Samsung Gravity 2 T469 Review
Samsung doesn't go over the top in the software behind the hardware on the Gravity 2 – it's the same one we saw on the Samsung Comeback. T-Mobile customers will recognize the myFaves home screen to allow quick access to their closest contacts. The rotating carousel of icons used for the main menu is accompanied by an animation. Unfortunately there is little room to personalize the device – you'll only have access to modify the wallpaper. Luckily though, navigating is a simple process just about anyone can get adjusted to – no slowdown or complicated menus on here.
There's nothing to it when attempting to create a contact for your address book. Like other basic phones, you'll have the option to place information such as phone numbers, email addresses, screen names, home addresses, and birthdays for each individual. The Samsung Gravity 2 is able to hold up to 1,000 contacts directly on the phone.
The messaging aspect of the Samsung Gravity 2 won't disappoint the experienced texters out there. On top of sending SMS, you can use the Audio Postcard offering to quickly send an MMS with audio to a friend. If instant messaging is more your cup of tea, then either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger can be selected to instant message buddies. Just like other IM clients found on similar handsets, it'll still run on the background if you exit back to the home screen. Finally, the email client will suffice due to its ability to use just about any provider; as long as you input the server addresses. All in all, the messaging capabilities of the Gravity 2 are on par with other devices we've seen for T-Mobile.
We're unsure why Samsung does not pack yet another messaging device with some additional software. All you get out of the box are two demo games (The Sims 3 and Tetris) and TeleNav GPS Navigator. It's nothing different from what we've experienced on other phones. Finally the usual set of tools like the tip calculator, world clock, converter, and RSS reader are expectedly found – some more useful than others.
Unfortunately, photo enthusiasts will not be able to take quality shots with the 2-megapixel camera of the Gravity 2. It does not produce decent photos worth taking. Even with the steadiest of hands, images came out somewhat blurry, lacking fine detail, and colors seemed to be dull. Sure it may be good enough for MMS use, but we wouldn't consider it as frame worthy. The interface loads up quickly and shots are saved two seconds after pressing the shutter. You can modify some of the settings through the menus which we found very simple to navigate.
Just like taking photos, videos taken on the Gravity 2 are best reserved for MMS use. One reason for this is the maximum resolution of 176x144 pixels. Of course there wasn't too much slowdown or choppiness, but the low resolution will make it difficult to distinguish just about anything. Sound captured during the video was audible; although it was a bit muffled. We'd venture to say to minimize taking videos on the device unless it's for MMS use.
Samsung really wanted to go bare bones with the music player – it's one of the most basic looking ones we've seen yet. The on screen functions like forward, reverse, pause, and stop are controlled by the directional pad. Other than that, the song title and remaining time are displayed on the boring looking music player. It'll stop playing if you do exit back to the home screen – sorry, but there's no love for music on this device. Sound from the speaker produced some decent tones except when placed on the loudest setting; causing some crackling.
You may want to stay clear of the Gravity2 if you want plan on using it for video playback. The poor viewing angles of the screen really deteriorates its appeal for watching videos. It could not even load any of our test videos in MPEG4, H.263, or H.264 formats. Fortunately though, we loaded up YouTube and were able to watch a clip – granted though it was extremely pixelated. It did play pretty smooth for the most part. Sound is the same with it being distinguishable unless it's placed on the loudest setting – crackling all around at that point.
We know that some out there are going to use the phone for its media capabilities – that's where saving to a microSD card comes into play. It will accept cards of up to 16GB in size.
quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz) handset with 3G connectivity in the US thanks to the dual-band (1700/2100 Mhz) UMTS support.
Surfing the web is powered by the NetFront browser on the Gravity 2 – it was able to load up complex sites in a decent amount of time. Scrolling may be an issue for some because it can be sluggish at times when trying to move through a long site. Horizontal scrolling can be eliminated if you set it to smart-fit view though. No page overview option available and you can manually resize the look to zoom in or out – there's a good time waiting for it to reorganize the display. The browsing experience was a little lacking when comparing it to the Samsung Comeback – the smaller screen doesn't help either.
1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
id rather get this than the comeback cuz the comeback has that tiny little screen like the env2 and the gravity has a better camera
2. phone-nerd101 (unregistered)
THIS FONE SUCKSSS!!!!!!!!!!! I have had 3 of them already! All of them have screwed up! The picture i hrrible, not to mention when you slide it back itdoesnt change the landscape! Even crappy fones do that! People txt me and I NEVER receive them sometims! People say they call me, but I never got the call! Somtimes I won't send my messages it just keeps on sayin sending, sending, sending, until I exit out! And every time I go back and try it again it still won't do it! And the next day my friends are like " Why did you keep sendin me the same message?" Sometimes when I slide it bck it gets frozen! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAPPY FONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3. Eh. (unregistered)
You were wrong on one thing about the review.. you can play music while texting, surfing the web, etc. You have to go to settings and click Background Playing on.. Though you do have to go back to the music player to change to a song you like if you want to.. Side Note: To quit the music player on the home screen, press END and a prompt should pop up saying "Stop Music Player".. if you dont want to listen to music anymore click yes.. lol thought I would bring that up..