Samsung SCH-i760 Review
The i760 comes with a low-quality 1.3MP Camera and meaningless flash. It can be activated by going through the Programs menu, or by simply pressing the dedicated camera button on the right edge of the phone. The program only takes 2 seconds to load, and uses the entire display in landscape mode as a viewfinder, with option icons located across the top of the screen. When capturing an image there is a 2 second delay, and another 3 second delay when saving it. Picture quality is what one would expect from a 1.3MP Camera. Outdoor images have soft edges, and are lacking in detail and color saturation, with indoor images suffering the same symptoms, aggravated by low-light and an Auto White Balance feature that requires manual settings. Once images are saved (either to the phone or microSD card) you can view them in the Album.
The i760 is not a high-end “camera phone” by any means, and the only area that we did enjoy was the layout of the available options:
- Mode: Camera, Camcorder
- Shooting Mode: Single Shot, Mosaic Shot, Multi Shot
- Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, 160x120
- Quality: Super Fine, Fine, Normal, Economy
- White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent
- Flash: Off, On, Only this Shot
- Timer: 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
- Color Effects: Normal, B&W, Negative, Sepia
- Settings & Tools: Automatic Save, Icon Display, Storage, Timeout, Shutter Sound
The i760 is equipped with a standard mobile version of Windows Media Player, which is a multimedia player for music and video files. The popular MP3 format is supported, as well as WMA and WAV. After updating the library with files, all supported types are found, and they can be added to playlists. Songs can be viewed by artist, album and genre, as these are taken from the ID3 tag of the files.
The supported video formats include MPEG4/H.263, WMV and 3GP, while the quality of the latter is pretty low. They can be viewed in fullscreen and the picture quality is quite good and looks very nice on the 2.8” display.
There are three methods of listening to music with the i760: the built-in speaker, 2.5mm headset, or Bluetooth headsets. The built in speaker does a poor job, with a lot of distortion heard even at medium volume levels. At full volume, the sound is loud but the distortion is so overpowering that there is no enjoyment in listening to music. A much better option would be to use a 2.5mm wired headset or wireless Bluetooth A2DP headset.
Windows Media Player (WMP) can be controlled either by using the stylus with onscreen buttons or the D-pad. With the onscreen controls, there are the regular buttons: play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, skip, go-back, volume up and down. Using the D-pad, up and down will control the volume, Left sends you back to the beginning of the song or the previous song when pressed but if held will rewind, and Right will skip to the next song when pressed or will fast-forward when held. Both rewind and fast-forward skip the song at 5 second intervals and do this very quickly. The center button acts as the play/pause button.
If a call is coming through, WMP will pause the song and then resume it once the conversation is over. The music player can also play in the background while other functions are being performed. This is one feature that we truly enjoy, as only Smartphones and the LG Chocolate is capable of “background music” playback.
The Samsung i760 comes equipped with 128MB of Flash ROM and 64MB of RAM, but you can increase the phones memory by installing a microSD card up to 2GB in size.
Every WM6 Professional phone comes with programs that are “pocket” versions known PC applications. Such programs are the mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Explorer, Media Player, etc. The Office applications allow you to view and edit documents of the most-used types and the phone opens them without any error. Unlike the Motorola Q9m, we were able to view most Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents without any problems. Unfortunately, the i760 does not come with Adobe PDF Reader preloaded, which we do not understand since most other WM devices come with it installed. But instead comes with a program called Picsel Viewer, that can view a wide variety of files including PDF. There also are only two preloaded games that come bundled with Windows Mobile 6: Solitaire and Bubble Breaker, but new applications can be downloaded and added.
1. Mr JET (unregistered)
I strongly disagree with your comments regarding call quality. I've had the piece over 3 weeks and at no time have I experienced poor call quaility. So far this phone has performed exactly as expected. I would venture that you reviewed a phone with a damaged / defective earpiece speaker.
2. trikster2 (unregistered)
I'm suprised there is no comment on the soft screen. Holding and playing with the i760 it's fantastic but then you touch the screen and it sort of gives. It's like touching the service of the LCD on your computer. It soft plastic that squishes in and makes weird designs. Very disconcerting and it makes you wonder how well it will hold up.
3. hanson (unregistered)
well freaking duh, thats the touchscreen! and um, mine dosent make any kind of "wierd designs." I also have experienced great call quality so far. and the speakerphone and voice commands are amazing.
4. Ray (unregistered)
Having upgraded from the SCH-i700 I have a couple comments on the i760. Cons: -No cradle -No data/charging cable (data cable only) -Stupid rubber flap that has to be moved out of the way to charge phone -Stylus flimsy -Buttons on side easy pressed during a call. Have hit the END button more than once while on a call -Have to install hack to use SDHC cards and 4 GB the limit so far -Why a 2.5mm headset jack when 100% of headphones are 3.5mm-forces you to buy an adapter PROS: -Great sound -Lock feature so screen not active if carrying in pocket -Great battery life Overall I like the phone.
5. Autoboy2000 (unregistered)
I am having a problem getting the phone sounds to come through my bluetooth headset. I have tried manipulating the settings and switching headsets and I still am unable to get sounds, other than the actual phone conversation play through the headset. When the phone dials, rings, gets a text message, or when using my GPS, those sounds play only through the phone speakers and not through the headset. Any ideas?
6. mdvga (unregistered)
I have been using the phone for over six months now. I think the battery life is really poor, even with the so-called "Extended life" batteries. If I am connected continuously to the internet, the battery goes flat in about 3-4 hours. I like the keyboard. Sometimes I have a hard time answering a second call when I'm already on another call. Text messages can only be sent to one person at a time even though I can type multiple phone numbers in the "To" field. No distribution lists for emails??? The screen is too small compared to my iPAQ 4355. I wish the Iphone worked with Verizon. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone. Still not ready for prime time in my opinion. mdvga
7. secretkpr9 (unregistered)
There may be something you are doing incorrectly in reference to multi-person messages. From day one I have been able to send messages to up to 10 people at once in either sms or mms modes. Now with the upgrade to mobile 6.1 it's even easier to send multiple person messages, and the coolest part is each individual message is threaded! How cool is that?!?! It took me a minute to get used to the side control start and end call buttons but you can get used to them. It's still difficult figuring out how to use the call holding features but I've found the easiest way is to do so from the soft touch screen. Overall, I think the features availabe with the phone are an amazing value for the price.
yeah sounds to me like that dude just likes to complain...... now secretkpr9 ur cool but the whatever ur name is a whiner!
8. FlipItBig_dot_com (unregistered)
I have to say, I am very impressed with the Samsung SCH-i760. With the battery life, call quality, everything! The phone is very easy to use and navigate. I paid full price for the phone, while that was expensive, it was worth it. With this phone I am able to connect to any open WiFi network, establish a VPN connection to my remote equipment and manage many of my customers networks all from the comforts of my phone. I respond to nearly 100 emails a day through this phone and have never had the battery drain on me. Try having your laptop turned on, running on battery for 5 hours! just not going to happen. This device has allowed my customer service to increase, which ultimately increases my bottom line. I would love to see more apps available for the Windows Mobile 6 Pro though. Conclusion: 5 thumbs up! Great product.
The i760 has been the best PDA I have had. I have had it replaced under warranty for camera issues 2 times. I now hear from our Verizon rep that the i760 is on "quarantine"at Verizon and cannot be sold. It's missing from their website also.
yeah i know that sucks because i really want that phone and its been gone for like almost 2 months.... and im still waiting on it!
12. jawadjawadjawad (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
Can anyone tell me,,, Is this phone supports Sim card,,, because i haven'ted found sim card place.. please guide me and tell me about this i am very much upsets i bought it and my money gone