Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

T-Mobile along with Samsung has revitalized the Sidekick line. The first Sidekick was made by the company named Danger that was later acquired by Microsoft Corporation. T-Mobile who owns the Sidekick brand is now re-launching the Sidekick devices incorporation with the smartphone manufacturer company Samsung. The look of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is almost similar to the previous T-Mobile Sidekick models. But it is not about the design of this smartphone anymore; the whole Danger OS is now replaced by the Google Android OS 2.2 Froyo by which this device has much more to offer than just being text messaging friendly smartphone. Following are the specifications and features of the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G.

 

Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

Design

The design of the Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is bit long with the navigation buttons at the both sides. According to the design, the device is to be used as a messaging phone for which the keyboard should stays open. The keyboard is fixed below the screen and the screen does not slide to open it like in most of the smartphones. By touching and pressing the screen at the edges makes it pop open. The device has 800×480 WVGA display. Physical size of the display is 3.50 inches and has LCD capacitive touch screen.  The keyboard of the device is easier and much comfortable to use. The space between the buttons is proper. The keys are backlit except the navigation keys at the both ends of the device but overall the keyboard is the best for people who text a lot.

Moreover, the device also provides shortcut keys for emoticons that are very handy while texting. All the keys are at the best places and are convenient to find. Also on the right side of the keypad there is an optical track pad which is very precise and scroll really well. Furthermore, under the battery cover of the device there is a microSD slot available and for which you do not have to remove the battery. Everything on the Sidekick 4G is at its best place that include 3.5mm port for headphone and a micro-USB jack. The device is available in two colors that are pearl magenta and matte black. The accessories included with the device are a USB cable, AC adapter and 2GB preinstalled microSD card.

User Interface

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User interface of the device is bit different from other Android smartphones. Custom kick UX interface is actually on top of the Froyo OS with which users can customize the panels of the home screen with different wallpapers and themes that are bit flashier and will definitely be liked by the young users of the device. Lock screen is multifunctional and the functionality is customizable. Pressing upward opens the user defined application and pressing downward opens the last screen or the application the user was working on.

Features

The device has quad band technology and has Qik application which supports video calling for which a front facing camera is available, video sharing, voice dialing, conference calling, multimedia and text messaging. Regarding connectivity, the phone is equipped with GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The device also supports WiFi network calls along with Cellular calls. As the name suggests Sidekick 4G works on the T-Mobiles 4G network. The device works really great on the 4G network and the maximum download speed 21 Mbps.

More features include 3 megapixel Camera with no flash but the picture quality is really good. 720p HD video can also be recorded with the camera which also has impressive quality as compared to the other smartphones with the same camera specifications. T-Mobile Sidekick 4G provides internal storage of 350 MB but this limitation is covered with the preinstalled 2GB microSD card. Moreover, the device supports microSD cards for up to 32 GB.

Performance

Samsung T-Mobile Sidekick 4G-2The call audio quality of the smartphone is excellent with no noise or distortion. Quality of the speakers is also good and provides enough higher volume. Sidekick 4G has 1 GHz Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM. Response of the device is quick but in some rare cases, few applications take slight longer time to open that include camera application. Device is equipped with lithium ion battery with 1500 mAh power that supports the talk time of about 6.5 hours and has 18 days of standby time.

Conclusion

Overall the device is really good with great good keyboard and messaging capabilities. However, the user interface of the device may not be like by everyone. Moreover, if you look at what the device offers in $100 retail price then it is really great. So, for the users who text extensively then this device is the best but those who want to experience the Android platform to its full then should consider other higher end Android smartphones.

Samsung Infuse 4G Review

Samsung Infuse    4G is the latest Android smartphone provided by AT&T that supports 4G data speed. The smartphone is ultra slim and has a large touchscreen that makes the browsing and multimedia experience really good. According to AT&T, Samsung Infuse 4G is their fastest 4G smartphone. Well if it is true then it’s a nice news for AT&T users because 4G data speed provided by AT&T is bit slower. The smartphone comes boxed up with a USB cable, AC adapter, MHL to HDMI adapter, stereo handset and microSD card of 2GB.

Design

 

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The most prominent element of the Samsung Infuse 4G is its 4.5 inch large Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. The smartphone is 5.2 inch tall, 2.8 inch wide and 0.35 inch thick with weight 4.9 ounces. The smartphone is really super thin and ultra light mainly because of its plastic body. Though the smartphone has plastic body but the battery cover has bit textured surface that has given the smartphone a good quality look.

Due to large screen the smartphone has spacious virtual keyboard. Users can either use the Android, Swype or Samsung keyboard. The screen has WVGA resolution of 480×800 pixels. The large screen has many benefits like enhance browsing and multimedia experiences with easy reading but the resolution is bit lower and is not according to screen size resulting in bit pixilated images and text.

Below the screen and at the bottom of the smartphone are present four touch buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search. Headphone jack is present at the top of the smartphone. Volume control buttons are present at the left side and right side of the smartphone has a power button. MicroUSB port is present at the bottom.

 

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There is no Camera button available but the smartphone has 8 MP Camera at the back with a flash light. The smartphone also has 1.3 MP front-facing Camera above the display at the left corner.

System Software and User Interface

The Samsung Infuse 4G is running on Android OS 2.2.1. On top of Android OS the smartphone is running TouchWiz user interface of Samsung. There are seven customizable home screens present with shortcuts and different widgets. Moreover, the smartphone has the feature similar to HTC’s Leap screen which shows the thumbnail version of the screens and the menus.

Infuse 4G has Android browser for Internet browsing with support for both HTML and Flash. Moreover, the smartphone has default support for online services that are Facebook, Twitter and Picasa.

Features

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The display of the smartphone is multi-touch with Light and Proximity sensors. Infuse 4G has a music player with support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA and MIDI. The smartphone has video playback feature with support for MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and also has YouTube player. With front-facing camera and speaker phone the Infuse 4G provides video calling facility. Also it supports conference calling, SMS, MMS and Email facilities.

The infuse 4G has support for location based services of type A-GPS with navigation. Regarding connectivity the smartphone has Bluetooth, WiFi (802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n), microUSB with version 2.0 for USB charging and Mass storage device. The smartphone has 3.5mm headphones connector and HDMI via microUSB.

More features include sensors for Accelerometer and compass. The smartphone also has M3 Hearing Aid compatibility. Organizer has all the regular utility applications that include Calendar, Alarm, World Clock, Calculator, Countdown timer, Stopwatch and Memo pad. Infuse 4G has Phonebook capacity according to memory available with features Caller groups, Ring ID, Picture ID, Multiple numbers per contact, Search contact by both first and last name.

Performance

Samsung Infuse 4G is running on Single core, 1200 MHz Hummingbird processor. Though it is bit disappointing that it does not have dual core processor but still its performance is good. Applications launch quickly and navigation through menus and screens is smooth. At times some applications take bit longer time to launch.

The call quality of the Infuse 4G is bit stifled. The voice is not really clear at both the ends. At high volumes the speaker phones sound is also distorted. The internet speed is comparatively better than other Android smartphones that include HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G. The smartphone provides average 3.99 Mbps download speed and 0.69 Mbps upload speed. But as mentioned earlier the smartphone has bit slower data speed as compared to the 4G speed provided by other carriers.

Samsung Infuse 4G is powered by Lithium-ion battery of capacity 1750 mAh. The smartphone provides 8 hours of talk time and 400 hours of stand-by time.

ConclusionSamsung Infuse 4G

The Samsung Infuse 4G has bit slower 4G data speed just like other Android smartphones by AT&T but it is indeed a good addition to the Samsung Android family of smartphones. The large screen may not appeal everyone but for those who like it can enjoy the enhanced browsing and video watching experience. Hopefully the OS will be updated to Gingerbread but the presence of single core processor is bit disappointing.