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Samsung Eternity II Review

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Unfortunately, there really isn't much to say about the TouchWiz interface on the Eternity II since it mainly follows in similar fashion to previous Samsung handsets for AT&T. The iterative improvements are minimal over its predecessor since it now offers three homescreens and a host of new widgets – which basically retains the same level of presentation as other handsets. Some widgets are more useful than others naturally, like the Facebook one, which will allow you to view rotating status updates and the ability to set your own one. Aside from that, the main menu is also stretched to three different panels that are covered with finger friendly sized icons , which can be moved around by pressing on the icon on the top right of the main menu. Moving around the interface is acceptable, especially for a feature phone, but isn't noticeably as responsive when compared to some smartphone platforms.

The Samsung Eternity II offers three homescreens - Samsung Eternity II Review
The Samsung Eternity II offers three homescreens - Samsung Eternity II Review
The Samsung Eternity II offers three homescreens - Samsung Eternity II Review

The Samsung Eternity II offers three homescreens

Main menu - Samsung Eternity II Review
Main menu - Samsung Eternity II Review

Main menu


Luckily, you'll be able to store up to 2,000 contacts on the phone which is strikingly up there in terms of sheer size. Not only can you input the usual set of information for each contact, but it will allow for some customizations such as Picture ID and ringtone associations.

Contacts - Samsung Eternity II Review
Contacts - Samsung Eternity II Review
Contacts - Samsung Eternity II Review

Contacts


There's nothing different or fancy with the Eternity II's PIM functions since it essentially acts as it should on other handsets. You'll find them all under the “Tools” icon in the main menu – like the calendar, memo, calculator, and tasks apps. Messaging hasn't evolved one bit as you'll have the option to input text using either the virtual keypad, landscape QWERTY keyboard, and handwriting recognition – the latter of which makes for the slowest experience. Even though it sports a resistive touchscreen, we find the typing experience to be accurate after some quick practice – but it really does require a firm push for the phone to register a touch. As with other AT&T feature phones, we're presented with the traditional Mobile Email app which will automatically set up some of the popular email clients by only requiring an email address and password. On the other hand, it can also ask for additional pieces of information, like server addresses, in the event that it is unable to automatically set it up.

Calendar - Samsung Eternity II Review
Tip calculator - Samsung Eternity II Review
Email - Samsung Eternity II Review

Calendar

Tip calculator

Email


Messaging with the on-screen keyboards of the Samsung Eternity II - Samsung Eternity II Review
Messaging with the on-screen keyboards of the Samsung Eternity II - Samsung Eternity II Review
Messaging with the on-screen keyboards of the Samsung Eternity II - Samsung Eternity II Review

Messaging with the on-screen keyboards of the Samsung Eternity II


Since it's a touchscreen phone, the handset is treated to the usual line of AT&T applications such as AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T Social Net, and AT&T Mobile TV – the latter of which being the most interesting since it works on MediaFLO's live TV service. Social networking centric individuals will be pleased with the AT&T Social Net app which aggregates all of your accounts in one centralized hub so you'll be able to easily switch between any of them instantly. Other than that, the Eternity II packs a myriad of third party applications that can keep you busy such as YPMobile, Where, AllSportGPS, Loopt, Mobile Banking, MobiVJ, My-Cast Weather, and WikiMobile.

AT&T applications - Samsung Eternity II Review
AT&T applications - Samsung Eternity II Review
AT&T applications - Samsung Eternity II Review
AT&T applications - Samsung Eternity II Review

AT&T applications


Samsung Eternity II Review
AT&T Mobile TV - Samsung Eternity II Review

AT&T Mobile TV



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posted on 30 Mar 2011, 22:44

1. jrlank (unregistered)


I would like to be able to extend the lengthe of time the incoming ringer lasts. I often have difficulty answering the phone before te end of the ring and the call is lost.


Please help,

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.11 x 0.50 inches
(112 x 54 x 13 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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