Review: Samsung Moment
AMOLED displays are just amazing. The Moment's screen is outstanding. It is bright, crisp, clear and just fantastic to look at and interact with. It can be read in direct sunlight with ease. Colors appear vibrant, and everything about it just exudes awesomeness. Of course, fingerprints and smudges show up on it big time, too.
The Moment performed really well at collecting Sprint's EVDO signals and remaining connected to the network. I didn't have any missed or disconnected calls while testing the phone. It rated 4 out of 5 bars most of the time, which is better than most Sprint phones I test in the greater New York City area. The one thing I did notice was that data session speeds were a bit inconsistent. Some times it was really, really fast, other times it lagged and pages loaded slowly. Also, the Moment had trouble with its GPS radio. I kept receiving error messages that the device couldn't find any GPS satellites. That's the first time I've noticed that on any phone I've tested.
Ringers are definitely loud enough with the Moment. They're not going to shatter your eardrums, but you're not going to miss calls in noisy places, either. I found I had to set the volume near the max when out and about, but if you're at home, you can probably get away with setting it at 50%. Earpiece volume was solid, though I would have preferred it to be a little bit louder. The speakerphone was suitably loud for an office with a closed door or when in a parked car, but I'd skip it in coffee shops. Call quality was very good. There was some noise and fading in and out, but for the most part calls were clear.
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None of the Android phones I've encountered appear to be able to make it through a 24-hour period without needing to be recharged, and the Moment is no different. If you use your phone to check email, Twitter, and do some moderate surfing during the day, expect the battery to be at the 25% level around dinner time. I had it last from 7 AM to about 11 PM, which is my gauge for one day. You're going to need to charge it every night unless you use it sparingly. Going out of town? Bring the charger.
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