Criteria Comments Rating
- Reception and call quality I was in a bad coverage area, so I might not be the best example, but Samsung radios have never really impressed me.
- Display Super AMOLED. Say what you will about pentile, this screen is gorgeous. Especially for its time.
- Battery life Meh
- Camera 5MP camera, but Samsung tends to milk its cameras for what they're worth.
- Ease of use Not a touchwiz fan at all, but I learned Android on this phone. After going Nexus it just feels like a cheap iOS knockoff.
- Design and form factor A bit clunky, but it was the best Android phone with a QWERTY available on Sprint from a long time. Until the Photon Q, this was the QWERTY to get.
- Portability (size / weight) A little clunky and heavy, especially with a case.
- Media support Android supports a lot of media, but i had multiple SD cards get corrupted and wouldn't mount fully which made half the music on them unreadable from my phone.
- Durability The keyboard hinge wasn't the strongest, but so long as you weren't mistreating it it'd last. The keyboard had a tendency to collect condensation.
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) I love Android, but I hat touchqiz
I loved this phone for a long time, but after going with the Nexus S, I couldn't go back from the slimmer phone without a keyboard and the pure Android thing. If you need a physical QWERTY, then this is a great phone, but otherwise, the EVO or Nexus S were probably the better option. It did get multiple phone of the year awards and was voted the best messaging phone of 2011.
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