CNET First Look
Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile)Sleek and fast, the Samsung Vibrant is one of T-Mobile's top smartphones for entertainment, but it also takes a toll on the battery life.
[ Music ] >>[background music] Hi I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and I'm here to give you another look at the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile. We first got a glimpse of the Vibrant at the Samsung Galaxy S event in New York but now we can give you bit of a closer view at the design and features. As I said before, I personally think the Vibrant is the sexiest Galaxy S model of the bunch. The rounded edges and super slim profile makes it quiet attractive. It's also extremely light because of the plastic casing but this also makes the phone feel a bit cheap. I wouldn't say it's fragile but I also prefer something a little more solid like the Nexus One. The main highlight of the Vibrant's design though is the four inch super AMOLED touch screen. It shows really vibrant colors and text is sharp so viewing pictures, video and web pages is a real treat and you can actually see the screen even when you're outdoors. Now with such a brilliant and large display it's really no surprise that multimedia plays a big role in the Vibrant. And T-Mobile is loading up the Smartphone with a few extras to get you started. This includes a full length copy of Avatar, the Amazon Kindle app for Android, Soccer radio and the Sims 3 game. And later this year Samsung will also launch its media hub where you'll be able to download videos, TV shows and other content from Samsungs entertainment partners. Fortunately we don't know right now who those partners are but Samsung said they include some of the biggest names in the industry. Still pretty amazing multimedia device as is. The music and video player both offer 5.1 channel surround sound and the Samsung 1 gigahertz Hummingbird processor kept the phone running smoothly. The phones 5 megapixel camera was a little disappointing though. Without a flash, indoor shots looked a little dim and the Vibrant also doesn't have an active front facing camera for video calls, which Samsung said was a carrier decision. The Vibrant will ship running Android 2.1 but will be upgradeable to Android 2.2. It also uses Samsungs Touchwiz 3.0 user interface which includes new weighteds like feeds and updates for all your social networking content and Buddies Now, which acts like a favorite list. I think Samsung has done a nice job of improving the UI and I like that the apps are laid out in this neat grid view with lateral panels. Overall I'd say the Vibrant is probably one of T-Mobiles top two Android devices, the other being the My Touch 3D Slide. If you're looking for more of a multimedia experience though, the Vibrant's got the Slide beat. My only concern is the battery life. It seems to drain pretty quickly just with moderate use but I've only had the phone for a couple days so keep an eye on it. The Samsung Vibrant will be available starting [background music] July 21st for $199.99 with a 2 year contract. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the Samsung Vibrant. [music]