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Preview: Helio Drift

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Nov 10, 2006, 2:50 PM   by Eric Lin

A hands-on preview of the Samsung Drift for Helio, including a demo of Google Maps with LBS and more.

Helio's first two phones were easy to spot from far away - they were models no one had seen in the States before - or since. The Drift is not quite as unique. People probably will not spot you as a Helio user from across the room - unless you have the white or you are using the phone and the screen is on.

The Drift is small rectangle with sides that bulge out slightly so the phone fits more comfortably in the hand. It is a has the familiar shape as many Samsung sliders have a very similar form. While it is certainly thinner than previous Helio handsets, and at least as thin as modern CDMA phones, it not as thin as Samsung's 800 series sliders on T-Mobile or Cingular. And the Drift looks and feels very small. It doesn't take up much space in your hand or your pocket, especially for a feature-packed phone with a QVGA screen.

Although the Drift is entirely plastic, it feels solid. There are no creaks or apparent weaknesses. The slide is smooth and a has a spring assist for a nice snap open or closed.

Helio talked Samsung into changing the navigation keys into a more interesting, and very usable layout. The navigation and number keys have a good feel. They are not hard to press and have a nice click to them. The D-pad is initially stiffer. It is still easy to press but doesn't offer as much of click feeling. The center select button is tiny considering the size of the D-pad and a bit stiff. Sometimes, even when resting your thumb in the hollow of the D-pad where the select key sits, it is not that easy to press.

 

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Eric, is it possible to upload "your own mp3 ringtones" to Drift? narjisse Nov 12, 2006, 10:21 PM
bogus battery life analogs Nov 17, 2006, 12:14 AM
GPS Questions Turrent Nov 23, 2006, 11:38 AM
Web Browser? Scoop3 Nov 21, 2006, 11:51 PM
The MP3 player... zXao Nov 14, 2006, 6:58 PM
About the driving direction... zXao Nov 14, 2006, 6:53 PM
External stereo speakers? zXao Nov 14, 2006, 6:50 PM
Video? Corei Nov 13, 2006, 7:00 AM
"finally" able to...? Invader J Nov 11, 2006, 3:48 PM
Is this review incomplete? Azraelalpha Nov 11, 2006, 7:33 PM
i guess white is no good Jonathanlc2005 Nov 11, 2006, 12:38 AM
 
 
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