Samsung miCoach Review - PhoneArena

Samsung miCoach Review


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All persons and events portrayed in the report are fictional and only the italic text is real data.

Name: Mike Spencer
Age: 28
Occupation: super secret agent
Company: FFI
Hobbies: running, reading reviews in


6:30 AM

The sun had just risen over the horizon, a few minutes ago and was bringing a little gift of beauty and calamity to the big city. Indolently caressing every window, it was trying to remind the people of the beginning of the new day.

It gently seduced the blinds of my bedroom, kissed the rectangular black box (with dimensions 4.0 x 1.8 x 0.6 inches (101.5 x 45 x 14.5 mm)), lying on my nightstand and in this very moment, it blinked. The two-inch display with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels became alive and 262k colors became a part of the morning. Finally, the alarm clock of my Samsung miCoach slider, made in partnership with adidas, politely tried to push me out of the bed. I reached, took it in my hand, for a hundredth time astonished at its incredible lightness (only 2.8 oz (80 grams)) and sat in the bed, in such a way as not to let the sun light fall directly on its screen. This is one of the few things that I hate about this phone. Even at maximum brightness, the screen is unusable in broad daylight.

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Still sleepy, I looked at the buttons under the display. There are a total of 7 – two standard soft ones, call/end, clear and two shortcuts. The first one leads to the music player and the second one gives me access to the top-secret miCoach menu. Between those two, there is a D-pad with a confirmation button, which could be also used as play/pause for the music player. The keys lack relief, but are large and easy to press, except the Clear. Fortunately, I needed the left soft button, in order to stop the annoying alarm. I easily hit the target and used the convenient bulge under the adidas logo to push the slider up.

I ran my fingers across the canyons of the keyboard. Without purpose, I pressed few of the large buttons and they pushed back, especially the ones in the lower part, closer to the round edge. I had an important mission before me, and I still couldn’t get the thoughts in my head. They floated in a circle around the asymmetrical colors of my phone.

Its right side is white and that’s where the camera button is positioned. The upper part of the phone, including the inside of the slider when it’s opened is white as well. The charger/data/headset connector and the volume rocker are located on the other side. The last one is rugged so it doesn’t slip while I press it with my sweaty hands. It's the same story with the navigation pad and the back of the phone. That’s where the 2-megapixel camera and the speaker are residing. The battery lid has my favorite Samsung and adidas logos.

I think it’s time to stop playing with the phone and get to work. I get a quick shower to refresh my head and start dressing up. Before I button up my shirt, I have to put the Heart Rate (HR) sensor around my chest. That’s not such an easy task, since the part that goes in the front is solid (it houses a 3V changeable battery), and the other half is elastic, but doesn’t extend much. It’s pretty tight around my chest, which is somewhat annoying. Since I have a body of a Greek god, I have no problem with that, but for overweight guys and the ladies putting it on could be a real challenge and I’m sure they will not feel comfortable.

I get in my sweat suit, which I hope will make me unnoticeable in the city. I’m planning on getting the entire miCoach equip, which includes a shirt, shorts, and shoes. These clothes have special pockets for the phone, but I don’t have time now…

I put my sneakers on and attach the stride sensor, which counts my steps. It clips easily to any kind of sport shoes and not only to my preferred adidas branded runners. The sensor is powered by a battery, which is claimed to last 10 months if used regularly. Therefore, I attach it firmly between my laces, but what if I didn’t have laces and some kind of Velcro shoes instead...?

I won’t be needing the special poach, which let’s me attach the phone to my arm since it’s going to limit my movements. All I need to do is to plug in the adapter to the 3.5 mm jack and the headphones. The ones that come in the box, have good quality, but fall off very often and that’s annoying.

With this outfit, I feel ready for a hectic day. While I’m walking out of my apartment, I’m happy because I not only have such a super-light and beautiful sports phone, but a whole system, which to help me stay fit.

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