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Review: Samsung Conquer 4G

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The Samsung Conquer is a simple smartphone, yet manages to impress anyway. Its appearance follows the modern trend of mixing black, silver, and more black to give it a classic and elegant look. It doesn't represent the latest in handset design and fashion, but it strikes the right, formal look, as though it were a man in a tuxedo or a woman in a black cocktail dress. Simple, yet refined.

 

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Thanks in part to its smaller display, the size of the Conquer 4G makes it comfortable to hold and use. The materials don't feel top-of-the-line, but they don't feel cheap, either. The edges are all rounded, free of sharp angles, and I found the rough texture of the back surface appealing. It is nice and light, without feeling like it’s made of air. It is not super-duper thin, but it is thin enough. It will fit into most pockets with no problem.

The Conquer 4G's display measures 3.5 inches, and it is surrounded by a lot of bezel. My guess is Samsung could have dropped a 3.7-inch display in this device without making the phone larger. The usual set of Android controls are close to the bottom edge, and are four physical buttons. The buttons have a nice, angled shape to them, and are very easy to find and use. Travel and feedback was quite satisfying.

The volume toggle, located on the left edge of the Conquer 4G, works perfectly. The button has a good profile, and offers satisfying feedback when pressed. The same can be said of the dedicated camera button, which is found on the lower right edge of the Conquer 4G. It’s a two-stage button, and both stages are well defined. Many of Samsung's high-end devices don't include a camera button, so this is a nice feature to have.

Much to my delight, Samsung located the power/lock button on the top of the Conquer 4G, next to the 3.5mm headset jack. (Samsung typically places the power/lock button on the right edge of its Android phones.) The power button is a small, round thing, but has a good profile and the perfect amount of travel and feedback. The microUSB port is located on the bottom edge of the Conquer 4G.

The battery cover peels off easily with the help of your thumbnail. The microSD card slot is accessible without the need to remove the battery.

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