When HTC EVO 4G came out, everyone was in awe as it not only it came with 4G it came with a whole host of power packed specs. Nevertheless, people decided to wait for its price to drop so they could also get hold of that beast. However, with time things change. Samsung has now released the Samsung Conquer 4G which is dubbed to the first budget 4G device.
Much to our delight, the Samsung Conquer 4G runs on the Android v.2.3.4 Gingerbread. However, it gives you mostly stock Android experience which is not necessarily a bad thing. There are some preloaded softwares, but what some people may not like is the fact that these softwares can’t be uninstalled. Some of the softwares provided are, ThinkFree Office, Adobe Flash and Qik. Nevertheless, since Samsung has been generous enough to leave behind half a gig of free memory on the phone, this means you still have ample of space of other apps. The phone also comes with Swype for your typing pleasure. The Samsung Conquer 4G as we mentioned earlier relies on stock Android stuff, which means the same goes for its music and video players. Say you have a Music Beta account, then you could be streaming music via the cloud or use the 32GB memory card in which you could store all your songs. Playing videos in Xvid, H.264 or MPEG-4 format was not a problem, but the same cannot be said for DivX videos.
Back to where we left off with the screen on the Samsung Conquer 4G, it is a 3.5 inch TFT display with 16M colors, which means it’s not your usual 4 inch screen that we see these days. With a resolution of only 320 x 480, it’s really a downer given the fact that Samsung is known for its AMOLED screens. However, using a phone with a smaller screen was a not so bad after all. It allowed us to use the phone comfortably with just one hand as the smaller screen means we could reach across the phone with our thumb.
Being a 4G phone means data and connectivity on this phone is going to come under some scrutiny. So from what we observed, the 4G speeds on the Samsung Conquer 4G was in par with the HTC EVO 3D and the MOTOROLA Photon 4G. It also obviously comes with 3G support as well as Wi-Fi b/g/n support. The stock Android browser did a good job too. Given the processing speeds this phone has got, the double tap to zoom and pinch to zoom both worked flawlessly. Even flash content loaded without a problem.
Moving on to phone performance, the Samsung Conquer 4G has to be one of the best phones in terms of call quality. People on the other end were impressed at how clear our voices were and at the same we could hear them well too. The battery on the other hand gives you about 6 hours of talk time. However, you can go a few days without needing a recharge with light usage.
Pros and Cons
Display could have had better resolution especially since the screen was already a bit small to begin with. The camera didn’t do too good under low light conditions.