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Samsung Gravity SMART Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Shifting things back a notch with its meager 600MHz single-core processor, it’s able to handle basic functions without much hardship, but it tends to crawl when graphically intensive live wallpapers are activated. Moreover, there’s a recognizable amount of delay when multiple apps are running in the background – making things like kinetic scrolling choppy in operation. Running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, it’s undeniably handicapped versus what we see on other handsets, which is due to its lack of Samsung specific widgets. Besides that, it’s pretty much the same experience with its characteristic TouchWiz layout.

The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo


It’s almost unfathomable to comprehend why some people want to input text besides using the physical keyboard, but as usual, you’re presented with the on-screen Samsung and Swype keyboards – albeit, there is no landscape support. Although it exhibits some acceptable responsiveness, we’re limited in speed due to its cramped confines. And in all honesty, it’s best to use the physical keyboard for all your needs. Also, it’s worth noting that the handset is “cloud-enabled” with its Cloud Texting feature that allows you to manage your texts directly from any internet connected PC or tablet.

Unsurprisingly, the Gmail experience is more than satisfactory since it offers all the features you’d expect from any Android powered smartphone – like support for multiple accounts and labeling. As for setting up additional services, it’ll normally just require your email address and password, but for some less popular ones, it needs additional information to properly set up.

Cloud Texting - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Gmail - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Cloud Texting

Gmail

  

Boasting all the usual set of Google apps, T-Mobile’s presence is heavily known on the handset with pre-loaded apps like T-Mobile AppPack, T-Mobile Highlight, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile Name ID, and Visual Voicemail. Additionally, there are a bunch of other third party apps along for the ride – such as AIM, AllShare, Bejeweled 2, DriveSmart, and Glympse, Photobucket, TeleNav GPS Navigation, and UNO.

Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART



Camera and Multimedia:

With its 3.2-megapixel fixed focused camera in the rear, the Samsung Gravity SMART captures some barely passable images. Overall, it produces photos that lack fine detail, with pale looking colors to make them appear more like a painting than anything else. However, its LED flash proves to be potent in illuminating dimly lit environments – though, it casts a yellowish tinge with close-ups.

Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART


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

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
5ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
7ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Indoor samples


Scary to say, you’ll forget about shooting videos with this one, mainly because it has a maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240. Not only does it look completely indiscernible, but its sluggish capture rate of 14 frames per second will make you think twice about shooting anything.

Samsung Gravity Smart Sample Video:




Finding the conventional Android music player, it’s always functional in playing some tunes, but its presentation isn’t something that captures our attention. Outputting some audible tones with its speaker on the middle volume setting, it sounds sharp and irritating when it’s at the highest level. Fortunately, we’re greeted with a variety of equalizer settings to better adjust to the particular genre of music it’s playing.

The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

The music player


Thinking more about its tiny display and slow processor, the video watching experience on the Samsung Gravity SMART is challenging to say the least. Loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 720 x 480 resolution, it buckles under the pressure due to the noticeable amount of delay with its audio as the video is playing.

Video playback - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Video playback


Better than having nothing at all, the handset is preloaded with a 2GB microSD card, but it can obviously be replaced with others up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

If you can overlook its 3G speeds and lack of Flash support, you’ll actually find a decent web browsing experience with its tight controls. From kinetic scrolling to pinch zooming, it executes navigational operations without much delay to make web surfing more than forgiving on this mid-range device.

Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Web browsing


Perfect for those trips abroad, you’ll be able to place voice calls in pretty much any location around the world, but it’ll only get 3G speeds in the US running on T-Mobile’s specific AWS band. Much like its contemporaries, the handset features additional connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi.

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posted on 23 Jul 2011, 07:29

1. yila (unregistered)


I don't understand why you're being so harsh with your review of this phone. It's really not that bad. Also, AGAIN with the guy with the speech impediment doing video reviews? Really, Phonearena?

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 00:07

2. cali (unregistered)


Dude why you ragging on this phone i have it and i love it better than some high end phones .come on man a 4 thats just over doing it. you suppose to review the phone not bash it.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 01:30

3. Cm123 (unregistered)


Even what you said and rate the phone at a 4 I still want to get the Samsung Gravity Smart it seems really cool.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 16:46

4. me (unregistered)


this phone really sucks. it freezes all the time and just today it shut off and wont turn back on !!

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 11:05

5. Anybody (unregistered)


This phones sucks ass! I can install of a total of like what 5 apps on my phones before it runs out of memory!!! (Sarcasm) but still this phones sucks! Totally agree with the review.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 09:47

6. Boris (unregistered)


I completely disagree with your review. It's a great phone and wonder what your agenda is by your visceral reation to this phone.

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 12:44

7. DAlvin (unregistered)


It is a terrible phone, I'm paying & for some reason it won't call, text, facebook, internet, etc.. Terrible phone.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 09:28

8. Captainbob (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


I got a Gravity Smart from T-Mobile, had it for a few days and it started really killing the battery after 4-5 hours and giving me out of memory messages. I looked on the T Mobile support forum and there were numerous complaints abut this very issue of the memory. T-mobile had no solution other than to delete everything you can every week or so, or get a better phone. Of course there is a $50 restocking fee. I finally brought it back to the T-Mobile store, paid the $50 and got a Samsung Exhibit 2 4G phone. The difference in the 2 phones is unreal and now I have 4 gigs of memory instead of less than a gig. I loaded up alot of apps yesterday and have only used 12% of the memory.

Stay away from the Gravity Smart, it's junk.

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 22:02

9. mgutt (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


This phone sucks! I'm on my 4th one from T-mobile and I have to power off if I drive a half mile or I can't text or call anyone, and the internet takes 10 minutes to load, IF it does at all.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:32

10. wyfy-syfy (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Most of you complaining about the internal memory should have took time to check the specs. I didn't so it was fault not the phone, rule 1 you should always check the specs.

With that being said its not a bad entry phone , actually its one of the best ,it never froze on me and the battery is decent. But this review guy always ragging on low in phones especially Tmobile phones.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 18:44

11. mluna (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


This phone, sucks so bad. My mom has had some baddies. But hands down this one is THE WORST. The first day my mom got it, it was fine. Worked fine, battery was fine. The the first week, battery started acting up, and it would ie after an hour of regular use. After a few months, she dropped it, Nd the screen stopped working.(first times he had dropped it) ordered another one. Again, battery sucks, Internet sucks, ALWAYS freezes and calls would be dropped. She dropped it the second day she got it, screen shattered. Ordered another one. Same thing, Internet is slow, freezes, BATTERY SUCKS, and calls are dropped.
So we Are on our third phone, and I can tell you, it sucks. There is no me memory. I downloaded 3 apps and it tells me memory is almost full! It's filled with a bunch of useless apps you can't delete that's why!!
Please don't waste your money on this piece of junk, you're better off using a Nindento DS

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Display3.2 inches
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.48 x 2.31 x 0.55 inches
(114 x 59 x 14 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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