Complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, upstart carrier MetroPCS has unveiled its first-ever 4G LTE phone– the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. The Android-powered device is MetroPCS’s follow-up to the Samsung Craft, the first LTE phone on the market.
The phone’s most distinguishing feature seems to be its typing capabilities. There is a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as two touch keyboards and Swype technology, which allows users to form words by swiping their fingers across the screen.
The glossy black Indulge sports rounded edges and a 3.5 inch touch screen. The actual body is .6 inches thick, 5.2 inches long by 2.4 inches wide, and weighs a durable 5.4 ounces. The phone’s array of physical buttons include a menu, home screen, back button, and Google search. A 3.2 megapixel camera is located on the back of the phone and the camera shutter is on the right side.
The screen itself is powered by Google’s Android 2.2 operating system and a Hummingbird processor. Like all Android 2.2 phones, the Indulge boasts that slick pinch-to-zoom feature.
According to CNET, the Indulge’s battery life leaves much to be desired, and is arguably its least appealing characteristic. Its steep price tag ($399) may also intimidate some potential customers.
Despite minor flaws, the Samsung Indulge is shaping up to be a sleek and useful Smartphone. A dark horse is always fun, and it is certainly enjoyable when a relatively small network like Metro PCS comes along and tries to beat the big boys (Verizon, AT&T, et al) to the LTE punch.