Samsung Conquer 4G from Sprint review (the Conquerer is here!!!)

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Samsung has named this device on its mission, to CONQUER. The Korean manufacturer aims to give seamless connectivity experience without compromising the price. Every now and then,Samsung introduces a smartphone completely unexpected specifications. Whether it’s the GPU lacking on the Galaxy 3 or the flash LED, but with support for XVID/DIVX video formats or whether it is the Nexus S which has a camera flash LED but it didn’t come out of the box with support for XVID/DIVX, the Conquer has both.

Now here is a device which is expected as a budget (mid-range) phone with a high-speed connectivity, coming forward as a competition killer. Anyway let’s go for a spin with the Conquer 4G!!

 Quick Specs:

  • Right now its available only from Sprint  (CDMA)
  • 3.5″ TFT touchscreen 320*480 pixels
  • WIMAX 4G network
  • 3.15 MP rear and 1.3 MP front camera
  • Android v2.3
  • 1 Ghz Processor

 

Review

1) At the first glance you can take the Conquer to be none other than a modified VIBRANT but yeah it has its differences. When we talk about a budget phone we don’t really expect a lot. But the way it was built, the quality here is top-notch and a textured back cover adds more grip when held in the palm of your hand.

 2) One big surprise is the CPU, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor embedded in a budget phone, Samsung showing here  some real appreciation for their customers. It is definitely running smooth, no lag and no freezes.

3) The Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) is not, unlike the other droids from Samsung coated with the Touchwiz UI, but with the default stock UI. It resembles the AOSP Gingerbread but with a different colour scheme. The overall user interface is very simple and serene as well. You will find some Sprint touches here and there as well.

4) The front is dominated by the 3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. It’s screen size is somewhere in between the 3.7-inch of the Nexus S (not to big) and 3.2-inch of Galaxy 3 (but not to small either). making it refreshingly good to look at. The traditional set of 4 physical buttons are present on the Conquer too, right under the SPRINT logo.

5) The camera is a mediocre 3.15 MP for the rear and a surprisingly good 1.3 MP on the front mostly for video conferencing, chatting and obviously video calling. The rear-facing camera is accompanied by a single LED Flash for Low-Light Photography. Geo-Tagging feature is also present.

6) Connectivity features are all here (except 2G Networking, only 3G and WIMAX), Bluetooth 2.1, a Micro-USB port and WIFI 802.11 b/g/n. There is also GPS with A-GPS support. Full Java support is also available. Samsung Conquer 4G joins the select group with the likes of HTC Evo 4G both with the 4G capabilities.

 7) There is only one color option available for now I.E. Graphite. The phone is available for a price of $100 (sure!!) on two-year contract and an estimated $300 (not confirmed, only my approximation) for unlocked version.

Samsung has yet again surprised everyone with some unusual, but welcome (by the consumer) specifications with a 1 Ghz CPU and 4G capabilities inside a budget phone. If the cutbacks are not that big this may well prove to be the mid-range menace for its top competitors.

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