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Samsung Rant Review

Samsung Rant 8.5

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The Rant, along with the Samsung Highnote and LG Lotus, marks the launch of Sprint’s new One Click UI.  We love it.  On the homescreen the user has a “carousel” similar to HTC’s TouchFLO 3D.  Simply click to the left or right on the d-pad to navigate through the tiles, and when you pause on one it will bring up information.  For instance, if you stop on the Messaging tile a menu slides up that allows you to access voicemail, send a message and your text, picture and email inbox.  The Internet tile has a shortcut to your homepage, favorites and recent pages, allows you to enter a URL and also has a Google search box.

One Click UI - Samsung Rant Review
One Click UI - Samsung Rant Review
One Click UI - Samsung Rant Review
One Click UI - Samsung Rant Review

One Click UI

Samsung Rant Review
The carousel can be customized as well.  The Home tile has no popup menu by default, but the user can add “bubbles” for Finance, Horoscope, News, Sports News and/or Weather.  Everything but the home tile can be removed, though seven must be active at all times, and tiles can be rearranged to the user’s liking.  There are eight stock tiles and the user can have up to fifteen total, but right now there only six more available.  Preloaded tiles are Home, Messaging, My Account, Personalize My Phone, Shortcuts, Sprint Navigation, Google and Internet.  Others available right now are Call Log, Email, Get Stuff, Music, Text Message and Yahoo.  If left idle for a few seconds the carousel will fade and become transparent.

We particularly like seeing the Google and Yahoo options, each with links to very useful information.  The Google tile allows the user to choose four items from the following: Maps, Gmail, YouTube, News, Photos, Google SMS, Okrut, Calendar, Reader, All Products, Docs and Notebook.  This One Click UI is not only useful, but with Google App integration is also powerful and makes the users lives more seamless.  Verizon really could learn a thing or two from Sprint on how to implement a UI (or release a worthwhile phone, for that matter.)

Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review

Samsung Rant Review

Clicking on the Home tile brings up Sprint’s traditional 12-item menu found on all Power Vision (EVDO) phones.  It has the new visual style that launched on the Katana Eclipse, which by the way will be getting a software update for the One Click UI, and the icon layout is identical.  Submenus are a high contrast, easy to read white on black and we enjoy the font Samsung uses.  It looks like Sprint is ditching the theme option we’ve seen for a few years, but given how wonderful One Click is we’re ok with it.  The entire interface is very snappy, and there is zero menu lag.

Phonebook and Organizer:

The Rant can hold 600 phonebook entries with up to seven numbers and three emails each, as well as a slot for a URL, IM name and memo.  It is fairly standard, but easy to use and entries can be assigned a unique ringer and caller ID picture.  It would be nice if we could store more personal info such as dates and addresses, like Motorola phones allow.  Voice dialing is handled by the always wonderful Nuance VoiceSignal, though it appears the VoiceSignal name might be going away.

Phonebook - Samsung Rant Review
Phonebook - Samsung Rant Review
Phonebook - Samsung Rant Review
Phonebook - Samsung Rant Review


PIM features are as you would expect for a basic phone.   You’ll find a basic alarm clock, calculator, calendar, memo pad and world clock.  There’s not much else to say about these items, other than they’re there.

Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review
Samsung Rant Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)

shouldnt be to hard to beat the rumor. As a service tech for sprint i hate the device. customers are constantly breaking the charging port. LG makes shit for devices, with the exception of the musiq.

posted on 08 Oct 2008, 22:00

2. (unregistered)

amen... im getting tired of exchanging chargers and phones for customers because lg makes inferior phones... and another benefit is that samsung jumped ship from its proprietary charger and finally moved in with the micro usb (also found on the new samsungs... m220 and 320, as well as the high note)... i actually got to handle and use the phone... youtube isnt the greatest, as the speaker can be decent to horrible, depending on the clip's audio quality... camera is top notch... tv isnt bad, again, i feel the speaker is the one area that they overlooked... but all in all, a SOLID phone, and by that i do mean SOLID... it feels like a phone, unlike the rumor which feels like a toy... and the one click is the most revolutionary interface to hit dumbphones... the store demo wasnt able to add tiles for some reason (first batch, buggy software perhaps?)... but the ui is super easy to use...

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 08:25

3. (unregistered)

I'm really looking forward to this phone! Finally trading up on my Sanyo SCP-8400, which has been top notch. Any idea on an exact street date tho??

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 16:14

4. (unregistered)

Don't take this as a definitive date, but I would check the Sprint website on 10/19.

posted on 14 Oct 2008, 20:02

5. (unregistered)

please tell me when its coming out. i still hav a samsung a900, and i need a solid phone i can text with

posted on 16 Oct 2008, 08:23

6. GoGo (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2008)

I have the rumor and was told i had to replace the chargers when they break and its less than 6mos can anyone help me and what would i have to do to get the Rant and return the Rumor Please send me a email @ gogo919@aol.com

posted on 16 Oct 2008, 22:45

7. (unregistered)


posted on 23 Oct 2008, 13:31

11. (unregistered)

Can anyone else verify this as true?

posted on 19 Oct 2008, 13:02

8. iBear (unregistered)

Got the Rant this morning...it's out. An excellent phone so far. Still testing features, but the biggest complaint so far is that lots of the app software is not yet available. I expect that to be fixed soon. Feels very solid and looks like top-notch construction. It's also smaller than the impression I got from the photos/visualizations. QWERTY keyboard is awesome, and ringers are much louder and clearer than the other Sprint phones I've had/seen. (Instinct, Katana LX, Samsung M320) All in all, this is an excellent phone, and I would highly recommend it to any texters.

posted on 19 Oct 2008, 16:35

9. Likguy2009 (unregistered)

Just Got This Fone It Rocks Keyboard Very Kool Only Bad Thing No new apps yet and the best thing is that im using the rant rite now

posted on 22 Oct 2008, 07:07

10. (unregistered)

You are going to say that this phone is better than KC910? phonearena shame on you!

posted on 28 Oct 2008, 22:43

12. (unregistered)

i want this phone, BAD!!!!! i have the samsung m300 right now and its alrite, i guess but its a free phone, terrible battery life, texting is somewhat slow, and i want to upgrade! always get a samsung because, i cant count how many times ive dropped my m300 and it survived a soak in the pool. solid phones, they even have my name in them :)

posted on 05 Nov 2008, 16:01

13. klein (unregistered)

I just got the Rant last night. The purple one. I love the way it looks. I love the texting. It is a little bit chunky, but not too bad as my previous phone was the A-900 and this one is almost the same size. But, the Network is terrible! Supposedly this is 3G EVDO, but I swear my A-900 was much faster. This one tends to hang for several seconds to a couple minutes and sometimes you must abort and try again. Also, the applications out there are not made for this phone yet. I have 29 more days to decide. I hate to give up the beauty of the purple model, but I may have to sacrifice aesthetic for function and revert back at least for a few months until more guinea pigs get to test it out.

posted on 06 Nov 2008, 18:17

14. Mrbrooks1991 (unregistered)

Gotta Wait Till February to get this fone :-(

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 08:00

15. bob the builder (unregistered)

the phone is only 50 dollars untill january. then it will raise its price again.. holiday season price. i am getting mine in later november hopefully.

posted on 09 Nov 2008, 17:58

16. NancyBee (unregistered)

I've had the Rant for about a few weeks now to replace the Samsung M500 (fantastic little phone). The one thing that makes me laugh every time I get a call? I get a voice announcement of who is calling! It's like a secretary comes with it! "Call from Maria" - LOL. Anyway, I have found nothing to complain about. Granted I loved the size of the M500 and this is heavier than I would like. I was going to get the Instinct but am glad I didn't because I think the dragging would get old. Everything is easy to use on this phone. The audible GPS is the reason I bought this and I love that. I find I text all the time now (not when I'm driving) and it's sooooo easy. The Rant? Love it!!

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 16:10

17. Bre12212 (unregistered)

im getting the rant next week but when i looked on sprint.com i only saw red and black but the girl above said she had purple. where do i find one?

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 23:13

19. casualdude (unregistered)

To get the promotional purple one you have to get it from best buy.

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 21:38

18. (unregistered)

The purple version is a Best Buy exclusive.

posted on 18 Nov 2008, 23:15

20. (unregistered)

To those people who have this phone; it it difficult or frustrating to lock the phone when you go to put it away? What exactly do you have to to do?

posted on 22 Nov 2008, 00:01

21. (unregistered)

you just press and hold the BACK button =]

posted on 23 Nov 2008, 11:49

22. (unregistered)

FYI - We just got 3 Rants and within one week, two have failed. They fail loading the software and then the screen goes blank gray and blinks in different brightness levels with no data displayed. Nothing Sprint can do but replace them. I suspect it is a flaw in the firmware. Once again a manufacturer is using the end consumer to do their testing and quality control. I wish they would test these things thoroughly before giving them to us. Another note, when using the MP3 player, it cuts in and out loading the songs to play when it starts the song. So the beginning of every song is messed up. Not the end of the world, but then again, shouldn't do it. And our observed battery life is less than a days use if you have anything (options) turned on. So the advertised 5 plus hours of talk time is only if you use it as a basic phone which kind of isn't why you would buy this phone. A bit misleading in my opinion. If it didn't have these problems, I would give it a solid thumbs up as we like the phone in general.

posted on 28 Nov 2008, 21:11

23. (unregistered)

i just got this phone, and i love it... so far the best phone i've ever had

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 15:56

24. Dulcinea (unregistered)

Well I got my Rant and then went online and read the horrible reviews it got. I was nervous! I keep waiting for something to happen that is bad. The only technical problem that I have with my phone is that the bubbles that you can choose for the main screen, my choice- Horascope and weather, will not update. I am willing to live with this flaw seeing as I love the keyboard.(Rumor spoiled me). I have to say on another positive note, I have a bad habit with water and phones, I was getting into my Jeep and went to put my seatbelt on and my phone fell into my TALL glass of water( now this was a day short of a week of me having my new toy) I fished it out shaking it spraying water all over the front of the car. I took the battery out first thing and stuck the phone(opened) and battery up in the window of my car with the defrost on full blast trying to dry it out. Drove to work and stuck it on top of the heater. 3 hrs later one of the girls went in and put it back together and turned it on and called her own phone, IT WORKED!!!! It had a funny spot on the screen for a couple days but that went away. I am not saying go out and drop your phone in water but for those of us that are accident prone this is a godsend! Hope this helps. Oh, and the reason I replaced my Rumor was because it fell it the toilet and got flushed, lol

posted on 09 Dec 2008, 17:32

25. (unregistered)

i got the rant on november 12, 2008 and yesterday, december 9, 2008 i was in the middle of texting and the screen just went blank. so i took the battery out and put it back in and it showed the loading animation and then flashed a blank screen. as you can imagine, i'm very po'd at the moment. i have't even had the phone a month and it is broken. never even dropped the phone. it also has many flaws that it shouldn't have. for example, you cant have a banner on your homepage, you cant zoom in on the camera, and the screen sometimes freezes when you go to slide it open. another thing, if you want to send media, it sometimes doesnt work if your texting while it sends. i hate samsung phones!

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 15:50

26. gain1998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

I had this phone from February of 2009 until April of 2011... switched to T-Mobile and got the Motorola Cliq 2.


It was such a dependable phone! My older cousin accidentally knocked me into my pool (while the phone was in my hand) in June 2009 and the phone kept working as if the incident had never happened! My friend's Rant got ran over and the phone's screen was terribly messed up, but the phone had an option where you could hear what letters & words you would be typing in, and it kept functioning for her until the replacement came in.

Overall, one of the best phones I could've invested in.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 20:59

27. Bob (unregistered)

u mad bro?

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Display2.1 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (134 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.50 x 2.10 x 0.70 inches
(114 x 53 x 18 mm)
4.58 oz  (130 g)
Battery960 mAh, 5.6 hours talk time

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