Review: Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G Features Free Digital TV

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G LTE has a colorful screen and attractive build quality. The power key and volume bar are conveniently located on the right side, within easy reach.

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The back battery cover is coated with a fingerprint repelling matte-black finish. The thin back battery cover, when removed, exposes a 16GB microSD card and a LTE SIM card, which is accessible without having to deal with the phone’s 1,600mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G boasts an 8-megapixel camera which provides clear, sharp indoor shots, even under fluorescent lighting.  Similarly, outside shots come out colorful and bright.

Rather large and bulky, the Galaxy S Lightray 4G has a slow processor and an old Android OS. Also, only 4 channels are available–in New York, for instance–with its Dyle TV service,those being FOX, NBC, qubo children’s programming, and Telemundo Spanish-language programing. And,the phone’s HDMI port blocks Dyle video output to compatible TV sets.

It’s powered by a somewhat archaic single-core 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, complemented by 1.37GHz of internal memory which makes for a bit of a sluggish experience when simply flipping through the home screens and opening apps.

Taking into consideration the Galaxy S Lightray 4G’s cumbersome size, slow processor speed, dated OS and limited TV service offerings it’s probably just not worth its $460 price tag.



  • First U.S. phone that tunes into free digital TV
  • All-plastic construction
  • Speedy hotspot capabilities within the network (Metro PCS)
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen
  • 1GHz processor
  • Access to Dyle Mobile TV’s on-the-go entertainment service
  • Cost – $460
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Seven home screens to choose from . Fill with your favorite widgets and app shortcuts
  • Right out of the box, it comes with icons to launch apps for the Dyle TV service
  • Rhapsody Music
  • M Studio ringtone and music store
  • Shortcuts for the Metro PCS app store and Google Play Store
  • Google’s staples – Gmail, Navigation, Talk, Play Books, and YouTube all preloaded
  • Basic music and video players
  • Retractile antenna

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