Samsung Dart Review
Showing its ties to the low-end market, the Samsung Dart is packing a forgettable 600MHz processor that shows off its painfully challenging performance with various basic functions. Specifically, there is a recognizable amount of lag when trying to navigate across its homescreens with a live wallpaper active. However, switching it to a static one makes it tolerable, but there is still some delay with other operations – like moving around the app panel. Even though it’s employing Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, which is evident by the dock of icons in the homescreen, it’s actually handicapped in a way versus other TouchWiz devices since it lacks any of the TouchWiz widgets. Nevertheless, we’re still presented with all the personalization aspects of Android.
As a whole, patience is definitely a virtue that you want to keep in mind when attempting to type with its on-screen keyboard. Not only is the layout extremely cramped in portrait, but also its unresponsiveness hinders us from speed typing casually. Naturally, the landscape option is the preferred choice, but considering that it fails to keep up with our pace, it essentially proves to be a challenging experience. If the Samsung keyboard isn’t your thing, you can always opt to use the Swype keyboard instead.
Obviously, the Gmail experience is an enjoyable one since it offers all the features you normally expect to find with any Android smartphone. However, its smaller sized and low quality display makes it difficult to read emails in full fidelity. Besides Gmail, the process of setting up other accounts is a breeze since it only requires your email address and password to automatically set up – though, it might require some additional things for other less popular clients.
Shocking to say the least, the Samsung Dart doesn’t pack on any additional bloatware out of the box, but rather, we only find the usual set of Google ones on board – with the ThinkFree Office app being the only third party app pre-installed.
Camera and Multimedia:
Forget about it! That’s exactly what comes to mind every time we think about trying to shoot a photo with the Dart’s 3.2-megapixel camera. Actually, you’ll need to keep a firm hand on the phone since it requires you to wait painfully for 3 seconds to completely take a shot. In addition to its overall pixelated looks in almost every lighting condition, its production is littered with bland looking colors, indiscernible details, and an abundance of noise to make you look the other way.
video recording quality is yet another example of ugliness to the extreme with its maximum capture resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. In testing our tolerance once again, it’s quite clear that the Dart is incapable of shooting fond memories because of its unwillingness to remotely capture some passable videos. Combining its low quality production with its 14 frames per second capture rate, there’s no reason why you should look the other way – again!
Samsung Dart Sample Video:
Using the conventional Android music player as opposed to the TouchWiz one, it’s more than capable of playing our library of songs without any complications. Taking us by surprise, the Dart’s audio quality with its speaker is pretty good with its balanced tones without sounding too sharp at the loudest setting. Additionally, there is a variety of equalizer settings to choose from to fine tune its output.
Even with its QVGA display, we’re able to load a video encoded in MPEG-4 720 x 480 resolution without much fluff. More than capable of playing it smoothly, the experience is decent to say the least, but its small size and low quality display make it difficult to fully enjoy watching videos wholeheartedly.
Gladly, we’re accepting the handset’s inclusion of a 2GB microSD card, which should be more than adequate for this free on-contract smartphone. And of course, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in size.
Internet and Connectivity:
Lacking Flash and 4G support, some might still take a liking to web browsing with the Samsung Dart. Well, you’d think that would be the case right? But its slow processor shows off its unresponsiveness once again as it struggles to smoothly execute basic functions; like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. In fact, we experience quite a few instances of lag as well to really strain the already handicapped experience.
Being the GSM smartphone it is, international travelers will love the fact that you can place voice phone calls in almost any location across the globe – albeit, it’s enabled for 3G in the US via T-Mobile’s AWS band. As usual, the handset boasts other connectivity features like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and aGPS. Adding to its usefulness, the Dart also features mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi calling out of the box.
3. Bob (unregistered)
The Dart, though light weight and around $150.00, is the worst phone I have ever had. Its signal strenght is always very poor no matter where you are at. The key pad is too small, very slow email processing, the camera won't focus.
4. Yolanda (unregistered)
This phone is horrible...Do not get sucker into it the way I did. Very poor signals. Drops calls from everywhere. Camera is horrible...Hate this phone...
5. Jimmyfjames (unregistered)
I like this phone. This is my first android phone and it more than delivers. I agree the camera stinks and I wouldn't even consider using the video option since the resolution is so low, but I do take some pictures with it. I never have a signal issue at all. I have this phone on t-mobile as a prepaid user and the quality is great and the signal strength is always good. This leads me to think the others had carrier issues not phone issues. The only real negative I have about the phone is the battery. It was advertised as 12 days standby time but I have never found the charge to last anywhere near that long, even though I do not use my phone much.
6. Rochelle (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
This was my first android phone and I had nothing but problems with the speaker. The people that I called would hear everything they said echo back to them. I tried to get the phone replaced but it was turning into such a fiasco (T-Mobile Customer Service sucks!) that I finally returned it. The only other complaints I had was that the keyboard was small and sensitive and the display screen in general was small. But those were things that I could have lived with if they would only have given me a new phone that didn't have the speaker problem.
7. bonniezink (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)
this phone worked great at first no, its stopped charging. ive bought 3 chargers everytime they would stop working now the phone its self wont charge with any charger. the home charger or the car charger. $12dollars wasted. blows my mind. now i cant get a replacement phone nothing.
8. autumnskye (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2012)
I to have the dart and it has been nothing but a nightmare. I have been with t-mobil for 6 years but I told everyone on my line not to but anything else cause I'm going to buy out my contract. The customer service people told me lies after lies and have forced me to keep it. this is the third dart I have received and it sucks. I'm gonna try to see what verizon has. I gonna go back to using my blackberry.
9. stevea12373 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
dart is great no problems.. best bang for 50$ after rebate.. but time to move on HTC 1X hell yea
10. Whiteburks (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Samsung Dart is a horrible phone. If you have the money get a different phone. Initially, the phone was OK; then, you text messages will not go through. Tech support says "turn it off, take out battery, power it up, then delete some of your msgs" WHAT? A really important messages need to go through right away, don't have time for that and somethimes you don't want to talk either. Reception was good, and I didn't use camera that much. We have/had three of these phones in our family, my husband, myself (in IL) and a neice in NY; she hates hers also. We now have Galaxy S, GREAT phone!
11. Christa (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
I loved this phone. Had it for almost a year. Very easy to use. Then people I started calling said they were getting an echo on their end of the phone. Now the only way I can use it is by using the speaker phone.
12. yellowbug42 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)
Absolutely the worst phone I have ever had! It drops call when you can finally pick up a signal,, the camera is horrible all of the pics are fuzzy, the battery will not stay charged, constantly having to turn in off and restart the phone and its internal space is always full. So frustrating !!!