Samsung Eternity Review
Thanks to the Messaging menu, you can write and send text/multimedia messages and emails. There are no factory preloaded templates, but you can save such for both, text and multimedia messages. The T9 system is present here and it will assist you type text faster. Inputting text is done via the screen numeric keypad or turning the phone counterclockwise to display the full QWERTY keyboard. If neither option is to your liking, you can even use the handwriting recognition as an alternative to input text. Although the feature is welcomed, it does take longer using your finger to write out the character you wish to use.
You can use the Mobile Email application to set up to 5 email accounts with the phone. Unfortunately, it allows you to set up specific accounts supported by the software such as Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail and does not allow other email accounts, such as GMail. We have found that HTML emails will not display correctly on the phone and displayed random HTML tags.
Samsung Eternity is a quad-band GSM, which will allow you to use it overseas. High speed internet access is supported with the dual-band UMTS. However, the device does not support 3G access overseas in Europe.
We expected the presence of a good browser seeing that it is a high class device with a large touch screen. After seeing web pages run on phones such as the iPhone and the Samsung Omnia, we would hope to get a nearly flawless experience.
At first, when loading PhoneArena.com everything looks fine (correct visualization), but it is zoomed in at 100% and only a small part of the page can be seen. The browser does not provide you an option to see an overview of the page which would come handy for larger sites. The text doesn’t automatically rearrange and you’ll have to constantly scroll or zoom out, using the volume buttons. The browser is good and useful, but still the superiority of the champions is noticeable. One major item we are disappointed to point out is the long load time we witnessed while loading a page.
To connect locally, the model is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0, as well as with a USB port. The wireless method has an interesting visualization; the Eternity is visualized in the middle of a circle and all the other devices available are around it. When you want to pair the phone with another Bluetooth capable system, you have to drag and drop its icon on the one in the center.
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: 496; 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: 496; 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.