Samsung's Infuse 4G on AT&T is a speedy Android 2.2 "Froyo" smartphone with a big 4.5-inch screen filled with lush colors thanks to the Super AMOLED Plus display technology. Nice phone for $199.99.
For the longest time, AT&T was a dog when it came to
Who could blame the carrier that bet early on Apple's
iPhone, offering it exclusively in the United States until the hallowed smartphone
landed on Verizon Wireless' network to scrum with the Droids?
I didn't enjoy a Google-flavored phone from AT&T
until the Motorola Atrix 4G
. I honestly didn't know what to think about the
Samsung Infuse 4G
, which went on sale
May 15 for $199.99 with a two-year contract, until it showed up at
my door a week ago.
It's been a joy using the slim, "caviar black"
device despite the fact that it's running Android 2.2 "Froyo," which
though solid feels dated after using Android 2.3 "Gingerbread."
Indeed, I thought, how could I judge the Infuse 4G only
weeks after using the Gingerbread-powered Samsung Nexus S 4G from Sprint?
The Infuse 4G has several attributes that
differentiate it from its Samsung Android brethren. Start with the lush, 4.5-inch
Super AMOLED Plus screen, which with an 800-by-480 resolution boasts 50 percent
more subpixels over Super AMOLED phones for great clarity whether you're in
daylight or darkness.
I like the idea of the 4.5-inch
screen, but it does make the Infuse 4G feel wide in my average-size hand. Any more
screen size and I think a phone ventures into tablet territory, where the
Kyocera Echo hovers.
Unlike most Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, which feel
slick, the back of this thin handheld is coarsely granulated for a nice, easy
The 1.2GHz processor provides noticeable performance
boosts over standard 1GHz-processor Android handsets, proving especially useful
for YouTube videos, games and movies via the Samsung Media Hub.