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Review: Samsung A900

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Like all Sprint phones, the A900 allows direct access to any WAP site in addition to the Sprint homepage. Text is clear and easy to read, and even complex WAP pages are drawn accurately. There are three text sizes - the browser defaults to the smallest, which is still large enough to read easily. EV-DO's high data speed and the browser's sharp, accurate results make web access one of the most pleasurable experiences on this phone.

Should you want your news delivered in channels as opposed to browsing and clicking, the A900 also includes "On Demand," an application that delivers the latest in news and sports as well as maps and movie times without constant online access.

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The home screen can be customized with wallpapers either from a default list, from the photo albums, or downloaded from Sprint. It can also be customized with an additional clock or calendar. There are also a variety of clocks one can choose for the external display. The main menu can be customized with two "themes" that highlight the selected item either in silver-blue or bright blue. The only other customization available on the A900 is the size and color of the font that dialed numbers are displayed in.

The default ringers are a rather pleasant, albeit predictable, set of polyphonic tones, ranging from the space age to the ring of a traditional phone. Sprint has an extensive store of music ringtones from which you can purchase something more modern, though purchase is the wrong word. Ringtones only last for 90 days, so you actually rent, not buy, them.

You cannot customize the A900 with your own files. There is no way to transfer pictures or mp3s from a computer to the phone. The phone rejects mp3s and jpegs sent over Bluetooth, and does not allow users to add files to the phone when connected via USB.

File Management

Imagine the shock when we opened the "My Content" application from the main menu and saw only 11 MB of available memory. In a rather confusing move, the A900 divides the memory into two separate portions, managed from within two separate places. 11 MB is devoted to customization content downloaded from Sprint's store. The rest of the available memory is dedicated to music downloads, pictures and video, which is managed from the photo albums and media player applications.

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