I was very surprised that I was one of only 3 people waiting at my local T-Mobile store this morning. Only 2 of us were there for this incredible phone. Lucky for me I worked with half the reps and we cut right to the chase and got me upgraded in 11 minutes. I’m not sure how other stores stock was, but I found out there were 40 in stock at that location. Without further ado, though let’s go through my thoughts on this device.

To give a quick run down on the features for those of you that may not have been around for the last month, Vibrant comes pretty well loaded:

  • 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 16GB Built-in Memory
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Dimensions 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Avatar movie preloaded
  • Sims 3 game preloaded
  • MobiTV

While these are just the highlights, you can see the full specs at AndroidSPIN’s Vibrant page.

The first I did when I had a chance to sit down was check the ringtones. Silly place to start, right? The ringtones were important to me as I want to know if the sounds are going to be loud enough for my needs.  If I never hear it ring, then what’s the point? To my surprise the ringtones practically scream. I even turned on the radio and had my wife call me while it was in my pocket. Piece of cake. Test #1 passed.

My next stop was checking out the controversial Touch Wiz 3.0 UI, which I found to be very responsive and smooth. Although most are claiming it to look like the iPhone, I’d like to point out that the ADW launcher has had the Galaxy S app drawer for quite sometime. Personally, I kind of like it; it makes seeing your application a little easier. For instance, if I’m looking for for Kindle app I know its on the second page. Here’s a little lesser known feature though; while on the application screen you can press Menu > View Type > Customizable Grid > Menu > Edit and then rearrange your icons on your application screen in whatever order you wish. Alternatively, this is also how you can replace the two middle icons on the bottom of your screen. You don’t get to replace the dialer or application button though. It’s still a very useful option however.

After cruising through the general UI, I moved a little deeper and got into the phone’s settings menus. Most of the settings are similar to all Android 2.1 devices as well as custom ROMs. In the Sound and Display settings, I found ‘Font Style’ settings where you can choose from four different font styles as easily as making a selection. The slight downside however is that you must reboot your phone for the changes to take effect. The best part is it changes the font everywhere– in your application, in your text messages and on your browser. After that, I then checked my brightness level to see where I was at while I still within the Sound and Display menu. Yet another surprise awaited me. You can set Vibrant to auto detect the brightness level that is right for you,  based on your current lighting conditions as determined by the phone’s built in light sensor. The term Smartphone is being taken to a whole new level here.

My next surprise appeared under Applications, where I found the permission to install non-Market applications to be already checked. That made me smile. The cherry on top of that delicious little surprise was the fact that it already had a file manager application installed as well. Simply called Files, it allows you to manage your files on the phone’s internal (16GB) memory and in your SD card. You can cut, copy, move and share everything in your device. As much as I love ASTRO file manager, it looks like I won’t need to be installing it. It seems like Samsung is really trying to making life a little easier for everyone with these additions.

The camera was my next stop. With specs like 5 megapixels and 720p HD video, it was a must try feature.  All I can say is WOW! I have never seen so many settings for a camera on a phone. The general Auto Focus and Zoom are built in of course. Samsung took it up a notch or three from there though. They added features like Anti-Shake, Smile Detection and Blink Detection. As for your shot choices, you get 9 scenery options. A few of which stand out; Single, Continuous, Panorama and Action to name a few. There are a lot more options in there and it would take all night to go through them.

On to the TV- out function. Although it is through the 3.5mm jack- to- RCA plugs instead of an HDMI output, I was pleasantly surprised how well my phone looked on a 50” LG TV. This is a very easy to use and very amazing feature. I must have sat for a good 30 minutes playing N.O.V.A on my television. To locate that setting go to Menu > Settings > Sound and Display > TV -out, which is at the bottom of the list. Tap the box to turn it on, then plug in your cable. One thing that I was lucky enough to see in a YouTube video a while ago is that the cables are incorrect. Where usually the YELLOW RCA plug is for video, you need to plug the RED RCA plug into you video input or else you will just get a lot of feedback and no image.

My last favorite part of this device has to be the Puzzle Piece. As you can see below, when you miss a call or a text message a Puzzle Piece will be displayed on your lock screen. Just drag the piece to where it fits in the bottom right hand corner and the phone will unlock then take you directly to the text message or the missed call.  I found this to be a very creative touch to the standard unlock action.

So far after having the phone for 16 hours and getting into it for about 6, I have to say I’m very pleased with this device. The size and weight are perfect for me. I can use one hand to operate the device, unlike larger- screened phones. The screen resolution is incredibly clean and crisp. The UI is very friendly and very customizable. Moving from applications such as the browser back to home is very smooth and quick as well. Although this phone shares similarities to its competitors like the Nexus One and EVO 4G, what really sold me on this device is the screen resolution and processor speed. The fact it can run at nearly 60 frames per second compared to the usual 30 frames per second that exist on the EVO 4G, which we all know by now is a hardware issue with that device. If you have played around with an EVO 4G and thought it was fast, get your hands on the Samsung Vibrant, and you’ll see the difference. The EVO 4G runs like a Playstation competing with a Playstation 3.

I know I still haven’t even scratched the surface of what is inside this device. It is definitely a phone that has brought Android and Smartphones to a whole new level for me. Now lets see some Froyo love and really make this puppy scream.

I do have 3 minor complains about this device.

  1. Avatar is stored to the SD card and can’t be transferred to a different SD card, because it is protected to that SD card only. If you decide to purchase a larger SD card, be prepared for Avatar to not be available.
  2. Although I love the TV- out function and was able to cruise though my phone and play games, I was unable to watch Avatar or use MobiTV through the TV output. I was able to watch a HD YouTube video and play all the movies shot with my phone as well as the movies I added. I’m pretty sure it’s because its protected from output sources.
  3. Signal. Here’s where everyone will freak out, but please don’t. It appears there is a signal issue with the device. Not the iPhones “Death Grip” signal issue though. While holding your Vibrant at the bottom left of the device your service bars will drop. Even though it may appear that you have no service at the top of the screen, my SMS and calls still connect and go through just fine. If you are a little more tech savvy you can also go into Menu > Settings > About Phone > Status Signal Strength , and you will see that when there are no bars the status registers as 0 dBm  0 asu. Still, calls, text, and web all work. I personally have yet experienced any actual issues from the alleged “no signal” displayed on the device. It maybe just a software glitch or a screen glitch. I’d rather my phone show no service and still work then show service and not.

To wrap it all up in a neat little bundle for you guys; the phone is fast, light, easy to use and has so many settings I’m sure I’ll never discover them all. I look forward to trying though. As I discover more  I will be sure to get a post up for our readers to check out.

P.S. Here are a few tricks I found on xda-developers

  • You can adjust the screen brightness by horizontally swiping the topmost part of the screen which is the status bar at the very top.
  • While shooting a video, you can press the power button to lock the screen on so it doesn’t go black. The same rings true for watching a video.
  • While on your contacts list, you can swipe across the contact to the left to start a text message or swipe to the right to place a call.
  • If you have concerns with battery life, change your wall paper. With AMOLED technology true black doesn’t use power. I searched out black.png on Google and set a straight black wallpaper,  it has been reported by doing this you gain 1.5% battery life every 15 minutes of use. If that is true you can save 24% battery in 4 hours of use with a black background. This of course doesn’t affect widgets, movies, web browsing, games, movies, or anything else you use. A little gain in battery life isn’t a bad thing, right? Personally, I’m kind of loving how slick it looks with a black screen.
  • whyhellomichael

    fantastic write up. been using mine since Tuesday and have many of the same feelings towards the device as you do, thanks for the tip about wallpaper affecting battery life and the ability to move around apps in the app tray. i was hoping for better battery life and so far i have found it comparable to my hd2. we will see though going to try not using a live wallpaper.

    • Stormy Beach

      It seems to be helping. The battery wasn’t horrible to begin with. But so far its been off the charger for 6.5 hours and 2 hours of usage, maybe a bit more, and I’m only down to 90%. By usage I mean phone calls and SMS. Havent been using any labor intensive applications. I will be testing that out later next week with a review. My screen is set to the lowest brightness as well and disabled the auto detect.

    • Stormy Beach

      It seems to be helping. The battery wasn’t horrible to begin with. But so far its been off the charger for 6.5 hours and 2 hours of usage, maybe a bit more, and I’m only down to 90%. By usage I mean phone calls and SMS. Havent been using any labor intensive applications. I will be testing that out later next week with a review. My screen is set to the lowest brightness as well and disabled the auto detect.

  • whyhellomichael

    fantastic write up. been using mine since Tuesday and have many of the same feelings towards the device as you do, thanks for the tip about wallpaper affecting battery life and the ability to move around apps in the app tray. i was hoping for better battery life and so far i have found it comparable to my hd2. we will see though going to try not using a live wallpaper.

  • whyhellomichael

    fantastic write up. been using mine since Tuesday and have many of the same feelings towards the device as you do, thanks for the tip about wallpaper affecting battery life and the ability to move around apps in the app tray. i was hoping for better battery life and so far i have found it comparable to my hd2. we will see though going to try not using a live wallpaper.

    • Stormy Beach

      It seems to be helping. The battery wasn’t horrible to begin with. But so far its been off the charger for 6.5 hours and 2 hours of usage, maybe a bit more, and I’m only down to 90%. By usage I mean phone calls and SMS. Havent been using any labor intensive applications. I will be testing that out later next week with a review. My screen is set to the lowest brightness as well and disabled the auto detect.

  • Shawn

    I was able to move Avatar to my 16gb card and view it just fine.

  • Shawn

    I was able to move Avatar to my 16gb card and view it just fine.

  • Shawn

    I was able to move Avatar to my 16gb card and view it just fine.

  • http://flavors.me/fallingup79 Lee Brown

    I transfered Avatar to the phone with the phones built in file manager and then later transfered it onto my 16gb card just fine.

    • Stormy Beach

      Gotcha.. for some reason it was not working for me. Ill give it a go again.

      • marya

        when you transfer the movie from the memory card to the handset, make sure to keep the handset on stay awake mode otherwise it won’t transfer…

    • Stormy Beach

      Gotcha.. for some reason it was not working for me. Ill give it a go again.

  • http://flavors.me/fallingup79 Lee Brown

    I transfered Avatar to the phone with the phones built in file manager and then later transfered it onto my 16gb card just fine.

  • http://flavors.me/fallingup79 Lee Brown

    I transfered Avatar to the phone with the phones built in file manager and then later transfered it onto my 16gb card just fine.

    • Stormy Beach

      Gotcha.. for some reason it was not working for me. Ill give it a go again.

      • marya

        when you transfer the movie from the memory card to the handset, make sure to keep the handset on stay awake mode otherwise it won’t transfer…

  • Mike

    I got the Vibrant yesterday morning and I’m also loving it. My only problems are a handful of small UI issues:

    1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.
    2) I love the fact that I can delete and insert home screens at will, however the default home screen is always the fourth screen in, and I have yet to figure out how to change that.
    3) The touch sensitive keys at the bottom are hard to see when they aren’t lit up, and their back light stays on for a very short time. After this first day of using it, I’ve started to grow accustomed to which key is where (I upgraded from a MT3G which has a different button order), but I’d like to be able to set a timeout for the touch keys.
    4) Why isn’t there a widget for the music player? They seem to have a widget for everything else.

    There were a couple other issues I had with the UI that I can’t think of right now, but I still love the phone and I’m really glad I upgraded.

    PS – I’m also having trouble with the Avatar movie after moving it to my internal storage, but only via the Home screen shortcut. I can still watch it from the video player app just fine.

  • Mike

    I got the Vibrant yesterday morning and I’m also loving it. My only problems are a handful of small UI issues:

    1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.
    2) I love the fact that I can delete and insert home screens at will, however the default home screen is always the fourth screen in, and I have yet to figure out how to change that.
    3) The touch sensitive keys at the bottom are hard to see when they aren’t lit up, and their back light stays on for a very short time. After this first day of using it, I’ve started to grow accustomed to which key is where (I upgraded from a MT3G which has a different button order), but I’d like to be able to set a timeout for the touch keys.
    4) Why isn’t there a widget for the music player? They seem to have a widget for everything else.

    There were a couple other issues I had with the UI that I can’t think of right now, but I still love the phone and I’m really glad I upgraded.

    PS – I’m also having trouble with the Avatar movie after moving it to my internal storage, but only via the Home screen shortcut. I can still watch it from the video player app just fine.

    • Matt

      There’s no home screen music widget because it sits in the notification tray! Love it! There’s also a little slide-out widget on the lock screen. Really impressed with Samsung’s UI tweaks for this phone.

    • Matt

      There’s no home screen music widget because it sits in the notification tray! Love it! There’s also a little slide-out widget on the lock screen. Really impressed with Samsung’s UI tweaks for this phone.

  • Mike

    I got the Vibrant yesterday morning and I’m also loving it. My only problems are a handful of small UI issues:

    1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.
    2) I love the fact that I can delete and insert home screens at will, however the default home screen is always the fourth screen in, and I have yet to figure out how to change that.
    3) The touch sensitive keys at the bottom are hard to see when they aren’t lit up, and their back light stays on for a very short time. After this first day of using it, I’ve started to grow accustomed to which key is where (I upgraded from a MT3G which has a different button order), but I’d like to be able to set a timeout for the touch keys.
    4) Why isn’t there a widget for the music player? They seem to have a widget for everything else.

    There were a couple other issues I had with the UI that I can’t think of right now, but I still love the phone and I’m really glad I upgraded.

    PS – I’m also having trouble with the Avatar movie after moving it to my internal storage, but only via the Home screen shortcut. I can still watch it from the video player app just fine.

    • Matt

      There’s no home screen music widget because it sits in the notification tray! Love it! There’s also a little slide-out widget on the lock screen. Really impressed with Samsung’s UI tweaks for this phone.

  • Jeff

    Nice article. I haven’t been able to reproduce your observation regarding the degraded signal. Was that 3g or Edge specific?

  • Jeff

    Nice article. I haven’t been able to reproduce your observation regarding the degraded signal. Was that 3g or Edge specific?

  • Jeff

    Nice article. I haven’t been able to reproduce your observation regarding the degraded signal. Was that 3g or Edge specific?

  • PlowRox

    I love this phone! I got mine around 4pm launch day and right after I walked in 3 other peeps also walked in and asked for it! I’m no expert on smart or android phones…but i am learning on this fine device.

    If I can help and offer some of my insights:

    To mike: 1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.

    I also didn’t like it at first but this for me went away when i added the connect the dots wake up screen… hope that helps

    I did however manage to lock up the fone to the point of having to pull the battery to restart it! I had left it in wifi mode and traveled to an area with no cell service! upon wanting to make a call and seeing no service..and the wifi error I attempted to shut off the wifi manually…. it refused to shut off from the network pull down at the top… so I went into the settings and went to wifi directly and it said ..”turning off”… np I exited to the home screen tapped it to sleep….drove a few more miles… went to turn it on to see if I had signal… and it wouldn’t wake up!!!! I had to remove the battery and reseat it to get it to return to life!!!

    A Side note to the above..

    If for what ever reason you experience any problems on the fone call customer service! they will make a record of it and [seem to at least] be willing to replace the device if it hiccups further! [insert apple joke here :P]

    So far I am very pleased this was a fone worth waiting for!

    and thanks for the black background info.. maybe some one will make one like the ocean with black puddles… :)

  • PlowRox

    I love this phone! I got mine around 4pm launch day and right after I walked in 3 other peeps also walked in and asked for it! I’m no expert on smart or android phones…but i am learning on this fine device.

    If I can help and offer some of my insights:

    To mike: 1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.

    I also didn’t like it at first but this for me went away when i added the connect the dots wake up screen… hope that helps

    I did however manage to lock up the fone to the point of having to pull the battery to restart it! I had left it in wifi mode and traveled to an area with no cell service! upon wanting to make a call and seeing no service..and the wifi error I attempted to shut off the wifi manually…. it refused to shut off from the network pull down at the top… so I went into the settings and went to wifi directly and it said ..”turning off”… np I exited to the home screen tapped it to sleep….drove a few more miles… went to turn it on to see if I had signal… and it wouldn’t wake up!!!! I had to remove the battery and reseat it to get it to return to life!!!

    A Side note to the above..

    If for what ever reason you experience any problems on the fone call customer service! they will make a record of it and [seem to at least] be willing to replace the device if it hiccups further! [insert apple joke here :P]

    So far I am very pleased this was a fone worth waiting for!

    and thanks for the black background info.. maybe some one will make one like the ocean with black puddles… :)

  • PlowRox

    I love this phone! I got mine around 4pm launch day and right after I walked in 3 other peeps also walked in and asked for it! I’m no expert on smart or android phones…but i am learning on this fine device.

    If I can help and offer some of my insights:

    To mike: 1) The graphical effect of sweeping the lock screen (when there’s no puzzle pieces) open feels very unpolished.

    I also didn’t like it at first but this for me went away when i added the connect the dots wake up screen… hope that helps

    I did however manage to lock up the fone to the point of having to pull the battery to restart it! I had left it in wifi mode and traveled to an area with no cell service! upon wanting to make a call and seeing no service..and the wifi error I attempted to shut off the wifi manually…. it refused to shut off from the network pull down at the top… so I went into the settings and went to wifi directly and it said ..”turning off”… np I exited to the home screen tapped it to sleep….drove a few more miles… went to turn it on to see if I had signal… and it wouldn’t wake up!!!! I had to remove the battery and reseat it to get it to return to life!!!

    A Side note to the above..

    If for what ever reason you experience any problems on the fone call customer service! they will make a record of it and [seem to at least] be willing to replace the device if it hiccups further! [insert apple joke here :P]

    So far I am very pleased this was a fone worth waiting for!

    and thanks for the black background info.. maybe some one will make one like the ocean with black puddles… :)

  • PlowRox

    one other lil comment…

    Everyone needs to install “android task killer”

    if you have been following this fone..no doubt you have seen the comments of bloat ware….

    my son and wife…long time android users…[ok no old person jokes inserted please!] both were very insistent about loading the android task killer. and after a full 24 hours every time u <- out/back out hit home and hit kill it is shocking how many things load!

    sorry for two posts I meant to include that in the above/last post ok [insert old person joke here]

    hahahah

    works wonders!

  • PlowRox

    one other lil comment…

    Everyone needs to install “android task killer”

    if you have been following this fone..no doubt you have seen the comments of bloat ware….

    my son and wife…long time android users…[ok no old person jokes inserted please!] both were very insistent about loading the android task killer. and after a full 24 hours every time u <- out/back out hit home and hit kill it is shocking how many things load!

    sorry for two posts I meant to include that in the above/last post ok [insert old person joke here]

    hahahah

    works wonders!

  • PlowRox

    one other lil comment…

    Everyone needs to install “android task killer”

    if you have been following this fone..no doubt you have seen the comments of bloat ware….

    my son and wife…long time android users…[ok no old person jokes inserted please!] both were very insistent about loading the android task killer. and after a full 24 hours every time u <- out/back out hit home and hit kill it is shocking how many things load!

    sorry for two posts I meant to include that in the above/last post ok [insert old person joke here]

    hahahah

    works wonders!

  • Matt

    i was able to transfer avatar to a different sd card

  • Matt

    i was able to transfer avatar to a different sd card

  • Matt

    i was able to transfer avatar to a different sd card

  • http://www.TheAndroidNation.com Jared Nelson

    You can move the Avatar movie to a bigger SD card.. I bought a 8gig micro sd card and copied the movie file over and it works fine..

  • http://www.TheAndroidNation.com Jared Nelson

    You can move the Avatar movie to a bigger SD card.. I bought a 8gig micro sd card and copied the movie file over and it works fine..

  • http://www.TheAndroidNation.com Jared Nelson

    You can move the Avatar movie to a bigger SD card.. I bought a 8gig micro sd card and copied the movie file over and it works fine..

  • Anna

    I am very happy with the Vibrant, got used to it and fell in love with it after using it for just a couple of hours! I have no problems, but am wondering … Does anyone know if and how to wake the phone & put the phone asleep by using the touch screen (and not the power button)?

  • Anna

    I am very happy with the Vibrant, got used to it and fell in love with it after using it for just a couple of hours! I have no problems, but am wondering … Does anyone know if and how to wake the phone & put the phone asleep by using the touch screen (and not the power button)?

  • Anna

    I am very happy with the Vibrant, got used to it and fell in love with it after using it for just a couple of hours! I have no problems, but am wondering … Does anyone know if and how to wake the phone & put the phone asleep by using the touch screen (and not the power button)?

  • Ryan

    I upgraded friday from a g1. I had my g1 rooted with a custom 2.2 rom and it ran great for a almost 2 year old phone but this samsung runs great and I’m glad I upgraded. The screen is amazing! All the minor negatives I’ve found have already ben said, but as stated are minor. I like that it comes with swype and sims 3 is addicting.my biggest annoyance is that most people think it is an iphone at first glance (even though it says t-mobile and samsung pretty big on the screen.

  • Ryan

    I upgraded friday from a g1. I had my g1 rooted with a custom 2.2 rom and it ran great for a almost 2 year old phone but this samsung runs great and I’m glad I upgraded. The screen is amazing! All the minor negatives I’ve found have already ben said, but as stated are minor. I like that it comes with swype and sims 3 is addicting.my biggest annoyance is that most people think it is an iphone at first glance (even though it says t-mobile and samsung pretty big on the screen.

  • Ryan

    I upgraded friday from a g1. I had my g1 rooted with a custom 2.2 rom and it ran great for a almost 2 year old phone but this samsung runs great and I’m glad I upgraded. The screen is amazing! All the minor negatives I’ve found have already ben said, but as stated are minor. I like that it comes with swype and sims 3 is addicting.my biggest annoyance is that most people think it is an iphone at first glance (even though it says t-mobile and samsung pretty big on the screen.

  • Tracy

    I love mine, but one major issue (which maybe I just haven’t found the correct setting for yet…) When I’m on a call, I keep accidentally muting or hanging up on the person. I can’t seem to lock the screen while on the call in spite of the fact that it is constantly locking itself while I’m browsing a web page (I guess that’s a second issue)

    I changed the locking to timeout after a minute rather than 30 seconds so that it won’t be so annoying, but it still times out a lot. But I can deal with that for all the other pluses, just don’t want to keep muting people because my face is close to the touch screen!

    I can put it on speaker to avoid this but that’s not always convenient when I’m in public…

    • Sari

      Tracy, I have EXACTLY the same problem, and was similarly frustrated by phone unlocking during call but locking while I try to browse the web. I think you and I were the only ones! Finally found the problem (I think) after an hour with tech support. The proximity sensor (upper left) has to be near your face for the phone to stay locked. I was holding it away from my face so as to be careful not to hit buttons on screen with my face. Ha! That’ll teach me to be cautious. Brief tests lead me to believe holding more closely will help. I’ll find out for sure after a few more calls.

  • Tracy

    I love mine, but one major issue (which maybe I just haven’t found the correct setting for yet…) When I’m on a call, I keep accidentally muting or hanging up on the person. I can’t seem to lock the screen while on the call in spite of the fact that it is constantly locking itself while I’m browsing a web page (I guess that’s a second issue)

    I changed the locking to timeout after a minute rather than 30 seconds so that it won’t be so annoying, but it still times out a lot. But I can deal with that for all the other pluses, just don’t want to keep muting people because my face is close to the touch screen!

    I can put it on speaker to avoid this but that’s not always convenient when I’m in public…

    • Sari

      Tracy, I have EXACTLY the same problem, and was similarly frustrated by phone unlocking during call but locking while I try to browse the web. I think you and I were the only ones! Finally found the problem (I think) after an hour with tech support. The proximity sensor (upper left) has to be near your face for the phone to stay locked. I was holding it away from my face so as to be careful not to hit buttons on screen with my face. Ha! That’ll teach me to be cautious. Brief tests lead me to believe holding more closely will help. I’ll find out for sure after a few more calls.

  • http://www.google.com Megatron

    I was waiting for the tmobile store to open on release day and have been having a ball with the vibrant. I loved my G1, but needed more processor power and decided to grab the vibrant. I was really dissapointed to find there was no tv out cable in the box with the unit seeing as how samsung touts the tv out as a big feature. Called tmobile and they dont know where to get one from. This actually was a huge selling point for me. Where can I get this cable? I did lose gps signal a lot yesterday when using it for turn-by-turn for the first time. Losing gps signal and the “dropping bars while holding” issues do concern me, but I guess only time will tell how it really affects the usage of the unit. The phone is amazing, totally worth the partial upgrade fee I paid. Just really need that tv out cable…..

  • http://www.google.com Megatron

    I was waiting for the tmobile store to open on release day and have been having a ball with the vibrant. I loved my G1, but needed more processor power and decided to grab the vibrant. I was really dissapointed to find there was no tv out cable in the box with the unit seeing as how samsung touts the tv out as a big feature. Called tmobile and they dont know where to get one from. This actually was a huge selling point for me. Where can I get this cable? I did lose gps signal a lot yesterday when using it for turn-by-turn for the first time. Losing gps signal and the “dropping bars while holding” issues do concern me, but I guess only time will tell how it really affects the usage of the unit. The phone is amazing, totally worth the partial upgrade fee I paid. Just really need that tv out cable…..

  • http://AndroidSpin Jason Bowdach

    Great writeup. Ive had mine for 2 days, and I love it :-) Just had some minor market issues after rooting, but a full wipe helped w/ that

  • Alex Smith

    Hey Stormy, I have ordered my Vibrant because of this review. Thanks man! Great write up

  • Alex Smith

    Hey Stormy, I have ordered my Vibrant because of this review. Thanks man! Great write up

  • Erin Mason

    When putting Avatar on the larger SD does the short cut still work? I cant seem to get mine to work but i can see that the movie is now on the phone just not able to use short cut. Please help. Thank you!

  • Erin Mason

    When putting Avatar on the larger SD does the short cut still work? I cant seem to get mine to work but i can see that the movie is now on the phone just not able to use short cut. Please help. Thank you!

  • TMO-DUDE

    Hey guys, anyone wondering about avatar here’s what you do. You move the file from the sd card to the phone, you can then put it onto a larger memory card for viewing. Easy enough right? BUT, if you want it to still work with the icon you have to create a file on you sd card name Movie, without this specific file name the icon cannot find the file. Hope that helped.
    Now my question, I am about to mess with it some more but I would love to know if possible, how to have icons for my movies that are on my folder. All I get are black boxes without even names. This is if i go through gallery not files.
    All in all, Android fan, T-Mo employee and this is the coolest phone we have ever launched. Who needs a genius button? Haha!

  • TMO-DUDE

    Hey guys, anyone wondering about avatar here’s what you do. You move the file from the sd card to the phone, you can then put it onto a larger memory card for viewing. Easy enough right? BUT, if you want it to still work with the icon you have to create a file on you sd card name Movie, without this specific file name the icon cannot find the file. Hope that helped.
    Now my question, I am about to mess with it some more but I would love to know if possible, how to have icons for my movies that are on my folder. All I get are black boxes without even names. This is if i go through gallery not files.
    All in all, Android fan, T-Mo employee and this is the coolest phone we have ever launched. Who needs a genius button? Haha!

  • Sonu

    i m using samsung vibrant from last week i found it very good now i dont think so that i need i phon before it i was looking for iphon.but now my search is over on samsung vibrant i have just one question how to improve battery time and tell me how to close the background applications thanx

  • Sonu

    i m using samsung vibrant from last week i found it very good now i dont think so that i need i phon before it i was looking for iphon.but now my search is over on samsung vibrant i have just one question how to improve battery time and tell me how to close the background applications thanx

  • Cool Robert

    Awesome write up! Thanks for the tips! I’m running the black now, and have organized my apps on the home screen using the folder widgets. Very nice!

  • Cool Robert

    Awesome write up! Thanks for the tips! I’m running the black now, and have organized my apps on the home screen using the folder widgets. Very nice!

  • Bob

    Avatar movie may be transferred to new SD card, just copy the entire movie folder from old SD to new SD, worked fine for me

  • Zz

    Question- do you prefer the Samsung Vibrant to MyTouch 3G? Is it a lot faster? I have to decide which to upgrade to between these two phones. I’m switching over from a G1.

  • John

    Question- I want to transfer ringtones from my old sd card I took out of my old cell phone to my new Samsung Vibrant and the sd card does work in it, but I can’t figure out how to get all the ringtones transfered to the samsung vibrant phone. They don’t show up in the ringtone section. Please HELP!!!!

  • sjrudnicki

    I have the Samsung Vibrant and what irritates me is that when you set a background it like zooms in on the picture. Is there any way to fix that?

    • Anthonyblair80

      Yes, download an application from the market called wallpaper wizardrii.
      Once you download, your pictures or wallpaper will be saved to WW. Open WW select picture, hit set, then hit no scroll, or exact and your wallpaper will crop perfectly.

    • Anthonyblair80

      Yes, download an application from the market called wallpaper wizardrii.
      Once you download, your pictures or wallpaper will be saved to WW. Open WW select picture, hit set, then hit no scroll, or exact and your wallpaper will crop perfectly.