Samsung Solstice A887 Review

Performance:

We definitely saw a better performance in phone call quality over the Samsung Highlight for T-Mobile. Voices sounded clear and distinct; so there was no repetition needed. On the other end, callers were able to hear our voices with the exception of our words sounding somewhat distant. For the speakerphone, we truly had a difficult time hearing through the tiny speakers. Granted that there was no crackling, it was too low for conversations.

During our testing, the Solstice held up well in retaining signal strength with solid bars at any given time in the Philadelphia area. The  Samsung Solstice A887 was not plagued by any service issues or dropped calls.

As we stated earlier, the Solstice is a lighter phone because of its battery. After 4 days of use and having the screen set to its brightest, we only had one bar left on it – a far cry from the Highlight's 8 days. The use of a smaller sized battery definitely justifies its lack of longevity when comparing to the Highlight. Samsung has it rated for 5 hours of talk and 250 hours of standby.


Conclusion: 

So, what's the deal with the Samsung Solstice A887 being inferior to the current alternatives already available while also being more costly in price? T-Mobile already got it in the form of the Highlight and the same now goes for AT&T. To be honest, we'd say the overall better phone between the two is the Solstice. Its faster performance, improved phone call quality, and eclectic offering of applications make it the better of the two. Although the Solstice may not be the blinding light its name expects to be, it does target the correct audience and holds well on its own as a versatile messaging device for the younger crowd. 


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Pros

  • Snappy TouchWiz UI
  • Respectable call quality
  • Vivid screen
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Uninspired design

PhoneArena Rating:

6.3

User Rating:

7.4
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1 Comment

1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

the solstice is better hands down the highlight is the most hideous colored phone from t-mobile the only thing the highlight is better at is a slightly better camera.
Solstice SGH-A887
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.189 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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