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Samsung Solstice II Review

Samsung Solstice II

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Don't expect much from its 2-megapixel camera, which regrettably isn't an improvement from its predecessor, as outdoor shots have a super soft look which dishes up some muddy images. Luckily,  color reproduction remains to be acceptable with its neutral looking tones. However, indoor shots in low lighting have an extravagant amount of noise that diminishes its overall visibility.

The gallery - Samsung Solstice II Review
Samsung Solstice II Review
Editing photos - Samsung Solstice II Review
The camera interface - Samsung Solstice II Review

The gallery

 

Editing photos

The camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review

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Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Solstice II Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Solstice II Review

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Medium

Low light



Furthermore, video recording is forgettable with its maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240 and a capture rate of 15 frame per second. Far from producing any distinguishable details, its results are less than forgiving with its pixelated looks and jerky movements – it's definitely something you don't want to use in capturing the spontaneous moments of life.

The video camera interface - Samsung Solstice II Review


Visual presentation is lacking naturally with the music player on the Solstice II, but luckily it's more than functional at its core by displaying the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. And despite offering a handful of equalizer settings, audio quality from its speaker is on the screechy side which makes for an unpleasant experience at the loudest volume setting

The music player - Samsung Solstice II Review


Even though its display is more than adequate in size to play videos, the only kind you'll be watching are some low quality ones. Loading up a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution, the handset is more than equipped in its playback, but it doesn't necessarily come off as being impressive with its low quality only offering. Still, it's more than satisfactory in getting the job done – but don't expect to experience high definition quality any time soon.

Watching videos with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review
Watching videos with the Samsung Solstice II - Samsung Solstice II Review


Summing up under 83MB of free internal storage out of the box, it's not going to be able to handle the needs of media centric individuals with its light cargo. Otherwise, you can simply install microSD cards up to 16GB in capacity for additional memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Sure you can take along the Samsung Solstice II abroad to other countries seeing that it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) device, but you'll have to rely on a carrier connection for all your data needs since it lacks Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 2.1 is available to enable a wide array of wireless devices, like headsets, to connect with the phone.

Opera Mini might not embody the rich set of features that are accustomed on some smartphone web browsers, but for the Solstice II, it's more than acceptable with its decent performance. Although it doesn't completely render some elements on our site correctly, its speed in scrolling and zooming is respectable to make it more than usable for most people. Passages of text are fitted accordingly to the width of the display to make it really easy to read, but it would've been nice to see kinetic scrolling on board. All in all, its web browsing performance will be appreciated by just about anyone.

Internet browsing - Samsung Solstice II Review
Internet browsing - Samsung Solstice II Review
Internet browsing - Samsung Solstice II Review


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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.29 x 2.13 x 0.47 inches
(108.9 x 54.1 x 11.9 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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