Review: Samsung A900
The A900 offers the choice of four digital and four analog clock faces for the external display. Each is high contrast and maximizes use of the space, making it easy to tell the time with just a quick press of the volume rocker to turn the screen on. The small digital readout and choice of large clocks for the home screen make the A900 a useful watch even if the flip is open.
The A900 supports both headset and handsfree Bluetooth headsets. It also supports Object Exchange, although this is limited. The A900 will accept VCARDs to add contacts, however it will not accept files such as pictures or music clips. The gallery application has a menu entry to send pictures using Bluetooth, however despite various efforts and software updates, we were unable to get this feature to work.
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The A900 managed a repectable 2309 on JBenchmark's MIDP 1.0 test and 133 on their 2.0 test. These scores are an improvement over Sprint's high-end lineup from last quarter, however they are still behind many high-end GSM handsets.
The A900 comes with the typical array of tools and extras. The alarm clock allows you to schedule three separate alarms with a a variety of repeat options. It does not work if the phone is powered off. The phone also includes an easy to use calculator, datebook and voice memo and memo pad.
Like all Power Vision EV-DO phones, the A900 offers access to the Sprint Music store. It comes with a stereo headset and playback control buttons are accessible beneath the external display. The music store is easy to use and playback from the phone is equally easy. Unlike ringtones, when you buy a song (for the same price) from the music store, you own it for good. However purchased songs cannot be used as ringtones.