Samsung Impulse 4G

AT&T this morning announced the Huawei Impulse 4G, a low-end entry into Android and AT&T's "4G" market. Available Sept. 18 for just $29.99 on contract, the Impulse 4G is a 3.8-inch device at the usual 480x800 resolution, running Android 2.2. It's got a 5MP camera on the back with autofocus and flash, and it records video in 720p. Data plans start at $15.

Source: AT&T

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It baffles me that this is considered a "low-end device" now. What does that make my Optimus V? Sub-low-end?

mdoyal1 says:

Umm if this is from Samsung, then why does that article state that this is the first smartphone on AT&T from Huawei..

Brain fart. Fixed.

Saneless says:

That's really not a bad phone it seems for someone who wants something basic.

But can we knock off the whole "Data plans start at $15" nonsense? I doubt any Android phone has used less than 300MB in a month just sitting around.

bduran727 says:

I have an Inspire and I only use 100-120MB...

El Jefe says:

My wife has never used more than 200MB in a month since she got her Droid 2 a year ago.

The Impulse has a low def camera, no 1080p, small screen, out of date OS, etc. You use your phone, every day, all day. Over your contract you will spend about $2000 to own this phone. For about $2100 you could have an Infuse.

The Impulse's total size (volume) is 20% BIGGER than a 4.3" Galaxy S II. For about $2200 you could have had a a SGS2.

hmmm says:

Some of us don't want giant screens. A thicker phone with a smaller height and width will fit in your pocket better than a huge, thin rectangle. Your 20% bigger claim is BS as far as I am concerned. Who cares if it is a little thinner.

The Impulse's total volume is 4.72 x 2.56 x 0.46 = 5.5 in³.

The Galaxy S II is 4.93 x 2.60 x 0.33 = 4.2 in³.

The Huawei is 31% bigger than the SGS2.

Some people want a bigger phone and should get something like the Huawei. Others might say, "No Huawei" and want a smaller phone like the 4.3" SGS2, $99 Atrix, or Infuse.

Get whatever feels best to you. Either way even if you get the most limited data, text, and phone plan AT&T offers you will spend $40 + $15 + $20 or $75 x 24 months. That's $1800. To get as close to unlimited as AT&T offers is $75+$45+$20 or $3,000 over 24 months.

Life is short. If you are spending a couple grand on a phone, get whatever you want. If you want to save money on the Huawei, get it on Cricket for $109 and $55 a month, no contract, unlimited.

Do people really pay $20 a month for text? Google Voice FTW!

mdoyal1 says:

Not everyone cares about having the best specs out there. Most won't even know what version of Android they are running.

meany105 says:

Or for the same price you can get the 4.3", dual core, 1080p 5mp camera, glasses free 3d, THRILL 4G

Oryan says:

It's pretty pathetic that android phones are still coming out with froyo installed. Froyo was pretty great... but it's almost 2 years old. Gingerbread should be standard by now.

El Jefe says:

I don't agree. Froyo was very stable & nearly everyone who has gotten Gingerbread OTA (other than those with Nexus phones) have been reporting a lot of bugs that they didn't have before.

Besides, Gingerbread was more of a cosmetic update & didn't really add anything of real value to the platform. Froyo added Adobe Flash which was HUGE.

I Monarch says:

"Hi, yeah, I think I want the Who-wah-way Im-plus four gee."

-every customer

hmmm says:

Not bad. It's nice the "low end" phones are getting decent screens now. I bet 99% of the population will not be able to tell a difference in speed. Apps are not designed to use dual core blah blah vs lower end processors unless you play 3D intensive games. It is refreshing to see a decent phone with a screen that isn't the size of a tablet.

movieface333 says:

Nice to see Android for the masses. Not everyone has $199 and up to drop on a phone.

maerlim says:

Didn't I just buy this Thrill 4g from Costco (or Amazon) for $29.99? What exactly is a budget phone these days anyway? Isn't it about time for the carriers to stop pretending on the pricing?

Floss82 says:

Y'all thinking about the Samsuck Infuse 4G lol

aaronwe says:

Wow. Nice specs and stock FroYo. Finally a "low-end" phone I can recommend to new smartphone owners.

Gingerbread would've been nice, but I guess you can't get everything for $30.

I wonder what the off-contract price will be? This could be a great "tide me over" phone if you lose/break one before your contract is up.