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Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Samsung Gravity SMART

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Interface and Functionality:

Shifting things back a notch with its meager 600MHz single-core processor, it’s able to handle basic functions without much hardship, but it tends to crawl when graphically intensive live wallpapers are activated. Moreover, there’s a recognizable amount of delay when multiple apps are running in the background – making things like kinetic scrolling choppy in operation. Running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, it’s undeniably handicapped versus what we see on other handsets, which is due to its lack of Samsung specific widgets. Besides that, it’s pretty much the same experience with its characteristic TouchWiz layout.

The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The Samsung Gravity SMART runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2 Froyo - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

It’s almost unfathomable to comprehend why some people want to input text besides using the physical keyboard, but as usual, you’re presented with the on-screen Samsung and Swype keyboards – albeit, there is no landscape support. Although it exhibits some acceptable responsiveness, we’re limited in speed due to its cramped confines. And in all honesty, it’s best to use the physical keyboard for all your needs. Also, it’s worth noting that the handset is “cloud-enabled” with its Cloud Texting feature that allows you to manage your texts directly from any internet connected PC or tablet.

Unsurprisingly, the Gmail experience is more than satisfactory since it offers all the features you’d expect from any Android powered smartphone – like support for multiple accounts and labeling. As for setting up additional services, it’ll normally just require your email address and password, but for some less popular ones, it needs additional information to properly set up.

Cloud Texting - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Gmail - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Cloud Texting

Gmail

  

Boasting all the usual set of Google apps, T-Mobile’s presence is heavily known on the handset with pre-loaded apps like T-Mobile AppPack, T-Mobile Highlight, T-Mobile Mall, T-Mobile Name ID, and Visual Voicemail. Additionally, there are a bunch of other third party apps along for the ride – such as AIM, AllShare, Bejeweled 2, DriveSmart, and Glympse, Photobucket, TeleNav GPS Navigation, and UNO.

Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Preloaded apps on the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review


Camera and Multimedia:

With its 3.2-megapixel fixed focused camera in the rear, the Samsung Gravity SMART captures some barely passable images. Overall, it produces photos that lack fine detail, with pale looking colors to make them appear more like a painting than anything else. However, its LED flash proves to be potent in illuminating dimly lit environments – though, it casts a yellowish tinge with close-ups.

Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Camera interface - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Gravity SMART - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

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Medium

Low light

3ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
5ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
7ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

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Scary to say, you’ll forget about shooting videos with this one, mainly because it has a maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240. Not only does it look completely indiscernible, but its sluggish capture rate of 14 frames per second will make you think twice about shooting anything.

Samsung Gravity Smart Sample Video:




Finding the conventional Android music player, it’s always functional in playing some tunes, but its presentation isn’t something that captures our attention. Outputting some audible tones with its speaker on the middle volume setting, it sounds sharp and irritating when it’s at the highest level. Fortunately, we’re greeted with a variety of equalizer settings to better adjust to the particular genre of music it’s playing.

The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
The music player - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Thinking more about its tiny display and slow processor, the video watching experience on the Samsung Gravity SMART is challenging to say the least. Loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 720 x 480 resolution, it buckles under the pressure due to the noticeable amount of delay with its audio as the video is playing.

Video playback - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Better than having nothing at all, the handset is preloaded with a 2GB microSD card, but it can obviously be replaced with others up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

If you can overlook its 3G speeds and lack of Flash support, you’ll actually find a decent web browsing experience with its tight controls. From kinetic scrolling to pinch zooming, it executes navigational operations without much delay to make web surfing more than forgiving on this mid-range device.

Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review
Web browsing - Samsung Gravity SMART Review

Perfect for those trips abroad, you’ll be able to place voice calls in pretty much any location around the world, but it’ll only get 3G speeds in the US running on T-Mobile’s specific AWS band. Much like its contemporaries, the handset features additional connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi.

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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display3.2 inches
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.48 x 2.31 x 0.55 inches
(114 x 59 x 14 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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