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Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G review: LTE for Metro's masses

MetroPCS' latest no-contract Android smartphone keeps its price tag in check, but still offers some nice features, like 4G LTE speeds and dual cameras.

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There are a couple of unique features that will help the announced, but not-quite-released, Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G stand out when it hits store shelves.

First, and most importantly, there's the 4G LTE compatibility for this Android smartphone. MetroPCS doesn't have a 3G network to speak of, so the speed differences between the 2.5G network and the LTE are significant.

Second, and equally important, is the price. At $200 off-contract, it'll cost $100 less than the LG Esteem. It's got the advantage there for more-price-conscious buyers who still want a premium smartphone, even if it won't have all the whistles and bells. It'll still be one of the carrier's more expensive phones, but it will also be a compelling stepping stone for someone looking for faster speeds and a few more features.

Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G: A closer look (photos)

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Third, the 3.2-megapixel camera took some nice outdoor shots, though indoor shots were mediocre on the whole.

Fourth, it's an attractive device that focuses on user-friendliness with a bright silver cover, tactile navigation buttons, and a camera shutter button that helps you get into the app pretty quickly.

So there's a taste for you. Check out the full gallery of photos, including the camera's test shots, watch the video, and read all the pros and cons in this in-depth Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G review.