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Review: Samsung Continuum

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The Samsung Continuum has a well-appointed music player with plenty of sound enhancement options. If you dig through the settings menu, you'll find preset equalizers for Dance, Pop, Jazz, etc. There is also an effects menu that gives you stereo widening, adds reverb for concert hall effects, or kicks the bass up a notch. These settings are worth playing with. Some of them made my music sound better, though some had little or an adverse effect. On the main music player screen, for instance, there's a 5.1 channel 'surround sound' button, but it's really more of a 'make your music sound awful' button.

It was very easy to control the music on the phone. There are no music player widgets for the homescreen, not even the stock Android widget, but this wasn't a problem because most of the time I used the music controls in the ticker. I wish you could start playing music from the ticker, but you have to open the player and hit the play button first, and then the music controls appear. A widget would be more accommodating.

Getting music onto the phone was a chore. Connected via USB, the Continuum would not show up on my computer either as a mass storage device or with the music sync feature. We've tested two Continuum review units, and both have these problems. These USB problems have been an ongoing issue with the last few Samsung devices I've used. I copied my music files to the microSD card using an adapter, and then the music player had no trouble scanning the card and finding my music. Thank goodness the card isn't located under the battery, so I don't have to restart the phone every time I want to retrieve my pictures or add music to my library.

 

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