Samsung Vibrant :: Review - Amzer Jelly Silicone Skin Case For Vibrant

Aug 10, 2010

I was really hoping to save 55% off the cost of the Tmobile Gel Case but alas it was not to be. When my wife saw the case installed on the phone she said "what the heck?" That's because the case fits the Vibrant unevenly. And it doesn't wrap around the bezel fully.

Here is my review:
The Amzer "Silicone Skin Case" is completely unacceptable to me in terms of fit, feel and function. The Vibrant is a top of the line, expensive and amazing device deserving of quality accessories. This case is basically junk and not commensurate with the quality or value of the Vibrant.

First the fit: It slides onto the Vibrant easily enough (too easily in fact - it feels like it might fall off) and the cutouts are all lined up with the camera, USB, etc. However, the case barely fits around the bezel and it fits the face of the phone unevenly so you can see the bezel on one side but not the other side. The last point about the fit is that the phone feels like it could pop out of the case if you squeezed the sides; this is a very unsettling feeling. A case should make you feel more secure not less and it shouldn't detract from the quality appearance of this device.

Second, the feel: The case feels much too thin along the sides, the corners feel nice and thick as they should be to protect the phone. The sides however offer little in the way of protection. It just feels cheap and not nearly thick enough to offer much protection.

Third, the function: I bought a case to protect the phone from damage in the event it is dropped. I want protection around the bezel and the sides and back of the phone. The Amzer case only seems to protect the Vibrant on the corners where this case is thicker. I feel like if I dropped the phone and it landed on the side there would be little to prevent the phone from being damaged.

Needless to say I was disappointed when I tried the Amzer on my Vibrant this afternoon. So much so that I immediately called Amazon to arrange for its return. I have the Gel Case from Tmobile which by comparison is vastly superior although 55% more in price.

In this case you get what you pay for. And I do not want to skimp on protection a device as valuable as the Vibrant. Let's see, save $6 on a case for a $500 phone? No way, not when it's ugly when installed, feels cheap and insecure in the hand, and offers less protection. The Tmobile case fits snugly, wraps evenly around the bezel, is thicker to better protect the phone in the event of an impact.

I give this case 1 out 5 stars. The Tmobile Gel Case gets 4.5 stars.

Samsung Vibrant :: Review - Amzer Jelly Silicone Skin Case For Vibrant


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Before, I was using Home++, and was unhappy with the amount of lag I was experiencing. Even with OneClickLagFix, Home++ was laggy. I've tried numerous different home menus, and thought Home++ was the best I was going to get. I'm glad I found LauncherPro.

The feature I liked the most is the dock on the bottom. As you look at the pictures I've provided, you'll notice the dock changes on each photo. You have the option to set the number of docks you want, up to 3. The dock floats, and you can slide through the docks on any screen. I like this because I dont like having all my applications scattered across my home screen. LauncherPro comes with the option to use their custom icons for applications, rather than the default icons. I used LauncherPro icons for my main dock, and default icons for the other 2 docks. You have the option to display the number of unread messages or unread emails. You can see below, I have 2 unread emails.

On my default home screen (screeenshot1.jpg), I've got the Google search widget, Clock widget (free on market), Weather (weatherchannel app free on market), Battery Watcher (free on market) and Signal Strenght widget (free on market). You'll notice I have no applications on my home screen (as mentioned before). All the applications are on my dock. You'll notice that the google search bar doesn't take up a whole row like it normally does. LauncherPro allows you to resize your widgets. Just long click the widget you want to resize, and a resize box will appear. Resize is another one of my favorite features.

I have 3 home screens on my Vibrant, however you can have up to 7. On the screen above, I used the LauncherPro Messages widget. This widget posts all my text messages so I can read and reply to them. To reply, just click on the message you want to reply to. I also have the Power Control widget on the bottom.

On the screen above, I used the LauncherPro Facebook Widget. I find this widget a lot more easy to navigate than the default facebook widget. I resized the widget, because the default takes up the whole screen. I added the Pandora widget to the bottom. Pandora is free on the market.

Finally, the above picture is my application drawer. You'll notice towards the bottom, the applications look like they're folding into space. This is a beta option on LauncherPro, may not work so smooth on some phones. It works great with my Vibrant. It reminds me of the Star Wars introduction. You also have a home key option.

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I have had my new Vibrant since Tuesday, September 21st. And I have had ample time to play around with it and explore alot of its nuances and quirks. So I believe I can give a pretty extensive and in-depth assessment of how it rates.

Before I begin, I would like to point out a couple of things:

1. My previous phone was a G1, which was my very 1st "smartphone". So the Vibrant is only my second. I point this out because I have no way to compare it to the MyTouch or Cliq or any other smartphone.

2. To tie into the 1st point, people who are just realizing the awesomeness of a smartphone, or the Android OS in general, may find this review more enlightening than smartphone vets that have tried several others.

3. Throughout this review, I will try and touch on some of the complaints that keep popping up on the forums (poor battery life, etc.)

4. I apologize in advance for the length of this post! I will try to make it an interesting read.

LET'S GET TO IT!

HARDWARE>>>

WOW!!! This phone is super-lightweight. But it does NOT feel cheap or plasticky to me at all. I do admit that, for me, the power/lock button on the right side took some getting used to. Sometimes it's hard to press. The USB slot being placed on the top is different, but it is not something that will detract from enjoying the device. The volume rocker on the left side is a little tricky also for me, but that's just me.

The infamous "camera with NO FLASH"... I have never had a camera with flash, but I can tell you that the pictures the Vibrant takes look pretty amazing to me! The colors are nice and vibrant, and the focus selection works very well. Low-light pics look very good also. Comparing the Vibrant's pictures to my regular camera's pics, the Vibrant's 5MPs get the job done comparatively very well. I say the camera is fantastic, and you will be proud to show off the pics it takes.

The Swype "keyboard" is hardware, I suppose. So I will put that here. Swype is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen! Definitely the coolest thing I have ever seen on a mobile phone. Even when you TRY to make a mistake, Swype may STILL get your word right! It is hard to imagine without going into a store near you and trying it out like I did. Swype is not Vibrant exclusive. But I think it deserves special mention because of how it so drastically changes texting and whatnot, which of course is HUGE with the teenagers! (Me too, to be honest)

As far as the Super AMOLED screen. 5 words... UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE. Movies, pictures, wallpapers. They all look stunning. I usually am a firm believer in screen protectors (my Zune HD, my old G1, my old PSP, etc.). But when I saw how much it reduced the quality of the Vibrant's gorgeous display, I yanked that sumbich off with the quickness! Trust me, the screen is a huge draw!

CALL QUALITY>>>

This is one area that I am truly surprised about. For me, my G1 had noticeably BETTER call quality than my Vibrant! I am still trying to figure out what may be the culprit, because I refuse to believe that this is supposed to be the case. Will update when I get some more insight on this matter...

USER INTERFACE/GUI>>>

As I stated from the beginning, this is only my 2nd smartphone. So I do not have experience with Blur or Sense or previous iterations of TouchWiz. Having said that, I found TouchWiz 3.0 to be quite intuitive and fun to use. Its behavior is very snappy, thanks to the Hummingbird 1ghz processor I'm sure. For the average user, it will make the Vibrant a very good experience.

Now, having said THAT, I am a bit of a tinkerer and a personalization freak. So I downloaded LauncherPro and upgraded to Plus. I HIGHLY recommend this App for anyone who wants to make their Vibrant their own. And as far as I'm concerned, that should be everyone. An open source OS like Android is all about tweaking, isn't it? Isn't that one of the main reasons you chose this phone, and Android?

BATTERY LIFE>>>

If you are like me, and you researched on Internet forums, then you know that the battery life has been a very hot topic. Here's what I have found...

Look up "conditioning battery". The Vibrant uses a Lithium-Ion battery. Conditioning is NOT a myth or a scam. It is 100% true and impressively effective! I conditioned it the 1st nite I had it, so I can't speak on the effects that had versus pre-conditioning. But I did notice some of the things others have spoken of in forums.

1. Battery starts draining almost immediately after unplugging from a fresh full charge. Drops 5-10% in a matter of minutes.

2. Battery indicator in notification bar is not accurate compared to readings in "Settings".

For my 1st week, the battery life seemed to be ok. But I definitely had to be mindful of my settings (screen brightness, wireless settings, 2G vs. 3G, etc.). And that's just the way it is. You have to realize, THIS IS A HANDHELD COMPUTER!!! It just happens to make calls also! That's why you bought it, because it does everything your PC does, and more in some cases! It uses battery to do all of that awesome stuff.

But not all hope is lost, I found. Last nite (Tuesday), a week after I first got my phone, I conditioned it again. It died COMPLETELY (MAKE SURE you keep powering it back on until it does not power on anymore; completely dead) at about midnite. It was fully charged about 3 AM, so appx. 3 hours with the supplied wall charger. I used it for about 3.5 hours, and left it plugged in during that time. Dramatic difference! Before, if I would have had my phone on constantly from 7 AM until now (almost 6 PM), it would most surely be plugged in somewhere.

In these 11 hours, I have sent a couple of texts, made some phone calls, downloaded several apps from the Market, and played some games. I have even had Wi-Fi on, albeit briefly to download the Market apps. I am at 72% charge left, 10 hours 54 mins since unplugged. To me, that is a HUGE improvement! I will update this review when I condition it a 3rd time and run more accurate tests.

VERDICT>>>

I am a technophile. Technology, especially the newest and the greatest and the most advanced, excites me greatly. I do like to have the newest and shiniest toy on the block. And I can say this without pause..The Samsung Vibrant is one of the most exciting pieces of technology I have ever owned. Sure, it has a few quirks, and it takes some getting used to because of how powerful and versatile it is. But so does ANY piece of new technology, bar none. DO NOT make the mistake of giving this phone up if you get one that doesn't seem to perform very well. Do yourself a favor, and consider an exchange or something. STAY WITH THE VIBRANT!!! Check in the Market to see if an app can help you and your particular case or problem.

I know I'm probably leaving some things out. When I think of them, I will add them in other posts in this thread. ENJOY YOUR NEW VIBRANT!

Oh, and one last thing.....

DO NOT USE A TASK KILLER!

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