The Good The LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Axiom has terrific battery life and a generous feature set for a lower-tier phone.
The Bad The carrier's sluggish and stuttering roaming 3G network drags the Axiom down, it's on the heavy side, and it has poor call quality.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a midtier Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Axiom's cheap price is hard to beat.
Low prices make this midtier Android attractive
Meet the Samsung Galaxy Axiom, the U.S. Cellular poster product for the GS3-ification of entry-level and midrange phones. The Axiom shares many of the same basic elements and a lot of the same design philosophy as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the . Although it's roughly the same size as the Mini, its hardware and software features are still a step down.
That isn't to say you should steer clear of the Axiom. Its excellent price -- just a penny on contract if you live in a 4G area and $79.99 if you're in a 3G 'hood -- keeps it in the running as a midrange Android phone, and it comes with a lot of hardware features, including two cameras and HD video, plus the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and NFC.
These features make it a good choice for people who are watching their purse strings or who are transitioning to a smartphone; however, I wouldn't recommend it for those looking for more power. There are a few red flags in addition: call quality was a little choppy, the roaming 3G network was slow and frequently stuttered, and the handset is a little bulky. Since I wasn't able to test the Axiom's 4G network -- or even its 3G network in its home area -- take my experiences with a grain of salt.
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