Samsung Galaxy Reverb Review: Android 4.0.4 For Virgin Mobile
The all new Samsung Galaxy Reverb is a midrange smartphone based on Android platform for Virgin Mobile. The device comes for $249.99 and is a solid device that somewhat carries some exciting specs to cater the mid-range segment. Well, it is a good deal and is a better smartphone if you compare it with other phones in the carrier’s lineup. What is good in this device is its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, good battery life, good call quality, and comfortable and good design. However, there are some flaws that make this device a disappointment for the users like the lack of 4G WiMAX network. It does carries a single core 1.4 GHz processor, but is in average level and cost $50 more as compared to the $149.88 HTC One V at the online retailer store Walmart.com. Without finalizing what is good and bad here, lets read the full Samsung Galaxy Reverb review to know the details for making a decision.
Pros of Galaxy Reverb :
The phone has good display and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Its battery life is worth the money.
Cons of Galaxy Reverb :
The major disappointment is its lack of 4G network. Single core processor is on par. Price seems to be a bit high.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb Design :
The Galaxy Reverb has received a basic look and is completely a plastic made body molded in black color. The design looks flimsy than the metal used on HTC One V. The dimensions are 4.80 inches height by 2.52 inches width by 0.44 inches deep. With this measurement, the device sits comfortable in hand and seems relatively light. The most exquisite feature in this model is its angular chin that slightly flags out at the bottom
The phone sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 800×480 pixels resolution that gives crispy and bright view. Still, due to its PenTile pixel layout, users will get fuzzy appearance on the screen while viewing closely. If we compare the same display with 3.7-inch HTC One V, the resolution is same but since it does not carry PenTile feature, the screen gives sharper images. At the bottom of the display sits three capacitive function keys and you will enjoy the flawless typing speed on the screen via touch keyboard.
Galaxy Reverb Call Quality :
This cellphone is a dual-band EV-DO Rev with 800/1900 MHz and 802/11b/g/n Wi-Fi that functions on 2.4GHz band. While listening to other line, the call quality was good. Voices were clear to the ear with slight touch of echo. Even when we dialled a call from this phone, the sound was clear and easily understandable. Average noise cancellation made this phone much better in this section. Users will also enjoy good call quality through a Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset. On Bluetooth voice dialling also worked just fine. The speakerphone also was good and loud in outdoors.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb Internet :
Since it has been discovered that Sprint gives slowest 3G speeds of all carriers, it has been identified that all 3G-only Virgin, Sprint and Boost phones provide very slow data speeds. This means Samsung Galaxy Reverb is a slow phone in terms of accessing internet. If you reside in coverage area then you will find some good data speed. 4G WiMAX in that matter offers a major boost to the HTC Evo V.
Galaxy Reverb Processor and OS
Samsung Galaxy Reverb is run by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 processor. In single-core segment, this processor has proved as benchmark but when the trend is of quad-core processors, chipsets like this don’t offer any charm. If you love high-end gaming, you will not be able to wash your hands in this. At least, you are lucky enough to access thousands of apps on Android Store.
The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on board is a good integration. The phone offers a range of improvements and latest features which were lacking in Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Though there is no words regarding the update of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this phone, but still you will be comfortable with the on board OS. Rest the phone should be compatible enough to get you everything that this Android version has to offer.
This version features five customization Home screens and comes pre-loaded with different apps and widgets. Some of the standard Android features that you will get to enjoy are free voice enabled, turn-by-turn GPS directions and fast web browser.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb Multimedia :
The phone comes with free internal storage of up to 1.95 GB, rest you have to add a microSD card into its slot for additional storage. This is good since there are many good range smartphones that still come with less internal memory storage. We tried both 32GB and 64GB SanDisk cards on this slot and both worked just fine. In fact, the phone supports large mix multimedia file formats.
We were able to play all types of music files saved with us including OGG, FLAC, AAC, WAV, and WMA. Music is good, thanks to the Altec Lansing Backbeat Bluetooth headphones. The device also played video files excluding DivX at 720p resolution.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb Camera :
This handset is equipped with a 5 megapixel primary camera with auto-focus support. Users might dislike the delay of shutter for some time (average of 1.2 seconds). On the other hand, you will like good quantity of lighting, good photos and sufficient amount of color and detail. Recorded video playback at 720p looks smooth on 30 fps, but the details are not that sharp. Despite this, a secondard 1.3 megapixel front facing camera is also provided to meet the growing demands of video calling.
Galaxy Reverb Battery Life :
One of the best features in this Android integrated smartphone is its long battery life. As claimed by Samsung, it will give straight 8 hours and 42 minutes of talktime backup.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb Price :
Samsung Galaxy Reverb price is tagged at $249.99 and it is sold with the same price at Amazon with free shipping.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb is a good mid-range smartphone on Android platform, but it cost a little more expensive than some good devices in the market like HTC One V. At this price, you will get a dual-core device with good performance. There is a lack of 4G support which is not a good way to go. The display is good, also plus point goes to camera and battery. Still you will have to stay stuck with 3G speed. Whatever the thing is, the phone gets solid build, good OS for Virgin Mobile, but cost little too high as compared to what you get.
We hope our Samsung Galaxy Reverb review has helped you to find out whether it suits your requirements or not. Comment below for our improvements.