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Samsung Craft Review

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Boasting a 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera in its housing, picture quality was average at best with this shooter. Granted, we adore the myriad of options that are traditionally found with Samsung's camera interfaces, the images it produces as a simple point and shoot doesn't radiate anything jaw dropping. Although outdoor images did come out with mediocre detail, color reproduction was a bit more on the bland side. Conversely, there is a fair amount of noise which can be seen in images taken indoors with poor lighting. Luckily, the LED flash does remedy the issue, but it leaves the shot looking rather over-exposed.

Camera interface - Samsung Craft Review
Camera interface - Samsung Craft Review
Camcorder - Camera interface - Samsung Craft Review
Camera interface - Samsung Craft Review
  

Camcorder

 

Camera interface


Gallery - Samsung Craft Review
Gallery - Samsung Craft Review
Gallery - Samsung Craft Review

Gallery


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung Craft


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Craft Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Sporting a maximum shooting resolution of 640x480 and a capture rate of 15fps, video recording with the Craft won't produce the stunning memories saved with some HD equipped handsets. However, the fair amount of detail it's able to capture, combined with the tolerable frame rate, should prove adequate enough for most people.

Samsung Craft Sample Video:




Following accordingly with other handsets, the music player's presentation on the Craft is what you expect. It displays the album cover, track information, and some on-screen controls. We're happy to find some level of personalization with its three skin offerings that'll provide you a visualization (with the earphones connected), displaying lyrics, and your normal layout. Audio quality from its speaker was average at best since it wasn't terribly loud on the highest setting – but isn't riddled with any strained tones.

The music player allows for a level of personalization - Samsung Craft Review
The music player allows for a level of personalization - Samsung Craft Review
The music player allows for a level of personalization - Samsung Craft Review
The music player allows for a level of personalization - Samsung Craft Review

The music player allows for a level of personalization


AMOLED displays are probably the best when it comes down to video playback, and the Craft fits the bill perfectly. Although it stuttered briefly after initially loading one of our test videos, which is encoded in MPEG-4 800 x 480 resolution, it soon was able to play it flawlessly without any hiccups. Colors naturally explode and the smooth rate it's able to run just makes the entire experience breath-taking.

Video playback on the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review
Video playback on the Samsung Craft - Samsung Craft Review

Video playback on the Samsung Craft


Light users should suffice with the handset's 165MB of internal storage, but it can undoubtedly be supplemented with microSD cards up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Samsung Craft is a tri-band CDMA (800/1700/1900 MHz) device with its sole uniqueness found in its dual-band LTE connectivity (1700/2100 MHz). Currently, Las Vegas is the only market to have a live LTE network up and running, but its expansion will continue to other larger markets very shortly. As for 3G access, which still might not be prevalent in most areas, the handset is equipped to support 1xEV-DO rev.0. However, you can resort to using its Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g for a faster connection if you can't tolerate its slower cellular data one. In addition, it packs Bluetooth 2.1 to enable other wireless devices to connect with it.

Despite having the ability to reach some ridiculous speeds with LTE, the web browsing experience doesn't translate like something that one would think a next-generation device should exhibit. Even though we are connected via Wi-Fi, the MetroWEB browser, which is in fact the POLARIS Browser version 6.2, didn't provide a worthwhile experience to make it supremely better over other handsets. At times it just seemed to struggle to have a consistent experience and didn't properly load everything. Sure it has kinetic scrolling, but when its inconsistent speed is either super smooth or terribly choppy, it doesn't leave us with a good impression. Ultimately, the web browsing experience is indeed a test in itself, but when it's packing support for LTE speeds, we'd question whether or not it's a viable solution for those who look for lighting speeds with web browsing.

Samsung Craft Review
Samsung Craft Review
Samsung Craft Review
Samsung Craft Review

POLARIS Browser version 6.2 - Samsung Craft Review
POLARIS Browser version 6.2 - Samsung Craft Review

POLARIS Browser version 6.2



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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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