Samsung Gravity T Review

Interface, Phonebook and Messaging:

Samsung has employed TouchWiz to power the Gravity T and the normally usable UI is downright maddening on this phone.  It is painstakingly slow, often taking a second or more to respond to an input.  The device is obviously woefully underpowered, a surprise considering the relative quickness of the entry-level Seek.  Though there is an onscreen keyboard available it is virtually useless due to the lag, and even lack of input recognition altogether.  The same holds true for the dialpad.

The phonebook is a bright spot for the Gravity T, offering near-smartphone levels of contact information.  The Gravity T recognizes both first and last names- uncommon for a featurephone- and allows for multiple phone numbers, emails, IM names and even multiple address, plus a note if that’s not enough.  Directly from the phonebook you can choose to either call or message a contact.  Voice dialing is handled by Nuance, but must be activated via the TouchWiz bar (where it is not automatically listed) or via a widget; you cannot activate it using the send button.  Another annoyance is that the screen automatically locks once a call is connected, making it annoying if you want to activate the speakerphone or need to input numbers from the dialpad.

All of your standard messaging options are available on the Samsung Gravity T including SMS, MMS, IM (AIM, MSN and Yahoo!).  The Gravity T actually has Exchange support though we don’t see any business users picking up this youth-oriented device with speed issues.

Camera and Multimedia:

Samsung traditionally does well with low megapixel devices and the Gravity T is no exception.  Images were quite crisp and color reproduction was good, all things considered.  There was some graining in low-light situations, but that is to be expected and we’ve seen other phones perform much worse.   Options are decent as well, with mosaic and panorama modes, smile detection and brightness and white balance adjustment.  Videos can be shot at a max 320x240, which these days isn’t even YouTube quality anymore.

The music player is the same one we’ve seen with TouchWiz devices in the past and it performs just as well.  It’s quite adequate for a device of the Gravity T’s caliber and allows music to play in the background while the user does something else, or nothing at all.  It can be controlled via a homescreen widget thanks to the TouchWiz interface.  Lack of a 3.5mm jack means that you’re either going to be using the phone’s single speaker or a stereo Bluetooth headset.

Data and Connectivity:

The Samsung Gravity T is a global GSM device with 3G on the 2100 and 1700MHz bands.  It has Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and supports the HSP  1.1, HFP  1.5, OPP, FTP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP and SAP  1.1 profiles.  The web browser leaves much to be desired; while it loaded complex pages such as, it took literally minutes to do it over 3G to the point that it is unusable for all but the most basic mobile sites.  The Gravity T does offer GPS navigation with TeleNav pre-loaded, though the service runs $9.99/month after your 30-day trial period.

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