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Samsung Infuse 4G review

The Infuse 4G is a huge phone, but is it a huge success?

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Our Verdict

The Inspire 4G is a niche phone, but anyone who values a large screen and a good camera should be tempted.

For

  • Killer display
  • Excellent camera
  • Extra screen real estate
  • Decent battery life

Against

  • Mediocre build quality
  • Not really "4G"
  • Outdated software

The Samsung Infuse has an LED flash and an 8MP camera, which looks similar - if not identical - to the one found on the Galaxy S II. It's no real surprise as the camera-flash combination on the back looks awfully similar to that found on the S II as well.

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The camera performed admirably in low-light tests, and Auto focus works well, even with some macro shots. It was a bit inconsistent, sometimes focusing on things as close an inch, other times fumbling with the focus at over two inches away.

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Fortunately, settings allow you to change the focus mode from Auto focus, to Macro, to Face detection - each of which works best for their intended purposes. What you won't find in Settings, however, is the ability to take photos with the physical buttons.

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That's because they're already delegated to their own tasks. Pressing the volume buttons up or down digitally zooms the camera, and pressing the power button on top locks both the volume buttons and touchscreen buttons, to prevent you from ruining a shot with the slip of a thumb.

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While lots of phones come touting great looking 8MP sensors with LED flash, less ditch the crappy front-facing VGA camera for video chats. The Samsung Infuse 4G delightfully changes things up with a 1.3MP front-facing camera, which looks clearer, if a tad less warm, than VGAs.

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The camera app also comes with a slew of virtual goodies, including settings for composite and panorama shots, as well as guidelines, and a slider for exposure value. Suffice it to say, the Infuse 4G's powerful camera was one of our favorite features of all.