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Preview: Samsung Heat

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Mar 8, 2007, 12:53 PM   by Eric Lin

Our video preview of the newest slider for Helio, including a side-by-side comparison with the Drift.

When you first take the Heat out of the box, there is a little instructional sticker on it, as there are on many new phones. I tore it right off thinking it just pointed out where the keys were; which it does. However the sticker also warns you to press and hold the soft keys to reject an incoming call, which I and many others who received review units failed to notice. Learn from our mistake.

The long press to reject a call takes a little while to get used to, but since the touch keys all seem to respond better to a slightly slower, more deliberate press than a regular key, it is not that awkward after adjusting.

 

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The Heat has the exact same software as the Drift, only the body is different. The Heat is narrow and easy to get a grip around when it's closed. Sliding it open is satisfying, as it is sprint loaded, so it opens with a nice pop. Though the touch sensitive keys are still sluggish (even when set to super-sensitive, and yes "super" is actually the setting), the D-pad and numeric keys have a very nice feel and are easy get around. Texting is lightning fast - even faster than on the Drift.

 

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Reception and battery life are both as good as the Drift, which is to say, slightly above average for a CDMA phone. However, the screen is a bit more difficult to read as it is slightly smaller. It is also coated with a dark finish that makes it very difficult to read in sunlight, even at maximum brightness.

 

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We cover some of this, as well as other features in the video, which you can watch here:



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E900 mixtronic Mar 24, 2007, 12:50 AM
Confusing review rocketmax Mar 19, 2007, 7:56 AM
kinda disappointed no memory card slot deeoh1084 Mar 10, 2007, 6:29 PM
 
 
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