Samsung SCH I760 Review

When I opened the box which would be my gateway to the world of smartphones I was slightly disappointed by the lack of bonus things I probably didn’t need, but wanted anyway. My second reaction was “Wow, that is a big phone.” I’m not sure what sounds heavier 5.25 ounces or .33 lbs, but either way this phone is not here to joke around. I’ve already dropped it hard enough to open up it’s keyboard several times, and all it asked was if I wanted to connect to our wireless or if i’d like to open a document, no harm done really. It just wanted me to know that even if I drop it, we can still be friends.
I had some issues getting started with this phone however. I’m not sure if it’s because of Windows Mobile or the phone itself, but I had a hard time learning the ropes of this new phone, having been used to my old little flip phone. Not sure if it is really a con worth listing, since it’s really just an issue with learning a new system than the phone itself. I’m sure any native smart-phone user would have the hang of it right away.

Never having had more than a few MBs of space on a phone, I didn’t see a big reason to buy a microSD card, but I did anyway. This phone supports up to 2 Gb, but I’ve heard of people “tricking” it into accepting more (not something I’m really up for messing with though).

In the box there are two batteries, one is the regular, one is the extended life. The extended life is a little bulkier, but has a significant amount more life in it, so I find it hard to imagine anyone using the smaller one, but maybe I’m less concerned with appearances than other people. On the brightside, this also means an extra battery for long trips away from chargers.

A few downsides are that it seems to load from the SD card much slower than from the internal memory, and also seems to have little internal RAM, because it gets overwhelmed pretty easily. This overloading is partly due to Windows Mobile not closing programs upon exit, but instead just minimizing. I’m sure there’s a way to change this setting, but I haven’t found it yet. Something I have found that works for me is using the Task Manager to shut down programs when I don’t need them running.

Overall I’m pretty impressed with this little guy. I can quickly check my mail from a cafe (that has wifi) , without having a data plan set up with my carrier (which are a little too pricey for me right now). Or I can quickly shoot an instant message (I use a program called Slick) while I’m in class (the full keyboard is nice here). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a more business oriented smartphone, or anyone on a budget who would like to have one but aren’t sure where to start.

Product Specs:

Camera Resolution 1.3 Megapixel

Music Player WAV, MP3, WMA

FM Radio No

Document Viewer PDF, MS Word, PowerPoint®, Excel®, JPEG, PNG

Mobile Printing Yes

Instant Messaging No

User Memory 64 MB RAM / 128 MB flash

External Memory Yes

Touch Screen Touch-sensitive LCD display

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