Sunday, June 24, 2012

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant

No I’m not holding the new Samsung iPhone, it’s actually the T-Mobile Vibrant, T-Mobile’s latest and greatest Android offering. The Vibrant, like all Galaxy S phones has great list of specs:
  • 1GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 800×480 Super AMOLED Display
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • 5MP Camera w/ 720p video capabilities
Once you get your Vibrant home from your local T-Mobile store, you’ll be greeted by the normal accesories: You’ve got your microSD to SD adapter, USB to AC adapter, miniUSB data/charging cable and earbuds with multiple inserts to fit different sized ears.

To get a more in-depth look at what’s in the box, check out our unboxing and first impressions of the Vibrant. But enough of the boring stuff, let’s get to the video review:

Now that you’re familiar with the phone and what you get in the box, let’s talk about the performance. Simply put, this thing is a screamer. Its GPU simply chews up and spits out any content you can throw at it. Since it’s a Galaxy S phone, you can check out our review of the AT&T Captivate which contains all the performance benchmarks of the device.
As for what’s unique about to Vibrant in comparison to the Captivate, there are few different apps that you’ll get.
  • The The first one that comes to mind is Layar.
Layar is an augmented reality app that uses your phones camera to overlay digital “layars.” Just check out their video:

Now in real-world usage, I didn’t find Layar that useful. Maybe there’s just nothing interesting around me (lol, there is) but I just didn’t seem to get that much from the app. Maybe you’ll find a use for it, but I just wasn’t that interested in it, it really is more of a novelty than anything. But again, that’s just my opinion.

Next is GoGo in-flight internet.
GoGo in-flight internet is currently available on more than 3,000 daily flights in the United States and is available on the following airlines
With your Vibrant, you get one free month of GoGo and you just need to register your device to activate it:

There is also the My Device app.
The My Device app gives you quick access to a few things on your phone. Namely commonly personalized features, quick tools, Tips & Tricks (even though there aren’t any tips or tricks present, check out our Galaxy S tips & tricks for useful info) and finally storage and battery.

Also unique to the Vibrant, is the My Account app.
The My Account app allows you to check out the activity, alerts, billing and plan & services of your device.

Another unique app on the Vibrant is visual voicemail.
Unfortunately, this visual voicemail isn’t the kind you’re thinking of. The visual voicemail app on the Vibrant will not translate your voicemail from voice to text, but rather it gives you a visual listing of your voicemail messages:

The last app which doesn’t need much said about it is Slacker Radio. Slacker is a subscription-based streaming music service that is either $4.99/month or $3.99/month when paid 12 months in advance. Obviously I didn’t touch much on Avatar or The Sims 3, but those are ones you really need to watch the video review to do them justice.
As for the camera on the Vibrant, it’s identical to the Captivate’s, so you can view our sample images and video here.

So all in all, the Vibrant is a great phone. The display is gorgeous, the CPU is fast, the GPU is incredibly fast and besides the low-light picture quality, I don’t really have many complaints about the phone. If you’re looking for a new phone on T-Mobile, the Vibrant is the obvious choice.

  • Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen
  • Incredible GPU power
  • 1GHz CPU
  • Camera (as long as you have enough light)
  • TouchWiz 3 (some people will like it)
  • Not the best battery life once you start using the CPU/GPU
  • Camera, pictures in low-light really aren’t that great
  • Looks like an iPhone
  • All-plastic construction makes it feel cheap compared to the metal-backed Captivate


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