Jul 14 AT 1:13 PM Taylor Wimberly 52 Comments

Quick hands-on the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant

The T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant goes on sale tomorrow and I uploaded a quick video walk-through that was recorded during the recent Samsung Galaxy S launch party. Over the last week I’ve had the joy of testing out the Samsung Captivate (AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S) and I can easily give this phone my full recommendation.

Just like the Captivate, the Vibrant lacks a front-facing camera and LED flash, but I haven’t found these omissions change my opinion of the device. For an idea of what to expect with the Vibrant check out our Captivate unboxing, Touchwiz 3.0 walkthrough, and GPU benchmarks.

The most notable features of the Galaxy S lineup are the Super AMOLED display and the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. The Super AMOLED screen offers the brightest display and most vibrant colors I’ve seen on an Android phone and the Hummingbird chipset has the fastest graphics processor we have tested.

In fact, the Galaxy S lineup could be the overall fastest Android device when it’s upgraded to Android 2.2. We have tested it against the Droid X (also launching tomorrow) and the Galaxy S comes out on top in every benchmark except Quardrant (which we believe is caused by a reporting bug with their I/O test).

A little known feature of the Galaxy S is that it also supports TV out via the 3.5mm headset jack. This differs from the HDMI out we have seen on the HTC EVO and Droid X because it mirrors the entire phone display and allows you to view anything on your device including games.

Those who are considering picking up the T-Mobile Vibrant, might want to check our Android and Me phone store at midnight PST. We will be offering the phone for $149 on contract, which is good for new customers and those who renew/upgrade their contract. Look for more details in a sponsored post tonight.

If you are on T-Mobile and looking for a new phone, has Samsung done enough to sell you on this device or are you waiting for one of the rumored Q4 handsets?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://Website bubbles

    Looks awesome, I am getting mine tomorrow. I qualify for buy one get one. I am using the Vibrant as the first phone and getting the slide for free. Cant wait, XDA has a thread that shows how to root also. This beats the sorry droid x IMO. Remember boycott motorola

    • http://Website Kenny

      How do you qualify for a bogo?

      • http://Website snakeeyes

        I think it has to do with loyalty… tmobile has pretty good customer service, and my family plan allows my family and i to use almost 200 dollars of credit toward a new phone as I fulfilled my two year contract on my previous phone.

        • http://Website Kenny

          That sounds nice, I hope I can get something.

  • http://www.spilledmilkdesigns.com NIck

    Awww man that is sick! I started with the G1, now have the N1 since it came out and lately it’s been acting up, even with 2.2. I’m a gadget fiend and this new device is sweet, but part of me wants to wait to see what Project Emerald produces. I’m really hoping for a dual core device, 4+ inches, Super AMOLED, front facing camera, 1280p recording, LED flash + at minimum 5mp camera. T Mobile needs this to take back the lead from the iPhone 4.

  • http://Website Ryan McKay

    This WILL be my next device. I have to save up some money first though. On the even more plus so no discounts. I’m way excited to get this in my hands though. FINALLY my G1 will be replaced.

    • http://Website dj

      this will also be replacing my g1 as well. i really think the g1 had a good run, with the help from cyanogen. i will always remember the first android.

    • http://Website Derrick

      I qualify for a $1200 line of credit through T-Mobile (on the Even More Plus).
      That is how I plan on purchasing my Vibrant!
      Just tack on $20 to each phone bill…

  • Mikey D

    Does anyone know where I can find the video out cables for the Vibrant / Samsung Galaxy S? Is it just 3.5mm headset to to s-video? What is the name of the cable?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It is 3.5mm to RCA video. Or they might be labeled mini stereo to RCA video. I’ll have a video up later tonight that shows the cable and how it works.

  • ayocuz

    I feel you nick I’m in the same boat except my nexus one is still acting like a brand new phone, had it since january. I’m just not that impressed by the galaxy series. Although The one on sprint seems to be the top dog I’m gonna give my sexii nexii at least a year before replacing it

  • http://Website jg79

    Anyone know what the price on this will be off contract?

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      Everything I’ve read has said it’ll be $449 off contract. Which is a great price considering the beast this phone is (yes, even without the FFC!).

    • http://Website robb

      i just logged into my t-mobile account and it looks like they are offering this as an upgrade a day early (still can’t buy it with a new plan though). shows it as $499.99 for the full price.

  • http://Website Rob

    I’m waiting the roadmap has me itching for November

    • http://Website dj

      ive been waiting and waiting… when Nov comes around what will have you waiting then? i like the road map too but i cant wait any more.!!! i just hope i don’t regret this later… but i got mine waiting for me at my local radio shack

  • http://Website Kenny

    I have a friend whos 80% sure he’s getting this phone. He’s new to Tmo, but if he qualified for a bogo, I would split the cost, get this, then whatever comes out later in Q1 ’11.

    • http://Website Kenny

      Yeah, sorry, totally disreguard this post^

  • http://Website s15274n

    So may issues to deal with (please respond if you read this):

    1 – The G1 is running great on CM6. There are surely better phones right around the corner on T-Mobile coming. Is NOW the best time to get a new phone with T-Mobile?

    2 – Any idea what you could sell your G1 for on Craigslist?

    3 – What is the cheapest way to get this phone? I am not under contract so the $149/$199 does not help me… T-Mobile told me today it was going to be like $490 total (which is not that bad in my opinion).

    4 – Developer community is going to be huge for this phone. Anyone know who to follow (AKA, who is going to be porting cyanogens ROMs to the Galaxy)?

    My G1 is old and dated… I am so jealous of all the new androids popping up at work… but for some reason I still have reservations (and it is not b/c of TouchWiz or Samsungs history with updates – those are not concerns to me since I will be rooting this phone).

    • http://Website Stella

      You have some of the same concerns I had in the beginning. I do believe the Samsung Vibrant will be supported by the dev community. It can be hacked and it will take no more than a week or so before someone is porting a ROM to it. Hopefully, it will the Cyanogen. I’m not under contract but I’m definitely getting this phone under contract or not.

      I’m hanging on to my G1 as a backup. On eBay, I’ve seen the G1 selling for $99 if you want to go that route.

  • http://Website irving

    Is it going to stay at $149? My contract doesn’t end until the end of August.

  • http://Website ojoj

    android is so fucking gay. oh wow open source! too bad windows mobile outsells android by more than double. bwyuahahaha

    pos games ported from flash.

    have fun with your task managers, idiots

    • http://Website Mr. Rogers


    • http://www.twitter.com/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

      You feel better about yourself now that you came here to say that?

    • http://Website Savage 5

      Wow this guy is a true shit head lol if android sucks so bad why the hell are you on the site?!! If you didn’t notice its called ANDROID and me not windows nd me nice contradiction dip shit ;)

    • http://Website me

      He’s pissing steam because of his buyers remorse with the HD2.

  • http://Website Joey

    I love my nexus but I always want the new hotness. I am very tempted to get the vibrant but I don’t want to contract up and be ineligible for discount on the emerald should it be awesome. Maybe I need to play with the vibrant first.

  • Steve

    Do not get this phone, because both Samsung and Motorola phones are very hard to create roms for. I highly reccomend waiting until HTC releases the Vision, because that phone is only two months away. CM most likely won’t create a rom for this phone, plus Samsung has a very bad track record with their upgrades.

    Motorola and Samsung are bad options for those that want to root, get HTC.

    • http://Website tomhorn

      @Steve … have you been asleep for the last two weeks?

      The phone has already been rooted and Samsung has already released the source code.

      Getting custom ROMs is not going to be difficult at all for this phone. XDA already has sections up for all of the Galaxy S variants, and the overseas version is already seeing custom ROMs.

      • http://Website Gee

        I gotta’ agree with him. The Galaxy S is rooted, the source is out, but the drivers are locked down from what I’ve heard over the last couple of days. That means no Froyo until Samsung releases the ROM and maybe no Gingerbread. EVER. If you can live with that, you’re money; the Galaxy S blows away the internals of all other Android phones. But I don’t think I can do that. A year from now we’ll see those dual core super android phones, and I’ll be happy rocking a under powered but still capable up to date rooted EVO 4G ’till then.

  • http://Website tomhorn

    @s15274n … not sure if it will still apply to this phone, but Bing offers cash back of 35% on t-mobile. Program ends on 7/31, and it does take 60 days to get the rebate. I’m going to try it. Also it will be interesting to see if the price holds at t-mobile when AT&T is supposed to be selling the Captivate at $349 off contract. Might want to wait until it comes out to see if t-mobile adjusts the price on the Vibrant.

    • http://Website s15274n

      Thank you for this information. I do not use Bing (never been to the URL). Can you give me more info on how to use them to get this better price? Thanks man!

      • http://Website tomhorn

        Go to bing.com. Search for “t-mobile vibrant”. At the top of the page you will see an ad for “T-mobile Official Site” and a yellow logo with “Bing Cash Back” next to it. Click on the BCB link and sign up with your e-mail address. It will then drop you into the T-mobile site and you can shop away.

        Important to clear all T-mobile cookies before shopping, and make sure the BCB logo is next to the phone in the shopping cart before checking out. Read all the Bing cashback rules before you do it so there are no surprises.

        • http://Website Satertek

          So would you have to go through and completely create a new account, phone number, plan and all, then cancel it after you get the phone? When I log it it sends me to myT-Mobile, and the Bing icons disappear. (Would be kinda a hassle, and I wouldn’t get the EIP, but I guess still worth it for 35% off)

  • McLovin

    I wished T-Mobile would have opted for the keyboard variant of the Galaxy S. What’s the chances of an Sprint Epic working on a T-Mobile network?

    Switching from T-Mobile over to Sprint is getting a lot easier to contemplate now.

    • http://Website Sobo

      The chances are zero. I implore you not to try.

      They use different radio technology (Sprint uses CDMA while T-Mobile uses GSM.)

  • http://Website Stella

    So excited for tomorrow. I’ve had my G1 forever and it continues to be a great phone because of Cyanogen and other developers but it’s time to move on. I hope I qualify for the $149 price. I haven’t been under contract since February.

  • Haulngas

    I feel like a sucker now since I used my 2year upgrade in March to get the Motorola Cliq XT. I could kick myself.

    • http://Website haynow

      Thats rough, I have a g1 and I am excited about the upgrade. I am curious about midnight offer from Android and Me but I dont think I could wait. Ill have the vibrant in my hand tomorrow afternoon!

      I hope all the kinks get situated w the rooting so I could put some CM goodness on it.

  • http://Website Lemarg

    Does anyone know if this model has wifi tethering like the galaxy s?

    Can’t get a definitive answer anywhere.

  • http://Website abm

    Has anyone bought from here?

    $150 seems to good to be true. How can you sell them for that price$

  • http://Website Pax

    It is on sale now on their website….1:05 AM Eastern

  • http://Website abm

    i checked but didnt find it.

  • http://Website DaveC

    I will definitely be at the T-Mo store today to check this out, but I’ll stick with my Nexus One for now. I may be tempted in Q4 if Emerald turns out to be a winner, but my enthusiasm for spending on a new phone is tempered by the fact that TMo’s network in my part of town isn’t very good. I could be swayed by the right combination of features like a GOOD physical keyboard, and improved camera.

  • http://Website Chris

    Is anyone else seeing it for $164.99 on T-Mobile (for upgrade)? I guess that means I get the upgrade discount.

  • http://Website Mark

    My wife picked up Vibrant a few minutes ago at the local B&M with her new cliqxt (couldn’t convince her she would really be jealous of mine in short order) and is on her way to my job to drop off my be-lated birthday present. Getting antzy.

  • http://Website James

    Picked up a Vibrant today. Awesome rig.

    I have had, in the last 12 months, the Palm Pre, Moto Droid, iPhone 3GS, Heron on Sprint….and this thing is just in a class of its own. It smokes my coworker’s rooted, 2.2 sporting Droid. Fannnntastic.

  • http://Website Alex

    Does anyone know if the Galaxy S i9000 is compatible with T-mobile’s 3g bands and if it will work alright? The international version is so much better than the T-mobile variant.

  • http://Website Kenji

    Geeez, this looks like a fantastic phone. Would love to get my hands on one.

  • http://Website Miguel

    Does anyone know when the Vibrant is getting 2.2?

  • http://Website wrkiso

    Looking at the Samsung Vibrant specs, really impressive.

  • http://Website des

    Do I have to get the data service too or a 2 year voice service should be enough to get this price?