Review: Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS
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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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.
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.