don't even need special software or Apps to do it. If you have lots of videos on your computer, then just add any file to your phone via MicroUSB, Bluetooth, or even the wireless server connectivity App that's already included, and then you can play any file right on your device in HD quality.
Ok enough about the screen, but I just love it, and you will too.
As for the GPS, It works better than my mom's Garmin in her car, with the added benefit of adding apps that can do just about anything. It comes pre-installed with something called Telenav GPS, but that's just a trial for something you have to pay for. Don't bother with that since the Google Maps App that it also comes with can already do turn by turn navigation. I can literally press on the Google voice search button on my home screen and say "Navigate to Starbucks" and it will proceed to navigate me to the nearest Starbucks. Very easy. As for the other GPS apps, I added one that will track and record my position, speed, elevation, etc, to Google My Maps. Sure, using GPS all the time drains the battery faster, but you still have plenty of battery time. For example, yesterday I went on a boat trip to an island and I wanted to see exactly where we were headed, so I turned on My Tracks, and recorded my position for 6 hours! All while I used Facebook, and took pictures and HD video. The battery made it through the whole thing!
Another cool GPS App is called Layar, which puts a "filter" on reality so when you look around, you can see new things. For example, the website allmenus.com made a Layar filter where you can look around and see restaurants in real space around you, and you can just click on them to see their menus! It's just like X-ray vision! lol. If you don't like the real space look, you can switch to map view. Other filters include WIkipedia articles, and YouTube videos that are from around you.
Another worry of many is that web browsing will lack compared to the smooth and intuitive design of the iPhone. Well worry no more because it's better. You can use multi-touch for zooming or just double tap. And some people had problems with getting the text to reformat to the screen when zooming but that's because they're doing it wrong. If you simply multi-touch zoom and then double tap, the text will automatically reformat to fit your screen! And there's no prob displaying flash or other media. Plus the pages load so much faster than on the iPhone!
For music, you can buy any song from the Amazon music store or get one of those apps that let you download for free. Or you can use a radio app like Pandora or Slacker, which will even let you cache the stations to listen when you have no connection.
All in all, I am so happy with my SGS and it definitely beats the iPhone. And with unlimited data from T-Mobile and unbeatable customer service, you can't go wrong! (And if you have the free Google Voice like me, then you can have unlimited minutes and texting too!)
Updated on Jul 20, 2010
20 out of 34 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Phone I've Owned
by selenitic on July 15, 2010
Pros: Enterprise e-mail are awesome:
E-mails are super clear to read
Outlook folders are easy to reach
Calender Support is GREAT! Has full details on events including those are attending, if they accepted and associated e-mails.
Cons: None so far
Summary: Great phone. I am very happy. I am loyal android fan, but was very unhappy with my Moto Cliq. This phone has a beautiful screen and the HD movies look ...
Summary: Great phone. I am very happy. I am loyal android fan, but was very unhappy with my Moto Cliq. This phone has a beautiful screen and the HD movies look incredible. It has enterprise features that I really missed from my blackberry and have not seen on other android phones. It looks a lot like an iphone on the exterior (is this a con, maybe?), but don't be fooled it is totally android with some of the best features I've seen so far. Oh and the phone is super fast! I love it.
11 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
No longer need to wait for IPhone coming to T-Mobile
by jcclx1 on July 18, 2010
Pros: Screen, user friendly, features, speed, non physical keyboard easy to get used to.
Cons: Almost none, just wished it felt a little more sturdy.
Summary: Great phone, been wanting an IPhone forever. My contract just ended with T-Mobile, and when this was released, nothing but problems with the IPhone4, I was ready to sign up. ...
Summary: Great phone, been wanting an IPhone forever. My contract just ended with T-Mobile, and when this was released, nothing but problems with the IPhone4, I was ready to sign up. Love the phone and the service from T-Mobile. Again the only complaint is wish it felt a little more solid. You can't fault a phone for being light, but you will understand when you pick it up. Already ordered a screen protector, and going to get a gel protector for phone. Worth a look and purchase IMHO if you are looking for a new smartphone. Also you can laugh at your friends when they drop calls on there IPhone.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Puts all others to rest...
by mrjlwilliams on July 13, 2010
Pros: Screen, features, social, speed, thin, faster and smoother than others out there right now. Fast internet speeds, all around great looking phone. Better than all the other versions from the other carriers.
Cons: No flash on the camera.
Summary: This phone is great. In no way does it look or feel like the iphone. Its more than just a bunch of icons, and can be customized the way you ...
Summary: This phone is great. In no way does it look or feel like the iphone. Its more than just a bunch of icons, and can be customized the way you want it to be. I hear people complaining about it no having a front facing camera, but most won't even use that feature. Anyway, go get this phone...its on the fastest network, and its the best one of them all. Puts other phones like the over rated iphone, and evo to rest in a lot of areas.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by pirateaye1 on July 25, 2010
Pros: Beautiful screen, lightning fast, many free useful Android applications, could transfer iTunes library and mac's address book, much better than my old Iphone 3GS
Cons: Need better support on how to transfer contacts list and music from Mac. Quite simple in the end once you know how. Headphones not as good as IPhone
Summary: My Iphone 3GS died from salt water in our last vacation. Surprising how quickly it corroded and died. Could not upgrade until February, and given the iPhone 4 antenna issues ...
Summary: My Iphone 3GS died from salt water in our last vacation. Surprising how quickly it corroded and died. Could not upgrade until February, and given the iPhone 4 antenna issues and disappointing initial cover up, decided to look elsewhere. Was quite hesitant to change to T-mobile after having had a good experience with AT&T. So far I am happy that I did. The Vibrant exceeded my expectations and my experience with it thus far has been much better than with the iPhone.
I had invested to some degree in Apple apps and music, and felt I was going to throw some money out the window by changing. Regarding the iTunes library, all you need is Salling Media Sync http://www.salling.com/MediaSync/Mac/ and install it in your Mac. It's free unless you want the faster version. Once the client is running, the tricky part is figuring out that you need to go to the phone Settings -> Applications -> Development -> and check USB debugging Connect the USB cable to the phone and pull down the upper gray status bar and click USB connected, then click mount. Then go to the Salling program and follow the instructions. Note that two drives will be mounted. You want to install your info in the larger drive which corresponds to the external card and not the internal memory.
Transferring the contacts from the Mac was easier than I thought. Just highlight all and export them as a group vCard from the File menu in the address book in your Mac. Log to your Gmail account in the internet, and import the vCards. Next time the phone syncs with Gmail your contacts will be imported.
The phone is lightweight making the Iphone feel like a brick. The display is beautiful and the Wallpaper feature is impressive. As far as the headphones go, make sure you push them all the way in (there is some resistance at first). You can use your iPhone headphones with the buttons which personally sound better than the included ones.
Tmobile has a better download speed than the 4G Sprint according to many. At the Central West End in St. Louis I have had from 1200 to 3200 kbits/second which is decent considering I got form 3000 to 5800 Kbits/second with the WiFi. So far no issues with dropped calls or poor signal.
I paid the phone in full which in the long run is cheaper and I don't have to be locked in for a contract. The staff at Tmobile although they try to be helpful, are not prepared to handle an iPhone user converting to the Samsung Vibrant, or know what an iPhone user needs to know to feel comfortable with the transition. One Tmobile salesperson actually owned an iPhone which blew my mind.
For the first time I feel a smart phone has reached a level that I feel very happy.
Guess what, no more blue squares where Flash is supposed to play!!!
Many of the hardware complaints people have had for the iPhone like lack external memory, exchangeable battery, and so-so external speakers are not issues for the Vibrant. I can even imagine they will start selling custom shells for the phone as these are easily removable and they even include an extra one.
The Avatar movie was a great addition.
Unless you depend on an essential app only available for the Iphone, don't be afraid to try something new. You'll be happy you did.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
wow!!! what a phone
by stephengoode on July 17, 2010
Pros: 1.BIG BRIGHT AWESOME SCREEN
2.light( people think this is a con, why???, just b/c its heavy doesnt mean it's a better build. If it was heavy that would be a con???
3.stupid fast( no lag at all)
Cons: flash and front facing camera but I wouldn't use either one much.
no indicator led you have to unlock the screen to see if you have a message or missed call.
Summary: Picked this phone up as soon as tmobile opened release day.I love it, big upgrade from my trusty g1.The store i picked it up from was across from ...
Summary: Picked this phone up as soon as tmobile opened release day.I love it, big upgrade from my trusty g1.The store i picked it up from was across from a verizon store and they had a huge line, I walked right in and picked mine up.I was glad tmobile and samsung aren't advertising like crazy as motorola was for the droid x, saved me some time in line.I don't think they'll need the ads these phones will sell themselves by word of mouth. I'm very intrested in seeing the battery test i've been playing with mine(e-mail, movies, sims 3, and showing it off to everyone and only have to charge it a night.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is by far T-Mobile`s best android phone!
by ninjawarrior4760 on July 18, 2010
Pros: The SWYPE technology for the touch keypad is a big plus! At first I was hesitant about getting a cell phone without a physical keypad, but was surprised how easy, and fast, it was to use this technology to text with (I have big fingers too!)
Cons: The battery life does suffer a bit from the default apps loaded with it, but I found that you can replace most, if not all of these apps with replacements on the Android market.
There can be conflicts with the wireless and the cellular data service.
Summary: If you`re a regular Android user looking for a better smart phone from T-Mobile, this is it! I consider myself as a "power cell phone user" and customized the ...
Summary: If you`re a regular Android user looking for a better smart phone from T-Mobile, this is it! I consider myself as a "power cell phone user" and customized the phone in only 2 days! Call quality is excellent! The smart phone is as big as the HTC HD2, but it is so thin that, once in your hand, it doesn`t seem that big. It is very snappy and responsive! Customizing this phone was allot of fun and I am pleased with it`s performance. There are many apps that can be bought on the Android market (and free ones too) that really make this phone stand out. My personal opinion about this phone is this: this is a smart phone for smart people, not a smart phone for dumb people who use the Iphone!
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
The BEST Android phone on T-Mobile and on the market!
by betchplz on July 16, 2010
Pros: TouchWiz 3.0
16GB of onboard memory
Speakerphone is very clear
Reception is good
Cons: Bars seem to be improperly designed, shows 0 bars often when it shouldn't.
Summary: I love this phone.
There isn't anything I need to say about it that hasn't already been said BUT, the phone does show zero bars often even though ...
Summary: I love this phone.
There isn't anything I need to say about it that hasn't already been said BUT, the phone does show zero bars often even though I have no problems holding calls, making calls, or surfing the internet so.. hopefully Samsung will push an update out to us so we can get this MINOR problem squared away.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Big Beautiful Screen,Sexy Design,T-Mobile's Network
by indiantechie on October 23, 2010
Pros: The Big Beautiful Screen, The Really(x2) Fast Processor, Free Movie(Avatar No less), and a entire 16 GB of internal memory.
Cons: The Big Beatiful Screen(Drains the Battery(A LOT)), the battery life, it doesn't feel like it could survive a drop(without a case that is), plus it 's a little on the bigger side, and no flash on the camera
Summary: The Vibrant is a amazing phone with a amazing processor and a sexy design plus its on T-Mobile amazing network, but...... the screen really takes it toll on a already ...
Summary: The Vibrant is a amazing phone with a amazing processor and a sexy design plus its on T-Mobile amazing network, but...... the screen really takes it toll on a already somewhat meager battery life, while i dont care it's plasticky(like Bonnie said) as long as it's sturdy but this phone ISN'T sturdy and i have almost no doubt that this phone wouldn't survive a drop like some of the other plasticky phones out there(like my HTC Pure) but if you are going to buy this phone then you should but a case so that con is easily resolved, and theres not flash so if you wanted to take a picture in a low light situation then your up a creek without a paddle, the most noticeable cons are the sucky battery life and the no flash other than this phone is great4 words of up for this phone: FASCINATING VIBRANT EPICLY CAPTIVATES
Updated on Nov 29, 2010
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: Vibrant
- Description: The stylish and slim Samsung Vibrant, with its vivid 4-inch Super AMOLED display, makes everything from Hollywood blockbusters to music videos to Amazon's bestsellers look absolutely brilliant - even outside in the sun. Android Market rockets you into a universe filled with equally brilliant apps; download them at blistering speeds thanks to the powerful 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Keep your social life organized and continuously updated with the pre-loaded social networking apps, while uploading all the 5.0MP pics you've snapped and 720p HD videos you've recorded. Go on, go out and enjoy the Vibrant life.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Width 4.8 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 4.8 in
- Weight 4.2 oz
- Body Color Metallic black
- Changeable Covers / Faceplates Yes
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider T-Mobile
- Operating System Google Android 2.1
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services EMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Google Talk
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Mobile blog,
- Downloadable Content Audio files,
- Mobile Services YouTube,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0,
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Speech Codec AMR
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty 72
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features DLNA Certified,
Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
- Personal Information Management Calculator,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
- Supported Digital Video Standards VC-1,
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- User Memory 16 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD - up to 32 GB,
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Still Image Resolutions 2560 x 1920
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Self Timer Delay Yes
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps
- Type OLED display - Color
- Technology Super AMOLED
- Diagonal Size 4 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 390 min,
Standby - up to 450 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Stereo headset,