Samsung Infuse 4G Review Summary: Expert Opinions

A new Android smartphone is set to be gracing the shelves in just a few days. We’re talking about the Samsung Infuse 4G heading to AT&T on May 15 and this slimline, sleek handset is attracting a certain amount of attention with the first reviews now coming out. We thought we’d take a look and give you a review summary of what the experts are saying about this smartphone.

This handset first came to our attention way back in January at CES 2011, and then this month OSM’s own Tim Ollason gave details of the price and release date. More recently we also informed readers that the Infuse 4G will allow installation of non-market apps. As a brief recap the impressive specs on this phone include a 1.2GHz single-core processor, a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1.3-megapixel front facer and all running on the Android 2.2, Froyo, operating system.

On to the reviews then and the first we looked at came from Armando Rodriguez of PC World over on PC Advisor who awarded the Infuse 4G 4 out of 5 stars, pretty impressive. Praise was given to the design and media capabilities of the handset but there were reservations over the appearance of texts and images, which were said to be “badly pixelated.” It was noted that the large screen made typing very easy but call quality was not everything it could be. Music and movies were said to be excellent on the Infuse 4G so overall if you’re a fan of watching movies on your phone then this could be a good choice for you.

Over on BGR, Todd Haselton conducted the review of the Infuse 4G and a big thumbs up went to the “gorgeous and massive” display and Haselton also mentioned the “solid camera.” Despite the phone’s size it was noted how light it felt and also how slim. Data speeds though, were said to be “awful” and call quality was only rated average. A plus point went to the battery life but ultimately, although it was described as a “solid device,” Haselton said he was “shocked that AT&T can get away with calling this a 4G phone however.” Even so the phone still came highly recommended.

The last review we looked at was hugely comprehensive and is by Michael A. Prospero on Laptop who rated the Infuse 4G with 3.5 stars from 5. One of the notable differences in this review was that the call quality and especially the noise cancellation on the Infuse 4G was said to be “remarkably good.” While it was pointed out that the phone had “plenty to offer,” and plus points included the design, camera and the vibrant screen it was felt that the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T might be a better option, or the G2x on T-Mobile with “real 4G speeds.” However if it’s truly a big phone you’re after then the Infuse 4G could be the phone to suit you.

Overall we’d say the reviews were mainly positive but think the big rival to the Infuse 4G will be another Samsung handset, the Galaxy S II, released so far in South Korea and the U.K. and coming to the U.S. No date for a U.S. release has been confirmed yet but it’s thought it will come to AT&T first. As the Galaxy S II will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and also the notable Super AMOLED Plus display again, widely praised in reviews, this could be a better option if you can hang on a while longer. It will also have the later Android OS, 2.3 Gingerbread.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Infuse 4G? Have you already decided this is the phone for you or maybe your head has been turned by one of the other new or upcoming Android smartphones? Why not let us know with your comments.

  • Dara Parsavand

    I wish we had government regulators forward looking enough to pressure AT&T to do things better for the consumer if they want a merger that will clearly reduce competition approved. AT&T can start by letting their customers get access to the same hardware that those in the UK and South Korea are getting and not putting any additional software (unless requested) on the device.

    I'm out of contract on AT&T waiting for a good Android phone. Most of what I've read rates the Galaxy S II much higher than the Infuse as an overall phone. I don't think I could be convinced to get an Infuse (though I do like the screen size) when a Galaxy SII is coming at some point (this year I would hope). But if AT&T cared about their customers at all, they'd have the S II tested for AT&T 4G and working flawlessly by July 1.