Review: Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G for MetroPCS
The Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G is a simple phone, yet manages to impress. Its appearance follows the trend of mixing black, silver, and textured surfaces to give it a classy and elegant look. It certainly isn't pushing any boundaries when it comes to looks, but it’s still a winsome device. Simple, yet refined.
The size of the Attain 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 dimpled 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.
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The Attain 4G's display measures 3.5 inches, and it is surrounded by a lot of bezel. 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 Attain, works perfectly. The button has a good profile, and offers satisfying feedback. The same can be said of the dedicated camera button, which is found on the lower right edge of the Attain. It’s a two-stage button, and both stages are well defined. Many of Samsung's recent phones 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 Attain, 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 Attain.
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.
The Attain clearly chooses function over form, but Samsung manages to strike a good balance between the two. It's a good-looking phone that doesn't let the design get in the way of functionality.