The first smartphone available for MetroPCS is this Samsung Galaxy Indulge which has a glossy, smooth black design with attractive rounded corners. The handset measures 5.2 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches which makes it a little bit shorter than the slide-out Epic model. It has a curb weight of 5.4 ounces which is just about enough to provide the phone with a feeling of durability.
The front of the smartphone is occupied by the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (HVGA). It manages to be very bright and crisp but it isn’t as good as the more expensive phones that come with a Super AMOLED display. The good news is that the user interface is quite zippy mostly thanks to the powerful 1.0 GHz Hummingbird processor and the Android 2.2 OS.
Below the screen you’ll notice the physical buttons for menu, home, back and search. Looking at the right spine of the Galaxy Indulge we find the microUSB charging port and the camera shutter, while on the left is the volume rocker. On top of the device are the 3.5mm headset jack and the power button; while at the back is the 3.2 megapixel camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Indulge comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that has four rows with keys that are well lit and almost flat. You’ll appreciate that there is enough space between them and these are very easy to press, allowing for a comfortable typing experience.
On top of the Android OS is Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface but without some of the features, like Media Hub and mobile hot spot. You get to use up to seven home screens where you can install various widgets and shortcuts. You will notice four persistent shortcuts at the bottom of each of the screens for opening the dialer, phonebook, messaging inbox and the app launcher.
The device is packed with GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, along with the usual features that you’ll find in most Androids, like Google Maps, voice search, music player, YouTube, alarm clock, calculator, calendar, timer, stopwatch and others as well.
The aforementioned 3.2 megapixel camera is not one of the best in its class because even though the photos are sharp enough, most of them are rather dull. It does feature autofocus but there is no flash on board. You get to choose from six shooting modes, shutter sounds, timer and an exposure slider.
The phone has been equipped with a 1,500 mAh lithium-ion battery that has a rated talk time of 3 hours while in standby mode it should last for up to 12.5 days. Its digital SAR rating according to FCC’s radiation tests is of 0.64 W/kg.
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