“Holy shit.” It’s not what usually comes to mind when I touch a new phone. But Samsung’s Infuse 4G is spectacular. Ridiculously good 4.5-inch screen. 1.2GHz processor. 4G on AT&T. Why, exactly, wasn’t this the new Nexus phone?
I pick it up. Whoa. This is quality. The first Samsung phone in ages that doesn’t feel cheap—it’s a radically better tactile experience than any Galaxy phone, even the Nexus S. The plastic is dense and matte, the back textured. The phone itself a nearly perfectly sculpted, sufficiently thin slab (AT&T’s thinnest), the expanse of the 4.5-inch screen making it seem somehow thinner. It’s what a high-end phone should feel like.
Let’s consider the specs: 1.2GHz processor. The fastest Android phone yet. The screen is comically, hyperbolically named, like the umpteenth version of Street Figher II—Super AMOLED Plus—except that it lives up to the name, in that it’s noticeably better than Samsung’s current Super AMOLED displays (which are already great), since it packs more subpixels into each pixel. The screen definitely pops more. It’s also one of AT&T’s first 4G phones. (This may sound confusing, but it’s 4G in the same sense as T-Mobile’s 4G, since it runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, not its LTE network.)
Any downsides? Well, I’m mildly concerned about the battery life on this beast. And it’s running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of an as-of-yet unknown Android variant. A clean build of Android 2.3 would be killer, effectively making it the real Nexus. That said, it might wind up being one in a sense anyway: This is the new blueprint for building an Android phone.
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FOUR AND A HALF INCHES?!
That is freaking awesome! I need to see this thing in person. It could be too large but this could almost completely replace a tablet. Reply
This is one of the first Android phones I could see myself buying. The only thing that would prevent me from doing so is the HORRIBLE skin Samsung puts on it. Why can’t we just have standard Android with no crapware.
For the Android users out there- How difficult is it to install a vanilla rom and does performance suffer from it? Touchwiz is gawd awful! Reply
Yep, this is the new blueprint… for another two months. This phone war is getting ridiculous. I shouldn’t be this jaded this soon.
Anyway, good news for AT&T and I’m assuming that they’re no longer tinkering with Android in capricious, disgustingly unnecessary ways, yes? Reply
Two things will prevent this from being my next phone.
1. The lack of pure android.
2. at&t’s network, customer service, and pricing plans.
Hopefully this will become the next standard for smartphones, and a million more will pop up, with a pure android clone riding the wave onto a different network. Reply
Sadly, I’ll never buy another TouchWiz phone unless Samsung puts a hell of a lot more effort into it than they did the Galaxy S variants. I’ve found so many glitches, stalls, freezes and things that kill the phone. Sorry, Sammy, you need to do better. Reply
I’m still happy with my EVO 4G…7 months later and it is still in the top 5 best smart phones. This is actually pretty rare for Android phones lately…
But if I HAD to switch to AT&T, I’d definitely get this phone but I would flash a vanilla ROM to it to get rid of Samsung’s (in my opinion) ugly interface.
My friend’s Captivate didn’t even have a Weather app from the factory!! WTF?
There would be a few things I miss about my HTC Sense mixed UI, but I’d get used to it. ReplyOCEntertainment promoted this comment
i stopped reading at “4.5 inch screen”
these people need to just stop. seriously. Reply
According to another article the Infuse will not be released until 2nd quarter of 2011. That would explain the decision to go with the Nexus S. Reply
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January 7, 2011
Samsung’s Infuse 4G: A Spectacular Google Android Phone