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As a current Samsung Charge owner, I wanted to test out the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator for US Cellular to see the similarities and differences. Being that it’s US Cellular’s first 4GLTE smartphone, I believe that it’s a great start for a regional carrier. US Cellular was one of the first regional carriers to adopt 4GLTE in some of their markets. I enjoyed my time with this phone but I’m not really sad to send it back.
First of all, let’s get the specs out of the way. You’re looking at:
- Android 2.3.6
- TouchWiz UI
- 4.3″ WVGA with Super AMOLED Plus screen
- 4GLTE radios
- 8MP rear shooter
- 1.3MP front shooter
- Samsung Hubs
- 16GB microSD Card
- microHDMI port
In the box, you’ll find the phone, battery, charging cord, wall plug adapter, stereo headphones, user manual and battery door.
Like I said, the phone resembles the Samsung Charge on Verizon Wireless so I wanted to see if it had any physical differences. It does but you can barely tell. First of all, the Aviator is longer so if you tried to use a silicon case from a Charge it would probably be tight. Also, the battery door has a small hump on the back for both devices. On the Aviator, it doesn’t come out as much. Hence, it’s barely noticeable. Finally, the camera shapes are slightly different but the quality of the photos are the same. They’re very good for a smartphone but it does take a while for the shutter to go off. Otherwise, they look almost identical.
I used the phone all day as if I were using my own device. Where I live, US Cellular does not exist so it was roaming on 3G. All the apps work the same as any other Android smartphone. But as I started to download some apps with multi-touch, intense music and 3D graphics, the phone did not run as fast. In fact, when I initiated a phone call, it seemed to take an extra 10 seconds to start it. Scrolling through the homescreens and applications showed some hesitation in the animation. But when I was using pinch-to-zoom, it was smooth and did not have any buffering issues.
As Android smartphones go, because it resembles the Samsung Charge so much, it also resembles last year’s technology. It has a single core processor, no NFC, a short-lived standard battery and Gingerbread. But, it is the first 4GLTE phone for US Cellular. They’ve got to start somewhere. So in closing, this is a good start as far as 4GLTE devices go. If you can’t wait, I think you’ll be happy with your purchase. However, if you can wait, I’m sure the next wave of 4GLTE phones will have some more current and up to date features. You can purchase the phone for $199.99 on a 2 year contract.