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Samsung Magnet a257 Review

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Nothing really exciting or new in the software that runs on the Samsung Magnet a257. It's your standard AT&T software that you'll find on other similar devices just like the Slate. Navigating through the menus is not complex and just about anyone will get the hang of it. There are some minor personalization options you can change on the phone to make it look different from the rest - such as the theme or menu style options. Some of the dedicated buttons on the QWERTY will quickly launch the app so you don't have to go through various menus. It runs pretty swift with no noticeable slowdown whatsoever.

Home screen - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Main menu - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Home screen

Main menu



Entering contacts is an easy task with the phone being able to store up to 500 entries. You can add various phone numbers and information with each. Additionally, you can assign them a picture, ringtone, or group settings. It may not be as in depth when you compare it to some smart phones, but it gets the job done quick and fast.

Considering that the Samsung Magnet a257 has a QWERTY, it offers users a decent messaging experience. Text messaging is a breeze on the phone, but you'll have to manage it closely due to the limited memory. Once you  reach the 200 messages mark, the phone will need to delete some to free up some space. There are also 10 different templates you can use to quickly send.

There is nothing different with the Mobile Email application; it's the same one we've seen on pretty much all basic AT&T phones. Providers like Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail are simple to set up; only requiring a user name and password. It's just a shame that not all providers are supported; like Gmail. So if your specific email provider is not listed, you won't be able to get it on the Magnet.

Text messaging - The messaging options on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
The messaging options on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Email - The messaging options on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
IM - The messaging options on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Text messaging

 

Email

IM

The messaging options on the Samsung Magnet a257



Camera interface - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Camera interface

If you have the feeling to take a quick snapshot of something and sending it to a friend via MMS, the Magnet will get the job done. Just don't expect to take professional grade photos using the VGA (640x480 pixels) camera. You can quickly take a photo by pressing the dedicated button on the QWERTY. The interface is simple and is best used as a quick point and shoot.You can change some of the settings such as effects, white balance, or brightness though the menus.

If you're thinking about using the Samsung Magnet a257 to listen to songs or watch a video; you might think again. The limited memory is also a clear indication that the phone was not meant to have media playback capabilities. We even did not have any luck trying to play a YouTube video.

The Magnet is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and runs using EDGE speeds. So phone calls won't be a problem with this device, but you might not want to download a large file.

Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet is very limited and only recommend checking out mobile version of web sites. When trying to load our web site, we were greeted with the “Error: Document too large” message. Instead, mobile sites like Yahoo loaded up fine and scrolling can be accomplished using the d-pad or volume rocker. One of the other irritating item about the browser is that there is no stop button – you literally have to wait until the entire site has been downloaded to start navigating. Scrolling with the d-pad was excruciatingly slow; images seemed to take forever to show up.

Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet a257 - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Browsing web sites on the Samsung Magnet a257



There really aren't any other programs loaded with the phone that isn't found on other AT&T devices. The standard set of tools such as the calculator, calendar, notes, tip calculator, converter, timer, stopwatch, and world time can be found. If you want to keep in touch with friends by instant messaging them, you'll have your choice of AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger. Just make sure to have a data plan associated to your account if you plan on using it a lot.

As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Magnet a257 has a limited amount of memory with no expandability. You won't find a microSD slot, so it's necessary to keep track of what you want to keep. The Magnet comes with a paltry 16MB of memory; still less than the Pantech Slate's 20MB.

Calculator - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Calendar - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Alarms - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Tip Calculator - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Calculator

Calendar

Alarms

Tip Calculator

Converter - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Timer - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
Stopwatch - Samsung Magnet a257 Review
World time - Samsung Magnet a257 Review

Converter

Timer

Stopwatch

World time


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. heavybreathing (Posts: 276; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)


Deff an Iphone killer.

posted on 25 May 2009, 12:53

2. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)


haha

posted on 26 Nov 2010, 02:15

3. Anon E. Mouse (unregistered)


You've rated this piece of crap way too high.
False information about Bluetooth, it won't even pair with another samsung. I'm keeping my D500 for when I'm in a better reception area - it beats the A257 hands-down.

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Display2.2 inches, 220 x 176 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Size4.29 x 2.32 x 0.47 inches
(109 x 59 x 12 mm)
3.09 oz  (88 g)
Battery800 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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