Check Out The Huge New Android Phone Samsung Just Launched In NYC

infuse 4g

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Samsung officially unveiled the Infuse 4G tonight, a massive 4.5-inch phone running on AT&T’s network.Click here to see photos of the Infuse 4G >

I got some hands on time with the phone tonight (plus some great Mexican treats in honour of Cinco de Mayo) and right off the bat I was pretty impressed.

Forget the 4G. The best part of this phone is the gorgeous 4.5-inch screen. It uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus technology, making video and images pop.

Such a large screen really straddles the line between phone and tablet, and I wouldn’t want to see any other manufacturer try to make a smartphone with a screen larger than this.

Still, the Infuse is incredibly easy to hold. It’s super thin and light, yet feels sturdy.

I only see two downsides so far:

The first is that the Infuse is running Android 2.2 Froyo, an operating system that is already six months out of date.

The second is the 4G speeds from AT&T. I did a few speed tests tonight and downloads usually hovered around 2.5 Mbps. That’s about twice as fast as a really good 3G connection, but nowhere near as fast as the speeds I’ve seen on Verizon’s 4G network.

It’ll still be faster than your current 3G phone, and AT&T’s rep told me tonight that the Infuse can achieve speeds up to 6 Mbps under optimal conditions. I’ll keep testing to find a good average speed.

I’ll have the full, detailed review for the Infuse next week. In the meantime, check out photos of the phone from tonight’s big launch in New York.

The Infuse is huge but light.

There's a special edition of Angry Birds that ships with the phone. It has a bunch of special hidden golden eggs that you can't find in the normal version

Look how thin it is. It feels great

The Infuse is still running Android 2.2 Froyo, an operating system six months out of date

The touch screen is responsive, just like Samsung's other Android phones

Samsung uses its customised skin on top of Android 2.2. There are a lot of neat tweaks like this lock screen

There's also a front-facing camera for video chat

Web browsing is excellent on such a large screen

And like all Android phones nowadays you get GPS, compass, and turn-by-turn navigation

HD video is a delight on the Infuse

The Infuse had a few movie trailers preloaded. Here's Cowboys And Aliens

The Infuse is about as thin as the iPhone 4

But the giant screen makes the iPhone look puny

Here's the 8 MP camera. It shoots 720p HD video

Samsung and AT&T were nice enough to help everyone celebrate Cinco de Mayo with enough Guacamole to feed an army

The Infuse 4G launches on May 15 along with another AT&T phone

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