Samsung Mythic A897 Review


When talking on the phone, we were thoroughly surprised that call quality was almost superb. Other than the faint echo we heard when volume was placed on the highest level, voices on both ends sounded clear with neutral tones. We were able to fully comprehend our conversations without any problems. Callers stated that our voice had a strong tone to it – making it very easy for them to hear us. Switching to the speaker phone, we were also pleased with the level it performed at. There was no instance of crackling or muffled sounds; we found using it to be a pleasant experience. On the other end, our callers were able to pick up on our words without any niche in quality.

During our testing, the Samsung Mythic A897 held up well in retaining signal strength with solid bars at any given
time in the greater Philadelphia area. The Mythic was not plagued by any service issues or dropped calls.

With so many improvements in the hardware department from previous incarnations, the Samsung Mythic was able to pull out a respectable 4 days of normal use before requiring a recharge. We had the phone set to automatic brightness to really get out some optimal performance out of the battery. During another round of testing, we “suspended” the web browser so it was still running in the background.  Unfortunately suspending applications will eat up more battery life – causing it to drain faster. Samsung has it rated for 3 hours of talk and 252 hours of standby.


Samsung manages to showcase its nifty own updated TouchWiz interface on the Mythic – it’s nice that AT&T has finally got the updated treatment. There’s plenty to like about the Mythic with its dynamic looking screen which makes viewing videos or browsing web sites pleasurable. Samsung clearly keeps on fine tuning their TouchWiz handsets for AT&T – and the Mythic is sure to continue all the successes previous devices had. This is a well-balanced phone that can cater to a lot of people with its diverse mix of business and fun applications. To an extent, it does live up to its mythical name.

Samsung Mythic A897 Video review:


  • Updated TouchWiz interface
  • Brilliant & detailed touchscreen
  • Fine web browsing experience
  • Allows for specific email providers
  • Superb call quality


  • Poor quality with camera
  • Unchanged music & video players

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1. baldilocks

Posts: 1516; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Would be a great phone but the Interface is a lot slower and way more choppy than it should be. Still not an Eternity beater.

2. ADEIFE unregistered

i don't like d ideal not having automatic gprs configuration.
  • Display 3.3" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.18 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1150 mAh(3.00h talk time)

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