Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review (Part 3)

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Performance and battery life

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

·         Quadrant: 4,430

·         Vellamo: 2,734

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,794

·         AnTuTu: 6,707

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): 60

·         CF-Bench: 8,845

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Motorola Droid 4

·         Quadrant: 2,755

·         Vellamo: N / A

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 2,158

·         AnTuTu: 6,134

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): N / A

·         CF-Bench: N / A

Motorola Droid 4

Motorola Droid 4

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

·         Quadrant: 5,036

·         Vellamo: 2,347

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,649

·         AnTuTu: 6,942

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): 56

·         CF-Bench: 9,562

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

The dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM of the Relay 4G allow some speedy smooth performance. Swiping through home screens, opening apps and scrolling over web pages is flawless, and the phone is totally compatible with our Riptide GP sessions. The touchscreen is also significantly responsive; we seldom have to pull out the keyboard once in a while. Ice Cream Sandwich cold-booting consumes around 28 seconds, and once the phone is up and running it's nearly 100% unaffected by stuttering and other performance glitches.

Benchmark scores resemble our factual experience. This phone is able to keep up with other sliders, defeating the Motorola Droid 4 and the Samsung Captivate Glide with their older internals but falling a little behind the Photon Q in most tests. The Relay 4G's Vellamo score of 2,734 is greatly magnificent, and truly the stock Android browser speed up page loading to almost instantly. In spite of the maximum of eight tabs opened, websites show up on screen within just 0.93 seconds.

Let’s take a look at the results.

Let’s take a look at the results.

During the battery rundown test with continuously playing a locally stored video and the WiFi is on with a few social network accounts set to send hourly push updates, the removable 1,800mAh battery of the Relay 4G has survived seven hours and 59 minutes. This is one aspect where the Relay makes other QWERTY sliders look undesirable: the Photon Q 4G LTE lasted for only six hours and 18 minutes, while the Motorola Droid 4 could only stay on around seven hours and 15 minutes. In our everyday use, which involves watching clips, checking email and regular shooting photos, the battery can support phone performance for about 11 hours, which is just enough for normal user throughout the work day and night.

The little speakers on the back of the Relay 4G produce adequate sound, though we can't call it loud or clear. It is ideal for using the headphones since audio comes through a bit richer. The speakers are located near the bottom back of the phone, which isn't the most convenient arrangement for use in either portrait or landscape modes, since your hands will likely hold on to this edge either way. Regarding audio formats, .amr, .flac, .m4a. mp3, .ogg, .wav and .wma files are all supported; but it is impossible to play the files with .aac, .ac3, .aiff, .ape, .au, .m4r, .mka, .mmf and .npc formats.

During a few test calls on this device, our friends on the other end of the line told us that they can hear super loud and crystal clear, and things sounded clean on our side as well. Concerning network speeds, the slider can reach a peak of 15.04 Mbps downloads and 3.44 Mbps uploads on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, with results generally ranging 0.7-2 Mbps up and 14-15 Mbps on the downlink. These figures are not something to brag about, and throughout New York City the 4G signal remains sufficient. We saw throughput on the upper end of this range when we took the Relay 4G for a spin in Southern California.

Comparison and price

If you need a physical keyboard, you're narrowing your smartphone choices. The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G price is at $150 with a mail-in rebate, but still QWERTY fans on T-Mobile have a few other options to choose from, including the myTouch (free with a two-year contract), which is a decent device even though it runs the old-fashioned Gingerbread OS. Moreover, the Relay 4G is just one of various Galaxy S devices on T-Mobile: on the slightly lower end, there's the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, which has Gingerbread on a 1.5GHz processor and also comes with a 5-megapixel camera. Currently, the price only costs $100, it's worth consideration. On the higher-end side but priced at $150 just like the Relay 4G is the Samsung Galaxy S III. If the QWERTY layout is at all negotiable, that would be such a much better choice.

Regarding other QWERTY devices on different carriers, we are in love with the Photon Q on Sprint, which is for $50 more expensive than the Relay 4G but can offer a exceptional typing experience. On Verizon, the $100 Droid 4, which has Ice Cream Sandwich on a 4-inch qHD screen, also offer a top-notch keyboard.


As a middle class smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is still competitive.

As a middle class smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is still competitive.

As a middle class smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich, the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is still competitive. The Snapdragon S4 enables fluid and speedy performance, and battery life is qualified as acceptable. Definitely, its 4-inch WVGA screen is not the champion and the camera is underwhelming, but $150 cannot afford the universe. What it could offer you is a satisfactory, rationally fast slider that suits your texting and photo-taking hobbies. If not for a five-row QWERTY keyboard under the hood, our review would have been much better. But the fact that there is one naturally leads to some expectations about a better typing experience, and this device completely fails in that area. If you want the extra set of keys, you’d better the pick the Proton Q. Additionally, if you only desire for touchscreen, T-Mobile has a great deal of greater handheld, even within the Galaxy S lineup.


·         Price: $150 (on contract)


·         Good everyday performance

·         Comfortable grip

·         Strong battery life


·         Flat and almost unusable keyboard

·         Weak camera

·         Cheap and many ads


·         The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, T-Mobile's newest QWERTY slider, offers fast performance and good battery life, but the uncomfortable keyboard is a big minus.



·         Dimensions: 118.5x62.3x9.3 mm (4.67x2.45x0.37 inches)

·         Display type: OLED (Active, Color)

·         Display size: 4.0 inches

·         Primary camera: 5 MP

·         Camera features: records video, Flash

·         Secondary camera: 1.3 MP

·         OS: Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])

·         Style: slider

·         Input type: Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger]), QWERTY keyboard (5 rows)

·         CPU: 1.5 GHz

·         RAM: 1 GB

·         Sensors: Ambient light, Proximity

·         Talk time: 2G, 3G



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