Samsung Galaxy M Pro Preview
We have a 1GHz processor in the Samsung Galaxy M Pro, which is pretty much standard for mid-tier handsets this day and age. It powers Android 2.3 Gingerbread fairly well on our prototype unit, devoid of lag or hiccups, but we'll spare a verdict for the final unit.
Samsung has tailored the TouchWiz overlay properly for the widescreen realities. The dock with shortcuts to your most used functions is now on the right-hand side of the homescreen by default, or it can be moved around, instead of being anchored at the bottom.
Having both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard means they complement each other pretty well for making selections faster and typing easier. When we add several enterprise features that the Samsung Galaxy M Pro sports, like Cisco Mobile, WebEx and Sybase Afaria for corporate phone management, it certainly becomes a suitable handset if you are the type that has to wear a suit all day.
Messaging, Internet and Connectivity:
Keying in those texts, ChatON messages or status updates is pretty quick with the spacious physical keyboard, and a bonus of having half the phone filled with buttons, is that the screen doesn't get covered by a virtual keyboard, so visually the real estate is the same while typing.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread browser on the Galaxy M Pro performs its duties pretty well, save for the fact that it doesn't have pinch-to-zoom on this form factor, and doesn't support desktop Adobe Flash. The lack of Flash is a downer, since other Android phones with 1GHz processors are certainly capable of displaying those interactive restaurant menus on the go, but let's not forget we are dealing with a non-final unit here, and the software is still being tweaked for the handset. Text reflow fits the page content well on the screen, in digestible for reading format.
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro sports a decent suite of connectivity options for your busy lifestyle, too – 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 2G, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and FM Radio with RDS. It lacks DLNA connectivity, though, so you can forget about choppy streaming to your enabled TV or home stereo via the Wi-Fi router.
Camera and Multimedia:
The snapshots coming out of the 5MP camera on the Galaxy M Pro are rather decent.
capture WVGA video with 30fps, which is borderline watchable, but shy of 720p HD video, which we are spoiled with from the current 1GHz mid-rangers.
The handset is capable of running MPEG-4 videos, even above the screen resolution, but DivX/Xvid support is missing out of the box, you will have to search Android Market for software solutions.
The Samsung Galaxy M Pro left a very good impression with us. Its main selling point, the portrait physical QWERTY keyboard, seems well-executed, with spacious key canvass and, since the handset is pretty wide, the buttons are large enough to avoid pressing them in tandem. The phone is also pretty thin and very light, and has a fairly distinct two-tone chassis with a brushed metal element on the back cover, giving it a more premium feel.
When we add a 5MP camera with LED flash, the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread version, and the enterprise features, the Samsung Galaxy M Pro seems a worthy contender to battle for the attention of the corporate IT department, or anyone who digs this form factor without willing to break the bank for it. The phone could sway some BlackBerry fans which are looking to make the switch to Android, but don't want to give up their thumbboards, but we'll have to get a finalized unit of the Samsung Galaxy M Pro in order to determine how likely this scenario might be.
Samsung Galaxy M Pro Video Preview:
This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.
1. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
the lack of multi touch is a pain in ass,I have a galaxy pro and i have experienced it...............This handset should come with multi touch.....
17. queque (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
who cares..it has trackpad though..for zooming it has dedicated button on the keyboard..doesnt really miss multitouch on small screen though..
2. nick5719 (unregistered)
Surely better than the old galaxy pro, and maybe even htc status, but no flash is a downer
3. Seidorf (unregistered)
To the reviewer, does the phone have a LED notification Light for missed calls and new messages?
4. Juniioo (unregistered)
Wait, no pinch to zoom? But the HTC Chacha has pinch to zoom? This better much cheaper than the HTC Chacha
5. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
It looks like a Blackberry with the RIM logo crossed out and "Samsung" written in a different place, at a glance.
6. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
spec better than HTC chacha but I think HTC interface is much better
7. Liouijd (unregistered)
Specs might be better than the Chacha but this phone does not even have pinch to zoom.
11. Samsung....NOT! (unregistered)
Considering the last 3 phones I have purchased were all Samsung and all were crap I plan to totally avoid any and all Samsung products. "The Rant" should have been called "The joke" it had several issues but the main problem was the arrogant Samsung Tech support which eventually told Sprint Corp that IF they decide to fix the issues they would notify the customer. Next the "intercept" which should have been the "Fumble" What a joke if you need to reboot the phone it takes 5-10 mins so hopefully it does not lock up and crash (as it frequently does) in an emergency as waiting 10 mins to call 911 could be the difference between life and death. Finally the "Epic" should have been called the "Error". The phone, although more dependable then the Intercept. It screws up texts and routinely destroys SD cards (also know people with the T mobile version and it does the same on that network). My Next phone (or for that matter any other electronics items) will NOT be anything with the name Samsung.
12. Tarek le Druide (unregistered)
The HTC ChaCha has the pinch to zoom and flash...
14. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This phone is just perfect especially for journalists and writers. gone are the days of ballpoint pens and notepads. this device makes writing excellently convrnient.
15. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Of course am not using it at the moment so that explains the typo error above. otherwise all would be just perfect. samsung galaxy M pro is the phone i have been dreaming about.
16. dingcervantes (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Also why complain about lack of pinching when you can use one finger to enlarge the screen? pinching requires two fingers.
18. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
The biggest problem is that is is still not available and clear statement if it will be released at all :(. I start to feel that they released the Y PRO to check how the market will react and forgot about this one.
It is sad that there are no more Android phones with this form-factor.