The Good The Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G has a pleasing 4-inch screen, a comfortable slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and access to 4G LTE speeds.
The Bad The Metrix 4G runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a slow processor, and trips up during calls. The camera likes turning whites blue.
The Bottom Line A slower processor, older Android OS, and uneven camera keep the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G and its very good slide-out keyboard from reaching their highest potential.
Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G (U.S. Cellular)
I'm all for U.S. Cellular adding more 4G LTE phones to its roster, and I'm a supporter of the slide-out QWERTY keyboard. What I do lament is that the carrier's Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G hits the lower rungs of smartphone offerings in ways that really drag down the user experience. Halting network speed results weren't U.S .Cellular's fault; San Francisco is outside of its network footprint, so I only got 3G speeds. However, the Metrix is behind in Android versions, and possesses a slower processor than it should.
The other appointments are terrific for an entry-level phone, and on par for a midrange device. I'm talking about the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, the responsive keyboard, and the LTE support. Video quality is also good, but the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera is variable.
The Metrix 4G costs $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate if you're outside of U.S. Cellular's 4G zone, and $129 after a $100 mail-in rebate for those who can tap 4G now or will get 4G by the end of the year.
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