Review: Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile
The Blaze offers both the new(er) Google Music application and the older stock media player. The media player is a generic piece of software that can be used to access and playback media stored on the device. The Google Music application lets you stream your library from Google's servers over the network. It also lets you purchase music from the newly christened Google Play Store.
Music can be played back through attached headphones, or sent via Bluetooth to properly-equipped Bluetooth devices. Sound quality of music playback was quite good through both.
Slacker is the only streaming service preinstalled, but obviously Google Play (formerly Android Market) is chock full of alternatives.
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As far as video goes, the Blaze has the stock Android video player, YouTube, T-Mobile TV, Netflix, and the Google Play application on board for renting or buying movies. The Blaze easily handled video content that I side-loaded, and it worked well for viewing most video content that I could find.
The Blaze also comes with Samsung's Media Hub. Users can access the Media Hub to download movies and television shows, but not music. Rental fees and sale prices vary by title. It basically dupes the functionality of Google Play.
AllShare is on board for those who like to share their multimedia files with DLNA-compatible devices, such as HDTVs.
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.