Review: Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile
The Blaze comes with the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz installed on Android 2.3.6. (Yes, really, no Ice Cream Sandwich yet.) In daily use, it feels and functions exactly as other Samsung handsets with this combo.
There are seven home screens on the Blaze. One of the features of Samsung phones that I like is that when you get to the home screen panel furthest to the left or right, you're not stuck cycling back in the direction you came. You can just keep circling through all seven panels without stopping.
The main app folder is laid out in an alphabetical grid by default. The grids each hold up to 16 apps and are accessed by sliding the screen left or right. You can choose to rearrange the grid however you like, as well as view the apps in a single list.
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There are a significant number of widgets available that can be used to litter the home screen. There aren't any cool lock-screen shortcuts, but at least the notification shade includes access to switch on/off the device's various radios.
On the performance side of the coin, the Blaze's Snapdragon S3 processor, a dual-core job at 1.5GHz per core, ran just fine. It was speedy throughout the user interface and applications. I didn't see any part of the phone's software suffer from jitters or lagging.
Samsung is showing off - for the first time in public - the speedy Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile. The phone pairs a blazing fast processor with blazing fast data, in an affordable little package.
Jan 10, 2012
T-Mobile today announced a new 4G Galaxy-series phone from Samsung. The Blaze sports HSPA+ 42 Mbps data, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor at 1.5 GHz, and a Super AMOLED screen.
Jun 12, 2012
Samsung today announced the availability of TecTiles, small, programmable near-field communication stickers that can be used to activate certain actions on NFC-equipped smartphones. Using a separate Android application, the tags can be programmed to change device settings, such as join a Wi-Fi network or set the phone to silent; to initiate communications, such as a text message or a phone call; as well as to interact with social networking sites, such as to set Facebook status updates or send a message to Twitter.
May 15, 2012
Samsung recently updated the web site listing which of its devices will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system updates. The update adds several devices being sold by T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S Blaze 4G smartphones, and the Tab Plus 7.0 and Tab 10.1 tablets.
Mar 12, 2012
T-Mobile USA today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G will be available in select T-Mobile stores starting March 21 for $149.99 with a new contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. It will reach all T-Mobile's sales channels by March 28.