Metro PCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge SCH-R910 Review

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The Samsung Galaxy Indulge SCH-R910 from Metro PCS is a recent addition to the Android choices offered by Metro PCS. The Galaxy Indulge runs on a fast 1GHz processor while using the Android 2.2 operating system. Of course the most impressive feature here is the 4g LTE network speed where available.

Release Date February, 2011.

Carrier Metro PCS

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Samsung Galaxy Indulge Specifications

Manufacturer
Saumsung

Dimensions
5.2" x 2.4" x .6"

Weight
5.35 ounces

Form Factor
Touchscreen Sliding QWERTY

Operating System
Android 2.2

Internal Memory Space
2 GB

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.5" - 320 x 480 pixels

Battery Life:
Up to 5 days (standby), Up to 3 hours (talk time)

Technology:
CDMA LTE

WiFi:
Yes

Signal:
Excellent

Call Quality:
Excellent

Camera resolution:
3.2 megapixels

Bluetooth
v2.0 with A2DP

Data cable
Micro USB cable

Headphone Jack
3.5 mm

Micro SD card
Yes, up to 32 GB

Samsung Indulge SCH-R910 Features

4g LTE data, WiFi, Access to Android app store, Google Maps, Personal/Business Email client for Exchange/Gmail/Yahoo/etc, Chat, Facebook, YouTube, MS Office support, Adobe PDF support, 3mp camera, mp3 player, video recorder.

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First Impression

At first glance you can't help but notice the large 3.5" touch screen. Supplementing the touchscreen is the physical QWERTY keyboard. As you might expect, the keyboard makes this phone slightly chunkier than your average non QWERTY Android. That being said, the phone is still .6 inches thick, just barely thicker than other Androids.

A walk around the phone reveals a great looking gloss black body, typical to other Samsung phone models. Below the screen, we have the standard Android button set (Menu, Home, Back and Search) which are of the physical type so accidental presses are kept to a minimum. On the right hand side, you have a dedicated camera button, charge port. On the top you have a standard 3.5" (ipod type) head phone jack and screen lock / power button. On the left, you have the standard volume buttons. The back features a 3 mega pixel, non flash camera. Resolution here is great though the screen is not Samsung's super amoled but rather a standard LCD screen.

Overall, the Indulge offers a great looking package that's pretty typical of today's Android phones. Of course, the QWERTY keyboard seriously enhances this phone's usability since you aren't restricted solely to the touchscreen.

Usability

As we mentioned previously, the QWERTY keyboard makes usability very high on this phone. While touchscreens are always cool, texting on a touchscreen tends to be slower. So the addition of a QWERTY is a welcomed feature. In addition to the physical keyboard, this phone comes with 3 virtual keyboard types (Samsung, Android, Swipe). Of course the capacitive touchscreen is very responsive as you would expect on a phone of this caliber and the 1ghz Hummingbird processor makes this phone fly through screens, pinch zooms and just about everything else.

We really liked Samsung's TouchWiz interface that's built into the Android OS. The iPhone like icons are excellent and the screen can be customized to display as your usual grid or list type. It also comes with several useful built in widgets such as Accuweather, Facebook, Google Search and many others which can be downloaded.

Browsing

Browsing is the real star on Indulge. 4g speeds on the Indulge test out at 4 megabits upload and 4 megabit download which is faster than your average DSL. 4g speeds on this phone are so fast, most people won't find the need to even use WiFi when 4g speeds are available. We have never found the need to connect to WiFi ourselves, except for when 4g is not available.

Conclusion

By far, this is Metro PC's best phone in its line up. Since it is 4g, you will need to get the $50 plan instead of Metro PC's $40 plan. This of course includes unlimited everything which is hard to beat on an Android phone. With it's new and improved $299 price tag, you really cannot go wrong with this phone, particularly if you are in a 4G service area.

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