Yesterday I had the opportunity to test all the phones out at my local Verizon store and found the A850 to be a major disappointment. First of all, it looks cool online, but in person it looks like a cheap kids toy. It's not a classy looking black. I open up the phone and first thing I noticed was the poor quality screen, tiny fonts, and miniature buttons that I had to use my pinky to hit. The phone feels well built but with the toy like design and clumsy interface it's an absolute mess. The signal strength also seemed very weak compared to the Motorola V276 and LG VX-5200 next to it. Both the V276 and 5200 had full signal, while the A850 bounced around 2-3 bars. There were 2 working A850's there and both seemed subpar. You also can't change... (continues)
Terrible user reviews, not much interest.. looks like this phone is goin' down in flames. The real killer seems to be the internal antennae/poor reception.
Too bad.. the build quality on the thing was top notch. Solidest hinge I've ever seen on a phone. Guess Samsung shoulda stuck with a good thing (the A670) an' just added a speakerphone, plus the 850's build quality.
That woulda been a real nice phone.. the 670 had good reception an' voice quality, good screen too... add that speakerphone an' the 850's hinge, an' Samsung woulda had a winner.
Yea, ended up returning my A850. Reason being really only call reception and quality. I figured out that this was only dual band digital (didn't know much about phones before) and what I had before (a Samsung SCH-411) had both analog and digital. I've decided to actually switch to Motorola just for the sake of having analog since it appears I need it for where I'm at. Too bad Samsung doesn't offer a tri-mode phone (A650 at RadioShack but I decided that I need an outside display like my old phone). Guess I'll see how one of these "Motos" work out.
I made this post just to update on my review because I guess you can't edit old reviews? Has anybody else decided to give up this phone or did you keep it?
I work at a RadioShack in western KY, and we just got two of these phones in yesterday. Its $349 outright, $150 for a new 2 yr agreement or upgrade. For that price i would rather get a E815. The only extra thing on here that might make it even be worth payin $49 for it on a new 2yr/upgrade is the handwriting messaging. We noticed that you can write somethng on a piece of paper and take a pic of it as a new handwriting message, that it will take a pic of whatever you wrote then send it as a text message. No external color display, or external picture caller id display. Black and white camera display when phone is closed in camera mode. Just a basic hopefully soon to drop to possibly $29 with 2yr/upgrade to have any sales at all, phone.
Played with one of these yesterday @ Best Buy. I didn't find anything special about it. I noticed that VZW really IS making all the menu the same with all their phones. This phone has the same menu set-up that my LG 8100 does. It also has those red Verzion bars at the top and bottom of the inside screen.