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Samsung Galaxy S 4G Pre-orders Begin Feb. 17 on Wirefly!

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February 16th, 2011


T-Mobile has announced the Samsung Galaxy S 4G as an update for the popular Samsung Vibrant, with pre-orders beginning at midnight (PST) Wirefly.com on February 17. As the first Samsung Galaxy S phone introduced in the United States, the Vibrant distinguished itself with a sleek shape and beautiful 4-inch AMOLED display that remains arguably the best and brightest in the industry. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G builds on the success of the Vibrant with the addition of 4G data speeds, connecting to the T-Mobile HSPA+ network at up to 21 Mbps. The Galaxy S 4G also includes a front-facing camera for video chat across that 4G network, and comes pre-loaded with the popular film Inception. Will the Samsung Galaxy S 4G live up to the reputation of the Vibrant? How do the two phones compare?

Samsung Vibrant Samsung Galaxy S 4G  
Samsung Vibrant Samsung Galaxy S 4G
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Carrier T-Mobile T-Mobile
Operating System Android 2.2 (now available) Android 2.2
Interface Samsung TouchWiz Samsung TouchWiz
Display 4.0″ AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels 4.0″ AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels
Data Speed 3G HSPA 4G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 5-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, autofocus
Front-facing Camera No Yes; 640 x 480 pixels
Video Capture Yes; 720p HD Yes; 720p HD
Apps Android Market Android Market
Music Player Yes Yes
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash 10.1 Adobe Flash 10.1
Storage Space 16GB onboard; pre-installed 2GB microSD card 1GB onboard; 16GB microSD card pre-loaded
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery 1,500 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable 1,650 mAh, lithium-ion replaceable
Processor Single 1 GHz processor Single 1 GHz processor
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.2 oz 4.2 oz
Dimensions 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″

Key Differences

  • Display: Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G have 4-inch Super AMOLED displays with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, considered to be one of the nicest displays in the industry. The Vibrant comes pre-loaded with the full version of the movie Avatar, while the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will come with the movie Inception pre-loaded.
  • Operating system: The Samsung Vibrant was recently offered an upgrade to Android 2.2, although the phones in stock may still ship with Android 2.1. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G will ship with Android 2.2, a fast and stable operating system.
  • Processor and RAM: Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G use single-core 1GHz Hummingbird processors with a powerful graphics processor that makes the phones among the smoothest operating of any Android phone. Both phones also ship with 512MB of processor RAM.
  • Keyboard: Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G have on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboards. Neither has an actual physical keyboard.
  • Storage Space: The Samsung Vibrant ships with 16GB of on-board storage and has a 2GB microSD card pre-loaded. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G ships with 1GB of on-board storage and has a 16GB microSD card pre-loaded.
  • Camera: Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G have 5-megapixel video cameras with 720p HD video capability. The Galaxy S 4G will have a 640 x 480-pixel front-facing camera for video chat, but the Vibrant lacks a front camera.
  • Battery: The Samsung Vibrant has a 1,500 mAh user-replaceable battery. The capacity of the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is 1,650 mAh, and it can also be replaced by the user.

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72 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy S 4G Pre-orders Begin Feb. 17 on Wirefly!”

  • Comparing both phones…
    While the galaxy vibrant has 2.1 it is upgradable very easily to the 2.2 froyo.. Makink the GPS work great.
    Also, it may have only 3 G, I find that 3G is sufficiently smooth and fast.
    The 5 MP rear camera in my opinion is also very adaquate ans sufficient.. The front camera is really only utilized for video chat… Which I never use anyway.
    The galaxy s 4G biggest downfall.. Is only a 1 gig onboard internal memory vs. 16 gig on the galaxy vibrant 3G.. MAJOR DIFFERENCE..
    To summerize… With the galaxy vibrant 3G having a 16 gig internal memory with a 32gig external sd capacity.. It is a far better choice than to suffer only having a 1 gig internal onboard memory. I can give up the 4 G, and the front facing camera to utilize the full onboard memory internal capacity of 16 gigs.. Vs. Only 1gig on the galaxy s 4G…My true opinion.. For just a little bit more money.. The galaxy S 2 beats both phones. ..Hands down.

    • Darryl, good analysis! I just want to point out that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G has an official update to Android 2.3.6, which made a big improvement from Android 2.2. I’ve been using a Galaxy S 4G every day for months, and really enjoy it after the update to Android 2.3.6. It was good before, but it’s just smoother and faster now. I do not know if an Android 2.3 update is available for the Vibrant.

      Bob at Wirefly

      • The samsung vibrant has now and update to android jellybean 4.2.2 thats works very smoothly, the 4g does not supports it

    • While the specs shown here say only 1 GB of onboard storage, the actual capacity is 8 GB. Still short of the vibrant’s 16, but much better than only 1 GB.

      • J, Samsung’s Web site shows that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G has 512MB of internal memory. I have the phone on my desk right now and it has very little internal storage — it came with a 16GB SD card, and that is virtually all the storage.

        You may be thinking of the predecessor to the Galaxy S 4G, which was the Samsung Vibrant. The Vibrant had 16GB of internal storage.

        Bob at Wirefly

  • Will a SGSV 4g case fit a SGSV 3g phone?

    • Shelby, I know that “SGS” is Samsung Galaxy S, but I don’t know what a Samsung Galaxy S V phone is. Can you give me more information?

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Yes, even the back plate is swappable as well as the battery.

  • tmobilecustomer
    January 7, 2012

    I had the Vibrant (Galaxy S 3g) since 2010. I busted the screen, brought it in, and got the 4G version. When I got home, I found the internal ram on the thing was freakin FULL. I was like WTF. Turns out that I got jipped. I get a lousy front facing camera that I’ll NEVER use instead of 16GBs that I would?! I instantly brought this back and got the Galaxy S2 for like 75 bux more. WAY better than BOTH phones. The 4G is a COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. KEEP THE 3G!!

    • T-Mo Customer, the Samsung Galaxy S II is a very nice phone. FWIW, I use the Samsung Galaxy S 4G every day and like it a lot. However, that’s why there are different phones… no single phone is just right for everyone.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Does the Samsung Vibriant 3g have hot spot? I just bought a Toshiba Thrive… can I tether or use hot spot?

    • Steph, I no longer have a Samsung Vibrant, so I can’t check to see if it has WiFi hotspot capability. Its successor (the Samsung Galaxy S 4G) does have WiFi hotspot, but I don’t know about the Vibrant. Sorry about that. You might be able to check at a T-Mobile store.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Hi I know this reply is kind of late but for those who are curious yes it does have hotspot and when I say hotspot that means mobile ap. And I love mobile AP and it is free too.

  • which should I buy i don’t know whats better Galaxy S or Vibrant?

    • Kimmm, do you mean the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (for T-Mobile)? That is a somewhat improved version of the Samsung Vibrant, so it would be the one to choose. If you are asking about the new Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile (or the similar Samsung Epic 4G Touch for Sprint), that is MUCH better than the Vibrant. If you can afford the cost, you will get a much improved phone experience.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I’ve had the Vibrant since Jan and my husband the galaxy 4g since April(?).
    I did upgrade to 2.2. I have tons of apps that I’ve downloaded while he only has a few.
    My phone is much smoother and faster than his.
    He wants my phone :)

  • Upgraded my Vibrant with the FFC Mod and custom Axura ROM. FFC works but does not work when trying to video chat with Skype, Qik, Tango or Fring. Any suggestions?


    • Keone, sorry, I’m not familiar with those mods. It’s probably best for you to discuss that level of modification on a dedicated Android enthusiast forum/blog. Try Android Police, AndroidSPIN and Phandroid forums, and see if someone there can help you.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

    • FFC cannot be accessed from applications in stock froyo ROMs. upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3+

  • Polymoan
    August 18, 2011

    Upgrade my Vibrant with the FFC Mod and custom Axura ROM. FFC works but does not work when trying to video chat with Skype, Qik, Tango or Fring. Any suggestions?


    • Polymoan, sorry, I’m not experienced with those mods. I suggest that you go to a dedicated Android mod forum and ask there.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Is there a new update out for the galaxy s 4g? And if there is, or when there is one, how would I go about updating my phone. I know that on the htc evo you can update the phone ota…can that be done with the galaxy s 4g? Thanks in advance.

    • I don’t know if there is a new update out for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, but checking is easy. Touch the “Settings” app to open it. Scroll to the bottom and touch “Software update.” That will check for the most recent updates. If there is an update, run it. If there are no updates… then there are no updates.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • There is now an update to gingerbread. You have to download the KIES application for your phone on a computer with the phone plugged in via usb. The KIES is the only way to upgrade the galaxy s 4g. It will not update ota.

      • Yes, Phillip, you are right: There is now an update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G to load Android 2.3.6. I did the update to my Galaxy S 4G and it took a couple tries, but it works beautifully. One correction to your comments is that I used Samsung’s “Kies mini” software on my computer to load the new OS into the phone. I don’t know if the update will work with Kies, but it definitely works with Kies mini.

        Bob at Wirefly

  • I’ve read that Samsung will be coming out with the Samsung Galaxy S2, which will have a flash for the camera. When will this phone be released and with which phone carrier?

    • Ruth, Samsung is expected to come out with the Galaxy S II in the US in the next 1-2 months. There will probably be a version for each carrier, each with different names and minor physical differences. For example, the Sprint version will be called the “Within.” I have no information about when versions of the Galaxy S II will be released for Verizon and T-Mobile.

      The Samsung Within will have a flash for its camera. In fact, most Android phones today have a flash for their cameras, although there are a few that don’t.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • MsZeta
    June 19, 2011

    Anyone can tell me how to get the upgrade for the Vibrant and how to get my GPS to work?

    • The Samsung Vibrant has an upgrade to Android 2.2 that will definitely improve the operation of the phone, including the GPS. You can read up on it and get instructions at:

      You will need a computer to which you can load a program called “Kies Mini” and you will need to carefully follow some steps. However, the phone works very well when you complete the upgrade.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • samantha
      October 28, 2011

      I’m not sure if anyone replied to you to tell you. But there is a huge problem with vibrants and their gps. Certain wires aren’t touching within the phone. You need to call t-mobile and complain and let them know you know about the gps problem and want a replacement asap. Go to the supervisors supervisor if you have to. I did, they sent me a new virant 4g free.

  • The 4G has a much higher SAR value than the Vibrant does it not?

    • I don’t really know SAR values. However, Verizon’s 4G (called LTE for “Long Term Evolution”) uses frequencies in the 700 MHz band. Frequencies in the UHF spectrum (such as 700 MHz) are known to interact much less than frequencies in the microwave region (1.5 – 3.0 GHz). For example, microwave ovens typically operate at 2.45 GHz. T-Mobile (and the Vibrant) use frequencies in both the UHF and microwave spectrum for both HSPA and HSPA+, so it really is hard to compare SAR values. The bottom line is that there should be no significant SAR value difference between the Vibrant and the Galaxy S 4G.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Will my old hard shell case for the Vibrant fit on the 4G Vibrant?

    • Jo, I want to make sure I understand the device you’re asking about. There is no phone known as the “4G Vibrant.” However there is a successor to the Samsung Vibrant that’s called the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. If that’s the phone you’re asking about, then the answer is “yes”… a case for the Samsung Vibrant will perfectly fit the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I upgraded to the 4g from the 3g. i have been trying to put all of my music library from double twist. It is saying that there is not enough memory. Now cant even use the camera. Am i doing something wrong. do i unmount the sd card?

    • Marie, try unmounting the SD card, removing it and re-installing it. It’s possible that you have a bad SD card, which has happened to me so I know it’s possible. You might try taking the phone to a T-Mobile store and have an employee there help you. Perhaps they will have a card that they can substitute to see if that fixes the problem.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • teresa
    May 13, 2011

    if the samsung galaxy s only have 1g on board, to me it sucks because i stored alot of pictures and music on my phone

    • Teresa, don’t forget that the Galaxy S 4G comes with a 16GB microSD card installed, so there is 17GB of memory in the phone as it comes out of the box.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • i don’t know which to buy between the both of them..pls help me out….and also, are d camera’s nice?

  • I have had both. The vibrant nor galaxy s comes with LED camera flash because both have night night vision which looks better. I love them.

  • It seems like the 4g isnt worth getting. I read a review on cnet that stated its not worth it unless you just want a front facing cam. The lack of onboard memory is an issue….I think I will wait til something better comes along. The 2.2 upgrade made the vibrant
    much better. I cant say its that much faster but it is better in the sense of more phone options and features

    • Keith, if your Vibrant works fine, then the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is just an incremental step up. If you have no phone (or something not as nice as a Vibrant), then the Galazy S 4G makes a lot of sense. The big differences between the Vibrant and the Galaxy S 4G are that the Galaxy S 4G has a front camera, bigger battery and 4G connection speeds. If you gotta have one or more of those features, the Galaxy S 4G is a great way to get them.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • vibrant
    March 27, 2011

    I had Vibrant with 2.1 and did not like it. Was slow and used to freeze a lot for a second or so. Upgraded to 2.2 and that give it big boost. It was lot faster and smoother but still my HTC HD2 with 2.3 was faster. I did try custom ROM’s and that made it faster but less reliable.Got Galaxy s 4 g and can tell you, it is a totally different phone. Yes, it looks the same. Even my Vibrant protective case fits . But Galaxy S 4g is so fast and smooth, much faster that my HTC HD2 even they have same processor speed.
    Just thought I’d share that with you…

    • Janusz
      June 10, 2011

      I just switched from HD2 with 2.3.4 to Vibrant 4G. I liked HD2 because 4.3 LCS screen but couldn’t resist Vibrant’s Super Moled screen. Nothing can beat it, it’s so beatiful.

  • Your first 5 “KEY Differences” are not differences at all but the same thing. Keen observations; is this your full time job? This article can be summed up as ” front facing camera, larger capacity battery, HSPA+ data speeds”. I hope no one was paid for this.

    • Why is there always someone like you who just has to be a jerk rather than being appreciative that someone took the time to bring us this ionformation. Go get some coffee and a xanax you crotchety fart.

  • Darkside
    March 9, 2011

    I’ll stick with the Vibrant. Do all of you guys know that you can enable 4G on the Vibrant?? That is why Samsung is holding back on the update for all the Vibrant user. Vibrant user is stuck with Android 2.1 where the SGS 4G comes with Android 2.3. Just that one update will unlease 4G capability on the Vibrant. But I’m not worry, my vibrant is super fast as it is with a custom ROM. Gotta love it when clock at 1360Mhz, but lose battery power very fast.

    • Hey Darkside, T-Mobile released an official Android 2.2 upgrade for the Vibrant. I did it to the Vibrant we have in the office and it worked perfectly. I discuss the upgrade and do before/after tests in this video:


      Bob at Wirefly

    • MsZeta
      June 19, 2011

      Darkside. There is now a extension battery that you can order for the Vibrant and it keeps the phone charged (I was told for two days) one full day in reality and that is with playing games. If I didn’t play the game or perform any download it just might hold for two days but I can’t resist the games and music; not even for a day. Hope this helps. By the way, the extension battery came with a new back cover. The cover is not shiny like the original cover but it smooth to the touch and doesn’t slip as easily. You might find you don’t want a case to cover it. Anyone can tell me how to perform the upgrade?

  • There is one thing that is wrong on here and it is a downgrade from the Vibrant. That is that the Galaxy S 4G comes with ONLY 1GB OF ON-BOARD (internal) memory and a 16GB micro-SD. May be a deal breaker for some since the Vibrant came with a full 16GB internal memory AND the SD slot expandable to 32GB.

    • Red Jenny
      March 5, 2011

      That’s so weird. Why did they downgrade to 1GB?

  • I can only assume that the 4G is the same in this respect, but the 3G vibrant with 2.2 does if fact have mobile hotspot. I use it all the time.

  • really no LED flash r u serious i was so looking forward to this wats a good 4G phone with no flash (worthless)”/ to me its a big deal :( dissapointment!

  • they hardly changed anything since the original vibrant..why would i spend another 300 to get a front facing camera and inception..tmobile could have done more

  • can i give t-mobile my old samsung vibrant for the new vibrant 4G ????

  • omg… i was so close to getting this phone, but since it doesnt have led flash, im not gettn it. To me thats a big deal. high quality 5.0 megapixal aint shit if u cant shoot in dim areas.

  • Other sources I have read seemed unsure of whether the 4g will have a LED camera Flash. Are you sure it does?

    • No, in fact the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will not have a flash for the camera. Sorry for the confusion.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • redfox :D
    February 12, 2011

    hmm… i have to say that the samsung Vibrant is a very good phone. both phones however, are about the same. im not sure about the battery life though

  • The Galaxy S 4G does NOT have a flash. What a frikkin joke. Why does Samsung keep crippling their Galaxy phones?

  • Um, let’s just pray the GPS works on this new Vibrant. The old Vibrant had an inoperable GPS, as we all know. I wonder if we will get some sort of rebate for getting stuck with Samsung’s mistake.

    • Janusz
      June 10, 2011

      “As we all (actually owners, not you) know” that there was easy fix on this GPS bug.Now, with 2.2 uodate this phone works like charm.

  • This phone is ultimate…

  • MISTAKE! The Vibrant 3g DOES NOT have led flash For camera. My whole point of looking this up was to find out if the 4G will have it.

    • Thanks for catching that typo, Tawnya!
      You are correct. The Vibrant camera does not have LED flash.

      Jeff Gregory
      Director of Search

  • I like the samsung Galaxy better.

    • you are right !!

    • Janusz
      June 10, 2011

      Why do you like Galaxy better? Because its cheaper or because it doesn’t have front camera nor 4G speed?

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