Samsung Eternity Review
TouchWiz interface. Samsung did a great job giving users a fresh new look to the software on the device. From the home screen to the main menu, colors are beautifully displayed and we had no problems viewing text. Although the phone uses an array of screen transitions when navigating through menus, there was no lag in speed which plagued the F480.
What you see is what you get with the phone software. There is a minimal set of personalization options with the interface which leaves us wondering why Samsung did not take the time to correct this for the U.S. launch. Users can change some settings with the phone to an extent such as using a taken photo as the wallpaper. The Eternity only provided four wallpaper options and no screen savers. Like we said, what you see is what you get when it comes to the personalization preferences.
Although AT&T packed the Eternity with its usual lineup of software applications, it did not make use of the accelerometer sensor. You will find certain programs not rotating to landscape view when you rotate the phone. In other applications, you can only view the phone in landscape view rather than in portrait mode. The lack of offering the user to choose their positions to be a little annoying. Scrolling through the phone was a breeze and we did not have any problems selecting commands. Long scrolls are accompanied with vibrations to give the user a physical feedback.
The TouchWiz interface of course brings its heavily advertised feature:
Forget about the home screen, because it is now called “Widget”. Its idea is to let you add certain given “programs” and to let you arrange them the way you want. These can be found in the taskbar on the left side, from where you can drag them. It would have been nice to allow users to add more widgets than what the phone allowed, but they will be limited with the following:
- Analog clock
- Digital clock
- Dual time zone clock
- Mobile TV
- Sound Profile
- Music Player
You can enter this menu, by pressing the functionality button, located next to the camera button on the side of the phone. No matter which menu or application you were in, 6 shortcuts will be visualized on the screen. They lead to the music player, messages, back/cancel command, the main menu, the Internet browser, and the dialing pad. This feature will help you reduce the use of the main menu to a minimum.
Here you can save up to 2000 contacts with up to 5 numbers, including home, business and office. On top of that, you can add pictures, ringtones, birth date and a short note. Searching is done only by first name, which is a common problem, but is largely annoying when present in such a high-end device. Additionally, you can scroll through your contacts using the magnifier icon on the side and navigate to the letter of the first name.
The Samsung Eternity offers some rather useful options, to help you organize your day. From the main menu, you can set up to 10 alarms, to make sure you make it to work/school on time. In the calendar, you can store up to 300 events. It can be viewed as an entire month, week or day. On top of that, from the tools menu, you are able to write short reminders and tasks (limited to 100). There is also the world clock, the calculator, the unit converter and the timer with a countdown timer. Everything that needs to be here is present.
Its built in memory is 200 MB, and it is expandable via microSD cards. However, we experienced the same problem found on the F480. Cards that were operational in other phones needed to be formatted before installing into the Eternity.
1. Midnight (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I dont see how this phone scored higher then the BlackBerry Storm. its clearly not as advanced. it doesnt come with as much memory, the media players not nearly as robust, its browser is not as good or as fast, it doesnt have a great organizer, it doesnt have full html push email, it doesnt have a fully working accelerometer (storm os .75 makes its accelerometer work well), and it doesnt have business tools like word powerpoint etc. how is this a 7 but the storms a 6? Every review I see of phones makes me question the storms unfair review even more. I think you guys compared the storm to the iphone which is not fair because the iPhone has been out like 1.6 years and has had countless software updates while the storm is the first attempt and is still a work in progress. should of reviewed it on its own merits
2. MoonlitTear (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Jun 2008)
If the Storm was not a Blackberry, I think it would have scored higher. But because it's got the word Blackberry across the back, it was put to higher standards. Blackberry's by definition need to be good at composing emails as well as getting them. And they said in their review that the Storm is tiring to type on. Even for short messages your thumbs hurt and get fatigued. I mean, I am not a reviewer for this site, but I think that really hurt it's overall score. They did say at the end that if you were looking for a good multimedia phone the Storm did very well. Just my two cents.
3. Midnight (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yeah but thats an opinion because I have had no such problems typing on my storm. My thumbs do not get fatigued.
8. darthvegas (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
That's your experience, but it would seem that many people don't agree. When someone reviews the device and says that the input method fatigues their hands, that's NOT an opinion. It doesn't hurt your hands. I checked it out and it didn't hurt mine either. A few other people I know had a different experience with the phone. Most likely because they used it for far longer than I did. In any case, many people have had this problem with the Storm so it cannot simply be dismissed as opinion.
13. GBallew (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Not just that, but the Blackberry is a different class of phone. If your logic worked everywhere, commuter cars would be judged a whole lot lower than than say BMW's or Mercedes. But people who are in the market for a corolla arent interested in what there car is judged next to a Kompressor, because thats just not what they're looking for.
4. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)
i dont really like this phone. to me its a bit on the ugly side. its not shiny like the behold and iphone. and its not got the slick, soft touch look like the G1. its looks really cheap. the features are okay but i prefer the behold. it looks a lot nicer. the touch screen works faster, the phone overall works faster. the only bummer is that it doesnt have a 3.5mm headphone jack and the browser was a let down. when r u guys gunna do the review for the behold?
5. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Let's see, it has a landscape keyboard that's light years better than the iPhone. It also has a larger screen than the Behold and a much better design. Until you have the phone yourself it's hard to take you seriously. The Eternity does NOT feel cheap.
6. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)
just to let u know, i hate the iphone. i never said the phone FEELS cheap. i said it LOOKS. the design is NOT better then the behold's. anyone can say the behold is one beautifully designed handset. if u think the eternity looks better, ur lying to urself. the screen is bigger, but it doesnt make that much of a difference since the only advantage it would get over the behold is an easier to use keyboard. but the keyboard on the behold is a breeze to use. get ur facts straight.
7. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
I have my facts straight. I have put both phones side by side. The Behold has ugly soft keys and a boxy design that would have looked great in 1985.
12. GBallew (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Umm...looks are an entirely opinion matter. You can say "This phone looks cheap to me" or "to me, the behold looks better". I personally like the way this phone looks better than the behold and love the way it feels. Which is exactly why I got it, because FOR ME, its a better phone all around. The point of the story is: Just because it doesn't look the way YOU want it to, doesn't mean it isn't it doesn't look great to SOMEBODY ELSE.
10. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
I think the Eternity looks slightly nicer than the Behold. I owned the Behold for a couple weeks. It's nice, but the plastic battery door that sticks out in the back negates the metal backing, which is actually not a very cool color (Espresso). The buttons on the front of the Behold are cooler than the Eternity's, but the Eternity looks better overall. And the screen size is an issue. Surprisingly, 1/10th of an inch makes a difference when browsing the web, etc.
11. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
P.S. I also played with the Eternity quite a bit and actually ordered it through letstalk, but then cancelled because the phone was backordered. Now I have a G1. Go figure.