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Samsung UpStage M620 Review

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Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Camera:

Due to the small size of the phone, the UpStage features a mediocre 1.3MP Camera with no flash. The lens is located next to the earpiece speaker, and the large display is used as the viewfinder. The start-up time of the Camera is a reasonable 2 seconds. Pressing the center button on the keypad will capture and automatically save the image in 4 seconds. This means the total amount of time to take an image, save it, and take another image is about 8 seconds. Because of the amount of time between pictures, it can prove to be difficult to capture fast moving objects. The overall picture quality taken by the UpStage leaves much to be desired. Images have faded colors with soft edges and a fair amount of noise. Since the UpStage is primarily a “music phone” and not a “camera phone”, it is no wonder as to why the images are less than adequate. One should consider picture taking with this phone a pure novelty.

Available Camera Options include:


  • Night Shot Mode: On, Off
  • Self-Timer: Off, 5 sec, 10 sec
  • Fun Frames: Off, Birthday, Bubble, Leaves, Halloween, Fingers, On Air, Big Mouth, Dizzy, Love, Christmas
  • Color Tones: Auto, Monochrome, Green, Sepia, Aqua
  • Brightness: +5 to –5
  • White Balance: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Manual
  • Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240, 176x220
  • Quality: Fine, Normal, Economy
  • Shutter Sound: Off, Shutter 1, Shutter 2
  • View Mode: Wide Screen, Full Screen
  • Status Bar: On, Off
  • Save Pictures To: Phone, Memory Card






Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Camera samples - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Camera samples - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Camera samples - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Camera samples - Samsung UpStage M620 Review

Camera samples



The UpStage can also record small videos for sending as Picture Mail, or longer videos for Phone and PC playback. Videos are only recorded in 176x220 resolution, which means the payback quality on a PC is quite poor.


Multimedia:

Music Playback is one of the main features of the UpStage. Once MP3 files are loaded from your PC onto the MicroSD card, you can insert it into the phone and press the center Play button. This will open the Sprint Music Store application, where you can either buy and download music or play MP3 files that are on the memory card. Music is categorized by Songs, Artists, and Genres. After a song is selected and begins playback, the main display will show the current song info including cover art. While a song is played, you can also use other features of the phone, such as sending a Text Message, accessing the Web, and using On Demand. This is quite useful, since most other phones require you to exit the music player in order to perform other tasks. During the song playback you can use the keypad to Play/Pause, Rewind/Skip Back, and Fast-Forward/Skip Ahead. The quality of the music was quite adequate, but does require you to flip the phone over, since the music is played through the earpiece speaker located on the other side. Volume range was good, and there was no distortion in the speaker. However, we recommend using a Bluetooth Stereo Headset for enjoying true music playback from the UpStage. We used a Motorola HT820 headset, which provided far superior music quality, with better dynamic range and bass response. The UpStage supports both A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth Profiles.

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

The Sprint TV Service is comparable to Verizon’s VCast, but offers more media choices. The Media Player is categorized into 9 sections: Sprint TV, Music & Radio, Sports, Entertainment, Cartoons, News & Weather, Lifestyles, Movies & Shorts, and Comedy. Accessing any of these options will display a list of “Channels”, which some are free and others are Premium (pay) access. Within Sprint TV, there are dozens of channels to choose. Most are pre-recorded videos, but there are now a few Live TV channels (MSNBC, ABC News, Fox Sports, Fox News, Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet). Watching a Live TV channel on the UpStage is an interesting experience. The screen size is small and the video quality is poor, yet there is a “wow” factor to it. The reason for the poor image quality is that the live TV broadcast is reformatted to 176x220 resolution with a low frame-rate and distributed over Sprints EVDO network. While this method works, the result is a TV image that no way compares to the far superior MobileTV Service by Verizon, which offers better resolution and full 30fps motion.

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


Software:

The UpStage uses the Java format for downloading and running applications. There are 5 demo games that come preinstalled (Midnight Bowling, Nightclub Empire, Pac-Man & Ms Pac-Man, Tetris, World Series Poker). Downloading additional games will incur a per-month fee, or a flat one-time fee.

World Time - Samsung UpStage M620 Review
Calculator - Samsung UpStage M620 Review

World Time

Calculator

Sprint’s On Demand service will connect you with 9 different categories of information (News, Sports, Local Weather, Market News, Maps & Directions, Directory 411, Snap News, Hollywood, FYI). All the information is strictly text and images, and there isn’t a GPS based application for driving directions. This is one area that Sprint should look at developing a program for.

Other phone tools include Voice Memo, Memo Pad, World Time, Alarm Clock, and Calculator. The Voice Memo and Memo Pad will allow you to record a quick voice note, or type in a memo for later use. The World Time will display the current Date & Time in any time zone, by selecting the city shown on a corresponding map. The Alarm Clock features 3 independent alarms, which can be set for Once, Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun, or Daily. While the Calculator allows for simple Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide.

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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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