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Samsung Craft Review

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Having said that the Craft closely emulates its other brothers and sisters, the handset also follows suit with its platform experience seeing that it retains Samsung's TouchWiz 2.0. You'll be presented with three homesceeens that you can personalize with their own wallpaper and set of widgets. As we all know by now, some of these widgets offer some additional functionality, while others simply launch specific apps. The main menu is laid out in its typical grid-like fashion which unfortunately is static – which means that icons cannot be moved. Overall, the speed of navigating between the main menu or homescreens isn't the smoothest, unlike some high-end smartphones, but should suffice for a feature phone. Fortunately, the WVGA resolution does add some pop to the overall presentation of the platform.

The Samsung Craft offers three homesceeens - Samsung Craft Review
The Samsung Craft offers three homesceeens - Samsung Craft Review
The Samsung Craft offers three homesceeens - Samsung Craft Review
Main menu - The Samsung Craft offers three homesceeens - Samsung Craft Review
   

Main menu

The Samsung Craft offers three homesceeens


Capable to holding a maximum tow of 2,000 contacts, there are plenty of specific information that can be tied with each person in your list. From phone numbers to email addresses, there are a wealth of details you can associate.

The Dialer screen - Contacts - Samsung Craft Review
Contacts - Samsung Craft Review
Contacts - Samsung Craft Review

The Dialer screen

  

Contacts


Even though it packs a usable hardware QWERTY, you'll have the on-screen keypad as an alternative choice if you prefer the touch option. To lessen some time spent inputting text, you can enable the T9 option for a faster method, however, there is no landscape on-screen option – so that means you'll need to whip out the physical keyboard at that point. The Craft's email app, “mail@metro,” is pretty comparable to others since setting up a generic email account is a breeze by simply providing your email address and password. For those that are unique, it'll require some additional pieces of information, such as server addresses, to properly set up.

You have an on-screen keypad, but no landscape on-screen option - Samsung Craft Review
You have an on-screen keypad, but no landscape on-screen option - Samsung Craft Review
You have an on-screen keypad, but no landscape on-screen option - Samsung Craft Review
You have an on-screen keypad, but no landscape on-screen option - Samsung Craft Review

You have an on-screen keypad, but no landscape on-screen option


Email - Samsung Craft Review
Email - Samsung Craft Review
Email - Samsung Craft Review
Email - Samsung Craft Review

Email


For those Individuals with the affinity for instant messaging or social networking, you'll find all of your needs appeased with the “IM and Social” app which is a centralized hub that aggregates a host of accounts. It has support for Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.

Instant messaging and social networking on the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Instant messaging and social networking on the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Instant messaging and social networking on the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review

Instant messaging and social networking on the Samsung Craft


Without a doubt, the most frustrating thing we experienced with the Samsung Craft is its lack of preloaded software. Specifically, there are plenty of icons that are found in the main menu, like Loopt, Mobile Banking, or Metro Navigator, but the annoying part of it all is that clicking them will only provide you the choice of downloading them. In our experience, a good 90 percent of the apps on the phone had to be downloaded before we had the opportunity of using them.

Metro Navigator needs to be downloaded - Samsung Craft Review
Metro Navigator needs to be downloaded - Samsung Craft Review

Metro Navigator needs to be downloaded



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. DroidCLH (unregistered)


Let me be the first to say that this phone doesnt deserve Lte

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 17:56

2. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


its ok 4 a feature phone the only bad thing is Samsung could have made it a bit thinner and make every thing black(lets just say sparkly maroon isn't that classy and the phone is not thin enough to get a cover:O) but the amoled screen, led flash, slide out qwerty, touchwiz 2.0, and wifi make up for it

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Display3.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (283 ppi) AMOLED
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.48 x 2.21 x 0.60 inches
(114 x 56 x 15 mm)
3.74 oz  (150 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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