Samsung Seek M350 Review
When the Instinct was released back in 2008, Sprint touted the new UI, promising that it would be seen on other devices, but outside of the Instinct lineup this never came to fruition. The Seek rectifies this with a near identical port of that original operating system. There’s not much more to say about it, given that we’ve already covered it with the Instinct and Instinct s30. There are a few minor tweaks here and there and it’s not quite as comprehensive, but by and large it’s the same OS. Although there's a bit of lag present at times, tt runs fairly smoothly and is well ahead of any other dumbphone UI found out there.
The phonebook is slightly more advanced with options to save an address and birthday for contacts, as well as the standard numbers, emails, URL, IM name and memo. It does offer Nuance’s voice dialing but does not have a dedicated button nor the neat Live Search feature we liked so much on the Instinct.
The Samsung Seek focuses on social networking with pre-loaded Facebook, Twitter and MySpace apps. These are all similar to what we found on the Instinct HD and offer a decent but unpolished mobile experience from the respective services. Since this is a 2G phone, Samsung did not go to the trouble of using the Opera browser, instead it's sticking to a more conventional mobile one. Opera Mini can, of course, be downloaded for free by the user which we recommend.
Unfortunately the Samsung Seek does not have support for Sprint Navigation, though it is compatible with Sprint’s Family Locator. The latter is probably more important as we imagine this device is intended mainly for the young audience who have parents that may want to keep tabs on them.
Multimedia and Camera:
The Samsung Seek has a basic 1.3 megapixel camera that is incapable of recording video. It offers some basic features such as brightness, white balance and color tone, but in general is what you’d expect from an entry-level device. Colors were decent, but images had a general fuzziness to them.
The music player interface is decent for a dumbphone, much better than the one on the LG Rumor2 for example, but still has issues. For starters it recognized our mp3 files just fine, but not our m4a test album. It failed to read tags on two songs as well, resulting in an unknown artist and album. But its fatal flaw is that you cannot play music in the background, curious considering the 3.5mm headset jack and the fact that other apps like Facebook can be sent to the background. The Seek does support microSD expansion but does not ship with a card. We don’t figure that many people will be using the Samsung Seek as a media player however, so these issues aren’t deal-breakers.
1. scojan (unregistered)
The Samsung M350 is good for hands free bluetooth function. Quality of audio is generally crisp. The one huge con for this phone is the poor screen material. Make sure you get a protective shield. Otherwise, within days the screen will be a mess of scratches way beyond the norm expected.