A video review of AT&T's newest 3G phones, two ultra-thin Samsungs with all the latest features.
This is a quick look at the new Samsung Ultras for AT&T. We show you how they're the same, and how they're different - both from each other and from a few other Samsungs we've recently reviewed here on Phone Scoop. You can watch the video here:
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I have both the A707 Sync and now the A717. They are both very nice phones and very close in functionality. I find the A717 to be my favorite for a number of reasons. I prefer the sleeker, thinner exterior without the audio controls, the protruding fixed camera, and the over sized external display. The small OLED display near the top, is very discreet and continues the "All Black" theme of the phone. I prefer the D-Pad as it's round instead of the irregularly shaped square on the A707. Another advantage of the 717 is the rotating camera that can be positioned to take pics front, rear or rotated to the closed position, thereby protecting the lens. I have large hands and find the keypad on the A717 easier to use and a bit more positive in the ... (continues)
To me the SYNC looks much nicer than either of these phone. And besides being more aesthetically pleasing, the Sync also benefits from a better key pad and better directional pad as well. Also, the at&t branded SYNC was updated to support Video Share as well (the Cingular SYNC will not). All in all, the SYNC and the A717 operate exactly the same. And with the available external music keys, better key pad & better directional pad, I'll stick w/ the SYNC. And BTW, its like $100 cheaper.
Though the sync has a better directional and button interface, the reception and battery are superior on the a717. And though not apples to apples, the a727 in my opinion had better video quality on cingular video especially when out of 3g area.