Latte Boom ReviewLatte Boom 8
Apart from Slim11b, Latte have sent us the other model they have launched on the market, the Boom. This is a phone with an interesting design, emphasizing on the listening-to-music feature with the idea of replacing completely your pocket music player. Its main advantage, compared to the other music players, is that it has inbuilt stereo speakers which can play loud music so that the people around you can also hear the music you are listening to.
The set includes, apart form charger and a computer connection cable, also headphones that make a musical claim: they are noise cancelling and their design is almost identical with that of the SonyEricsson headphones of the Walkman phones; they are practically an adapter with a 3.5 mm jack to which you can connect any kind of headphones, the only difference being that they are white and, compared to the SonyEricsson headphones, the material they are made of much inferior quality.
Boom calls immediately to mind a few Samsung models that look similarly: a narrow slider with a small display and round shapes around it. However, unlike Samsung X830, there are two round features on the front panel here: two loudspeakers, rather than the navigation button. Those loudspeakers can very well compete with the pocket stereo systems, intended for connecting with phones / pocket players.
The 1.5 inch display with a resolution of 176x220 pixels, is very suitable for watching videos and its small sizes seems to be its only shortcoming. It can visualize up to 65 thousand colors but it is definitely not the most important part of the phone.
The keyboard is on the lower slider; just like the display, it is rather small. It is predictably arranged in 3x4, so that all the keys are in their usual places; however, the small key sizes could result in you pressing the wrong button. The navigation buttons are on both sides: the mp3 shortcut, which serves as a left software button and the green receiver are on the left, as well as the headphones / charger connector and the microSD memory slot, covered with rubber protectors. On the right are the red receiver, the camera shortcut (it is the right-hand software button) and the volume slider, which can also be pressed, and can be used for navigation. The biggest inconvenience during navigation is that the two software buttons are not at the same height and therefore you can be confused. The slider can be conveniently used only with one’s right hand.
Latte Boom is a comparatively short and a VERY narrow phone; it is, however, thick, so that everything can be fitted in. With its 22.9mm it is twice thicker than Slim11b and four times thicker that the ultra slim Samsung U100 Ultra 5.9. Anyway, it fits easily in your pocket and its weight of .... ensure that you (do not) feel it.
1. Nick (unregistered)
Mine is bricked (unusable)… The battery died and it went to the Latte splash screen, it then hung there and wouldn’t turn on or off, I knew I wouldn’t be home for a couple hours, so I popped the battery to turn it off because I didn’t want to have the LCD on for a couple hours with just the latte logo. When I got home and plugged it in the Latte splash screen blinks on and off and it will not charge or turn on, same thing with the second batter, the phone will not recognize the batteries to charge them, even though it knows they are installed because it will boot to the disk mode still. This phone has no reset or reflash option, and the relatively small size of the company means there isn’t much information online. A phone (which is by the way less then two months old) should not be bricked by having the battery removed. The company sent me an RMA, but I cannot use it because I am not in the US… so I have an expensive paper weight and no way to make calls right now. It was a great phone until it stopped working from something as innocent as removing the battery… be ware there is nothing you can do with this phone if it stops working, no reset, no nothing.
I only had my phone for not even a month and it just stopped turning on and its not like i can return it bc there is no refund...so what a waste of 200 bucks!!!
3. wisdom30_2005 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I have it for about 4 years now...and it is doing good with me.. I can take videos unlimited time, save many photos and videos and can save many messages in my inbox...