Samsung Renown Review

Performance:

Two areas where most new Samsungs models appear to be equal are in regards to the reception and call quality. We continually only had 1-2 bars showing in high coverage areas, and a few calls were dropped in fringe areas. We believe this is due to the poor placement of the antenna, which is located at the bottom of the phone and naturally rests in the palm of your hand. Thankfully, the call quality was good with voices sounding clear and natural, and with no distortion in the earpiece speaker. People that we called on a landline also agreed the voice quality was clear and easy to hear. Our testing was performed in South FL using Verizon’s CDMA network. We are not sure how the reception and call quality would be while using international roaming.

Accessing any of the downloaded applications is easy and there is very little delay in opening them up. We also did not encounter the random re-boot problem that occurred with the Gleam. The User Interface is fast, regardless of which theme and layout we chose. Internal memory is limited to a total of 55MB, with 16MB used out of the box. To counter this, most users will install a microSDHC card to allow up to 8GB of storage space.

The included 800mAh battery is rated by Samsung to provide 5 hours of talk time or 13 days of standby time on a full charge and we were able to achieve 4 hours with one charge.

Conclusion:

As flip phones go, the Samsung Renown isn’t most feature-rich available, despite its attractive appearance. If you are not the type of person who requires a smartphone, but needs a basic device that can be used internationally, the Renown is your best choice. However, if you don’t need the GSM support, there are plenty of other options.

Pros

  • CDMA and GSM global roaming
  • Call quality
  • QVGA Display
  • 8GB microSDHC support

Cons

  • Reception is lacking
  • Small external display
  • Camera takes too long to save pictures
  • Display is difficult to see in direct sunlight

PhoneArena Rating:

6.2

User Rating:

6.8
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Renown
  • Display 2.3" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 800 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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