The stylish and slim Samsung Vibrant, with its vivid 4-inch Super AMOLED display, makes everything from Hollywood blockbusters to music videos to Amazon's bestsellers look absolutely brilliant - even outside in the sun. Android Market rockets you into a universe filled with equally brilliant apps; download them at blistering speeds thanks to the powerful 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Keep your social life organized and continuously updated with the pre-loaded social networking apps, while uploading all the 5.0MP pics you've snapped and 720p HD videos you've recorded. Go on, go out and enjoy the Vibrant life,is a good cellphone and highly recommended.
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Brilliant Display, Design, and Device! A Winning Buy!
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
The Samsung SGH-T959, one of 4 "Galaxy S" phones released by Samsung in late 2010, is an amazing device that nearly perfects what a user can expect from a high-end Android Smartphone.
Ir's AMOLED display is amazing. It's bright in all light, has crisp and clear color, and is rugged and resistant to scratching. I've never seen a display look so good on a mobile platform unless it was a laptop with a WSXGA+ screen - something you'd pay over $1000 for.
The controls, feel, and design are practical and comfortable. One-handed use in portrait or landscape is doable, but a slight stretch for the average sized hand. This is a slight drawback on occasion, but all considered the grip is worth it for such an expansive screen to work with.
The touch sensitivity and accuracy is excellent. Even users new to a touch-based device have found it easy to work with. Both my parents, over 55 years old, were sinking baskets in Paper Toss or beating me at Air Hockey in no time - it's really that simple.
The phone is fast, and apps don't hang or clip. Force Closes on Android 2.1 (an application crash, for those Droid non-speakers) are minimal and qiuck to resolve. For contrast, I previously owned the MyTouch 3G device - much slower, not nearly as trim in memory use, and running Android 1.6 with noticeable age.
I've used the higher-end selection of phones from Blackberry, Motorola, Nokia, and others - nearly every single smartphone platform from Windows Mobile 5 to Symbian has crossed my hand - and I've never been more satisfied with a phone than the Samsung Vibrant for T-mobile.
The downsides, and there are a scant few, are not dealbreakers, but detract from being able to call this phone "perfect".
- There's no self-facing camera. As video conferencing and calls emerge as a more common platform, the Vibrant will lag behind newer and current devices that included this technology.
- The phone ships with Android 2.1, not 2.2 like the Nexus One or Droid 2, and the benefits of the more updated OS are significant if you're a Google enthusiast.
- Battery life is not stellar, and you'll find yourself charging the phone a lot. With a huge screen, a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, and so much more packed into a phone with a 1500Mah battery, this can be expected. But because the phone is just so darn fun and useful, you use it a lot. And unfortunately, that means it's going to drain your battery in short order.
If you just have to have the latest OS, a self-facing camera, or a phone that lasts for 3 days on one battery, you won't find it on or inside the Vibrant.
But if you don't, and you're looking for a smart phone that piles it on without demanding an entire paycheck for it, you simply cannot go wrong with the Galaxy S Vibrant from T-mobile and Samsung.
Update: Samsung & T-mobile now provide an official 2.2 "Froyo" release. See T-mobile support or the Samsung Galaxy S web site to download software. This update was....about 6 months late, and never went out over the air (OTA) but must be done using your PC and a USB connection.
Additionally, I found that after I rooted my Vibrant and applied a quality non-stock ROM, the phone zipped along noticeably faster and battery life also improved. I continue to see local traders and online buyers sell G2's and MyTouch 4G devices to get the T959 or it's 4G successor, the T959V. That's a testament to it's solid quality.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Samsung vibrant excellent mobile
Samsung Vibrant Overview
We've been spending some quality time with Samsung's Galaxy S phone lineup for the past few weeks, and our most recent candidate has been the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile. Just like the Samsung Captivate for AT&T we reviewed last week, the Vibrant is stacked with a Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and Android 2.1. In fact, the Samsung Vibrant is nearly identical to the Captivate, save a few minor architectural differences and preloaded content. Let's just say James Cameron must be grinning and frolicking about like a little schoolgirl who just won the spelling bee, for T-Mobile hawks Avatar on the Samsung Vibrant like no tomorrow.
Samsung Vibrant Design
All Samsung Galaxy S phones share similar architecture, aside from Sprint's Epic 4G, which features a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard. So the Samsung Vibrant is strikingly similar to the Samsung Captivate and Samsung Fascinate. Compared to the Captivate, the Vibrant resides on the cheap side, utilizing a singular thin plastic panel to shroud the battery, 32GB capacity MicroSD card slot, and SIM card bay. On the AT&T Captivate, we get a nice metal faux carbon fiber back panel that is easy to slide out. The Samsung Vibrant's frail back panel snaps on rather awkwardly to the extent that we feared breaking the inner tabs right off.
On the bright side, the Samsung Vibrant is a sleek, light device with a contoured body that seemed to fit in our pocket a tad more ergonomically sound than the Captivate. We have the same sliding USB port enclosure found on high-end camcorders and 3.5mm Audio jack located on top, volume control on the left side, and Lock button on the right side. Simplicity is the name of the game here.
The Samsung Vibrant's AMOLED screen is one of its main attractions. Aside from a panel of four touch-sensitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search), the Samsung Vibrant relies solely on its screen to run the show. Haptic feedback is optional, and the screen itself is a benchmark in the mobile industry. The Samsung Vibrant's four-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen has a WVGA resolution (800 x 480), but it's the phone's high contrast that sets it apart. The Vibrant's screen has an impressive 50,000:1 contrast ratio, which optimizes the dynamic range and proves ideal for watching movies and playing games. In fact, we compared the Vibrant's AMOLED to the iPhone 4's Retina display and made a few discoveries.
The iPhone 4 is better for basic navigation like reading and browsing while the Captivate is better for multimedia content like movies and games. It's worth noting that the iPhone 4's screen offers 326 pixels per inch (3.5-inch screen with 960 x 460-pixel resolution) while the Samsung Vibrant's screen has 260 pixels per inch (4-inch screen with 800 x 480-pixel resolution). We could see individual pixels and stepping lines if we looked very closely on the Vibrant's screen, but we couldn't see any pixels on the iPhone 4's screen. The Samsung Vibrant's Super AMOLED screen is still one of the tastiest in the mobile phone world, but the iPhone 4 still wins in the overall display department.
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Samsung Galaxy S T-959 Vibrant
Review For: Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant SGH-T959 - 2GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone
This gadget is amazing, I have no problem in unlocking it, and use it with local GSM provider. The screen is fabulous, the body is so thin & light, WiFi,GPS, Android Market Apps,Maps, weather status,Camera, Video,Music all are awesome.
You will surprised with the Swype application, easy to write words just count in seconds to sent SMS or email. I like this gadget, Battery NO problem, just set the "POWER" on your homepage, it will last for 3 days in standby position.
In one word I would say "aaabraacaadaabraaaa".
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Galaxy S Samsung Vibrant
I bought this phone 3 months ago and i absolutely love it. The phone is slim, light weight, slightly inexpensive and easy to handle. It has great features that include navigation, swype, talk-to-text, bluetooth, wifi, & gmail. The Samsung Vibrant comes pre-loaded with the movie Avatar, has many great apps including amazon, android market in which many different apps are downloadable, and email. This is my second touch screen phone and my favorite. I recommend this phone to anyone that wants to get the best for the money they pay.
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