Samsung Highnote Review


The Highnote did not perform as well as the Rant on call quality, but it was still above average.  Callers said we sounded a bit distant, though on our end they sounded a touch closer.  They rated us an overall 7.5/10, and we would give them an 8.  Voices sounded natural and full, and if we weren’t comparing the two devices side by side it probably would have a bit higher score.  We fell short of the battery’s stated 5.8 hours of talk time, but the five hours we were able to achieve was impressive nonetheless and way above average for a CDMA device.


We like the Highnote, but don’t see it doing particularly well.  At $100 it’s well worth your extra $30 to move up to the Instinct, and with the $50 Rant offering basically the same features with a QWERTY keyboard we see the Highnote kind of sitting in limbo.  We’d been hearing about the unit for almost a year before release, and feel that if Samsung and Sprint had gotten it out late last year or early this year it would have been a much more popular device.  It’s a shame too, because it really isn’t a bad phone, it just gets lost in Sprint’s lineup.


  • Good all around multimedia phone
  • Solid construction and good size
  • Built in speakers performed well


  • Wheel navigation can be clumsy
  • A bit too expensive for what it is

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1. ryanb unregistered

you should get a different hand model. that hand is to big. lady hand please

2. unregistered

the thing next to the earpiece is the led light for when your charging your phone or you get a message it lights up or flashes
  • Display 2.0" 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.032 GB
  • Battery 960 mAh(5.60h talk time)

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