Samsung Solstice II Review
Don't expect much from its 2-megapixel camera, which regrettably isn't an improvement from its predecessor, as outdoor shots have a super soft look which dishes up some muddy images. Luckily, color reproduction remains to be acceptable with its neutral looking tones. However, indoor shots in low lighting have an extravagant amount of noise that diminishes its overall visibility.
Furthermore, video recording is forgettable with its maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240 and a capture rate of 15 frame per second. Far from producing any distinguishable details, its results are less than forgiving with its pixelated looks and jerky movements – it's definitely something you don't want to use in capturing the spontaneous moments of life.
Visual presentation is lacking naturally with the music player on the Solstice II, but luckily it's more than functional at its core by displaying the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. And despite offering a handful of equalizer settings, audio quality from its speaker is on the screechy side which makes for an unpleasant experience at the loudest volume setting
Even though its display is more than adequate in size to play videos, the only kind you'll be watching are some low quality ones. Loading up a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution, the handset is more than equipped in its playback, but it doesn't necessarily come off as being impressive with its low quality only offering. Still, it's more than satisfactory in getting the job done – but don't expect to experience high definition quality any time soon.
Summing up under 83MB of free internal storage out of the box, it's not going to be able to handle the needs of media centric individuals with its light cargo. Otherwise, you can simply install microSD cards up to 16GB in capacity for additional memory.
Internet and Connectivity:
Sure you can take along the Samsung Solstice II abroad to other countries seeing that it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) device, but you'll have to rely on a carrier connection for all your data needs since it lacks Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 2.1 is available to enable a wide array of wireless devices, like headsets, to connect with the phone.
Opera Mini might not embody the rich set of features that are accustomed on some smartphone web browsers, but for the Solstice II, it's more than acceptable with its decent performance. Although it doesn't completely render some elements on our site correctly, its speed in scrolling and zooming is respectable to make it more than usable for most people. Passages of text are fitted accordingly to the width of the display to make it really easy to read, but it would've been nice to see kinetic scrolling on board. All in all, its web browsing performance will be appreciated by just about anyone.
1. SJenner posted on 14 Jun 2011, 17:12 0
Am on my 4th Solstice II, the problem is powering off for no reason. There are definately some problems with either the software, or hdwe. ATT only gives you 4 replacements, after that you are on your own! I love the phone other than that.
2. stevew42 (unregistered) posted on 31 Aug 2011, 01:11 0
I had a solstice which was good phone until it got washed. Got a solstice II as a replacement and it has never worked right. It switches to intercom during calls, sometimes 3 and 4 times.
It also dials out while I am talking on some calls.
3. bobbylight (unregistered) posted on 28 Sep 2011, 14:52 0
i have this phone and its terrible i would go into detail but theres to many things wrong with it for me to explain.
4. theone09 (unregistered) posted on 28 Sep 2011, 14:58 0
I was thinking about getting this phone. I was wondering if it has mobil web or the internet like a smartphone?
5. waka (unregistered) posted on 09 Oct 2011, 01:06 0
yes it does i love it you can evan play games on the web like farmvil its great