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Samsung Vibrant Android Phone (T-Mobile)
Ideal for those looking to combine mobile entertainment and communication in one device, the Android-powered Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile is pre-loaded with a variety of games and video–including The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition (a T-Mobile exclusive) and James Cameron’s blockbuster, Avatar. It also comes with the pre-loaded Kindle for Android app–enabling you to search and browse more than 500,000 books–and offers access to MobiTV streaming video.

Enjoy on-the-go entertainment with pre-loaded games and video on the bright, vivid 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

One of the slimmest smartphones on the market, the Vibrant measures just 0.39 inches thin and weighs 4.16 ounces.
Enabled for T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, the Vibrant offers fast data delivery and an enhanced Web-browsing experience that lets you connect quickly to social networking sites. And the 3G-enabled Vibrant will benefit from the enhanced speeds of T-Mobile’s upgraded HSPA+ network, which is being rolled out nationwide to reach up to 185 million people by the end of the year and offers speeds close to 4G connectivity (read more about HSPA+ below).
With integrated Google technology, the Samsung Vibrant brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, Gtalk, YouTube, Picasa, and contacts/calendar synchronization. The Samsung Vibrant also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
Optimized for watching videos on the go as well as game play, the Vibrant offers a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display for a bright, vivid viewing experience. It’s equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with digital zoom and autofocus, and it also captures HD video. Other features include a 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion (for up to 32 GB of additional storage from optional cards), Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, intuitive typing via integrated Swype keyboard, and up to 4 hours of talk time.

Entertainment On The Go

The Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile includes the following pre-installed applications and content:
  • Exclusive The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition brings exciting new gameplay and endless possibilities all on your mobile phone. Enjoy unexpected moments of surprise and mischief, as you choose whether (or not) to fulfill your Sims’ destinies and make their wishes come true.
  • James Cameron’s blockbusterAvatar comes pre-loaded on the internal 16 GB memory, and it’s optimized for viewing on the Vibrant’s high-resolution screen.
  • Amazon’s Kindle for Android appprovides the best reading experience available on your Android phone. You’ll be able to access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you as well as automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync. (Learn more)
  • MobiTV mobile offers access to live and on-demand TV on your phone, including favorite channels such as MTV, NBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, ESPN and more are available. Plus, when you subscribe to MobiTV, your first 30 days of service are free.
  • Slacker Radio allows you to listen to free personalized radio and choose from millions of songs from thousands of artists. Listen for free to over 100 expert-programmed radio stations from every genre or create your own custom stations.
  • Gogo Inflight Internet service offers an added bonus: up to six months of free in-flight Wi-Fi access on their device, with Internet access on 2,500 daily flights in the continental U.S. and growing.

Key Features

  • Powered by the Android 2.1 operating system with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • Fast 3G connectivity via T-Mobile’s HSDPA/UMTS network (1700/2100 MHz bands) with enhanced speeds thanks to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ super-fast network (limited to areas with HSPA+ network coverage; see more about T-Mobile’s 3G service and HSPA+ rollout below).
  • Quad-band GSM phone for good global voice connectivity (850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands).
  • Integrated A-GPS for location-based services and navigation via Google Maps.
  • 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor speeds up everything–from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • Innovative 4-inch capacitive touchscreen Super AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen reproduces sharper and brighter colors with better battery consumption (480 x 800 pixels, 16 million color depth).
  • Swype input system allows you to input text faster and easier by gliding your finger around the keyboard, moving from letter to letter in one continuous motion. The Swype technology then calculates what word you’re intending to type (learn more below).
  • 5-megapixel camera with up to 3x digital zoom, multi-shot capabilities, and multiple shot modes.
  • HD video capture capabilities
  • Multi-format digital audio player
  • Ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity provides faster throughput while minimizing on power requirements. It’s compatible with new Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices as well as backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as headsets and printers. It includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (a 2 GB card is included).
  • YouTube app for streaming video over 3G and Wi-Fi connections.
  • Rich HTML e-mail application seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The Gmail application provides features such as conversation view, spam filtering, search, and labels that Gmail users enjoy on their computer while offering new features such as integration with the phone’s contact list. And it multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background.
  • Full HTML Web browser enables you to view more pages and enjoy better Web content delivered efficiently to your phone.
  • Instant messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. It also supports advanced text messaging features, enabling you to easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of group conversations through threaded text messaging.
  • Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
  • Google Calendar app syncs with the Web-based version, so any event that you add to your phone will show up on the Web-based Google Calendar (and vice versa).
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
Vital Statistics
The Samsung Vibrant weighs 4.16 ounces and measures 4.82 x 2.54 x 0.39 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 96 hours (4 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile’s 3G network (1700/2100 MHz).
What’s in the Box
Samsung Vibrant handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD memory card, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide

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Kindle for Android

Enjoy your favorite books on the go with Kindle for Android.
Kindle for Android is a free application that lets readers around the world enjoy Kindle books on their Android phones. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android will include Amazon’s Whispersync technology, which saves and synchronizes a customer’s bookmarks across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and soon Android, so customers always have their reading material with them and never lose their place. The Kindle Store includes over 500,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from $9.99.
  • Search and browse more than 500,000 books, including 105 of 112 New York Times Bestsellers, directly from their Android device
  • Access their library of previously purchased Kindle books stored on Amazon’s servers for free
  • Synchronize last page read between their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and soon Android
  • Choose from five different font sizes and three color modes: read in White, Sepia, or Black color modes and adjust the brightness of the display from within the app
  • Read books in full color, including children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, textbooks and graphic novels
  • Read in portrait or landscape mode, tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

Swype Keyboard

Simply Trace a Path

T-Mobile Services

T-Mobile’s New, Expanding Super-Fast HSPA+ Network

While T-Mobile doesn’t currently offer mobile phones with HSPA+ compatibility, many 3G devices can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the HSPA+ network today–including the Samsung Vibrant.

High-Speed Data Connectivity via T-Mobile’s 3G Network

In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile’s UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you’ll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile’s EDGE network (which stands for “Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution”). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.
While this phone is optimized for use with T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network, many of its functions will also work well on the moderate-speed EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.
Activities that work well on EDGE or 3G networks:
  • E-mail, instant messaging, and texting
  • Downloading ringtones, CallerTunes, wallpaper, light data files
  • Sending photographs via e-mail or picture messaging
Activities that work best on a 3G network:
  • Viewing content-heavy websites (lots of images or videos playing)
  • Viewing YouTube and other video files (they will play on EDGE, but require loading time)
  • Uploading large files (photos, videos, presentations) to sharing websites
  • Downloading large files from an e-mail or a website
T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently available in more than 220 cities nationwide and covers more than 160 million people.
Price: $99.99
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  • 3G-enabled, Android 2.1-powered smartphone with 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and 16 GB internal memory
  • Pre-loaded with The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, James Cameron’s Avatar movie, Kindle for Andoid app, and more
  • 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture. Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking. Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. microSD expansion. Swype keyboard
  • Up to 4 hours of talk time, up to 96 hours (4 days) of standby time. released in July, 2010
  • What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD memory card, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide

User Reviews

This phone’s LED display has the highest contrast ratio of any phone, ever. When you shop for a high-end flat panel TV, guess what it is you’re paying for? That’s right… High contrast ratio, the kind only possible in LED TV’s. LCD TV’s cost thousands less for this reason alone. Making a higher resolution LCD (like the one in the iPhone4) would have been taking the easy way out, but because Samsung is the king of display makers, they don’t need to outsource their technology to come up with a product. TFT LCD technology really hasn’t changed much in 15 years, and the bar has been raised out of reach of the iPhone. If only their fanboys could comprehend this, they’d stop screaming marketing words like “retina display!” at everyone, and using microscopes to look at their phones. LED technology is also 20-30% more power efficient, and weighs 20% less.

Someone needs to take the Avatar movie file that comes with this phone and put it on an iPhone4, play it back on both phones synchronized, then pan around with the camera. This test would definitively settle the debate as to which is more important: contrast ratio vs. resolution, because only idiots base their opinions staring at inanimate objects on their phone using a microscope. — 1GHz, Android…. but best of all… Super AMOLED….

I bought this phone almost 2 weeks ago; fortunately I have time to return it.

It’s a beautiful phone, no doubt about it, and it has many functions that make it a lot of fun to use (the apps, the ease of storing contacts and calling them, messaging, etc.) But here are my issues:

1) when you hold it in your left hand to push the screen keys with your right your thumb is pressing against the DOWN volume button which not only reduces the volume but also the ring tone (which you won’t know until later when your friend calls and asks where you were?).

2) the screen goes off after about 1 second of being on a call. To end the call or disconnect you have to press the tiny on/off button on the right of the phone to reactivate the screen and then end the call.

3) several people have told me I sound like I am in a tunnel if I am talking to them with my almost new Motorola earbud (H10, I believe) and I have noticed that the quality of the voices I hear is somewhat garbled and I have to listen carefully to understand them (with the earbud; it seems okay with just the phone itself). I had the same earbud with my 4 year old Motorola flip phone and it was too much for that old phone; I had to turn it down all the time; hearing or understanding people was never a problem.

There are a few other things I’m still trying to get used to but for the time I’ve had it these three things are enough for me to say take it back and try the HDT while I still can. Looks aren’t everything!

— A Little Disappointed

I picked up the phone 4 days ago. I upgraded from the Motorola Cliq (and G1 before that). This is by far the best of the Androids. My biggest fear was going from slide keyboard to all touch screen. I took the quick swype tutorual…..(now I’m saying, “what keyboard?”). I don’t miss it at all! The phone is fast and I love the video/movie clarity. The sound is great (with headphones).

I have however had a few problems. The headphones are not good at all for talking. I’ve tried using them about 5 times and every time, the person on the other end complained that they couldn’t hear me (the speaker phone works great though). Also, all of my 300+ contacts copied over from Google when I logged in; however, I can’t save any into groups nor can I assign ring tones (the work around T-Mobile gave didn’t work). Also, I somehow erased Avatar from my SD card. The process is to have Samsung send a new one.

Overall, there is far more good to this phone than bad. If you’re on the fence; buy it!Samsung Vibrant Android Phone (T-Mobile) — Great Phone!

Lots of excellent reviews about the device’s hardware, screen and interface; what none of the reviews mention is that you can get download speeds of over 5 mbps thanks to the T-mobile upgrade to 3G Plus (HSPA+). The highest score I’ve gotten so far is an average speed of 5.6 mbps, but for a moment there that test was showing speeds above the 6 mbps range, it just averaged out to a little under that. Technically the Vibrant is not a true HSPA+ device and cannot do more than 7.2 mbps, but 2-5 mbps is what I’m getting, and that is 5x as fast as the $15/month basic DSL line that I have at home. There is an app for tethering with your laptop (or desktop) currently so you really get your money’s worth. Sprints 4G on the EVO is not any better than this, they charge you extra for it, and the availability won’t be good for another year.

The day I got it I was downloading and installing up to 3 apps at a time and streaming Slacker Radio while checking out all the features and going through all the set-up; there was never a lag, it can do all of these things simultaneously without any problems, it blew me away.

Phone reception is fine in most places, but when the signal is not strong, I do notice that a left-handed “grip of death” caused additional signal problems; depending on how I hold it I can watch the signal drop from 3 bars to 0, I switch grips and watch it go right back up. Sounds weird, but apparently Apple is not the only one with the problem. — 6 mbps!

I’ll try to keep this as brief and to the point as possible.

The Samsung Vibrant –

The form factor – great as it’s not too big, not too small with a 4 inch screen. If you’re coming from a nexus one or a droid then you may not like the amount of plastic that’s in the phone or the light feel. But even though it’s a plastic build, it’s a compact solid build. At first glance it will remind you of a Iphone. Again, it may be a turn off depending on your tastes.

Screen – hands down one of the best portable screens you’ll ever see. Uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology which they seem to be keeping for their own products these days. Avatar as a pack in for the device is a great move. Seeing the clarity of that film running on a Vibrant is awe – inspiring. The screen is responsive and accurate. I’ve had no problems with it in that regard. Resolution is 480×800.

Software – the Vibrant is running android 2.1 which is good, but 2.2 on this phone would have been amazing. But to be fair the update is coming in september. It runs with a custom user interface (ui) layer on top of android called touchwiz 3.0. It adds some interesting features to stock android but at the end of the day, I found it to be totally unnecessary. I’ve found similar and better features in the Android marketplace for the solutions that Samsung has tried to incorporate here. There are some glaring missing features though. The user dictionary that’s standard in stock android is missing here. Also the ability to add custom ringtones to your contact list entries is also missing. Both functions can be easily added by downloading User dictionary from the market as well as Ringo Lite. The phone ships with Swype virtual keyboard and its enabled by default. It also ships with Samsung’s own keyboard as well as the stock android keyboard. Swype has been my keyboard of choice since it was in beta. it’s very intuitive and is a great choice by samsung.
The Vibrant also ships with a version of Rock Player. This is significant. Rock Player allows standard and some not-so-standard video codecs to run natively on Android phones. Xvid, divx, wmv, mov, mpeg 1/2/3, FLV…its serious. Android always had terrible video codec support but now, the days of encoding video are over thanks to Rock Player. The player is also available in the marketplace but doesnt seem to be as polished. The GPS software is glitchy. There’s a fix for it that has been discussed on many forums but Samsung is preparing an update for it.

Camera – the good news is the Vibrant takes great photos and videos. Videos can be recorded in “720p” but the phone doesnt have a flash. This was a major concern for me initially until I actually used the camera. In well lit areas, the Vibrant took great images. Night time shots were great too if ample light was available. If not, there’s a night mode. It works for the most part but it left a good number of my pics a tad blurry.
Video worked as one would expect. I was happy to see consistent smooth framerate and no pauses or glitches in the videos I took with the device.

Hardware – this is what ultimately sold me on the Vibrant. It has a 1ghz Hummingbird (Cortex A8 core) cpu developed by Intrinsity with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU (graphics processor). What this means is this CPU/GPU combo gives the Vibrant better graphics/games performance than any other smartphone of its class. I didn’t quite believe it at first coming from a nexus one with Android 2.2 (which I still own) but after comparing the Vibrant to the Droid, the N1, the Incredible, Iphone 3gs, and the DroidX, I noticed 3D intensive games ran smoother on the Vibrant. Consistently so at 60 frames per second. I did some research and found out why. That material is too much to post here. I’ll leave it to you to Google it. But in short, the Vibrant is capable of processing 90 million triangles a second.

The Droid with a TI OMAP3430 CPU and a PowerVR SGX530 – 7 to 14 million triangles a second

Nexus one with a Qualcomm QSD8x50 (snapdragon) and a Adreno 200 – 22 million triangles a second.

Iphone 3gs 600mhz cortex A8 with a Power VR SGX535 – 7 million triangles a second.

Also, the Vibrant ships with 16gbs of internal storage and can use 32gb microsd cards. 1.7 gbs of that storage can be used for apps which is more than enough space and eliminates the need for saving apps to sd card. Avatar is a little less than 2gbs on the sd card that ships with the phone but it can be transferred to internal memory and run from there.
The phone lacks a trackball but there are virtual arrow keys in swype and the Samsung keyboard that help to make up for the loss. The camera is a 5 mega pixel camera without flash as was mentioned. The face buttons are virtual buttons and work most of the time but there were times when the phone didn’t seem to recognize my press. I’m not sure if this is from Android or the phone itself, but its worth mentioning.

Phone – I’ve experienced no problems with phone calls on the device. Calls were clear on my end and the other end of the line. bluetooth worked as it should and pairing a headset was as easy as one would expect. There’s no noise cancellation mic but the speaker on the phone is very loud for videos, music and speakerphone.

Battery life – This has been a topic of great debate and for good reason. My Vibrant has lasted an entire day with moderate use on a 1500mah battery. A day and a half with light use. It lasted about 6 to 7 hours with heavy use. That’s watching Avatar for a bit, surfing the web, taking calls, downloading from the market, playing games here and there. It lasted my entire shift at work with me constantly configuring it, running it, using it. By comparison, my Nexus one with Android 2.2 cannot last the day with moderate use. I can get 5 hours out of it maybe 6 before I have to recharge. Heavy use with my n1 will net me four hours maybe 5. To be fair there might be a particular app or even Android 2.2 causing the drain because it wasn’t that bad when I first bought it, but it is what it is at this point.

Final thoughts, the Samsung Vibrant is one of the best Android phones released thus far but it has some issues that are strange and keeps it from being the best. Missing utilities that are standard in stock Android and have been since Android debuted is very strange. No flash will undoubtedly turn off a few people as well as the lack of Android 2.2 in an environment that calls for it. But what the Vibrant does well, it does extremely well and solves some key issues for some older Android devices. Internal storage that’s more than enough to hold any apps you desire as well as gbs worth of content, a screen that’s drop dead gorgeous and easier to navigate, fantastic video codec support and a better cpu/gpu combo for superior performance especially with gaming. The Vibrant is the best phone you can buy at Tmobile if you don’t need a physical qwerty keyboard. I’m happy with the device and eagerly await Android 2.2 for it. — One of the best phones you can buy, but…e

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