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Samsung Vibrant Review (T-Mobile) w/ Video

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July 12th, 2010

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By Ari Driessen
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By now it’s probably a safe bet that you know the specs, and know that the Android-powered Samsung Vibrant can be picked up at Wirefly for the special pre-order price of $149.99. What you’re here for is to see what we thought about the first of four Samsung Galaxy S series phones slated to debut on U.S. carriers — and we’re happy to report that, on the whole, we were pretty impressed with Sammy’s bid to deliver a high-end Android phone to T-Mobile’s open arms.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Vibrant is its, well, superbly vibrant 4-inch Super AMOLED display. We already indicated that our first impressions of the Vibrant’s display were more than positive, but after spending a couple days with T-Mobile’s new flagship Android device, we were truly taken by its display. Watching “James Cameron’s Avatar,” which comes loaded on a pre-installed 2GB microSD card (in addition to 16GB of on-board storage space), rivals the mobile movie-watching experience of any comparable device to date.

Outfitted with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 interface built over top Android 2.1, the Vibrant adds some nice social networking integration and operational enhancements to Android. While TouchWiz is perhaps not as sophisticated or aesthetically pleasing as HTC’s Sense user interface, we were particularly impressed with some innovative features including the ability to swipe right to call a contact or swipe left to quickly text message that contact.

The Vibrant boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor that not only provides an overall snappy user experience, but in combination with the device’s battery-sipping display, helped the Vibrant achieve fairly impressive battery life. Although we did experience an occasional lag here and there, particularly if we were truly pushing the Vibrant to its limits, the device did a nice job juggling multiple tasks and remaining responsive.

While the lack of an LED camera flash is disappointing, the on-board 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and 4x digital zoom took some pretty quality photos. The camera is also capable of capturing great HD video at 720P.

For Wirefly’s full review, and a closer look at everything the Samsung Vibrant has to offer, check out the video up top.

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5 Responses to “Samsung Vibrant Review (T-Mobile) w/ Video”

  • hey i don’t now how to get the code off my step brother locked it

  • Vibrante is a great phone the screen is super clear great phone…..

  • SamEHoe
    July 26, 2010

    the answer to your question is yes with an HDMI cord that you can get from radio shack for about 25 bucks. otherwise regular tv probably with a reqular aux cable such as the video(yellow) audio(red and white)

  • Can you please test and see if the T-mobile Vibrant version of the Samsung Galaxy S can be connected to a TV via the 3.5mm jack like I’ve seen in the international version. I spoke with a Samsung rep at a TMO retail store yesterday and he said NO and no one else out there has confirmed or tried it. If you read any of the forums this is a hot topic and you would settle a lot of discussions if you could post a video of it.

    Thanks…

    • Jessica
      August 11, 2010

      I would go to Radioshack and see what they think. In some cases the people working at most of these electronic stores do not know much…I would speak with a manager or something to get a better, down to earth answer. Some people will give an easy answer so they do not have to work too hard…

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