Review Of Samsung Moment Cell Phone – SprintCell Phones — on November 12, 2009 at 2:30 am | 1 Comment
Samsung joins the growing fan following of the Google Android, does this phone has something that other Android phones don’t have?
Sum and Substance:
Great keyboard, Good Video and Music Quality, Internet Access, Good Call Quality.
Bad camera, nothing else.
Inside the trunk:
Band- CDMA 800/1900 Dual-band
Phone Design- Slider
Caller ID- Yes
Additional Features- Everything a smart phone has.
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
The Samsung Moment is 2.3 in x 0.6 in x 4.6 in and weighs about 0.4 lbs. The brilliant big display which is 3.2 inches big has 16 million colors and supports a resolution of 320X480. There is accelerometer and proximity sensor and also music player and video. There is WI-FI, USB mass storage, QWERTY keyboard, stereo Bluetooth among the other features.
The Samsung Moment is a downright sexy looking smart phone and it has everything that a smart phone user would desire. The phone is slider phone which has a keyboard beneath it. The keyboard has ample of space between the keys and typing is quite comfortable by the standards of a smart phone. Everything else about the phone rocks!
The first phone to join the Android revolution was the HTC. Samsung is the latest to board ship; the HTC was the first one. Now, OS is not the only thing that seems to have been borrowed from HTC, the looks also seems to be lifted. Yes, the Samsung Moment looks a lot like HTC smart phones.
“Moment” is the first smart phone with Android onboard from the Samsung stables. And this experience seems to have paid off. Samsung seem to have done a thorough market study before making these new set of phones. They have everything that a high end mobile phone user or a smart phone user desires.
This gadget some flaws though and the biggest one of them is the camera feature. Samsung Moment sports a 3.2 mega pixel camera on its back and it is way below par. Firstly phones of this genre now come with 5.0 MP camera. But this one has a 3.2 MP camera and it is something that leaves a stain on the image of the phone. The camera is bland and refuses to offer any options other cameras give. It doesn’t have settings for color effects, a self-timer, a zoom, or image size. All you get it video quality and option to activate camera flash.
The shortage of options is not the only thing that one would complain about the camera. The image quality is quite poor and looks grainy. There is shutter delay too so make sure you hold the phone for a while before you take it away or else the photos would look get damaged.
Talking about lifting ideas from HTC, this one too seems to be one of them. HTC too have a lamentable record when it comes to cameras. Or perhaps Samsung thought that smart phone users don’t take cameras too seriously and as long as cameras take basic photos they would be fine.
The gadget is powered by 800 Mhz processor which is quite fast enough for a smart phone. But there is a bit of sluggishness occasionally. Applications sometimes take a time to open up.
The phone has three buttons below the display and three buttons further below it. The buttons that are right below the display are the home, menu and the back buttons. The buttons are quite laggy and sometimes don’t register hits.
Apart from that there is a full size QWERTY keyboard that reveals itself when you slide out the screen. The keyboard buttons are quite spacious and it is a joy to press those babies and there is no possibility of mishits. There is an option for virtual keyboard too, like in iPhone wherein you can hit the keys on the screen.
There is support for microSD slot but it is not hot swappable, which means that you will have to remove the cover of the battery and dig the card from in there. A hot swappable card feature where in the slot is located on the sides of the phone is better since it is easy to change the cards and access data from there. The phone comes bundled with 2 GB memory card, but the phone supports up to 32 GB of memory.
The contacts feature was something that we were quite happy with. It was quite spacious and lets you add plenty of numbers on a single contact. You can add eight phone numbers, four e-mail addresses, a birthday and an anniversary, four postal addresses, company organizations names, notes and up to eight chat addresses. You can also associate a contact with his photo so his face flashes when the person calls. Assigning different ring tone for different people is also present.
Music and Video of the player lives up to the expectations of the “Samsung” brand quality and is quite good. The Android market gives you the options of purchasing tracks online. Android market also lets you purchase other applications from its store like games and other paid applications. As in other Android phones, you can’t install applications on removable card and the built in memory is all you get to put in the applications. Once you run out of onboard memory you have to delete some of the applications if you want to store some more.
The call quality of the phone was good enough and though a little louder phone would have been better. Listening to other party’s voice in crowded places and buses is a bit of a challenge. The speakerphone is not as good as the headset and you will have to speak close to the phone in order to make your self audible to the other party. There are lots of background voices which can be heard clearly when in speaker phone. Avoid speaker phone as long as possible, head set phone is the best bet.
The Samsung Moment is a good smart phone barring the camera. Everything else about the phone is quite pleasing and it strongly makes it case if you are looking for a phone that comes with all-in-one package. Buy this phone if you are not a shutter bug freak.