Conclusion and The Wrap
Performance Analysis -
The Samsung Infuse 4G offered best-of-class multimedia and 3D performance, but slightly lagged other devices in general purpose compute performance. That said, its 1.2GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor is more than capable of handling just about any smartphone-based requirement you could throw at it currently. In addition, user interface and touch screen responsiveness was excellent with the unit as well. Of course, if you're a power user holding out for a handset with the ultimate in both dual-core processor and a huge screen, even the Infuse 4G's goosed up single core Hummingbird CPU probably won't cut it for you. For the other 95% of the market, the Infuse 4G has more than enough horsepower.
What might give you pause, however, especially those of you who aren't currently committed under contract with a carrier, is how far behind AT&T is right now in terms of 4G performance. Though obviously market and coverage area-dependent, in terms of true "4G" speeds, Verizon has all but cornered the market for the time being.
Thin is apparently still in with the ladies -- Infuse 4G has it covered.
In other areas, for the Infuse 4G, its 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display is downright awe-inspiring. Showing this device off to a few co-workers and friends, we were literally met with words like "wow" and "whoa." That's partially because the Infuse 4G's screen is so large but also because it has that much "pop" in terms of image quality. Heavy-duty media consumers will love this phone. If it only had a faster connection. That said, if AT&T is offering HSPA+ speeds in your market, based on our testing, we think most will be satisfied, unless of course you're in an over-subscribed area that hasn't historically been kind to the carrier that once held the only contract for the iPhone. Also, keep in mind that the radio in the Infuse 4G won't support LTE technology when AT&T eventually does roll it out. That's a lot to consider, we know. However, unless you're an absolute speed freak, with still think the device is a fine choice on a number of fronts.
Battery life with the Infuse 4G also held up well, with Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus technology sipping less power overall versus their previous generation displays. Aggressive screen timeout settings will help users carry the phone easily for a full day of moderate use. Finally, at $199 under contract, the Infuse 4G is one of the best-equipped smartphones we've seen for the price, though we would have preferred more rugged materials in spots. All told, the Samsung Infuse 4G impresses and we'd recommend it without hesitation, for those of you looking for a slick, big screen experience in a smartphone.