Apr 05 AT 3:03 PM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

US Cellular releases its first LTE smartphone, the Galaxy S Aviator

Galaxy S Aviator

US Cellular is one of the larger regional carriers in the US, and has a pretty solid nationwide coverage map. Recently, they have begun rolling out an LTE network, with the high-speed network reaching portions of Maine, Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Iowa. Before today, US Cellular only offered one LTE-capable device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1“.

Starting today, US Cellular will begin selling their first LTE-capable Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. Yes, you read that right; the Aviator is a variant of the original Galaxy S line, and not the more-powerful Galaxy S II series. Fortunately, the original Galaxy S is definitely one of the better older Android devices, and it will only set you back $99.99 after $100 mail-in-rebate Mastercard.

Full specs for the Galaxy S Aviator include:

  • AndroidTM 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4.3″ Super AMOLEDâ„¢ Plus Screen
  • 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
  • 8 MP Camera with LED Flash
  • 1.3 MP Front-facing Camera
  • 1.4GB of Internal Memory

Though we’re certainly not blown away by a device with a single-core Hummingbird processor when quad-core Tegra 3 devices are starting to eek their way out, the Galaxy S Aviator provides a solid option for US Cellular customers who want to board the LTE train.

Any US Cellular customers out there? Plan on picking up the Galaxy S Aviator, or are you holding out for a slightly more powerful device?

Via: Engadget

Source: US Cellular

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  • Hurracayne_dre

    Looks like the Charge

    • hurracayne

      I get logged out blah

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      It is, I really think I’d still go with the SGS2 if I were on US Cellular.

    • Fulaman

      Because it is the Droid Charge ~.~

  • Wayne Jones

    Haha I’m using the Charge now. The only difference is the placement of the Samsung logo.

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    I know a couple people here you were asking my advice about USC. I don’t know if I can recommend this device to them. Yeah, it’ll be good for them to be LTE, but not when (much) better devices are in the pipeline. The Charge came out last year. I am sure it’s a capable device, but when they have the GS2, it’s really a no-brainer. I am sure this summer will bring much better devices to run on their LTE.

    Also, I had to do a double take on the internal memory. First, I read 14 GB; on the second look I was all “WTF, 1.4GB?!?”

    • clocinnorcal

      customers that purchased the droid charge on verizon received a 32gb micro sd card. Maybe that is the case with this variant.

  • LukeT32

    A Co worker picked out up… There speeds are pretty fast, but I’m pretty sure there was no one on but him at 9 am this morning. He had 19 Meg download and 9 Meg upload….

    • Fulaman

      That’s pretty impressive giving that US Cellular isn’t even a major carrier. They seem to be on par with larger carriers (AT&T and Verizon) just about. I don’t understand why MetroPCS who is larger than US cellular can’t compete with US Cellular.

  • Cypher

    Man I feel bad for any one on that carrier… and I thought T-mobile always got the short end of the stick =/

  • CTown

    Samsung hasn’t run out of Hummingbird chips yet?

  • Black Kristos

    I still can’t believe that USC rolled out LTE to my metro area before Verizon. Still, all my USC Blackberry toting friends are going to pass on this. They are still waiting on a proper Android LTE handset.

  • kazahani

    TROLL!!! Burn it! Burn it with fire!!

  1. Hurracayne_dreGuest 3 years ago

    Looks like the Charge

  2. Haha I’m using the Charge now. The only difference is the placement of the Samsung logo.

  3. I know a couple people here you were asking my advice about USC. I don’t know if I can recommend this device to them. Yeah, it’ll be good for them to be LTE, but not when (much) better devices are in the pipeline. The Charge came out last year. I am sure it’s a capable device, but when they have the GS2, it’s really a no-brainer. I am sure this summer will bring much better devices to run on their LTE.

    Also, I had to do a double take on the internal memory. First, I read 14 GB; on the second look I was all “WTF, 1.4GB?!?”

    • customers that purchased the droid charge on verizon received a 32gb micro sd card. Maybe that is the case with this variant.

  4. A Co worker picked out up… There speeds are pretty fast, but I’m pretty sure there was no one on but him at 9 am this morning. He had 19 Meg download and 9 Meg upload….

    • FulamanGuest 3 years ago

      That’s pretty impressive giving that US Cellular isn’t even a major carrier. They seem to be on par with larger carriers (AT&T and Verizon) just about. I don’t understand why MetroPCS who is larger than US cellular can’t compete with US Cellular.

  5. Man I feel bad for any one on that carrier… and I thought T-mobile always got the short end of the stick =/

  6. Samsung hasn’t run out of Hummingbird chips yet?

  7. I still can’t believe that USC rolled out LTE to my metro area before Verizon. Still, all my USC Blackberry toting friends are going to pass on this. They are still waiting on a proper Android LTE handset.

  8. TROLL!!! Burn it! Burn it with fire!!