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Samsung Katalyst Review

Samsung Katalyst

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Samsung Katalyst Review
Samsung Katalyst Review

While T-Mobile is finally executing their 3G rollout, for those who wanted to stick with them and get high speed, the only real way was to get their Hotspot @Home service. There are only four handsets available for the service and the one we’ll be looking at is the Samsung Katalyst. Looking over the specs, there’s really nothing that makes it special so can this simple handset really be worth it? Let’s find out.


The Katalyst is made up of gray and chrome plastic that feels somewhat cheap but at least it’s supportive enough to prevent the handset from slipping out of your hands. As with sliders, the front is dominated by a TFT display that does a good job of showing true colors and detail. We did have trouble making out was on shown in bright environments even with the brightness turned all of the way up. Just below it will be the navigation and calling keys arranged in which are large enough to be easily used. Along the left are the volume rocker and the headphone/charger slot while the right holds the camera shortcut. On the back is the 1.3MP camera right next to speakerphone. There are two oddities in the layout the first of which being that they mirror is on the back of the upper portion of the slider. Our worry was that it would be too high to be useful but it actually captured the field very well. The second is that the microSD card slot is located inconveniently underneath the battery. That’s right; no quick hot swapping your cards here, the Katalyst will have to be shutoff each time.

Samsung Katalyst Review
Samsung Katalyst Review
Samsung Katalyst Review

Samsung Katalyst Review

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Samsung Katalyst Review
Samsung Katalyst Review

Moving on, once the slider is open, which is very easy to open thanks to the spring mechanism, it will reveal a keypad where the keys are laid out in four rows with spaces separating the rows but not the keys. It’s very comfortable to use, nonetheless, even though you may have to take a quick glance down every now and then to make sure that the right button is being pressed.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Benjamin (unregistered)

This phone is a must for those who still make having a cell phone for communication above and beyond everything else. Not only has it filled in a couple of cellular gaps using WiFi in places outside my coverage area it also has given me a stronger signal on network and allows me to hold signal in locations where other phone drop out completely. This alone makes this phone a keeper for me. I can deal with a so so camera if my phone actually works as a phone

posted on 15 Mar 2008, 15:01

2. vzw employee (unregistered)

I just recently bought this phone for my girl and she loves it. She currently lives in a area where the service is poor but she has internet connection at home. So, she's using the phone connected to her wifi and it's working awesome.

posted on 20 Nov 2008, 11:08

3. gypsywoman35 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2008)

I recently bought this phone and overall I am very pleased. The reception is great, no dropped calls or static at all. I love the clarity of the display and the camara is pretty good. The only downfall is the number keys are rather smooth and not easy to text in a hurry. But overall a good phone, and a good buy.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.97 x 1.98 x 0.65 inches
(101 x 50 x 16.5 mm)
4.10 oz  (116 g)
Battery960 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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