Review: Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS
The Lightray's 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display is an excellent screen. It's blindingly bright, vivid in color, and rich in detail. It offers the same 480 x 800 pixels that many other mid-range Android devices do, though it doesn't match the HD screens of Samsung's recent high-end products. Outdoors it worked well enough. It wasn't perfect - especially if you want to tell the time - but the camera worked OK outdoors.
The Lightray works on MetroPCS's 1X and LTE 4G networks. In my neck of the New Jersey woods, the Lightray had no problem finding MetroPCS's networks, though 4G coverage is still spotty enough that it constantly switched from 4G to 1X and back again depending on what was available. Either way, it connected and worked. Data speeds weren't stellar on either 1X or 4G, but they were acceptable for most mobile browsing and app-downloading needs. The Lightray connected all voice calls on the first dial, and didn't drop any calls.
Call quality was pretty good. I heard some hissing and popping, but it wasn't overbearing or obnoxious. The earpiece produced plenty of volume for use in most everyday environments. You won't hear it over a jackhammer, but you will pretty much everywhere else. The speakerphone offered the same quality as the earpiece, but the max volume setting was disappointingly quiet. Ringers and alert tones can be set to decent levels, but you might miss them if they are not set all the way up. The vibrate alert is plenty strong.
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The Lightray has very good battery life. During my tests, it consistently lasted a day and a half between charges when used in a mix of 3G and 4G coverage areas. That means you can unplug it on Monday after breakfast and go almost to dinner time on Tuesday without a problem. Using Dyle TV, however, is extremely detrimental to battery life. It can kill off a full charge in several hours. If possible, plug in when watching live television.
Hands On with Dyle Mobile TV
The folks from MCV are at CES showing off their Dyle mobile TV service running on an unannounced Samsung phone for MetroPCS. We checked it out and learned a few things about how Dyle will work and what content will be available.
Samsung Lightray Bringing Dyle TV To MetroPCS
Phone Scoop has confirmed that MetroPCS is prepping to offer the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G with Dyle mobile local broadcast TV. Dyle is working with local affiliates of major networks to offer local network TV on phones.
MetroPCS Galaxy S Lightray 4G, With Dyle Mobile TV, Costs $459
MetroPCS today made an official announcement regarding the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G. The Lightray, which was uncovered earlier this week, is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone that offers access to the Dyle mobile TV service.
Dyle Expands Mobile TV Footprint and Content Offering
Dyle mobile TV is now available in three more markets, improving its total reach to 57% of Americans. According to Dyle, customers in Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Salt Lake City now have access to its mobile TV service, which offers 116 stations across 39 markets.
MetroPCS Expands Joyn Availability to More Android Phones
MetroPCS today indicated that its joyn service can now be used on a wider range of its Android handsets. The service initially launched on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G.