Samsung Continuum Review
The Samsung Continuum i400 is a dual-band CDMA (800/1900 MHz) handset with high speed data connectivity available through 3G EVDO Rev A or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Supported Bluetooth profiles include headset, handsfree, stereo, phonebook access, object push for VCard & VCalendar only, generic audio/video distribution, audio/visual distribution, audio/visual remote control.
The standard WebKit-based Android browser is on board to serve your browsing needs, and it does provide for a great overall experience. Pages load very fast and scrolling is smooth, while zooming can be accomplished by double-tap or multi-touch. Of course, the advantage of this browser is that it can reformat the text so it fits your desired zoom level exactly. Even though it doesn’t come with full Flash Player 10.1 (yet), the browser does include Flash Lite to help give you that feeling of a full web experience, but we have every reason to believe that it will get Flash 10.1 with the upcoming Android 2.2 OS update. Like we mentioned earlier, due to the higher pixel density, small text on web pages are sharper than what we saw with the Fascinate, so you don’t have to zoom-in as much for text to be legible.
Since the Continuum is a Verizon device, where would it be without included the apps for VCast Music, Tones, and Videos, as well as VZ Navigator for GPS guided driving directions (Google Maps with Navigation can be download from the Market). We tested VZ Navigator and Google Maps with Navigation to see if it had the same problem locking onto our GPS that we saw with the Fascinate, which took up to 5 minutes. Thankfully it did not, as the Continuum would acquire our GPS location in about 40 seconds from a cold start. Between these two apps, we prefer the Google Maps with Navigation since it is free to use, unlike VZ Navigator which cost $9.99 per month. But the VZ Navigator will also work with the ticker display to show your next turn.
As an Android handset, the Samsung Continuum has access to over 70K applications via the Android Market, so the variety is great. There are a few preloaded apps, such as 3G Mobile Hotspot for connecting up to 5 devices wirelessly, Blockbuster movie service, City ID, Kindle, Skype, Twidroyd, Scrabble and Tetris. Samsung has included a file manager, memo pad and ThinkFree, which is a full Microsoft Office compatible suite that offers local and online document storage, and allows for creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, as well as viewing PDF files.