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Review: Samsung SYNC

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Replying to:  nice phone by undrgrnd   Dec 28, 2006, 9:46 AM

Correction: AMAZING phone

by jameswhammons    Jan 6, 2007, 11:58 AM

I have worked in the cellular industry for about 7 years, and I have used a lot of high-end phones. This one, however, tops them all.

There were a few "CONs" in the review, and I'd like to address a couple of them.

I will agree that some applications are buried deep in menus, but several of them are available in the home "options" menu, the Calendar is available by simply pressing the "C" (clear) button on home screen, and you can set two more as your shortcuts on the D-Pad in addition to "Create Message" and "Contacts".

Next, the camera does take a few seconds to load, but you will find this to be true with any 2MP or higher camera; my digital camera at home takes just as long to load the viewfinder.

The Java is a slight underperformer, but the difference is hardly noticeable at the user level. I have not run into any issues with the games, applications, and web usage that I have done to this point.

The speaker is remarkably clear on my phone as well as my Assistant's. We both have used the A707 for well over a month and have not found it to be muffled or quiet in any way. I assume the the poor speaker is specific to that one phone and not characteristic of the A707. The speakerphone is fairly loud, as is the music player. This sound is amplified when the phone is opened and placed face down on a hard surface.

As for messaging, this phone is the most integrated of all the phones I have owned or used. You can place any file on your phone into a message with only a few clicks, and they can be imbedded into the message itself rather than placed separately in a separate field as an attachment. Contrary to the statement in the review, messaging with one hand is simple and easy, you just have to shift the phone slightly in your hand so that it sits on your fingers instead of flat in your palm.

The file folders are extremely manageable. Files can easily be moved from the phone to a memory card, and vice versa. Since the phone's bluetooth supports object exchange and FTP transfer, you can easily move files (music, images, video, voice recordings, etc.) or even data from a contact list or calendar from your phone to your pc. Unlike many phones (specifically many Verizon and Sprint phones with crippled bluetooth platforms), you can even transfer MP3's, ringtones, graphics, and applications to other phones.

The Media Player is the best one I have ever seen. Although it is bland to the eye, it is fast and easy to use. It is also convenient to access, a definite plus for heavy users.

Web usage is great. Besides the HTML compatibility aforementioned in the review, it allows you to simultaneously use voice or messaging so that even while surfing, you can make or receive calls and messages. In messages and in the browser, multi-digit numbers, URLs, and email addresses are hyperlinked so that you can place a call/send a message/navigate the browser/compose an email directly without memorizing it or writing it down and having to go into a separate menu of the phone.

The only negative aspect of this phone is that they packed so much stuff into it that it will take you quite a while to get used to everything. I have had it over a month and still haven't memorized each menu.

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