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Samsung Gravity T Review

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Interface, Phonebook and Messaging:

Samsung has employed TouchWiz to power the Gravity T and the normally usable UI is downright maddening on this phone.  It is painstakingly slow, often taking a second or more to respond to an input.  The device is obviously woefully underpowered, a surprise considering the relative quickness of the entry-level Seek.  Though there is an onscreen keyboard available it is virtually useless due to the lag, and even lack of input recognition altogether.  The same holds true for the dialpad.

Samsung Gravity T uses the TouchWiz interface - Samsung Gravity T Review
Samsung Gravity T uses the TouchWiz interface - Samsung Gravity T Review
Samsung Gravity T uses the TouchWiz interface - Samsung Gravity T Review

Samsung Gravity T uses the TouchWiz interface


The phonebook is a bright spot for the Gravity T, offering near-smartphone levels of contact information.  The Gravity T recognizes both first and last names- uncommon for a featurephone- and allows for multiple phone numbers, emails, IM names and even multiple address, plus a note if that’s not enough.  Directly from the phonebook you can choose to either call or message a contact.  Voice dialing is handled by Nuance, but must be activated via the TouchWiz bar (where it is not automatically listed) or via a widget; you cannot activate it using the send button.  Another annoyance is that the screen automatically locks once a call is connected, making it annoying if you want to activate the speakerphone or need to input numbers from the dialpad.

The phonebook is a bright spot 
for the Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review
The phonebook is a bright spot 
for the Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review

The phonebook is a bright spot for the Gravity T


All of your standard messaging options are available on the Samsung Gravity T including SMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN and Yahoo!).  The Gravity T actually has Exchange support though we don’t see any business users picking up this youth-oriented device with speed issues.

Samsung Gravity T Review


Camera and Multimedia:

Samsung traditionally does well with low megapixel devices and the Gravity T is no exception.  Images were quite crisp and color reproduction was good, all things considered.  There was some graining in low-light situations, but that is to be expected and we’ve seen other phones perform much worse.   Options are decent as well, with mosaic and panorama modes, smile detection and brightness and white balance adjustment.  Videos can be shot at a max 320x240, which these days isn’t even YouTube quality anymore.

Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review
Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Gravity T - Samsung Gravity T Review

Outdoor samples taken with Samsung Gravity T


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

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Indoor samples


The music player is the same one we’ve seen with TouchWiz devices in the past and it performs just as well.  It’s quite adequate for a device of the Gravity T’s caliber and allows music to play in the background while the user does something else, or nothing at all.  It can be controlled via a homescreen widget thanks to the TouchWiz interface.  Lack of a 3.5mm jack means that you’re either going to be using the phone’s single speaker or a stereo Bluetooth headset.


Data and Connectivity:

The Samsung Gravity T is a global GSM device with 3G on the 2100 and 1700MHz bands.  It has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and supports the HSP  1.1, HFP  1.5, OPP, FTP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP and SAP  1.1 profiles.  The web browser leaves much to be desired; while it loaded complex pages such as phonearena.com, it took literally minutes to do it over 3G to the point that it is unusable for all but the most basic mobile sites.  The Gravity T does offer GPS navigation with TeleNav pre-loaded, though the service runs $9.99/month after your 30-day trial period.

The internet browser - Samsung Gravity T Review
The internet browser - Samsung Gravity T Review

The internet browser


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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


"Cons: high price for what you get" then you scroll down a few inches and see that you can get it for free. Nice.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 05:32

2. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


Through indirect retail sellers, you can get it for free. Through T-Mobile, you'll have to pay $80. Wirefly, LetsTalk, Radioshack, Best Buy Mobile, etc. etc... they all offer phones at lower prices. Many free, even smartphones. However, the official price from the carrier is $80.

posted on 25 Jul 2010, 05:37

3. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


My sister got this phone last week. Its not horrible but its not great either. I recommended to her (and anyone else who gets this phone) to install Opera Mini 5 on the phone. The stock browser is trash.

posted on 20 Dec 2010, 12:48

4. mark (unregistered)


i think this phone is nice enough for what i use, which is just calling and texting. of course this isn't a smartphone so don't expect it to be mind blowing.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 14:05

5. Joshua777 (unregistered)


Hi my name is joshua i had this phone and this is the worst phone i haved in my life....it freezes toooooo much....i juss wanna break it....the charging strength not soo good....so i reccomend DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE....I RATHER HAV A CHEAPER PHONE!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 11:10

6. Tmw (unregistered)


I hate this phone!!!!! It is the worst phone I've ever had. I would have returned it within the 30 day trial but my daughter had scratched the screen trying to get the touch screen to work. It freezes up, the touch screen is not accurate, it powers off on it's own and the camera doesn't alway close on it's own, I've had to take the battery out to turn it off. I do not reccomend. HORRIBLE PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 18:26

7. lisainwarren (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Junk! Querty keyboard is great but that's about it. The touch screen has never been accurate and now does not work at all. Luckily I have it insured and TMobile is replacing it with the Samsung Comet....we'll see how that goes. I do not recommend the Gravity T at all!!!!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 16:55

8. jake (unregistered)


good phone ib want it i have gravity 3

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
184 MHz
Size4.29 x 2.23 x 0.59 inches
(109 x 57 x 15 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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