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Want to get a feel for the size of Samsung Infuse 4G? I compare it to several other phones, an iPod touch and even a 7-inch tablet. Although the Infuse 4G doesn’t use a dual-core processor, Android 2.2 runs fairly quickly on the 1.2 GHz chip.

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Last week, AT&T introduced the Samsung Infuse 4G, the largest smartphone sold directly by the carrier. The handset uses a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, but is surprisingly thin and still fits in a front pants pocket. Infuse 4G also includes the first 21 Mbps radio in an AT&T smartphone, even if the network isn’t quite ready for such speeds. As the carrier expands and improves its mobile broadband infrastructure, the Infuse 4G should benefit with faster uploads and downloads.

In this short video overview, you can get a feel for the size of the device, as I compare it to several other phones, an iPod touch and even a 7-inch tablet. Although the Infuse 4G doesn’t use a dual-core processor like many other new phones, Android 2.2 runs fairly quickly on the 1.2 GHz Samsung chip. Video playback looks phenomenal on the vivid screen as well. I’ll follow up with a full review, but until then, enjoy this quick look at the $199 device.

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  1. Thanks for the video and I’m really looking forward to your full review. Since I’m getting tired of waiting around for the perfect tablet (mainly for ebooks in multiple formats), I think the Infuse just may be the device that gets me to give up my beloved Razr. When you do your full review, would you mind addressing the clarity of type heavy pages like those found in ebooks?

  2. With a screen as large as 4.5″, a resolution of 800 x 480 seems like quite the glaring omission.

    1. Kevin C. Tofel NeoteriX Monday, May 9, 2011

      I’m all for qHD resolution on a handset, but even so, this screen is still very impressive. I don’t think the resolution will hurt sales except for the higher-end folks that will hold out for qHD. And since they’re likely the same folks that prefer a dual-core processor, they may skip the device regardless.

  3. The 15th is Sunday not Friday

    1. Kevin C. Tofel scott Monday, May 9, 2011

      Ugh – you are correct Scott. This phone becomes available on Sunday the 15th. Thx for the correction!

  4. Lucian Armasu Monday, May 9, 2011

    Phones are now like mini-tablets, which means you need one with as screen as large as possible for maximum use but while still remaining comfortable to hold in hand, and of course to fit in pocket, too.

    So, do you think this 4.5″ size will be the new standard for smartphones in the future, just like 4.3″ pretty much is now, or do you think the standard should remain 4.3″?

    And what if they would make the screen more edge-to-edge (like that iphone 5 mockup) and cut some from the bottom by including the 4 buttons inside the interface like that did for Honeycomb. Would that help the 4.5″ size become the new 4.3″? It’s something I’ve been wondering about.

    1. Lucian has reminded me of another point. With the larger phones like the Infuse, is it awkward to hold it up to your ear for phone calls? I mean sometimes we all get caught up oohing and aahing about all the bells and whistles, but how does it perform as a basic phone? Knowing ahead of time whether it’s practical as a phone or whether I’ll need a bluetooth earpiece might help with my buying decision.

      1. Kevin C. Tofel BevL Monday, May 9, 2011

        I’m not finding it to be a problem with phone calls. It’s definitely pushing the limit for some people, so personal preference will come into play here. Do you *need* a BT headset with this device? I can’t answer that question for you (since we’re all different) but I would not need a headset as I’m not finding it awkward. Of course, I carry a 7-inch Android tablet with me everywhere, which is outside the norm, so keep that in mind. ;)

    2. it’s not just about 1 handed … the max size of a phone all depends on how far you can go while continually being able to navigate it with only your thumb, once it requires 2 hands it becomes a tablet.

    3. I think 4.5″ is stretching it for some people: I have small hands and this is about the max I would want for a smartphone. There’s only so small the phone can be with this sized screen because you’ll always need room for the earpiece / speaker and (in the case of Android as it is now) room for buttons on the bottom. Adding the buttons to the interface as you suggest could save a considerable amount of room, but until Google makes that change, I can’t see a 4.5″ screen phone being much smaller.

  5. Kevin, if you get a chance while testing the Infuse, keep us up to date on battery life. How is the call quality using the Infuse? also would interested on the rear camera. How good are the pictures?

  6. auststreaker Monday, May 9, 2011

    I am on the Dell Streak 5″ for 6 months now and loving it. I cannot go back to a lower screen estate.

    In fact, the web browsing is almost perfect like desktop but I have to turn the font to large to read properly which can misalign some websites.

    My wishes currently for any manufacturers to come out with
    -5″ to 5.6″ screen without exceeding the Dell Streak 5 size
    -Resolution at wide xga or qHD
    -Dual core cpu as the Dell Streak has a bit of a lag time surfing the internet (not much)
    -2 day battery life

    Acer Iconia 4.8″ screen anyone?

  7. I am waiting for that..!!

  8. sam somwaru Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    i shoot mainly adult material and this is cool. will come in handy!

  9. I think its brilliant!
    But still a 5″ would make it perfect.
    And the funny thing is that Samsung do have a 5″ with the Galaxy reader – just that they omitted the 3G. If they add a 3G variant I am sold. And BTW Kevin it will be interesting to note how bigger is the Reader at all.
    What makes me curious Kevin is comparing your experience on the go between the 4.5 Infuse and your 7″ Tab. Will you convert back to a big (4.5″ – 5″) phone rather than carrying the kinda 7″ mammoth?

    1. In other words (sorry) – would a 4.5″-5″ be enough for you – given your new experience with it?

    2. Kevin C. Tofel Tal Tuesday, May 10, 2011

      Tal, this is definitely where personal preferences come into play as different people will have different opinions. For me: I still prefer the 7″, higher resolution screen of my Galaxy Tab. With voice support, it’s all I need for an immersive experience: browsing, reading, videos, etc…. I think I’d feel differently if I wasn’t “spoiled” by the 7″ Tab – perhaps in that case, I’d be more apt to go with a 4.5″ phone for my needs.

      1. I think that only after experiencing all options can you know what works for you – and you have! Thanks for the quick reply.
        I have to find a decent 3.4 enabled 7″ in Canada with 3G. Going to be a tough search. And I wonder if I can get used to using a BT to answer incoming calls on time.

      2. I am currently seriously thinking of using the Galaxy Tab 7 as the primary mobile device for work and phone. Only thing are that it is not pocketable (being a small guy with small pants) and blutooth headset is needed for mobile usage.

        Personal preference come into play and my experienced is that I do not like to pinch and zoom on a small screen when browsing. Hence, for me 5″-6″ is perfect with res 1024*600 with dual core. I hope more users would agree so the manufacturers can start moving into this market size, so far though, it looks like the dell streak 5″ would be suffice for now.

        1. I generally do use the Tab for my primary mobile device although here in the U.S. the cellular voice functionality is stripped out so I’m using Skype for now. Agree that it’s not pocketable like a smartphone – I’m 5′ 5″ and put the Tab in a back pocket or carry it.

      3. @auststreaker

        The Streak 5″ is dead. I am one who think that it never really posed an option anyway. It might be one of the most horrible PR/releases ever.
        The Iconia 4.8″ is too narrow.
        Personally again betting more on Samsung making the Reader also support 3G.
        But I too would be buying immediately a 5″-6″ device that is still pocketable, supports 3G, 1024×600, and could run 2.3.4 with the new gtalk version.

  10. When it comes to smartphones, how big is too big?
    Samsung obviously isn’t preoccupied with that question, as evidenced by its latest Android device release, the Infuse 4G.
    As soon as you pop the phone out of the box, the first thing you notice is its size. The thing is massive. It needs to be, though, in order to support its 4.5-inch super AMOLED display. Save for the first Dell Streak smartphone-cum-tablet hybrid — whose screen is a whopping 5-inches — the Infuse is packing one of the largest screens we’ve seen on a smartphone.
    portable-media-device.com

  11. So Kevin, I just got back from the ATT store. I saw the Infuse and the display is just beautiful. I remember I tried to use someone’s iPhone once and it hurt my eyes, but the Infuse? Amazing. Even my technophobe husband started playing with it (that’s NEVER happened before!) And my fumbling fingers had not one bit of problem with the keyboard.

    But here’s the thing, when I mentioned to the ATT sales rep that it was so hard to make a decision when I keep hearing so much buzz about upcoming phones like the Galaxy S II, she said to me that “If you’re not completely sure about the Infuse, you might want to wait. ATT has got a bunch of phones coming out”.
    I asked, “With the larger screens?”
    She said “There’s a bunch of phones coming out.” (winkwink)
    I said, “Oh you can’t say anything more?”
    She said “Only that there’s a bunch of phones coming out.”
    I asked “Soon?”
    She nodded yes and said, “ATT usually releases new phones in time for Father’s Day and then more around back-to-school time, but more around Father’s Day.”
    That’s all I could get out of her but I found that VERY interesting and with Father’s Day only a few weeks away, I’ve decided to wait and see just what she was trying to tell me to wait for- probably the Galaxy S II (aka the ATT Attain). But it seemed that she was possibly referring to something else. Intriguing, yes?

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