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Review: Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G for MetroPCS

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Screen

The Admire's screen measures 3.6 inches across the diagonal and offers a relatively low-rez 480 x 320 pixels. The display looks good for the most part, though individual pixels are easily visible. The screen is not as stunning at the Samsung's Super AMOLED displays, but it manages to get by. As for brightness, it performs just fine inside, and loses some visibility under the glare of the sun, but is still visible enough for checking the time and using the camera.

Signal

The Admire worked well on the MetroPCS network in my neck of New Jersey. It connected to LTE when LTE was available and switched back to CDMA seamlessly when LTE wasn't around. Data sessions were definitely quicker via LTE than they were over CDMA. As far as making calls was concerned, the Admire connected them all on the first attempt and didn't drop any. In areas known to have poor coverage, however, the Admire dropped the signal entirely a few times. This is on par with other Metro phones.

Sound

Call quality was decent with the Admire. Most of the calls I made were free of interference or other problems, though there was definitely some snap, crackle, pop action in the earpiece from time to time. Volume of calls through the earpiece was quite good. I was able to hear callers over a loud radio in my home and while walking around my local mall with no problem. Quality of calls sent to the speakerphone was on par with the earpiece, and volume was decent. I wish the speakerphone were just a wee bit louder, but it should be fine for most people. The volume of system alerts, ringers, and other tones was also just shy of what I would have liked.

Battery

The Admire has decent battery life. During my tests, it consistently lasted about a day between charges -- even when connected to MetroPCS's LTE 4G network. The smaller display helps conserve power. Bottom line: you should have no problem getting from breakfast to bedtime with the Admire.

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