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Samsung UpStage M620 Review

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Phone side - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Music side - Samsung UpStage M620 Review

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Music side

The most noteworthy feature of the UpStage is the thin size, measuring 4.07”H x 1.73”W x 0.37D and with a weight of 2.57oz. This means you can carry the phone around in your pocket and it feels like there is almost nothing there, since it’s almost half as thin as a Razr. Despite the size, the overall plastic construction feels well made and durable. The phone has an integrated battery, which cannot be removed. However, it does come with an Extended Battery Wallet that can provide additional power. When the UpStage was originally launched, it was only available in Black, but is now also available in a bright metallic Red. Over the past year, we have seen a trend that most new phones will be available in a several color choices, such as the LG Chocolate that is available in 5 different colors. We wonder if more color options will be available for the UpStage later this year.

Battery wallet - UpStage compared to Motorola maxx Ve and LG enV - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
UpStage compared to Motorola maxx Ve and LG enV - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
UpStage compared to Motorola maxx Ve and LG enV - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
UpStage compared to Motorola maxx Ve and LG enV - Samsung UpStage M620 Review

Battery wallet

   

UpStage compared to Motorola maxx Ve and LG enV


Since the phone has two sides to it; there are also two displays. The display that is used for the Phone side is a small 176x65 Pixel 65K Color TFT. This display is only large enough to see dialed numbers, view contacts, and for entering TXT Messages. The display on the Music side is a much larger 176x220 Pixel 262k Color TFT. This is considered the Main Display, since you can access all the Menu functions, including the Music Player and Sprint’s Vision service. The main display is very easy to view, even in direct sunlight. Color images and text are shown well, but we believe that a QVGA screen should have been used, considering the large amount of phone features that use the display.

Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
The phone side features a 5-way navigational pad that is used to access 4 Menu Options: Call History, Find Contacts, Send Text Message, and Add New Entry. On either side of the navigational pad are the two Soft Keys, Camera, Back, Talk, and End buttons. Below it is the numeric keypad with white backlighting. All of the monochromatic buttons are easy to use and are spaced well, so that your thumb does not accidentally press the wrong one. Unfortunately, it is completely flat, which means using the keypad by touch alone is practically impossible.

Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review


The music side has a large touch-sensitive navigational pad, which is used to access the phone’s Main Menu, as well as controlling the MP3 music player. The only part that is not touch-sensitive is the center Play/Pause button. We are unsure as to why this is a standard click button. There are 5 sensor levels that you can choose from, which we used level 5. Response time was good and the touch pad is simple to use.



Around the edge of the phone are the Volume Up/Down buttons, Flip Button (used for choosing which side of the phone to use), MicroSD card slot, Keypad Lock slider, Reset button, and Charger/Data Port. There are also two small metal connectors located on the bottom that are used when connecting the Extended Battery Wallet.

Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review

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Display2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (134 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.07 x 1.73 x 0.37 inches
(103 x 44 x 9.4 mm)
2.57 oz  (73 g)
Battery620 mAh, 2.5 hours talk time

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