The first review of the first LTE phone in America. Can the Samsung Craft on MetroPCS answer its WiMAX rivals in the marketplace today? Read more to find out.
As you may know, we’ve moved to a more fast-paced review format. As such, this may be our shortest review ever. Don’t buy this phone. Period.
The Samsung Craft is purely a test mule phone for MetroPCS. It’s a great device for helping MetroPCS engineers establish protocols, make sure activation systems work, and get their 4G network up and running. However, it also gives LTE a horrible first impression with the United States.
This is a BREW feature phone, with just about everything interesting neutered. No tethering. No apps that deliver a compelling 4G experience. Not even an Opera Mini-grade web browsing experience. We’re not sure why Wi-Fi made it into this phone.
The lack of fallback to EVDO is even more sickening. MetroPCS’s 4G network, from our experiences over the past 24 hours, means you’ll be falling back to 1xRTT-only… a lot. All the time. Walking across streets. It reminds us of AT&T Wireless’s GSM network rollout. It’s really dismal.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing technically defective about this resistant-touch screen feature phone. Calls work, Bluetooth works, apps work. But there’s nothing that justifies this phone’s existence either. You’d be much better off buying any other phone on MetroPCS right now. With no contracts, there’s no need to suggest getting this phone just for the better network. And, we expect the price on this phone to crater as soon as there is a compelling LTE device on MetroPCS.
Like we said, this was going to be a fast review.
Pros: It has LTE
Cons: It has no reason to use LTE
Rating: Editor’s Choice – Good Buy – Mediocre - Do Not Buy