March 17, 2012, 7:13 AM —
The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G may not be the latest and greatest Android phone, but, with a 3.97-inch display, it might just be the antidote we need for increasingly larger screen sizes.
T-Mobile will sell the Galaxy S Blaze 4G for $150, starting at select stores on March 21 and nationwide on March 28. This price includes a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement, despite T-Mobile's recent stance against device carrier subsidies.
The Galaxy S Blaze 4G packs a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1GB of RAM and support for T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ network, which has theoretical speeds of up to 42 Mbps. These are solid specs at the moment, but they'll soon be outdone by quad-core phones and Qualcomm's dual-core S4 processors.
The Galaxy S Blaze's most notable feature might be its 3.97-inch Super AMOLED display. Android phones seem to keep getting bigger--Samsung's Galaxy S III is rumored to have a 4.8-inch screen--but bigger isn't necessarily better. Not everyone wants a humongous phone, and 4-inch displays work nicely in one hand without sacrificing too much room.