We take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G in our review. It’s a great device, with a large 4.5 inch screen and 4G speeds. How does it fair? You can find out below.
Design and Feel
The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G is a great looking device. It looks almost exactly the same as the Galaxy S II without the center button. It’s got a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display with 480×800 pixels, gorilla glass display and multi-touch support. It’s also very light weight at only 139 grams. It’s has a large screen feel to it, with a very thin body. Don’t expect to get a sturdy feel for this hardware though, as it looks great, but feels like thin plastic.
The back panel is exactly that, a thin layer of plastic gaurding the battery and SIM slot. The buttons on it are the same as other Galaxy S devices, as they pop out just enough for you to feel them and know they’re there, and press in with ease. The Micro USB slot for charging and data connection is on the bottom as opposed to the top, and doesn’t have the sliding door to keep your pocket lint out from gathering inside. I like it’s on the bottom, don’t like that it is wide open.
The software on this devices is Android Gingerbread 2.3.3, with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 UI. The device looks at boot up the same as any other Galaxy S device before it, with the same widgets scattered about the screens, and the same choppy Touchwiz UI. I wish Samsung would leave this UI out like they did on the Nexus S. It really slows the device down, and has a bunch of apps that you can easily replace with others from the Android Market anyway. Android Gingerbread is great, but TouchWiz 3.0 UI diminishes that feeling quickly. You’ll be looking for a custom ROM in no time.
The hardware is pretty solid, but in the age of the Galaxy S II and other ‘Superphones’ I often wonder why Samsung wouldn’t put a dual-core processor in a nice looking, and otherwise fully featured device like the Infuse 4G. The thing you’ll start to notice about Smartphones is that there’s almost always something missing from the features that you thought you’d want. That’s the manufacturers’ way of making sure you keep upgrading your device every year. Other than that, it’s got an ARM Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor with 16GB internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and an 8megapixel camera on the back with LED flash and auto-focus, and a 1.3 megapixel on the front.the battery is a good sized 1750 mAh Li-ion with 400 hours standby and 8 hours talk time.
The system went head to head in a benchmark test with my personal Samsung Captivate, a device which came out a year before the Infuse 4G, and has a 1GHz ARM Cotex processor, same as the Infuse. In our benckmarking tests , which you can see in the video review below, the Captivate running CyanogenMod 7.1 (a custom ROM built from Android 2.3.4 base) beat out the Infuse 4G in every way except the internal memory read/write times. basically meaning that the Infuse 4G has a better class internal memory then what is in the captivate. Other than that, in a Quadrant Standard benchmark, the Captivate destroyed the Infuse 4G. In an AnTuTu Benchmark, the Captivate beat it in every category exceot memory read/write speeds. Basically, the Infuse 4G with its faster processors and better display, could not beat the Captivate (its older Galaxy S family member) in our benchmarks. That’s also for a few reasons aside from the hardware, which includes TouchWiz 3.0 slowing the Infuse 4G down, and CyanogenMod speeding up the database I/O on the Captivate.
The cameras are good and take great photos, as they should being an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, capable of 720p video as well. Below you can see the test video at full 720p resolution taken with the Infuse 4G. Also, some test pictures were taken from the Infuse, both from the rear and front cameras in the images below.
The Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G is a great device for someone who is looking for a large display and great pictures and video. When it comes to speed however, as shown in our benchmarks, the Infuse 4G is slow when tested against older Galaxy S models. The design is nice, and resembles the Galaxy S II in many ways. The screen is a little large for me however, but it does prove useful when playing games or watching videos. It really comes down to what you do with a smartphone, and how big your pockets are.
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