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Review: Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS

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Based on my experience with the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G, it's a hard device to recommend. Not because it isn't a solid smartphone. In fact, it is. Nearly every feature offered by the Lightray performs far beyond other MetroPCS devices recently reviewed by Phone Scoop.

The form is good; the signal, calling, and data performance are all good; the camera and video camera work well; and the software runs fine thanks to the speedy Exynos processor.

But the Lightray delivers too little when it comes to the main feature: Dyle TV. True, it's a burgeoning service that is apt to improve and grow, but MetroPCS wants $460 from you today for a mediocre service that's of limited availability.

Looking at MetroPCS's current lineup of smartphones, the next device down the rung costs $250 -- that's $210 less than the Lightray. That's the difference you're paying for a handful of live mobile TV stations. Does that sound worth it? It doesn't to me.

Our Ratings

3
Overall
3
Reception
3.5
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
4
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
3
Audio Volume
3.5
Camera
 

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