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Samsung FlipShot Review

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Performance:

The reception and call quality of the FlipShot are both excellent and are equal to that of the Gleam, but still not quite as good as the V9m. We were able to place and receive calls in fringe areas, where other devices such as the Juke could not. The sound quality through the earpiece speaker was identical to that of the Gleam, lacking in any background noise or interference. We could only hear a slight distortion during calls when raising the earpiece volume to High. Using the Speakerphone sounded good, as long as the volume remained around Medium, since raising it to high would also cause some distortion. During our test calls, people that we spoke to using lands-lines said that our voice sounded natural and did not have any static or interference present.

Accessing any of the downloaded applications is easy and there is very little delay in opening them up. We also did not encounter the random re-boot problem that happened a few times while we were testing the Gleam. The FlipShot has a total of 56MB of internal memory, but only 35MB is available to the user. For additional storage of music, pictures, and videos, you can install a microSD card up to 4GB in size.

The included 880mAh battery is rated by Samsung to have 3.5 hours of talk time or 10 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing revealed 3 hours of talk time on a full charge.


Conclusion:

The Samsung FlipShot is a nice upgrade from the A990, but we were anticipating a lot more. Both the Sound Quality and Reception are excellent, so using it as a phone is highly recommended. The redesigned keypad is easier to use, the new themes look nice, and the MP3 player sounds good. Unfortunately the Camera, which is its main selling point, is also its biggest disappointment. Even though images are captured at 3MP, the AutoFocus system is too slow and images don’t look as good as other 2MP phones, such as the V9m or Voyager, nor as good as a cheap 3MP digital cam. Because of this, we can’t recommend the FlipShot for someone who is looking for a top quality camera-phone, since the V9m and Voyager are both better choices. But if you have you heart set on a 3MP camera-phone for Verizon, then the FlipShot is your only option.

Pros

  • Excellent call quality and signal reception
  • QVGA internal display that can rotate 180-degrees
  • FlashUI themes
  • Bluetooth music support

Cons

  • Small external display that shows wallpapers too dark
  • 3MP Camera is not up to par with most other “high end” cell phones
  • Browser has problems displaying large HTML sites
  • TV-Out cable must be purchased separately
PhoneArena rating:
6.5
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. T-Money3000 (unregistered)


I think this phone's camera's awesome but otherwise it's nothing new/different. Swivel-screens are cool but more than required. If one buys this, you'll be happy but I doubt it'll be worth the extra $$. Just get the Gleam (u700).

posted on 25 Jan 2008, 22:56

2. B (unregistered)


This was a very helpful guide! Thank you for all of the detailed pictures!

posted on 11 Feb 2008, 01:39

3. vzemployee (unregistered)


what you need to know is that the a990 was a 3.2 mp camera and the price point on that phone was double the flipshots even after it was discontinued. i never thought it was a good idea to spend 3 to 4 hundred on a phone unless it was badass. 150 right now for the flipshot is worth it if your main thing is the camera.

posted on 25 Mar 2008, 09:56

4. (unregistered)


I decided to buy the flipshot phone in January only to find a programming bug when trying to use the calendar. If you attempt to save both weekly and yearly data, the data becomes altered irreparably. If you use your calendar often to save dates, hold off on buying the phone until Samsung fixes this program

posted on 25 Mar 2008, 21:13

5. (unregistered)


This bug has been in a few Samsung phones for a while now, and they sitll haven't fixed it.

posted on 12 Aug 2008, 19:37

6. custmaltima (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Aug 2008)


The pictures are awesome with this phone. The phonearena's review says the pictures didn't impress them and were lower quality than the envy(I think) the voyager and a few others. The envy doesn't hold a stick to the pictures this phone takes. everything else seems great and no complaints. I love that it is different and a very nice looking phone.

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 13:07

7. B.K. (unregistered)


I have had this phone for over 2 years now, and I enjoy it very much. It has lasted me a long time, and has been dropped several times. I use the picture, video, texting, and talking frequently,also I use the calculator, the measure ment converter, the world clock, and the currencey converter. I have a 2Gig SDcard in it for video and Music. The music is great out of the phones speakers. The SpeakerPhone is very good also. I do not use it to go online, blue tooth, calender, or Verizon "Get It Now".

The only issues I have had with it are, Receving a message while sending a Picture or Video Message, and Trying to open a picture message while talking to a land line. Any issues can be solved by turning the phone off, then on again. this takes about 25 seconds.
The Battery takes at most 3 and a half hours to charge, but lasts about 10 hours being on all day with talking on it for about 2 hours.

Video Recording and watching will drain the battery quickly compaired to Taking on it.

Over all I am very pleased with this phone and do not worrie about its life span of use. I have not replaced the battery since I first got it.
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size3.76 x 1.83 x 0.73 inches
(95.5 x 46.5 x 18.5 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery880 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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