Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (T-Mobile)

The Good The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a generous QWERTY keyboard, a good 5-megapixel camera, and some of the best call quality I've heard on a cell phone.

The Bad While roomy, the Galaxy S Relay 4G's keyboard will feel stiff for some, and the phone is on the bulky side.

The Bottom Line Those looking for a QWERTY smartphone will gravitate to the thick and hearty Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, which has Android 4.0, strong hardware specs, and excellent call quality.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G (T-Mobile)

Phones with a keyboard are becoming a bit of an endangered species, but those who prefer physical buttons over virtual squares can take solace in the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset that runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 4G network.

The specs pop it into the high middle range. It has a lovely 4-inch screen, a 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and an a 5-megapixel camera that takes quite good shots. It also has a front-facing camera, a spacious slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and some of the best call quality I've ever heard on a smartphone, you know, for those of you who actually place the occasional call.

Not everyone will love the bulkier size (that's a keyboard for you), and I had a few complaints about the keyboard itself, but the price is fair at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a new two-year service agreement, and the Relay 4G offers much for those who prefer precision typing.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider T-Mobile
  • Diagonal Size 4 in
  • Weight 5.29 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE), T9 Trace, TTY compatible, intelligent typing (SWYPE), intelligent typing (T9), multitasking
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