Ahh the beloved slider/keyboard phone, how long I have searched for one that didn't suck entirely, and this one certainly does the job. Among the limited few smart/slider phones out there, I'd say this one is the top of the pick.
To begin I'd like to point out that it's almost October 2016 and I literally bought the phone a week ago, brand new and factory sealed, from the US (I'm in Canada) and with the shipping it only cost me around 130$. For others in Canada you should be aware that T-Mobile doesn't actually have a Canadian branch so we can't use them as a carrier. The device will only work with a GSM network, not CDMA, meaning our choices are somewhat limited. Rogers & Fido are the 2 definite options, and Sprint has some regions with GSM as well.
On to the phone itself; the Samsung/T-Mobile preloaded apps and whatnot are ABSOLUTE garbage all around. When I got the device I didn't immediately go into the process of rooting and flashing a custom ROM, I wanted to see what it did out of the box instead. What it did was insult me. With a paid battery saver App I've been using a long time on my tablet, the phone fully charged and on sleep mode gave me less than 20hrs battery expectancy. So the onboard nonsense makes this phone very unimpressive....
2 days later I got annoyed, root & CM rom, battery life is now more than doubled and the entire phone runs a ton smoother. I use a paid version of CameraZoom, so I can't speak to the basic camera function, but pictures are quite nice and the flash is good and bright. The touch-screen is responsive without being over-sensitive, and the display itself is impressive considering the resolution. The keyboard is decent, although the buttons feel very undersized compared to the physical dimensions of the keyboard itself.
All in all, this is an excellent device for anyone looking for a smart/slider, so long as you root & ROM out of the box. Far as I'm concerned, I now have the keyboard I love, the smartphone I wanted, and a price my wallet can smile about.
I will be receiving this device in a few days(free)..I advise anyone that ''still'' has this phone,to go on XDA forums and upgrade this device (Kitkat) or all the way up to Lollipop 5.0.2....
Was thinking of dumping this phone for a new one because it was having some issues. However, that would've been a foolish mistake since I haven't found another phone that I like better. So I took a chance ...
With CM12 aka Lollipop 5.0.2, this phone is extremely quick transitioning between apps. Everything works to date with the custom ROM except the GPS. I don't use GPS anyway, so for me, a great phone just got better!
brdpdrsn, 23 Apr 2015Ten,
First of all, probably you can not find a brand new Relay, because it was produced for ... moreThank you for answer me.
Well i know there's a few versions out there.
1) I found Consumer Cellular, sell the Relay 4G, have a lot in stock; but they force me to have a plan with them at least 30 days, and that's something i don't want to do, because if i order this phone i'll have this in my hands in a week or two. Besides that ConsumerCellular, can give you an unlock code after the 30 days. So that's what stop me from buying from them, i was going to..
2)Cell2Get.com , has another ones in stock, i don't know if you guys knows that webpage, it's secure? They sell new in box sealed devices? or they refurbished?
I really need to buy a Qwerty keyboard with the same specs or better to be able to work in SouthAmerica. We have all the GSM 2G/3G 850/1900mhz and 4G LTE 1900mhz.
Please someone knows where i can get a couple of Relays new..? Most of you will say Ebay, but Ebay doesn't have much anymore, and besides they have been used a lot, so..
Ten, 20 Apr 2015Hi guys. I have a few questions about this phone.
a)Where can i buy this new? I know it's a... moreTen,
First of all, probably you can not find a brand new Relay, because it was produced for only Tmobile and only in USA in limited numbers.The phone released on 2012, which means it is almost impossible to find a new one. It is a GSM smartphone you can use it in South America, in Europe, wherever you want.
Second, there is not any difference between Relay and Relay 4G. Same phone different names.
Third, if you buy an used one you can unlock it by yourself. Just go to xda, you will find your answer there. But you have to be on Android 4.0. (I know lot of work but it does worth.)
Hi guys. I have a few questions about this phone.
a)Where can i buy this new? I know it's almost impossible. But it doesn't matter if it's in US or Europe, or Maybe Asia, but i need the GSM version, because i'm planning to use this in SouthAmerica(Movistar/Claro).
b) What's the difference between Samsung Galaxy S Relay vs Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. I found online people mention both of them. What is the GSM version? They're the same? both are unlockable?
c) Can i unlocked myself? Where i can find the code?
Anonymous, 18 Dec 2014Please I just got this phone. Pls I am having issues with the hotspot. It does not turn on so ... moreI had same problem. App "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot" from "core technology" worked for me.
Anonymous, 18 Dec 2014Please I just got this phone. Pls I am having issues with the hotspot. It does not turn on so ... moreYou can't use the hotspot using stock firmware as it's set to disable. you need to use third party software or root your phone and use custom firmware like CyanogenMod if you want to get that working
The Samsung galaxy relay will not let me end calls or even turn on the screen when its making a call. How can i fix this?
Please I just got this phone. Pls I am having issues with the hotspot. It does not turn on so I can not use it. Please how do resolve it
abimbaola, 27 Sep 2014i switched to this phone from a blackberry torch and immediately noticed how painfully slow th... moreRoot and remove boat. Get custom rom from xda and rejoice as you will have a phone as fast as newer phones at a quarter of the price. And this is the last of the qwertys.
i switched to this phone from a blackberry torch and immediately noticed how painfully slow the phone is. i bought it for the qwerty keyboard but now use the swype feature and hardly ever use the qwerty.
the phone is just so painfully slow! switching between apps is a study in patience. i'm never enthusiastic about doing a quick search for a contact, etc... it all takes way too long. i'm sure not all samsungs or android phones are like this - makes me wonder.
Has anyone had problems with screen going blank? I need to get the screen on so i can retrieve text messages from its memory. Ive tried plugging it in to a desk top and everything comes out except the text messages. Does anyone know where i can get it fixed without resetting its memory so i dont lose the text messages i need as evidence In court. Please anyone??
Shizzuka, 07 Sep 2014Does any one know what band this phone is? Is it single, dual, tri or quad band? I wan to b... more Sold as a "T-Mobile" Phone (in the U.S.A.)I have one, and I am very fond of its qwerty key board and extrodinary capabilities...I highly recommend this device.
Does any one know what band this phone is? Is it single, dual, tri or quad band?
I wan to buy this to you in the uk.
It's a nice phone, not obsolete what-so-ever. Put liquidsmooth on it and it becomes even nicer. http://forum.xda-developers.co...hp?t=2700494
I dont know why everyone else complains so much about a phone.
I guess reviews are the place you get to vent about negative stuff about your phone
Ive had my Galaxy Relay for more than a year and its been a really good buddy of mine. I wouldn't mind upgrading but as for right now, this phone is apt for my daily life :)