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Samsung Memoir Review

Samsung Memoir

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The Instinct has arguably the best onscreen QWERTY we’ve ever tested, so we were not surprised to see the Memoir perform admirably.  Like the Instinct, the Memoir allowed for quick, virtually error-free typing right out of the box, and it one-ups its iPhone killing brother by ACTUALLY offering a T9 keypad in portrait mode!  One very cool feature is that when you select a key it is enlarged by stretching it to the side so that you can see the letter you pressed even though your finger is covering it.  The left half of the keyboard stretches to the right side and the right half to the left.  That software designer deserves a raise.  The handwriting recognition mode worked pretty well too after a few minutes of getting used to it, but the delay between the input and recognition makes it an impractical solution.  One thing we were sad to see omitted was threaded SMS messaging.

Messaging - Samsung Memoir Review
Samsung Memoir Review
Samsung Memoir Review



Email setup - Samsung Memoir Review

Email setup

One of our gripes with the Pixon was the email client’s lack of preconfigured clients.  For example, we couldn’t even set up our Gmail account without manually entering the servers.  Luckily T-Mobile has tapped OZ for their email client, and on the Memoir it clocks in at v2.8.10.  It comes preconfigured with most popular providers and if not found you can provide your own settings.  Our Gmail setup was quick and easy this time around.  Performance, however, was decidedly slow.  We got several errors when trying to load the inbox, and even when it and messages did load it took forever (minutes, sometimes.)  We’re in a 2G market, but app is not graphically intensive so email shouldn’t have any problems loading in a few seconds.


The Memoir is a quad band GSM phone.   Where available it offers HSDPA 1.8 for 3G data, or EDGE when in 2G areas.  It features Bluetooth 2.0 and supports the HSP, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, SAP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP profiles.  It allows for GPS navigation using A-GPS for faster locks.

The web browser is listed as a full HTML browser, but in reality it is pretty limited.  Like we’ve seen with the Instinct and Glyde, the browser isn’t nearly as capable as offerings from Apple or Opera.  Though the phone does support Java and we were able to download Opera Mini, we could not get it to actually connect to the internet which is a huge drawback when trying to browse the internet.  With the included browser page rendering was good but over EDGE it took forever to load, so much so that only mobile pages were wroth the effort.

Samsung Memoir Review
Samsung Memoir Review
Web browser - Samsung Memoir Review
Web browser - Samsung Memoir Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. rtimi26 (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

hi i can see that good shot of easton town center and columbus state community college. I would like to meet up some day maybe we can discuss possible collaboration. email me if you are the administrator please.

posted on 16 Mar 2009, 16:49

2. luisandres58 (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)

I don't know how you really rate but if you add and then divide the numbers you get a 7.8 rating. How can you give a 9.5 as a phone ( unless is a mistake)? As a camera I understand, but as phone in your review you killed it!

posted on 17 Mar 2009, 05:42

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Hey, please check our "How do we rate?" page.http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/howdowerate.php Although it has its cons, this camera phone scores excellent in its class.

posted on 16 Mar 2009, 18:38

3. Charlie (unregistered)

No Wi-Fi = poop. End of story.

posted on 09 Oct 2009, 17:58

8. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


posted on 17 Mar 2009, 15:35

5. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)

"Unfortunately call quality was downright abysmal. Callers frequently had to ask us to repeat ourselves, and told us that this was the worst phone we’ve ever tested. " Rated 9.5 out of 10 by phonearena.com I can see the advertising campaign now...... This might have been a different story if the camera by itself was rated on a different website (i.e. dpreview.com). But on a phone web site when a phone is said to be "the worst phone we ever tested", it is safe to say that it does not deserve a 9.5 rating. Just my 2 cents.

posted on 18 Mar 2009, 11:48

6. Pr0cl1v1ty (Posts: 60; Member since: 26 Oct 2008)

lessthanzach you probably had a defective phone, were in a loud area, or your signal sucks because i have the phone and everyone says its BETTER than my iphones and never had one complaint

posted on 20 Mar 2009, 23:02

7. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)

I don't have this phone, Pr0cl1v1ty. I don't even have T-Mobile. What I made was a sarcastic remark that involved QUOTING phone arena's review. Notice the lovely QUOTATION marks which elegantly indicate my reference to the relevant article that we are discussing. If you would please take the time to read phonearena.com's review of this device, specifically the performance section, then return and re-comment it would be much appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day.

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Display240 x 400 pixels TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Size4.17 x 2.11 x 0.55 inches
(106 x 53.6 x 14 mm)
4.40 oz  (125 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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