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Samsung Dart Review

Samsung Dart

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Interface and Functionality:

Showing its ties to the low-end market, the Samsung Dart is packing a forgettable 600MHz processor that shows off its painfully challenging performance with various basic functions. Specifically, there is a recognizable amount of lag when trying to navigate across its homescreens with a live wallpaper active. However, switching it to a static one makes it tolerable, but there is still some delay with other operations – like moving around the app panel. Even though it’s employing Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, which is evident by the dock of icons in the homescreen, it’s actually handicapped in a way versus other TouchWiz devices since it lacks any of the TouchWiz widgets. Nevertheless, we’re still presented with all the personalization aspects of Android.

The Samsung Dart employs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Dart Review
The Samsung Dart employs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Dart Review
The Samsung Dart employs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Dart Review
The Samsung Dart employs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Dart Review

As a whole, patience is definitely a virtue that you want to keep in mind when attempting to type with its on-screen keyboard. Not only is the layout extremely cramped in portrait, but also its unresponsiveness hinders us from speed typing casually. Naturally, the landscape option is the preferred choice, but considering that it fails to keep up with our pace, it essentially proves to be a challenging experience. If the Samsung keyboard isn’t your thing, you can always opt to use the Swype keyboard instead.

On-screen keyboards - Samsung Dart Review
On-screen keyboards - Samsung Dart Review
On-screen keyboards - Samsung Dart Review
On-screen keyboards - Samsung Dart Review

Obviously, the Gmail experience is an enjoyable one since it offers all the features you normally expect to find with any Android smartphone. However, its smaller sized and low quality display makes it difficult to read emails in full fidelity. Besides Gmail, the process of setting up other accounts is a breeze since it only requires your email address and password to automatically set up – though, it might require some additional things for other less popular clients.

Gmail - Samsung Dart Review
Gmail - Samsung Dart Review
Gmail - Samsung Dart Review

Shocking to say the least, the Samsung Dart doesn’t pack on any additional bloatware out of the box, but rather, we only find the usual set of Google ones on board – with the ThinkFree Office app being the only third party app pre-installed.

ThinkFree Office - Samsung Dart Review


Camera and Multimedia:

Forget about it! That’s exactly what comes to mind every time we think about trying to shoot a photo with the Dart’s 3.2-megapixel camera. Actually, you’ll need to keep a firm hand on the phone since it requires you to wait painfully for 3 seconds to completely take a shot. In addition to its overall pixelated looks in almost every lighting condition, its production is littered with bland looking colors, indiscernible details, and an abundance of noise to make you look the other way.

Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review

Camera interface

Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung Dart Review

Gallery - Samsung Dart Review
Gallery - Samsung Dart Review
Gallery - Samsung Dart Review
Gallery - Samsung Dart Review

Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung Dart - Samsung Dart Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Dart Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Dart Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Dart Review

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Equally as terrible, the handset’s video recording quality is yet another example of ugliness to the extreme with its maximum capture resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. In testing our tolerance once again, it’s quite clear that the Dart is incapable of shooting fond memories because of its unwillingness to remotely capture some passable videos. Combining its low quality production with its 14 frames per second capture rate, there’s no reason why you should look the other way – again!

Samsung Dart Sample Video:




Using the conventional Android music player as opposed to the TouchWiz one, it’s more than capable of playing our library of songs without any complications. Taking us by surprise, the Dart’s audio quality with its speaker is pretty good with its balanced tones without sounding too sharp at the loudest setting. Additionally, there is a variety of equalizer settings to choose from to fine tune its output.

Samsung Dart uses the conventional Android music player - Samsung Dart Review
Samsung Dart uses the conventional Android music player - Samsung Dart Review
Samsung Dart uses the conventional Android music player - Samsung Dart Review

Even with its QVGA display, we’re able to load a video encoded in MPEG-4 720 x 480 resolution without much fluff. More than capable of playing it smoothly, the experience is decent to say the least, but its small size and low quality display make it difficult to fully enjoy watching videos wholeheartedly.

Video playback - Samsung Dart Review

Gladly, we’re accepting the handset’s inclusion of a 2GB microSD card, which should be more than adequate for this free on-contract smartphone. And of course, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

Lacking Flash and 4G support, some might still take a liking to web browsing with the Samsung Dart. Well, you’d think that would be the case right? But its slow processor shows off its unresponsiveness once again as it struggles to smoothly execute basic functions; like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. In fact, we experience quite a few instances of lag as well to really strain the already handicapped experience.

Web browsing - Samsung Dart Review
Web browsing - Samsung Dart Review
Web browsing - Samsung Dart Review
Web browsing - Samsung Dart Review

Being the GSM smartphone it is, international travelers will love the fact that you can place voice phone calls in almost any location across the globe – albeit, it’s enabled for 3G in the US via T-Mobile’s AWS band. As usual, the handset boasts other connectivity features like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and aGPS. Adding to its usefulness, the Dart also features mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi calling out of the box.

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Samsung Dart

Samsung Dart

OS: Android 2.2
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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display3.1 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (127 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
600 MHz
Size4.09 x 2.40 x 0.51 inches
(104 x 61 x 13 mm)
3.80 oz  (108 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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