Samsung Monte S5620 PreviewSamsung Monte S5620
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: 258; 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:)