September 3, 2014

The Galaxy S Aviator has landed on the shelves of US Cellular

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LTE, LTE, LTE… US Cellular can finally turn the page from the standard 3G offering into the latest and greatest 4G network. With the arrival of the Galaxy S Aviator, the companies first LTE smartphone, now US Cellular customers are really able to “fly” around the web. Available for a mere $99 after MIR, it seems to be priced just right for what it’s able to do. Of course you need to be eligible for upgrade or sign up as a new customer to get this price.

Highlighted features:

  •          Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
  •          4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen
  •          8 megapixel rear-facing camera
  •          Front facing webcam
  •          HDMI port
“We are excited to bring our customers our first 4G LTE smartphone to help them get more done in less time,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “The faster downloading and browse and talk function make it the go-to device for customers who depend on their smartphone to keep up with their busy schedules.”
While it seems a bit under powered for being hyped as their first 4G LTE Smartphone, the hardware seems to be a mix of specifications ranging several devices over the past year or two.  A single core Hummingbird cpu is reminiscent of the Nexus S, as-is the Gingerbread OS (Android v2.3) running on it. Dual cameras are a welcomed “must-have” feature for many users wishing to video chat or hangout on google plus. The 512mb of RAM is fairly disappointing, but at least users will have 1.4GB of internal storage which brings me back to the “mixture of specs” I pointed out earlier.
Is this device brand new? 1 year old? or 2 years old?  It’s hard to say! Let us know what you think in the comments below.