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Review: Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS

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Apps

The Lightray is stuffed full of MetroPCS applications. Some include: M Studio, MetroNavigation, Metro411, MetroWeb, MyMetro, and VirtualCard. Some of these can be deleted, some cannot. There's still enough space left on the Lightray for you to download your own applications.

Bluetooth

The Lightray supports mono and stereo Bluetooth headsets. I had no trouble pairing with either. Sound quality through mono headphones was decent. I had no trouble hearing phone calls sent to either a headset or my car's hands-free system. The Lightray also connects with computers and/or other phones for pushing files around.

Browser

The Lightray ships with the stock Android browser, as well as some MetroPCS-branded web tools (MetroWeb, etc.). The stock Android browser is a known entity. It works well, and I didn't have any problems with it.

 

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Clock

The Lightray offers the standard Android clock on the lock screen, which is visible when the device is first woken from sleep. It’s a nice, large digital read-out that's easily visible everywhere except under direct sunlight. It can't be customized, though.

GPS

The Lightray includes Google Maps and MetroNavigation. Google Maps and its Navigation and Places features make for a powerful set of tools when it comes to routing directions and discovering nearby points of interest. The trifecta of these applications means there's no excuse to get lost nor to find a great place for dinner. The Lightray's GPS radio performed very well in most circumstances, and was able to pinpoint my location to within 15-25 feet most of the time.

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