Samsung Eternity Review

Introduction and Design

After seeing our neighbors across the big pond get acquainted with Samsung’s multimedia touch screen phones such as the Pixon, U.S. consumers can now get their hands on the Eternity with AT&T. This is one of the first phones in the States to use Samsung’s TouchWiz interface for a fresh new look with various widgets on the home screen. In addition to the updated software design, the phone is filled with a plethora of multimedia features such as a 3-megapixel camera, AT&T’s video share service, and Mobile TV to keep enthusiasts content.

The package contains:

  • Samsung SGH-A867
  • Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Interactive Device Tutorial CD


As with other touch screen phones, the Eternity keeps to fashion with its slick candy bar design (4.3x2.2x0.5 inches) that closely resembles the Instinct in dimensions. Glossy black plastic is used for the casing with a chrome metallic border going around the phone. At first glance, the battery cover looks to almost have a brushed aluminum finish but it is in fact just a hard plastic material which emulates the feel and look of a metal surface. Placing the device in your hands feels really well thanks to its relative low weight (3.9 oz). We liked the overall construction of the phone and did not feel as cheap as the LG Vu in terms of durability.

You can compare the Samsung Eternity with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Samsung kept the size of the resistive touch screen to a reasonable 3.2” which has a resolution of 240x400 pixels and 262k colors. Vibration feedback is implemented with the device whenever the screen is pressed to notify the user that a selection has been made. The Eternity does a good job of using the vibration feature in its software to keep things new and fresh. There is a light sensor on the phone that adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the amount of ambient light coming in. We found that even viewing the phone in direct sunlight to be no problem with colors and text still being distinguishable.

Below the screen you will find three physical buttons which are flush with the device. The green send and red end keys are found on the side with the middle button being used as the back/clear key. On the left side you will find the volume rocker and charging/USB port. Samsung did not go with the traditional mini or microUSB connection and decided to stick with their own proprietary port. We are happy to find that the right side of the device has a 3.5mm jack to allow regular headphones to be used. You will also find the dedicated camera button on the bottom right side to quickly take photos. There is also a button on the right side of the phone that brings up the shortcut menu which allows you to perform basic functions such as making calls or text messaging. However, the icons in this menu can be brought up at any time but you cannot modify them to your liking.

On the back you will find the 3-megapixel camera which is a step down from the ones found on the Pixon and F480. Additionally, there is no flash or self portrait mirror found on the Eternity. The plastic battery cover slides off to reveal the battery compartment, SIM card slot, and microSD slot. We are still baffled as to why manufacturers still insist on having users remove the back cover and battery just to install a mircoSD card.

The bottom of the phone houses the microphone and a new feature that adds some flare. Whenever you receive a call, the entire bottom of the chrome border illuminates in a color. However, you can only choose five different colors for the settings. We would have been happier if the colors rotated instead of just having a singular one.

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