Samsung Monte S5620 Preview
As we have already mentioned, the Samsung Monte S5620 is a feature phone running a refreshed version of Samsung´s TouchWiz interface. Since it´s the first time we have seen it, we will take a closer look at the novelties it offers.
Frankly, it is not that dissimilar from the previous edition. The home screen consists of three separate pages, where you can place widgets - they are now arranged in a horizontal menu that is accessible via the “edit” key. Samsung seems to have worked on the functionality of the widgets as well – for an instance, you can enter the time/date settings by clicking on the clock. Moreover, even if those dedicated to social networking (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter) are not a novelty feature really, the applications they start run smoothly and are more usable now. Finally, they are available directly from the main menu, so you don’t have to bury your home screen under tons of widgets any longer.
Speaking of the main menu, it is still divided into several pages and all icons on them can be freely rearranged. Just like with the Samsung Jet S8000, exiting applications via the hardware button in the middle leaves them running in the background, meaning they are not stopped. Keeping the same button pressed for a while calls up the task manager that reminds of the Palm Pre´s cards.
When you do searches in the phone contacts, you can see the two uppermost results at a time. We were slightly surprised to find out the Samsung Monte S5620 lacks QWERTY keyboard, but perhaps the manufacturer will fix the issue before the final units hit the shelves.
Connectivity and GPS:
We have already mentioned the Samsung Monte S5620 comes with 3G and Wi-Fi. But it also features the capable Dolfin browser that we know well from the Samsung Jet S8000 – it offers partial Flash support, meaning it plays Flash videos and visualizes certain page elements, but fails to load sites like Vimeo. Still, we suppose the handset will be great for surfing the Web. Our prototype has certain troubles loading heavier pages and gives us insufficient memory error message. We do hope the issue does not affect the final, retail units though.
The handset features built-in GPS, but comes without pre-installed voice navigation software. Still, you can easily take advantage of what Google Maps has to offer.
Camera and multimedia:
You shouldn’t expect much from a 3.2-megapixel camera without flash, although the Monte, similarly to Samsung´s latest models boasts a decent set of options, plus the camera is an extremely snappy performer. Unfortunately, videos are captured at QVGA resolution only - something unacceptable even for a mainstream device.
We´ve got great expectations relating to the audio playback capabilities of the Samsung Monte S5620. The audio player is pretty cool, offers quite a few options, while the 3.5mm jack will allow you to plug in a pair of headphones to your own liking. It would have been great if the handset featured built-in radio aerial, but sadly, the extra is unavailable.
The Samsung Monte S5620 is a typical handset of the new generation of mainstream feature phones. It is equipped with quite a few extra features, plus some of the interface novelties are pleasing and make operating the phone much easier. Similarly to almost all devices in the same class, the future of the Samsung Monte S5620 heavily depends on its price that, as of today, remains unknown. All told, it does have what it takes to become a great option for ordinary customers.
Samsung Monte S5620 Video Preview
This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.
1. D4stan (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
pls, don't you know, if the camera of Samsung Monte has AUTOFOCUS??? This phone looks really good, but I need to know, if I can take a photo of text and if it will be readable.
2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Hello D4stan, We are sorry, but the camera of the Samsung Monte does not have autofocus, it is fixed; so you might be better off looking for another phone.
3. D4stan (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Thank you very much for your response. This information was important for me ;)
4. raffaytarar (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2010)
Hi, i want to know that does the Samsung Monte runs on the new Bada OS??
5. syoody (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 May 2010)
No, it doesn't. S8500 is the first phone (I think I'm not wrong) which runs Bada OS. I9000 is the next one
27. Hakamy (unregistered)
I9000 Galaxy S runs android btw, not Bada OS
6. gaurav_n_gandhi (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2010)
hey can anyone tell me how to change the Font size of text msgs in this cell phone?....plz
19. Tans (unregistered)
Use the volume keys...
26. HADDERS (unregistered)
Thanks, makes it more easier on the eye............simples !
32. Leigh-Ann Donoghue (unregistered)
OMG Thank you!! Cant believe it was soo simple ive been looking for this answer ALL over!! :) Thanks Thanks Thanks xx
33. sarahse1 (unregistered)
thank you so much - it was driving me crazy !
7. arun_annauniv (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2010)
I cannot see the back button in touch UI. I am using the middle key to go back. Can you tell me how to bring it back
9. prak86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)
In monte middle button is meant to use if for navigating back. There is no back option in UI.
8. hrtbeat (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Dear PhoneArena Team, I am eagerly waiting for your full review of Monte for a very long time....request you to get this mobile reviewed at the earliest so that it could help many buyers to decide upon........ Hope you review this week............ Adv. thnx for your team.......
10. islam (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
please i want to know the difference between Samsung M5650 Lindy and this phone because they are about same price and i cant choose between them and thanks
11. prak86 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)
Samsung Lindy and Monte has only slight difference . The data speed via 3G is higher in lindy than monte. Lindy has dedicated keys for music, but i heard that keys are working only if you r in main screen(not sure about this). Touch in monte will be very good when compared to lindy and monte is less weight than lindy with wide screen. Monte has more widgets for applications(i guess).
12. radhaabs (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)
May I please know whether Samsung Monte supports the TV viewing option like some other phones have?
13. junaidac (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
it says if we press and hold the middle harware button, the task manager opens up thats not true for my Monte. What can be the problem? the firmware is up-to-date as told my Samsung Kies
14. islam (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
should i buy this phone or nokia 5800 any recommendations plz
15. Bijunair (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Good phone , but complictaed software , printing quality of photo law
16. bibhubrata (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2010)
Hi, Please let me know the video play back quality of this phone. How is it compared to nokia 5530 xpress music's video quality.
17. waqas (unregistered)
samsung monte is very beautiful phone of samsung i apreshade of samsung but samsung monte colour is 265k this mobile phone colour is 16m is perfect but disadvantage is 265k colour.
18. new Monte user (unregistered)
Can anyone tell me how to add a new application (shortcut) in the main menu page(after pressing the edit menu at the top left corner), it would be helpful much if anyone could answer this.. Thanks in advance
20. ash (unregistered)
Can Monte be used for e-book reading. if yes, how it can be done?. thanx
21. oOoOoOoOo (unregistered)
he-he... silly question, but my monte doesn't have the return key in menu ( like the arrow in low right corner on screens )... and i can't find the option that activates it... any suggestions?
22. obreyko (unregistered)
Can anyone tell me how to turn on the key's(under display) light
23. vaibhav dalvi (unregistered)
i am having samsung corby plus, i have bought it 3 months before should i go for samsung monte
24. Kaell (unregistered)
Does anyone know if there is a fix for the QWERTY-keyboard yet? Grtz. Kaell
25. srijan (unregistered)
28. holliejw16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2010)
Does this phone have the silent option without vibrate? And also on the IM app, Is it windows live? Thanks:)
29. Utsav (unregistered)
Plzs tell me how to use VGA camera in samsung monte..???
30. Donny_bva (unregistered)
31. nmmn007 (unregistered)
sorry but i simply can not access the task manager through any hardware key on the phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please help me out with it...!!! i was pretty excited at first to have multitasking on my samsung monte but now i am highly disappointed as it simpky doesn't open up!!!
34. udaynati (unregistered)
Hi, In Samsung Monte, when we get a call or on click of the Keys (call receive, end and Back), are the lights will be ON.
35. Yana (unregistered)
Do new Monte units already have the QWERTY feature? Thanks
36. PhoneArenaFan (unregistered)
Phone looks good..read at some places that it will not work with AT&T . I don't have a data plan with AT&T currently. Will this phone work with AT&T connection without a data plan? Please reply..
37. Keymeh (unregistered)
I am planing to buy Samsung Monte in next week. So can anyone solve my problem related to Samsung Monte. Motion Sensor game is available in Samsung Monte ? Can i use Media player in Monte which is available in Wave ? Video Zoom is possible in Monte ? It's working on Bada Os or other? In Future, can i upgrade monte phone ? I am waiting for your reply. Thanks in advance
38. Raghsin (unregistered)
is the message storing capacity of the phone is low?....and is it true that we cant send msgs wen we are in a call?
39. richard3501 (unregistered)
hey hello can you tell me how to open the task manager
40. kakashi (unregistered)
Hii... I want to buy a phone which has good features both audio,video as well as connectivity also...It should be pretty good looking also.My basic requirement's are Good net surfing experiance,it should have a nice java for sure coz I love to play games,download games as well as play games online.It will be great if I will be able to update the java...My budget is 8500 RS.Please suggest me a good one and it should be value for money... And I also want to buy a cheap phone in 4500 RS.I have thought of buying micromax X550 Qube.plz again suggest me about micromax X550 Qube and is it a value for money phone...
41. setmat (unregistered)
How can we use landscape view for SMS, pdf files, doc files etc. How can we use the task manager as 3 windows as show up. I can't get a window like that one in monte.
42. OO7 (unregistered)
hello how to open task manger
43. shash (unregistered)
on which os does samsung monte runs
44. ajayfreezer (unregistered)
i really hate when someone restricts us up to anything that we love.
now samsung gave its multitasking features for monte upto december 2009.
i bought monte on june 2010 but found that multitask and back button is absent.
when i searched in net n found that samsung removed it because of lacking user interface.
i was very disappointed. then i flashed with old firmware and now i m using multitask feature.and its amazing.
hope that samsung rebuilds this feature..
45. sombat (unregistered)
my monte was just unable to connect internate, it said "unexpected failure" on google search and "data connection lost" on google map, does anybody kindly advice what to do?
46. pagal (unregistered)
how to minimize applications? I got it last week
47. amit jadhav (unregistered)
48. jatin313007 (unregistered)
hey bro. how to flash samsung monte to an old firmware
49. dimitrisgr14 (unregistered)
I want to turn off the sound of the keyboard...how can i do it..?????please answer me quickly....???
50. bharat (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jan 2011)
how to we can hide the keyword menu in operamini , ebbuy and nibuzz...??????????
51. aabhaspandit (unregistered)
as told by phone arena that samasung monte supports a task manager but , i tried several times by pressing the middle key of 9the phone but it doesn;t work.else the phone comes to normal standby screen if in any other screen.
52. saahil (unregistered)
is qwerty keypad included in final retail units??
55. Situ (unregistered)
Can Some one help me how to use task manager in samsung monte.
56. Situ (unregistered)
Can Any one plz tell me how to access task manager in samsung monte..
57. prakashmaddy2k5 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2011)
is it possible to download and use opera mini n google maps in monte?
Is the browser speed slow while using wi-fi n gprs?
58. prakashmaddy2k5 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2011)
Hello team, are u guys there..?? help me..
is it possible to download and use games and applications like - opera mini n google maps in monte?
Does the monte browser speed is slower while using wi-fi n gprs?
How about the battery back up??
Overall, is this phone works faster or its better to go for android mobiles for faster interface??
59. akarsh (unregistered)
how to get qwerty option
60. Pathik (unregistered)
Does Anyone Know that how to rotate SMS screen in samsung monte gt s5620? Please Reply..........
61. RESHAV GHOSHAL (unregistered)
I have this phone.. bt i want to change the background picture in the menu option which remains black.. so how can i do that?
I have seen some videos in the youtube for some people installing qwerty software in this phone. i too want to have those.. can some one please tell me the process..
62. ankit81196 (unregistered)
does it supports multi tasking?? pls reply