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Old 04-06-2012, 04:59 AM
Brendan Hugo Brendan Hugo is offline
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Default US Cellular announces the Galaxy S Aviator, its first LTE smartphone

Just as Verizon is starting to sell off Samsung’s Droid Charge, US Cellular has decided to adopt it as its first 4G LTE smartphone. This variant, henceforth known as the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, doesn’t vary much from the Droid Charge. Actually it doesn’t vary at all, far as we can tell. Even the price is the same. While the Aviator is priced at $199.99, for a limited time in “select markets covered by the 4G LTE network,” it will be $99.99—the same price as Verizon’s version.

The Aviator shares the Charge’s midrange 1GHz single-core processor, as well as its 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, and miniscule internal storage—only 1.4GB available. The screen is an easy-on-the-eyes 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, probably running at the same 800 x 480 as the Charge.

Thankfully, these light specs translate into a respectable 6.5 hours of talk time, with 13 days of standby thanks to a 1600mAh battery. And of course you’re getting 4G LTE, and 3G CDMA 800/1900. All this for $99? I wouldn’t complain. My only concern with this phone is its massive list of pre-loaded apps, otherwise known as irremovable bloatware. The 46-item—seriously people?—list is below.

All Share, Amazon Appstore, Amazon Audible, Amazon IMDB, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amazon Shopping, Amazon Zappos, Asphalt 5, Books, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, City ID, Clock, Daily Perks, Downloads, Email, Gallery, Gmail, Google Play, Google Search, HD Game Portal, Latitude, Maps, Media Hub, Memo, Mobile TV, Music, Music Player, My Files, Navigation, Places, Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, QuickOffice, Settings, Talk, Task Manager, Tone Room Deluxe, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Recorder, Voice Search, YouTube, Your Navigator Deluxe.

Is anybody else massively turned off by bloatware? I know you can always root the phone and do some magic, but it would be delightful to have a phone with only the things I put on there. Unlocked bootloaders, when OEMs bother, are nice but the ability to remove bloatware without voiding the warranty would be nicer, and more practical for more users. That said, is there any bloatware that you consider indispensable? That one thing you were really glad was preloaded on your phone?

[US Cellular via PhoneDog]
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