Samsung Continuum (Galaxy S)
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Phone Scoop Review
Nov 18, 2010 by Philip Berne
The Samsung Continuum takes the winning Galaxy S formula and adds a slim display at the bottom of the phone. Does it prove useful, or is it time to reformulate? read review ›
Amazing screen, very nice size phone, but with Bing
I've been happy with my Droid-X, but the wife prefers a smaller phone. After making the mistake of trying the Citrus, we managed to get her a Continuum.
The screen is by far the strong point, it is absolutely amazing. The ticker is a bit of a novel thing, not overly useful at this point, but it has potential. The wife likes being able to pull up the clock and weather by just grabbing the phone, without having to unlock or turn on the main screen. It actually requires no buttons at all, it can be activated just by picking up the phone. But it only displays a handful of stock things, nothing from 3rd party apps. So it will show you default email client messages, but not from K-9.
Typing on the screen seems a little cramped to me, but I've been using the larger Droid-X since July, and I have tree trunk thumbs.
The whole interface is very Apple like, closer to an Ipod Touch than to the Motorola droids. In some ways I prefer it, others I don't, but that all boils down to personal preference. It is identical to the other Samsungs, just a far cry from a Motorola.
On to the bad side.....Bing. I'd really like to slap whoever it was at Verizon that made the decision to force a Microsoft product on a Google OS. And it's Bing everything. Bing Maps, Bing Search, etc. Even after downloading the real Google apps, there is no way to make them the default. You can launch them directly, but Bing remains the default. If I wanted Microsoft crap on a phone, I'd buy a Windows phone. And they decided to embed Weatherbug too. As if I haven't spent enough time cleaning that crap off of office computers.
So in summary:
- Amazing screen
- Very nice size phone, fits well in a small hand
- Decent stock ring tones
- ticker screen shows time, weather, messages without turning on the main screen
- "grip sensor" is pretty nice
- Optional car and desk dock
1. Bing this
2. Bing that
3. Did I mention Bing?
5. "ticker" screen is limited on what can be displayed
I got this phone around july 2011. used from july till december, 2011
Nice colorful screen
Responsive touch screen
easy to navigate menus
Ticker at bottom of phone alerts you to Facebook status updates, emails etc.
sleek, compact design
threaded text conversations
i loved this phone, it had all the features that i would ever want. however, i got tired of paying the outrageous $29.99 data plan that is required by verizon, so i went back to a basic phone
now on with the CONS:
-Short battery life!
-Camera would only WORK when battery was fully charged
-Locked up occasionally
-phone got very HOT with normal use
-Some apps would cause phone to stop responding
-screen would time out during dialing a phone number
overall, if you in the market for a good smartphone this is the way to go. i personally just got rid of this phone to save money on the monthly bill, (no data plan)
otherwise, its really not that bad of a phone.
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Piece of junk.
I was so excited to get the Continuum when it first came out, I had it within the first week of it being on the market. I had been using a Blackberry Storm before this new Android and I was very ready for a change, but almost immediately after purchasing the Continuum I began having strange problems with it.. freezing up, black screen for hours on end.. so I figured -ok, its brand new, its got a few glitches, I get it. So I traded it in for another one. That is the one I have now and it worked alright for about 2 months.. then it mysteriously started muting me during conversations for no reason, dropping calls, freezing, turning itself off, and the list goes on. I can actually set the phone on my desk, hit call and take my hands completely off of it and watch the screen move as it puts mute on and off, then it will drop the call. I am going in tomorrow to complain and try to get them to send me a THIRD Samsung Continuum. Beware. Do not buy this phone. This is the most annoying hunk of junk on the market.
Absolutely love it! (now that I rooted it)
started with original Moto. Droid. (garbage)
went to Droid 2 ( good phone )
to The Continuum.
-LED screen, looks great, low battery use compared to LCD's, bright, clear, low sun glare. and doesn't heat up when pressed to my ear.
-WIFI hot spot
-BING........(Why is a Microsoft app on a Google phone?)-(root to remove)
-too many unwanted/unneeded apps installed by Verizon, (ie: navigator, bing, kindle, amazon, etc.) but now are gone with rooting. made all Google apps as default.
Buy this phone and save about $50.00 over the Fascinate model, and everything is identical except screen size.
Amazing Android Device
Family members got droids, and I was able to set them up as they now I like phones. Let me just say this phone was pretty cool to play with.
It was a little big of a phone, lot's bigger in size compared to my iPhone. I loved using this phone though.
all of it
you have to sign into gmail to activate., but it's not a big hassle