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Samsung Highlight T749 Review

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Home screen - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Main menu - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Home screen

Main menu

Although we've seen the TouchWiz interface updated for some of Samsung's premier devices, the Samsung Highlight T749 just rolls along with the same old one found on the Behold and Memoir. There are a tad bit more widgets to choose from so you can drag them onto the home screen, but nothing really stood out more than others. There's no denying how much personalization can be done with the various widgets and their placement. The one thing that we were disappointed in was the sluggish feel of the overall interface. Transition effects used for menu changes definitely felt slower to execute, but it did not adversely affect the experience of navigating on the phone.

Creating contacts is a simple procedure that anyone can accomplish. It offers more information to be inputted than other basic handsets – phone numbers, email addresses, home address, ringtones, and screen names can all be saved. Memory won't be an issue because the Highlight will retain up to 2,000 contacts.

Depending on the user, touch screen phones can be just as swift when it comes to text messaging. The virtual QWERTY is responsive with vibrations accompanying each press. There's also a handwriting tool that we found quite frustrating because it does not accurately register what is written on screen. Finally, you can use the dialing pad for a more traditional way.

Text input on the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Text input on the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Text input on the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Text input on the Samsung Highlight T749



Instant messaging is provided by Oz, which allows for clients like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger to be used. In addition, the email applications is also powered by Oz and allows users a variety of popular providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL. The list is limited and there isn't an option to manually input specific providers – which unfortunately is a downer.

Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review


The Samsung Highlight T749 comes with only three third party applications – Brain Challenge 2, Midnight Pool 2, and TeleNav Navigator. The first two are demo games which will require you to purchase the full version after playing a bit. The TeleNav software is your GPS turn-by-turn application which was useful and accurate during our testing. Lacking third party software was an eyesore; we expected more offerings from the Highlight. Other than that, the typical tools like the calculator, world clock, converter, and RSS reader are found.

Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Samsung Highlight T749 Review


The 3-megapixel camera may not have an imposing figure over what is offered on the Behold and Memoir. It actually works well and images taken were tolerable at the least. Outdoor shots produced the best results – colors were rich, while detail good enough for a 4” x 6” print out. Indoor images had a hazy look to them; making colors a bit more muted. The camera interface is similar to the Behold which has two columns of icons that allows for various functions to be changed. There are five resolutions you can choose; from 400 x 240 to the maximum 2048 x 1536. As we've stated, the camera can take decent photos depending on the lighting conditions.


Camera interface - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Camera interface



Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Highlight T749 - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Outdoor photos taken with the Samsung Highlight T749


Strong light - Indoor Samples - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Medium light - Indoor Samples - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Low light - Indoor Samples - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor Samples


Music player - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Music player

Camcorder interface - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Camcorder interface



Taking videos on the Samsung Highlight T749 should be reserved for MMS use – due to the maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Videos weren't too pixelated as we first thought and the frame rate was surprisingly smooth with very little choppiness. Audio from the produced video sounded muffled, but still audible enough to make out conversations. Not the best in taking those precious moments, but adequate enough for those random situations that come up.

Following the same trend we're starting to notice, the Highlight utilizes the exact music player found on the Behold and Memoir. The interface has all the usual functions you would find on any player – reverse, pause/play, forward, and repeat. In addition, other information like the album cover art, artist, song name, and length are displayed. It's not the prettiest that we've seen, but gets the job done. The speaker phone manages to play songs smoothly without and crackling when placed on the highest volume. Exiting back to the home screen will display the media player widget so you can control it directly from there.

Watching videos was a breeze with the Highlight – results were similar to previous TouchWiz devices.  Movie trailers we used in MPEG4 320 x 240 and H.264 320 x 136 format played smoothly without any noticeable lag. The accelerometer will automatically switch it to the correct orientation almost immediately. Sound coming from the speaker phone was clear and on queue during the entire playback – resulting in perfect synchronization. We can't complain about the Samsung Highlight's video performance.

Watching videos - Samsung Highlight T749 Review
Watching videos - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Watching videos



Browsing the web - Samsung Highlight T749 Review

Browsing the web




If music and videos are your thing, you'll be able to use microSD cards of up to 16GB in capacity for the Samsung Highlight.
 
Taking the handset to other countries for voice calls won't be an issue with it's quad-band GSM capability (850/900/18000/1900 Mhz). For data use, the dual-band UMTS device (1700/2100 Mhz) will get 3G speeds on the AWS band in the US.

It's the usual fanfare we've seen for the web browser found on the Samsung Highlight T749. Scrolling isn't as smooth as something you would see with Opera, but it's more than adequate for a non-smart phone. You can choose from either a desktop or mobile view; the latter optimizing sites for a single column view. Pages rendered almost like what you see on a computer, although it did take quite some time. We recommend waiting for the entire page to load before moving around the site. As much as we think the need for manual zooming is a painstaking process with the Highlight, it rearranges the page quickly so you won't be waiting that much.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


hate the color schemes...... only thing i like about it over my behold is that it has more widgets (weather widget)

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Size4.27 x 2.11 x 0.54 inches
(108 x 54 x 14 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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