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Samsung Sunburst A697 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Mar 2010, 06:27

The new Samsung Sunburst A697 has recently made its appearance with AT&T. The Sunburst is one of those cell phones, which look truly unique, when placed next to the other offerings of the same class. Let's see if there's something more to it than meets the eye...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

This phone may not be much but atleast its cool looking. All Verizon's non-smartphone touchscreen phones are just ugly. Well actually just bout all Verizons phones are rather dull and boring looking.

posted on 01 Apr 2010, 07:28

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I wonder if Samsung will update this phone in the near future. I like the look, but I think it should've came with 3G.

posted on 13 Apr 2010, 13:22

3. baldilocks (Posts: 812; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Why does the Alpha Tag say "Cingular" and not AT&T?? :)

posted on 12 Oct 2010, 22:44

4. percy (unregistered)

this model does not play videos from youtube page ...

posted on 23 May 2011, 12:51

5. fft26 (unregistered)

i hate this phone, its slow frezes and is retarted

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 03:36

6. gemi (unregistered)

i think samsung sunburst is cool handphone...
I LIKE IT!! i wil buy..... :)

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 13:47

7. ruffone (unregistered)

This is a PHONE. That means audio. Two-way real time conversations! Yet your video review completely bypasses that aspect. YUK! Poor review.

posted on 03 Jul 2011, 13:48

8. ruffone (unregistered)

Commenters, please note: If you cannot spell, I will not read your comment.

posted on 13 Jul 2011, 04:41

9. Rabby (unregistered)

I just purchased the Samsung Sunburst A697 because I was assured by Consumer Cellular that it has voice recognition. I could communicate with my co-workers as we float to locations. That's a sweet spot for me as in Maryland you can't drive your car and hold the phone. I love the fact that there are reviews of micro-electronic communication devices.

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 15:35

10. Jmarc (unregistered)

Thinking of buying this phone from ebay.. i got some questions 1. How good is the sound quality and should i buy this phone or the blackberry 8310 ?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:28

11. DJ6ual (unregistered)

Can the Samsung A697 support Apps similar to that of the iPhone. I am still not really clear on the difference between the 'Colorful Touchscreen' of the Samsung A697 and 'Smartphone Technology' of other units.

My son wants a phone that will function as an iPod/mp3 Player. He also wants to text, access Facebook, and possibly check weather reports. His favorite App is the local Police Scanner for our area, he usually listens on my iPod. He says he wants a "Smartphone" but he is only 11 going on 12 so this phone looks like it might be a better choice. Please let me know what you think, thanks!


posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:52

12. Older Newbie (unregistered)

Bought this phone via Consumer Cellular AARP program. Came with a 'Quick Start Guide' printed in 4 point lettering. Had to use a magnifying glass to read it. No full User's Guide that would tell me things like how to set up the Bluetooth. Some features missing: voice-activated dialing is very useful for AARP people, as keypads are usually very small and hard to use. Don't know whether I'll be satisfied or not because I can't activate the darned thing!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 19:13

13. Hawthorne (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

@ Older Newbie - I trust you have called them since you posted, and got that sorted out. However, you are ahead of me a little, I didn't realize it had bluetooth at all! Might look into that, though for my purposes, the speaker phone is more than adequate. A good speakerphone has been one of my priorities, and this phone has that.

I'm happy with it, but now that Concell has made web browsing more accessible, I might have to look at upgrading to a smart phone. I don't find the web browsing very usable on it. Might be me, of course ...

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