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Samsung Saga Review

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Samsung Saga Review
The Saga’s processor is only 500 MHz, compared to 642Mhz on the Omnia, and some programs and large files take longer to process and open.  The internal RAM and ROM memory used for programs and storage is comparable, but the Saga lacks the additional 8GB of internal storage offered with the Omnia.

Another area where the Saga seems to mimic the Omnia is in regards to the reception and call quality, with voices on both ends sounding clear and natural.  Unfortunately, the reception is still disappointing, with only 1-2 bars showing in high coverage areas.  When traveling into fringe areas, several calls were dropped.  There was even times when using the browser we would get a message saying that there was low signal strength.  Our testing was performed in South FL using Verizon’s CDMA network.  We are not sure how the reception and call quality would be while using international roaming.

The 1300mAh battery is rated by Samsung to provide 5 hours of talk time or 13 days of standby time on a full charge.  We were able to achieve almost 6 hours of talk time by fully charging the battery, calling a landline, and keeping the phone connected until the battery was depleted.


Conclusion:

The only two Smartphones to be released by Verizon this season that offer CDMA and GSM global roaming are the BlackBerry Storm and Samsung Saga.  While the Storm offers more entertainment and multimedia programs, the Saga’s operating system is more stable and reliable, without the problems that we experienced with the Storm (even after the software update).  At this point, we would recommend the Saga over the Storm, due to the more stable software, but would like to see the Omnia offered with global roaming capabilities for those customers who require it.

Pros

  • CDMA and GSM global roaming
  • Large optical mouse
  • Opera Mobile 9.5 browser
  • Call Quality
  • Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Reception is lacking
  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Display is difficult to see in direct sunlight
  • Not as many entertainment programs as the Omnia
PhoneArena rating:
7.5
User rating:
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. mmwagener (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Don't buy this phone if you think you will ever need to use it when it is not plugged into a wall socket! The battery life is less than 7 hours, even with hardly any usage.

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Samsung Saga

Samsung Saga

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.5 inches, 320 x 320 pixels (177 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.88 x 2.44 x 0.53 inches
(124 x 62 x 13 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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