Samsung Evergreen Review
Being under the curve with its 2-megapixel camera, images produced by it aren't pretty to say the least. Instead, it produces some soft looking shots that lack vibrancy in just about every lighting condition. In fact, they appear to have a hazy appearance to them – which ultimately makes them look out of focused. Taking it indoors, things don't get any better seeing that images have an extremely muddy look to them. In the long run, the below average quality it's able to put out will indeed make anyone forget about taking photos with the handset.
You know that it generally won't get better in the video capture department if it fails in taking photos. Fittingly, it's only able to shoot at a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at a capture rate of 14 frames per second. Hardly impressive, there's a fair amount of pixelization that can be seen with its playback – which also doesn't aid its cause when there is some noticeable choppy movements as well.
Overlooking its conventional looking music player, which displays the essentials, we instantly are awaken by its crackly sounding tones that absolutely strain at the loudest volume setting. However, toning it down a couple of notches can prove to be tolerable to the ear.
Video playback can only be done in landscape orientation, but there's nothing too spectacular with its performance – even more when it's only able to load low quality videos. We managed to play a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution without much fault seeing that it runs effortlessly and without much hiccup.
With approximately 100MB of free internal storage out of the box, you can always supplement its capacity by adding a microSD card – which will happily accept a maximum size of 16GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
If you want to show off your eco-friendly phone to friends abroad, its quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz) connectivity will keep you connected at all times. And if you tire of holding your handset to your ear while placing a phone call, its inclusion of Bluetooth 2.1 will enable you to connect a wealth of wireless headsets to it.
Packing along Opera Mini, the handset is able to load up pages in a decent amount of time, but we did notice that it didn't fully load up all of the images on our site. Disregarding that one item, it does a commendable job in scrolling since it's responsive – although, it does take a couple of seconds to render images if you scroll too fast. Zooming in, it'll make text a lot easier to read both size-wise and the fact that it fits accordingly to the length of the display. Collectively, we're satisfied with the performance it's able to radiate.
In addition to Opera Mini, the Evergreen also comes with the NetFront Browser which unfortunately, pales into comparison in regards to performance. Sure it might produce better desktop-like visuals, but it's unable to load complex sites due to the paltry amount of memory on board. Granted that it manages to do fine with mobile friendly sites, its slower than molasses experience in scrolling full sites is a nightmare on its own – so it's probably better to stick with Opera Mini.
1. Tara (unregistered) posted on 03 Jun 2011, 22:38 0 0
Can you receive and send picture and video messages on this phone?
2. DavidChambers (unregistered) posted on 04 Sep 2011, 17:23 0 0
Does the social networking app cost?
3. Jeff (unregistered) posted on 29 Sep 2011, 15:57 0 0
this phone is awesome
4. dylan (unregistered) posted on 16 Oct 2011, 20:32 0 0
this phone is 100% the most terrible phone. never buy this s**tty phone i made the mistake it sucks big cock
5. CellMan posted on 31 Oct 2011, 21:20 0 0
This phone is terrible!! The texting has something called "predictive texting" Regardless what you type, it decides what you really mean and replaces your text with its text. For example, I typed Laguna and it replaced it with Vagina. So, I wanted to turn off or over ride this feature - not possible. I called Samsung, they told me to do all sorts of stuff that didn't work, it is insanity!!
6. amasc999 posted on 10 Mar 2012, 12:25 0 0
DO NOT BUY this phone...absolutely horrible. Phone shuts off, freezes calls automatically go to voice mail etc. etc. AT & T can't help. My wife and I both have one since Nov. Software updates haven't solved the problem. AT & T is aware this phone is a lemon. Tech's say the model constantly comes in for updates, repairs and exchanges. Customer Service admits the phone may shut off when changing from cell tower to cell tower and recognizes it's shortcomings. Samsung should be ashamed to produce this, AT & T should be ashamed to sell these knowing the problems.
You will be sorry, I am.