In an era of increasing screen real estate, dual-core processors and 3D cameras, the pressure for more features packed into every smartphone seems an irresistible force. But this technological ratchet-up effect is not absolute, and in fact, there are many people who prefer a more pedestrian-unit. One that gives them only an e-mail, social networks and applications to access it without an arm and a leg for hardware, they are not able to pay estimate. It is these people that Samsung is after with his new Smart Gravity, as it will give you a bowl full of Froyo at a bargain price. However, the question remains whether it can be a pleasant Sammy Android to offer a Sub-century price. Read on to find out whether this budget slide a worthy addition to the legion of little green phones, which is activated by the Google bots.
Samsung Gravity Smart Review
Samsung Gravity Smart is the evolution of the seriousness of the company feature phones, and running is the first device in the line to Android. As such, the device has features to follow its predecessor, with a landscape QWERTY keyboard like the Gravity 3, and a capacitive touchscreen like the Gravity T. The smart screen is a 3.2-inch, 480 x 320 screen by Silver T-Mobile and Samsung logos flanked. Also on the front is a black mesh headphones, capacitive buttons for menu, back, and look, plus a tactile home button.
The display is not unusual or paragraph. Viewing angles are quite good – similar to the LCD screen on our daily driver, HTC Thunderbolt – but the colors are compared to high-end displays and washed blacks are not as bleak as what you see on Sammy’s AMOLED displays. Moreover, was the step down into the screen size of the huge 4.3-inch LCD screen on our Thunderbolt on the 3.2-inch panel on the smart-Gravity is a very suitable. We regularly found ourselves want more comfort when reading e-mails and surfing the Internet.
Inside the Gravity Smart packs WiFi 802.11 b / g / n partial (meaning that only speeds of up to 72 Mbps) and Bluetooth radios, as well as quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 1700MHz AWS antennas – no preacher or HSPA 900/2100 UMTS radio here. Our experience is that hardware and handset of the phone’s excellent voice quality – the people we talked to him not difficult to hear us when we have two bars signal or five was, and on our side of the sweet tones of friends and have family came through crystal clear .
In addition to the ebony face, our phone changes with a pink outside (there is a T-Mo phone, after all) dressed. The metal rim around the screen has a satin finish, while offering the matte plastic battery cover and keyboard a comfortable grip. A volume rocker on the left side of the apparatus, while a micro-USB connector and power button on the right side sits. Both the volume and power buttons prick our fingers just enough that they are easy to find (but not as a negative impact on aesthetics) and accurate feedback with each keystroke. Up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack with chrome rings, and on the back is a 3-megapixel shooter, an LED flash, an embossed logo and Samsung to find a tiny speaker dual-slot grille. While the Smart favorable than entry-level Android device, we must say, it’s a nice device, even pink color – the chrome accents are tasteful and add a touch of luxury, and the matte finish is a welcome change from glossy and fingerprint found on other phones, sensitive skin.
Slider – Physical Keyboard
A smart place in the household on the basis of its roots, however, shows the slider mechanism. The movement is muddy and there is no satisfying snap when opening or closing. The inaccuracy in its movement, if we do not exactly trust in the long-term durability, especially when compared with the precision of a rifle bolt depends on the high-end phones like the Xperia Play Droid 2 or considered. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, because there is a spring-loaded case, we easily operated with one hand – just the middle and the mechanism does the rest.
Pushing the slider up shows four rows of the letter of the tests, we found better with Swype or balances have Android keyboard, but Blackberry and Sidekick fans will want the smart grid. Hard to push was met with a short throw and a nice click and touch typists will appreciate the squirrels on the “J” and “F” keys. Unfortunately, we found the key to the rest of the oval to distinguish, and we have often lost among them, so many typos hammer, while resorting e-mails and texts. We would also like Samsung swapped for a set of arrow keys. Although it’s nice looking, e-mail, Internet and Facebook is just to have a tactile hand, we would much rather have the ability to navigate through the text button instead of the touch screen.
As the slide was less than luxurious, the 3-megapixel fixed-focus shooter stores is actually a little above its weight class. Samsung has improved to a point on the camera’s capabilities gradually, equipment, and it shows in the Gravity Smart. There are a variety of institutions – such as white balance, 13 scene modes and exposure compensation – which turn out to take pictures of what you want. Plus, you can trippy to cause a negative image and do some time traveling with photographic black and white or sepia photos. When the light was good, we were able to get the quality of the results from the phone records of the sensor. Video recording was less impressive, as expected, the resolution to 320 x 240, and again there is a limited fixed-focus affair. So, you will not get exactly Spielbergian results, but it works great for capturing YouTube feed.
Software, performance and battery life
As we already said, the Smart-gravity running Android 2.2 skin wrapped in custom TouchWiz from Samsung. The phone is loaded with less bloatware than many phones, but there are still a number of storage applications, which can not be removed – why not follow all the carriers can sprint lead? Remove Under these not the apps are useful (cloud and group SMS courtesy of Bob), playful (Tetris, Bejeweled 2, Uno), and we were able to do without (highlight, a news aggregator and Glympse, you environment and allow you to keep track of your friends). There is also free TeleNav GPS, which is similar to Google Map, but if you pony up $ 2.99 per month for the premium version, you get additional functionality, such as updated as traffic safety camera alerts and traffic information in real time. Overall, the phone offers standard TouchWiz experience you’ve seen elsewhere.
Under the pink facade phone stores the same Qualcomm MSM7227 heart of HTC status, only the CPU clocked at 600MHz, compared to the high-end single-and dual-core silicon with 1 GHz or more found faded. There are also 512 MB of RAM and a 2GB microSD card included, but media experts to allow up to 32 GB disk space than their wallets. The latest silicon is not, and the benchmarks reflect this fact: 588 in quadrant, 9.7 MFLOPS in Linpack, 33fps and 51.7fps in to Nena Mark Neocore. So, while getting the Smart Gravity Angry Birds can not you fix, it is sometimes difficult to hold while we were fighting multiple opponents and magic in Inotia3.
In addition, an attempt is made app shortcuts, and widgets on the home screen, a meeting with a delay of several seconds before the list would lose the choice, and sometimes the phone until the input of commands, which forces us to make the process to do it again. Otherwise, the performance was normal, we experienced some delays sweep between the scenes, but pinch-to-zoom and scrolling while surfing the Internet were pretty slippery.
A company (for a phone of this size) 1500mAh Li-Ion battery provides power for the whole shebang, and showed excellent battery life in the test. With the screen at 50 percent brightness, Wi-Fi and GPS, automatically updated every hour Facebook, Twitter polling every fifteen minutes, and then turned email, we have a little more than seven hours of battery life with a loop video playback at 60 volume percent. When using a normal day to make a few phone calls, photos, web surfing and e-mails, the Smart survived by slightly less than half of the juice. Impressive, especially for our Thunderbolt these strains compared at least once per day.
We think Samsung Gravity is a useful smart handset. Although with Android 2.2 (Gingerbread we ask?) And saddled modest hardware support, the phone offers a relatively pleasant experience. Certainly there are some delays in the operation and the screen is not as dynamic as others we have seen, but it does offer excellent battery life and a physical keyboard – two features that we think is very attractive to many. Throw in a sub-$ 100 price and good looks, and you have a recipe for a good entry-level Android smartphone.