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Samsung Eternity Review

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Samsung Eternity Review
No matter what new and various capabilities the modern phones have, their main purpose is to be able to make a call. In this aspect, the Eternity did a pretty good job. The voices from the earpiece were quite audible with very little noise. People on the other side said that they were able to hear our voices quite well, without any problem. On the other hand, using the speaker phone can be a task – people stated that our voice was unclear and we found ourselves repeating our words over and over again. There was also some crackling with the speaker phone when it was placed on its maximum volume setting. We would have like to see Samsung use a separate speaker for this.

According to the manufacturer the battery should provide 5 hours of talk-time and about 250 hours of standby. On a brighter note, Samsung packed a larger capacity 1300 mAh battery with the Eternity and we managed to get roughly the same results. When performing memory intensive applications like web browsing, we were able to use the phone an entire day without having to recharge. Thanks to the light sensor on the device, battery drain from the screen is reduced to a minimum.

Finally, we were quite pleased with the overall experience of the phone software. Boot up time for the device from a cold start took less than thirty seconds. With all the fancy animations and transition effects used by the phone, we still did not recognize any lag. Consumers will be content with the device without having too many frustrations waiting for something to load up.


Conclusion:

Yes, we know that the Eternity was reduced in almost every way when you compare it to similar TouchWiz handsets, like the Pixon, but it isn’t bad at all. The overall experience we got out of the phone more than makes up for the lack of serious hardware specs. Fast can be an understatement, because it is literally lightning quick from startup to running applications in the background. When compared to other current 3-megapixel camera phones, the Eternity goes above and beyond even though it is nowhere close its 5- and 8-megapixel cousins overseas. It has good multimedia features, including mobile TV, which is fun to watch on the bright 3.2” display. In addition, this is all packed into a relatively slim and light weight body that doesn’t look bad at all.

Pros

  • TouchWiz interface
  • Brilliant screen
  • Lightning quick software

Cons

  • Long load times with the browser
  • Few personalization options
  • Single speaker design
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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

posted on 13 Dec 2008, 01:07

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.

posted on 13 Dec 2008, 08:07

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.

posted on 15 Dec 2008, 07:33

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.

posted on 10 Feb 2009, 20:30

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.

posted on 13 Dec 2008, 14:53

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?

posted on 14 Dec 2008, 05:13

5. baldilocks (Posts: 494; 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.

posted on 14 Dec 2008, 13:30

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.

posted on 14 Dec 2008, 15:18

7. baldilocks (Posts: 494; 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.

posted on 15 Dec 2008, 17:33

9. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)


ok buddy. think wat u want.

posted on 10 Feb 2009, 20:01

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.

posted on 18 Dec 2008, 22:25

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.

posted on 18 Dec 2008, 22:28

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.

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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (146 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.30 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(109 x 56 x 13 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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