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Samsung Gravity 3 Review

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Software and Features:

The Gravity 3 follows tradition here with a simple menu inspired by the original myFaves carousel, though it can be changed to a more conventional grid menu if the user prefers.  It runs snappy on the 184MHz processor, something the Gravity T with TouchWiz struggled to do.

Samsung Gravity 3 has a simple menuinspired by the 
original myFaves carousel - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Samsung Gravity 3 has a simple menuinspired by the 
original myFaves carousel - Samsung Gravity 3 Review

Samsung Gravity 3 has a simple menu
inspired by the original myFaves carousel



The phonebook is good for a dumbphone.  It allows the user to store lots of information about a contact, including multiple phone numbers, email addresses, IM names, birthday and address info and a memo.  We were only able to activate the Nuance voice dialing using our Bluetooth headset.

Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Samsung Gravity 3 Review

As one might expect the Samsung Gravity 3 is heavy on the messaging aspect, but no moreso than any other messaging phone out there today.  SMS, MMS, IM and email are all supported, including Exchange support though we’re not sure why someone with such a basic phone would need that.  It’s still a good feature to trumpet though.  Users can create an audio postcard and the Social Buzz app is an aggregate of Twitter, Facebook and MySpace; a Friend Stream for dumbphones if you will.  The program is just a basic feed reader that allows you to quickly see your going-ons across all of your social network accounts, and you can of course update your status as well.

Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Samsung Gravity 3 Review


Camera, Multimedia and Web:

Samsung usually pleasantly surprises us with its low to mid-range camera performance, but not so with the Gravity 3.  Detail was good on images, but color reproduction wasn’t the greatest and there seemed to almost be a haze to the pictures.  There were some odd effects too, such as the sunrays visible in our medium lighting sample.  For reference the Samsung Smiley sample pictures were taken at the exact same time and didn’t produce the same effects.  Options are very basic, though it does offer panorama and mosaic modes along with smile detection.  The camcorder drops just about all of the limited options available with the camera and offers just QCIF recording, not even YouTube quality.

Outdoor images taken with Samsung Gravity 3 - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Outdoor images taken with Samsung Gravity 3 - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Outdoor images taken with Samsung Gravity 3 - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Outdoor images taken with Samsung Gravity 3 - Samsung Gravity 3 Review

Outdoor images taken with Samsung Gravity 3


Strong light - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity 3 Review
Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity 3 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

 

Indoor samples



The Gravity 3 does not have a dedicated music player, though it will let you play individual files from the memory card.  With no headphone jack the user is reliant on Bluetooth for handsfree calling.  The Gravity 3 clocks in with v2.1+EDR and supports the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP, SAP 1.1 profiles.

The Samusung Gravity 3 is a 3G phone, but the web browser is on par with what you would expect for a basic device.  It can get the job done on mobile pages but chokes up on full sites.  We attempted to load Opera Mini but the install failed, claiming that it could not connect to the internet despite the regular web browser being able to connect.

Samsung Gravity 3 Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


"The Samsung Gravity 3 is pretty similar in size to the Gravity 2 it replaces, actually increasing in length and girth (for the ladies!)." -Haha wow this is a new side of phonearena that i've never seen but i like it!

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 20:24

2. texter (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


Last month I purchased a Samsung Gravity 3. Already had to return it due to reception issues (lack of) and also speaker issues. My previous phone was a razor with TMobile service and reception was fine. My second Gravity 3 also has the same reception and speaker issues. When in Anchorage people form Anchorage who call me get a message that says my phone is not in service. When I'm in the lower 48 my friends in Anchorage say there are gaps where my voice is blocked. When in the Western US messages I leave on phones in the Western US are garbled. When the volume is turned up it sounds like the speaker is blowm and it is difficult to understand some folks. I will be returning my second Gravity 3 tomorrow! As a last note - the time display is ridiculously small and cannot be adjusted. At this time I would say thumbs DOWN for this phone.

posted on 25 Aug 2010, 19:39

3. Daniel Gutierrez (unregistered)


If you are listening music, you can't do anything else! :( Installing java apps and games it's a nightmare...

posted on 05 Oct 2010, 22:21

4. Roadrunner (unregistered)


Is an OK Phone. Blue tooth is the only option, which is not good in my opinion. I hate bluetooth since it is a struggle to hear, garbage technology.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 18:07

5. yomomma (unregistered)


Can you screenshot???? please help!

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
184 MHz
Size4.60 x 2.11 x 0.60 inches
(117 x 54 x 15 mm)
4.34 oz  (123 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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