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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G is LTE-ready

Keyboard is the word

Thick and heavy

Build quality

Gimme some palm

Cameras

Storage to get you started

U.S. Cellular's slowly expanding 4G lineup includes the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G, though I had to test it outside the carrier's 4G network.
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The spacious five-row QWERTY keyboard is roomy, comfortable, and responsive, but wide for some with smaller hands (like me).
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The keyboard contributes to the device's nearly 6-ounce weight and over 0.5-inch-thick girth.
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The phone's design isn't particularly eye-catching; in fact, it's a little homely and plain. That won't be a problem unless you refuse phones without style.
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The Metrix 4G is a handful and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
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The 5-megapixel lens on the back disappointed with soft focus and blue glows, but some shots were usable. There's also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
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There's 2GB of onboard memory at your disposal, plus a 4GB card preinstalled. You can swap it out and add up to 32GB in all.
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