Noah Goes Hands On With The Samsung Galaxy S

By now if you don’t believe that the Samsung Galaxy S is coming to T-Mobile under the “Vibrant” moniker, we just can’t help you. Judging by the significant number of comments we’ve seen, desires to purchase this phone move from a resounding “Hell Yes,” to a “meh.” Perhaps a little hands on video might sway some of the maybes so check out Noah from Phonedog’s hands on video! Unfortunately its just an unlocked version but it’s just going to have to do until we can get some images and video of the T-Mobile version in action.


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  • Seth

    If there is 16gb built in in the Vibrant and the price is $199 on contract, I’m in. Even without an LED flash or front facing camera. If they only put 8gb in for $199, I can wait. TMO doesn’t need an “iPhone competitor” they need an “iPhone comparable”.

    If they can be comparable in specs more people will buy. HD2 came with 16gb memory card, big screen, and despite windows mobile 6.5 couldn’t keep it stock for quite a while.

    TMO has always tried to twist the facts to say that an android phone with 1/4/8gb for $200 is better than an iPhone. Operating system aside the hardware has always been inferior (IMO), MT3G owner here. Make the price, hardware, and built in memory comparable with iPhone and people will buy Android and love it.

    • taaars

      Right now..the MT3G is better than the Iphone 4…ook at all the issues it has right out of the gate, and apples response…”err…dont hold the phone in that spot all will be good”

    • RockTripod

      Seriously, you can add a micro SDHC card to it and have …gasp! more memory than before! You can also take the battery out! Download any app you want, no matter what Google or Samsung or T-Mo tell you. This is automatically better than the iPhone. And, as taaars pointed out, you don’t have to worry about where to hold the phone.

  • Bill

    I was pretty hopeful for this phone, as I’m totally sick of my Blackberry 8900. I can’t get over how every unboxing/preview I’ve come across says how hollow and plasticy it feels. Some try and sugarcoat it and say how lightweight it is, but give me a freakin break.

    Sorry, but I can justify spending my hard earned money on something that feels cheap and easily breakable.

    • Bill

      *can’t justify

    • watbetch

      Why did you spend your money on a crapberry 8900 then?

      • Bill

        well at the time i didn’t know much about the newer phones and their capabilities. It was/is my first smartphone and didn’t know anything about android and whatnot. Just thought there was blackberry and the iphone and that was it.

    • Geniuz

      I feel you … I have a Blackberry 8900 as well and when I bought it, the first thing I thought was how “plasticy” it felt. It feels cheap and “soft”. I still think it does, compared to a lot of other phones. But surprisingly it has held up nice even to a few drops on the pavement. I think this Samsung’s “plastic” build will be fine at the end of the day.

  • SEFan

    Certainly not “meh”, but only cautiously optimistic. I’ll wait to see what the first post-release reviews look like. Behold II is still fresh in my mind. I really wish T-Mo had brought a first-line HTC device instead. Even the Nexus 1 as a supported phone would have been fine.

    Saw a friend’s iPhone 4 last night. Screen is just stunning, device is really fast. Looks like a winner..

    • SEFan

      Though not without issues apparently. What’s up with all the OS bugs?! And the antenna issue…

      Patient (iPhone 4 user): “Doctor, it hurts (or phone doesn’t work) when I do this (hold my iPhone like this)!”

      Doctor (Jobs): “Then don’t do that.”

      HAHAHAHA…. Except how the hell else are you supposed to hold a phone?! It’s the Nexus 1 reception issue all over again. Given that we all a) like slab phones; and b) manufacturers are trying hard to reduce radiation into the head at the behest of FCC, are we doomed to bottom-of-phone antennas and reduced performance? Anyone got a plausible solution?

  • MikeTheProf

    Definitely gonna use my upgrade for this as soon as it comes out.

    • briaann

      will the international version work on tmo 3G ?

  • TheBrandon

    The whole “Meh” attitude behind this device is the execution for its release. I mean what a complete and utter waste of time. We have all been patient waiting for T-Mobile to come out with a high end Droid especially since other carriers are pushing all their new Droid devices and other awesome phones. Instead they launch an annoying campaign to announce a phone that AT&T has already announced a week before. I wonder how many users that wanted a highend Droid would have stayed with T-Mobile before grabbing an EVO or now the new iPhone. Sorry the clunky windows interface on the HD2 doesn’t cut it. Now with AT&T having the new iPhone and getting this device, Verizon getting the new Droid X, and EVO on Sprint this whole campaign is a simple time waster and just makes T-Mobile look dated. I just don’t see how this benefits them with the timing except spending money on marketing when we just want the product. This is literally the worst marketing campaign I have seen p until this point… unless of course they announce this phone being free with commitment and cheaper plans to go with it.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      So bottom line you want phones to be free and plans to be super cheap, maybe a $1 a month?

      OK, got it. T-Mobile said to tell you that it has a phone waiting for you, in the prepaid section. It’s a really snappy looking clamshell, with a .6MP camera even.

      • Scott

        Dude, you need to seriously work on your reading comprehension.

        He’s saying that T-Mobile needs a handset that can compete with the other carriers. And he’s right.

      • Scott

        Haha, never mind. Your joke whooshed right over my head. I thought you were talking about the MT Slide.

  • swoosh042507

    it has been confirmed via twitter from t-mobile no front facing camera :/ nevertheless i will be getting the phone? anyone else can confirm this?

    • chris

      It HAS a front facing camera!Stop spreading idiotic rumors.

      • fumanstan

        No, it doesn’t.

      • fujitsujeff

        if the tweets r to b believed, looks like no FFC. Not a deal breaker for me, but looks like it will be for a lot of people

      • paul s.

        AT&T version Will have the FC, T-Mo’s Won’t. Also T-Mo’s won’t have tethering.

  • mailman13877

    If this phone doesn’t have a front facing camera on the US version I am DEFINITELY leaving TMO when my contract ends on the 28th of July unless there’s a better 1 coming in AUG.I’ll get the EVO cause this is ridiculous.The design is an Iphone rip imo AND there’s no LED.Notice how Verizon tries to beat their competitors?The Droid X beats the EVO minus the front facing cam only and the Droid 2 is already rumored. TMO US is the only company that acts show their right behind but not to show their trying to be on top imo.smh

  • Alan

    Definitely won’t be getting this since I have an N1. No camera flash, no front facing camera, and it has a Sammy built OS laid over the Android OS which I don’t like. TMO needs to step up their game. I was expecting more out of this phone and unfortunately they’ve released another phone that just falls flat when compared to the competition.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I love the posts where people say they will leave T-Mobile over a front facing camera. When did that become the feature du jour?

    The fact is that NO carrier in the U. S. is going to provide true two-way video phone calls because it will suck up bandwidth.

    Jobs included it on the iPhone but crippled the feature to where it’s only usable offline (meaning with WiFi). True, you can use an airport’s or Starbuck’s WiFi, but how long do you think it will be before they impose charges if one intends to make video calls.

    And guess what, WiFi cannot handle hundreds of people making video calls. (As Jobs demonstrated when he tried to simply log on to the NY Times via WiFi during his keynote).

    So the only practical use of the iPhone 4’s face to face is when one is using his or her home’s broadband WiFi connection.

    IMHO, that’s not too much to get excited about, being able to make video calls ONLY at home and nowhere else.

    So the inability to make video calls at your house is a reason to leave T-Mobile and to provide the basis for complaints?


    • sheckylarue

      My thoughts EXACTLY. IMO, it’s one of those features that would be cool to show your friends (that is, if they happen to be at your house on wifi), but not very practical at this point because of bandwidth limitations.

      Chill out with the front-facing camera and flash crap, people. If that’s a reason to leave T-Mobile, then go to AT&T, jump on the hype bandwagon, and get yourself an iPhone. Just make sure and hold it the way Steve Jobs tells you to, or you won’t be able to make calls.

    • Stillwaiting

      Agreed, based upon the current system, you need to make these video calls in a wi-fi spot which means likely in a public place or in a home/office.

      I could use this service, but not in a public place, so if I really wanted to make “video calls” I likely could just use a laptop/computer to do so, and I’d bet that the quality would be better. Given that I haven’t seen the need to do so to date, leads me to believe I probably wouldn’t use the feature as much as I think I would.

      However, the flash for the camera is another issue. Even the MTS that I currenlty have has a flash for the camera, so I really wonder why T-mobile would say, yeah lets add a flash to the MTS, but think it’s not so important on the SGS?

  • mailman13877

    Ok you guys have a point but correct me if I’m wrong..doesn’t AT&T already have or did have a video call plan where you pay like $6/month for a few minutes or something of that sort? Also it will be big because of free apps like Fring and all those damn online dating people.I need it cause I’m often in situations where i need to show some1 something live where it can come into play on Fring as opposed to a pic or not around my web cam.This will be big to us college kids at a dorm party an younger audiences.The flash makes a huge diff imo when your the type that’s out a lot at night an being in NYC I’m at bars a lot with my friends.These features are important cause its for the younger audience like there’s old money and new money? Us young ones are new money and that’s how business works now.They don’t care bout old money cause old money settles.TMO is rumored to vanish from the US in 2011 cause of the lack of customers and so forth so they’re being cautious and cheap and it’s hurting em.

    • Dashi

      LIAR You Have No Friends To Go To The Bars With!!!! Lol But On The Serious Side Do You Think There Is A Reason They Took Away Unlimited Data? O.o (Other Than Them Sucking BIG Balls) The Video Call Feature Isn’t Going To Be Fully Avalible Till After They Drop The Prices Of The Talk/Text Portion To Get Everyone To Switch Then Theyre Going To Bring In Video Calling Wich Is Going To Cost You An Arm A Leg And TWO Balls. So Are You Really Willing To Pay 100 More For Video Calling? O.o

    • Dashi

      Because Video Calling Is Going To Use Data For The Video

  • mailman13877

    @ Dashi
    That’s why i said business runs on new $$.Younger people don’t care and will spend the money whether it’s crazy or not.Study shows that most young adults used their mobile for data more than 2x the amount for calls.Plus with technology there will always be workarounds to ease it for customers.I would pay the $100 because there’s always skype and Google Talk to eliminate high call plans.

    • Dashi

      LOL I’m One Of Those Youngiins I’m 20 but any ways on to more math 39.99 for there 450 mins talk 20 more for there unlimited messageing even if they droped that a total of 20 bucks your still looking at 39.99 and lets say u went with the 2gb WITHOUT tethering cause its a better deal so your looking at 25 for that for a total of 65 bucks a month ok and lets average 2hours of video calling a gb and btw thats being VERY generious So Let’s Say Your “talking with someone for 2 hours in a month that takes up HALF of your usage and you still useing skype which if im not mistken is only on jail broken anyways which uses the internet all your facebooking twittering and all that is more of and not to mention your phone constintly checking for updates and new email and program updates and this that and the other thing so another words have fun with that apple piece of crap and With your rediculas phone bill

  • croikee

    Seriously, people are complaining because it has no tiny led bar that lights up when you take pictures? Sorry, that is NOT a flash. Its called that on cell phones, but it isn’t. If you are SO into pictures that you need the best quality then you won’t use a cell phone anyways. A tiny led light up isn’t going to make or break your picture quality.

    Lets be honest, all the complaints here are all about the self-entitlement perception that we all deserve the best possible all the time. You want a flash because the other carriers have a phone with a flash and you can’t possibly have a phone that doesn’t have what someone else’s phone has, right?

    Gosh, some of you people need to get over yourselves. If you HAVE to be able to take a cell phone out of your pocket and boast of all the features it has over your buddies’ phones to make you feel secure about yourself, then Verizon is for you.

    This is rediculous.

    • Miguel

      Tiny LED.. rofl.. you obviously have not witnessed the Nexus One flash. It is extremely bright and now with group it becomes a torch while recording video.

      To all the people complaining about the lack of a superphone on Tmo just sack up and buy the Nexus One.

  • derrickps3

    this is what should have been the behold 2, or the bh2 should have been like this

  • taaars

    Everyone who says they are leaving..go…go now. get you data capped plan with a phone that if you drop more than two times bricks itself, has Jaundice (yellow spots that will eventually go away?) and can only hold its signal if you hold it certain ways (Next technical tip from apple: “to obtain the best signal reception stand on your head and wave your legs around in the air while holding the top of the phone between your fingers”) …yeah..thats a were all you need to be at.

    • Dashi

      i concor

  • mailman13877

    Okay seriously if your loving TMO then your opinion in this matter doesn’t matter because your not hurting them.The fact that there losing on the business side and may possibly leave the US means my opinion matters cause i say I’m leaving it hurts em.To you it’s “go” but to them they’re in panic mode cause think about it,there’s more than a 2:1 ratio of comments online about people leaving them as opposed to saying “i just left my EVO,Iphone or Droid for the MT3G”.Therefore you can tell me I’m crazy or bash me but I count on this one and that’s how businesses work once again.
    Verizon has dropped the Droid,Droid Incredible & now Droid X and probably the Droid 2 for the holidays all in less than a year.
    ATT has Iphone of course
    Sprint has Dropped the Hero and EVO

    Now look at TMO..G1,MT,MT3G & Behold 2. None of these phones has come close to a win vs the competitors at any point and time including the G1 cause the G1 was the only android phone out at the time.

    I think TMO owes us more than some lame half cut version of the original phone if it’s gonna be a iphone rip.What’s worse is they take on a Sammy rip thats ripping the outdated 3G an not the up to date Iphone.Even ATT change their version to the up to date BLK Berry..smh

    • Dashi

      you know why theres a 2:1 ratio of people complaining online? because only prissy bitches have time and complain to a bunch of strangers who dont care. just putting it out there same with restuarants

  • watbetch

    We just need to turn off the comments.
    The stupidity is rampant

  • Andre

    whatever I’m done with this, i don’t understand why they’re not coming with the best devices, it could be that handset makers don’t want to make good handsets for the 4th place network, i can understand that, i mean come on, the mytouch 3g is garbage, why would they NOT give us the mt3g with the added memory it is essentially a g1 without a keyboard, exact same hardware, so not worth it, and you’re not very smart if you’re saying “who cares if you want a ffc go to at&t” “if you want flash, then get a real camera” hey genius why should we pay the same, or more for a device that isn’t up to par with the rest of the smart phone elite, and don’t try to sell me that it is, cuz plain and simple it just ain’t, stop the madness, i’m over t-mobile, why do people keep saying oh good luck with all the other networks customer service, seriously? grow up, put on a set of balls already, t-mobile is a network for kids, i’m too old for this garbage

    • croikee

      Andre you are too old for this garbage and Tmobile is a network for kids? Then why are you posting here, posting a very child-like rant? You seriously sound like the kid next door throwing a fit because your Christmas present didn’t stack up to the other neighbors.

      Grow a pair? Really? Since when does our anatomy have anything to do with which cell phone carrier we choose to do business with? You, sir, are the one acting like the toddler. Internet tantrums are complete foolishness.

      To the person saying T-mobile was leaving the US, do you have a link or logic to back this up? T-mobile USA’s earnings last year was over 17 billion. They are spending a nice lump of cash to upgrade their 3g to HPSA+. You are saying, if you (Tantrum Customer) say you are leaving that you will somehow get T-mobile to change? That somehow your business will keep them in the states?

      They are here long-term, their investment in their infratsturcture is proof of that. So, yep. Go have fun with another provider that carries the best stuff around.

      • Andre

        right, child like, and only a moron would take the comment about growing a pair literally, consumer opinion is what matters most, and I being the consumer, along with all the other people who are writing in this forum are stating our opinion, your opinion appears to be, “we should show some gratitude for what t-mobile has done” and i’m just not buying it, its not logical when it comes to where i’m going to spend my hard earned money, you say tantrum customers like its thanksgiving and we should all be grateful for what we have, thats all well and good, but its our DISPOSABLE income we’re spending on this stuff, its not a necessity, and if i’m buying something because I want it, I want to make sure I get the best I can for the money i’m paying… you can keep paying top dollar for sub-par toys all you want, but more and more, people are getting tired of t-mobile’s game

      • Andre

        and i love the people that say “you, sir” trying to appear sophisticated and intelligent, very funny

  • ObsceneJesster

    I really think that some of you shouldn’t even bother posting until you know what the hell your talking about. The only thing the Droid X has on this phone is a LED flash.

    Galaxy has faster GPU (PowerVR SGX540) while the Droid X has a (PowerVR SGX530).

    Galaxy has a better display being 20% more power efficient, better contrast and more responsive during normal and multi-touch operations.

    When compared to the EVO you are giving up the camera flash and FFC but you are gaining a better looking and more responsive display. You are also gaining a Hummingbird processor that makes the Snapdragon in the EVO look like the outdated-over-hyped POS it is.

    You can have your FFC and camera flash. I will take the phone that pumps out more power. The Galaxy S.

    • Scott

      Dude, it’s easy to have a FFC and camera flash on this phone. You just don’t get to stay with T-Mobile.

  • rolo

    how come no one is talking about how useless this camera will be without a flash unless u’re in optimal light conditions? what the heck is the point of tech like 1ghz, 16gb & super amoled if u’re gonna cheap out on the flash? that’s as basic as a menu button as far as i’m concerned.

  • Kuttyjoe

    When he said, no flash, I stopped watching the video. LOL You can’t make a phone with otherwise great specs and leave out the flash. That’s like a luxury car with no air conditioning.

  • SaykredCow

    Just to reassure you guys, I’m a t-mobile employee and the chief technology officer of the company was directly asked about our lack of android super phones and he went on record saying that august will introduce a slew of android superphones. The other carriers just beat them to a punch by a month or two. However, the way they mapped it out was the HD2 as the first super phone and then we would have a wide range of super phones at the latter half of the year. For those threatening to leave, i would just stick around till august because apparently, if you look at the phones that are going to be out by year’s end, we’ll be up there. I’m sure of it.

  • Justwow

    I have to say it’s very amusing to read all the tantrums throughout the comments section. People are threatening to leave a carrier over a camera flash? Really? Because that’s more important than signal quality? More important than OS? That flash is definitely more important than durability. “I don’t care how many calls I drop, as long as I have my camera flash!” Besides, it’s not even really a flash. It’s a little light, that realistically illuminates about two feet in front of you, max. If you really care about pictures, then just by a camera. Even a hundred dollar point n’ shoot will be worlds better. And yes, I know some of you argue that you want everything in one device. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master at none?”

    • Justwow

      eh…I should pay attention to my spelling, but you get the idea.

  • Animate

    Is a FFC THAT important? Seriously…

  • Ms. Matrix

    The phone looks damn nice but I’m afraid of Samsung products. They may look nice but when the problems kick in then what. My cousin has the behold 2 and she’s having trouble with it. They refuse to help her…so I don’t know, it definitely will be a hard choice. I guess when it comes out I’ll play with it in stores.

  • Lan Kel

    I agree that TMOBILE is very slow (OR NOT PROVIDING AT ALL) the technology that its customers deserve. I’ve been a customer for 11 years and they are ALWAYS behind their competition. How is it that they had the first android device but yet Verizon is now the number one seller of android phones. DUH. A hint to Magneta, if you build, customers will buy and stay for good quality products. I will be leaving in one year when my contract expires due to the lack of technology and options available. Tired of just a little tease for a whole lot of money.

  • sandeep

    worth a bored of my htc hero ,but im always a fan of android but not samsung