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Samsung miCoach Review

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Messaging - Samsung miCoach Review
Messaging - Samsung miCoach Review

Messaging

Apparently, they have really forgotten about me. My pride is hurt and I decide to bring myself in the spotlight. That’s right, I’m gonna send them a message. Not only that, but I’ll send them an MMS with a picture of me. Yep, the miCoach lets me do that. It even has a function to send an SOS to up to five numbers when I’m in trouble. I hope this function won’t be needed today.

I think I should configure the e-mail client, which has support for POP3 and IMAP4. This is easily done, by following the step-by-step instructions, but I would rather have it automatically find the settings to the biggest mail servers. Now I’m gonna send them a letter too!

Fabricating angry messages was easy, but typing them was a real pain in the…fingers. I felt as though Samsung didn’t think athletes like me enjoyed texting. Oh, they were wrong!

7:27 AM


miCoach:

I decided to use up the negative energy for running. That always helps. Therefore, I pressed the shortcut to the special miCoach menu, which makes the phone different from all other products on the market. The first thing I did when I got the miCoach phone, was to indicate my preferred units for mass and distance. Aside from that, I entered my personal info (sex, DOB, weight, maximum pulse). I did also setup/choose the ringtone for incoming call and message as well as the voice, which would guide me, during my training. I picked the English-speaking female, even though I had always felt attracted to the French, Italian, and German.

Samsung miCoach Review
Samsung miCoach Review
Samsung miCoach Review
Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach menu - Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach menu - Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach menu - Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach menu - Samsung miCoach Review

miCoach menu


The speaker is an important element of the system, since it notifies me of training duration, distance, calories burnt, tempo, paces made, and pulse. The phone does that when something important happens or if tapped twice on the display. On top of that, if there are preset goals, the voice helps me achieve them (tempo, distance).

Actually, the best way to plan a long-term training is via the website miCoach.com. I entered all the data (like in the phone) and information about the frequency of my sport activities. Based on them, was determined my fitness level .Then, I was offered two options, to build my own training schedule or to set the goal. The second one gives me a few choices:

  • to learn how to run (I already know how to do that, of course)
  • to get in shape and to keep it
  • to lose weight
  • to run a specific distance
  • to improve my performance
miCoach Website interface - Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach Website interface - Samsung miCoach Review
miCoach Website interface - Samsung miCoach Review

miCoach Website interface


After choosing a goal, the site offers a training schedule planned based on my availability and the data I previously entered. The intensity also depends on that data. When I was finished with the procedure, I had to sync the phone with the site via the miCoach Synchronizer. Unfortunately, the adidas device does not automatically remind me of the training sessions, scheduled for the day. Moreover, the plan can be seen only in the special miCoach calendar and not in the regular one.

Another function the site has, is to help me keep track of the goals achieved. Usually, after every run, I upload the miCoach data and look at my results in the form of a graph.

Samsung miCoach Review
Samsung miCoach Review
Samsung miCoach Review

Since I hadn’t any training for today, I pressed the start icon and looked at the options available. I didn’t like the free run, which sounded like I had to run for my freedom; the assessment run I didn’t need, since I knew my stats.

As far as could see, I needed to “create a training session”.This function actually is the same as the „self-propelled” seen on the site and is used for building onetime sessions. The goals and the times here are set by the individual or in this case, me. I can set various limits: time, distance (1, 3, 5, 10, 15 km and half or entire marathon (42 km)), tempo, calories burnt. In addition, the “interval” option lets me include some short-term exercises, such as sprint, mixed with breaks, building the cardio strength, legs, and explosivity. These functions are very helpful when I need to get in perfect shape.

I decided that a could go for an entire marathon. I had to wait for some time before the sensors became operational, so I made a few quick steps. Once I heard the confirmation signal in my headset a sped up. The beautiful morning saw me take off at record marathon speed.

Five minutes later, I nearly collapsed, leaning on a wall, all out of breath.


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Web browser - Samsung miCoach Review
Web browser - Samsung miCoach Review

Web browser

7:35 AM

I was trying to get on my feet for about 15 minutes. Maybe I pushed myself too hard or it could have been the Chinese I had last night. Or, possibly foreign agents have injected me with some poisonous mixture. I should check with FFI for info on any foreign organizations having their activities in the area.

One of the advantages of Samsung miCoach is that it is a global, quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone. Unfortunately, there is only GPRS/EDGE support, which kind of makes browsing through web sites a painful experience.

I entered the secret web address and the page of the agency started loading slowly. Its home page is quite heavy, similar to another super agency’s (phonearena.com), but I was still surprised when almost at the very end of the process a „not enough memory” sign appeared. I had to use the alternative Google.com, where I got more than 1 900 000 results, none of which, good for me. At least I found out that the browser is very good at defining the size of the page viewed (small, medium, large),and gives me the options of pan zooming (called page pilot and not to be confused with stone temple pilots) and landscape view.

Just as a precaution, I activated a search for Bluetooth devices in the area. I did not find a single suspicious one (like Bin Laden’s iPhone, for example), which meant that I was to blame. Unfortunately, there was no way to automatically send the data from my last run to miCoach.com. I needed a computer, which to connect the phone to, using the already mentioned application, available for download from the site.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dexter (unregistered)


I appreciate the effort and creativity put into writing this review. However it was quite tedius having to trudge through the poorly written fictional account for actual phone info. Hopefully this will be the first and last review of this kind.

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:47

2. (unregistered)


A story review.. really unique amd inventive, and it's good to see for one someone sweat to make a review. Good job PhoneArena :)

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:48

3. (unregistered)


ew, the pappeal thingy buy their stuff from like, addidas? i get my cute little sports outfits from like, lacoste and chanel and stuff

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:49

4. (unregistered)


i bought mine from reebok and new balance so what

posted on 27 May 2008, 09:05

6. pHx (Posts: 15; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


SE W580i is phone with some sport functions. miCoach is sport system including phone with some other-than-sport functions ]:P

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:50

5. (unregistered)


The phone looks like an uglier, more cheaply made version of the LG KE800. How good is it against the Sony Ericsson W580i?

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 12:31

7. Brad (unregistered)


This was a great review. I like the fact that it is a story as well as a review! Because of this story i now am going to buy this phone! and become A secret Agent 007!

posted on 31 Oct 2008, 16:57

8. (unregistered)


I really enjoyed this phone at first, buying it the week it first became available. Once I'd found my way around the phone's various "phone" functions, I started to try out the miCoach side of it. The miCoach Web site was pretty good to begin with and has been updated a few times too. But, and this is a big but if you commit to a miCoach training programme, the HR sensor that came with the phone just died one day. It was fine on a Thursday morning, and dead on the Saturday. New batteries and resetting of the phone did not help. I was given a replacement but after six weeks (again on a Saturday morning) it got very temperamental. It didn't work that Saturday, but did on Sunday's run, before going on to die completely the following week. Samsung support suggestions have been largely unhelpful, with different staff making different, often contradictory suggestions, none of which worked and some of which sounded like the customer service staff member was making it up on the spot. Poor reliability, and very poor service. I was eventually promised a replacement, which never arrived, and I had to badger Samsung again, who insisted on taking me through yet more useless suggestions to correct the problem with the broken one I had. Finally, they have sent another. Unfortunately, I'm injured at the moment (not running-related) and so have not tried out sensor number three, but I am very disillusioned with the Samsung product and for the past couple of months have gone back to using my old phone.

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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.99 x 1.77 x 0.57 inches
(101.5 x 45 x 14.5 mm)
2.82 oz  (80 g)
Battery800 mAh, 2.5 hours talk time

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