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Review: Samsung Continuum

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The Samsung Continuum is a fine phone, but also an example of lost potential. The phone has many of the great traits of the other Samsung Galaxy S phones, like a fantastic sAMOLED screen, but it can't quite live up to the Galaxy S name because it tends to underperform, both in terms of navigating the phone and its apps and features, and also in terms of networking speed and performance. I fear the ticker might be to blame, since it splits the phone's attention between two screens.

The ticker could be a very useful tool, and with more apps and features available, it might even be worth some of the sacrifice in performance. It certainly drained the battery faster than other Galaxy S phones, and it could be overwhelming if you let Twitter and Facebook run rampant with constant updates. But finely tuned to your preferences, it's nice for updates and previewing incoming messages, and very useful when combined with the music player or the driving navigation. There's a lot that Samsung could do to take advantage of the ticker, so I hope they don't abandon development for it.

I have no problem recommending this phone as a convenient, fun device for social networking fans. The camera takes great pictures, and most of the features really deliver. But this isn't a superphone like the rest of the Galaxy S lineup, so if you're looking for a top notch Android experience, you'll be happier elsewhere.

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