May 24 AT 1:43 PM Keivan Askari 16 Comments

First look at the Samsung Infuse 4G

Take a look at what we have in our hands today- well, my hands. It’s the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G. I was lucky enough to get a demo unit a couple of days ago and this phone is packing several great features, in both big and small ways.

It shows off in a big way with its brilliant, crystal-clear 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display, making colors look insane (seriously, I can’t recall the last time I saw blacks this deep). And for the small? Samsung was able to wrap it all up in a super thin (8.99mm) pocketable package. Rounding out the awesome is the fact that it is one of the few released devices running on AT&T’s 4G network. Check out the video below to see how this phone looks and acts in all its 4.5 inches of glory.

While the Infuse is one of the few 4G devices, it isn’t AT&T’s first. Their 4G lineup includes the HTC Inspire, the Motorola ATRIX, and the HP Veer. The Infuse dropped on May 15th with a price tag of $199.99 on a two year contract with data plan. The best part? The $199 price tag comes without a pesky mail-in rebate.

This screen is amazing- it is big and bright! The 4.5″ inch Super AMOLED Plus display makes everything look just like it’s supposed to. When I compared it to the screen of my Vibrant, I was amazed at how different the two looked. The colors (especially the blacks) just looked much sharper and richer, making my Vibrant almost seem inadequate. Goodbye Super AMOLED, hello Super AMOLED Plus!!

The Infuse is also packing a snappy 1.2GHz processor that makes everything run pretty quickly. I did notice, though, even with the boost in processing power the phone still gets a bit laggy during times of heavy load (just like the previous Galaxy series). The phone seems to be running great, then all of a sudden you get hit with a stutter. The lag isn’t terrible, but it’s still lag and not too many people like it, so buyers be warned.

This phone is the first in AT&T’s 4G lineup that has the ability to make use of their HSPA+(21Mbps) network. Though I didn’t get anywhere near those speeds, I was impressed with consistency. I rarely did a speed test that rendered speeds below 3.5Mbps and the upload speeds were a stable .5 to 1Mbps. Consistency is an often overlooked aspect of a fast connection when speed testing so it was nice to see this thing hit multiple repeat performances.

To step back and look at what is in front of us, we see a phone that competes in almost every category. With its amazing 4.5″ screen and its 8.99mm body, the size is a win all around. It also holds its weight in the speed category, clocking in respectable performances from both the network and the processor. If you’d like to see more, check out the full gallery of photos below and make sure to check back soon for our full review!

Also, let us know if you’ve got any questions of specific things you’d like investigated while we’ve still got the phone in-hand. We love doing the dirty work on new devices for our readers!

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