CNET First Look
Samsung Galaxy Amp keeps price in mindThe entry-level 4G Android for AT&T's Aio Wireless balances features and a no-contract cost.
Hey, everyone. Guess what? It's another Samsung Galaxy phone. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET this time taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy Amp. This is a new phone for Aio Wireless. Aio is a new wireless company that is an AT&T brand; it's their prepaid arm. The Galaxy Amp runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so that's good there. Otherwise, the specs are pretty entry level. We've got a 4-inch screen here, felt a little bit small to my hands while I was typing. That's mostly compared to the screens that are now about 5 inches now or even larger. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back with flash. There's no autofocus. The camera is capable of taking 720p HD video but that's not the default setting, so you're gonna have to move it over yourself if you want higher quality from it. There's also a front-facing VGA camera that took pretty poor video and I wouldn't really wanna use it a lot for video chat. Photo quality on the main camera was pretty decent for what it was. You're gonna get some shots that are little bit more on focus than others especially because there's no autofocus, so you are gonna have to get it sharp yourself. Under the hood, there's a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor. Speeds weren't quite as fast for data. There is no LTE support but you will get 4G. One pleasant surprise was that call quality on this phone was really strong on both ends. My caller loved it and I thought that it sounded pretty good too including speakerphone; that's quite a feat. One detraction is that storage space is abysmal. It has 4 gigabytes built in, but you'll only get access to about 1 so you are gonna have to use this expandable storage slot on the side, will take up to 32 gigabytes on external memory. Aio is a prepaid branch for AT&T so phones are off-contract in prepaid. This one will cost you $129.99 or for a limited time $99.99. Having Jelly Bean on this device with Samsung's TouchWiz interface on top is really nice because it gives you access to a lot of features that you might not otherwise see in a phone for this price. Once again, I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This has been the Samsung Galaxy Amp for Aio Wireless. You can read my full review at CNET.com.