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Samsung miCoach Review

Samsung miCoach 8.5

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7:45 AM

After I calmed down, I got up and quietly walked down the street. I felt the need for some music and decided to take advantage of the 1 GB storage for audio, video and image files. Even though there was no memory card slot, the adidas phone could be defined as a good music player.

Music player - Samsung miCoach Review
Music player - Samsung miCoach Review

Music player

I pressed the dedicated shortcut, although the same function is accessible from the miCoach menu and is even automatically offered to be activated during training mode. The player is very easy to use and has many options for sorting the songs. There’s even a special “tempo” category included where the phone the phone automatically takes the songs with faster rhythm and includes them here. I’m able to make a list of the titles that motivate me or to sort them by an artist, genre, album or composer.

On top of that, I have an FM radio. It’s a bit annoying that when the “virtual coach” option is activated, the voice of the speaker interrupts the music very often.

I didn’t even think to upload videos on the phone. It only supports MPEG4 and H.263 and it can’t open videos with high resolution. That was what made me listen to my favorite tunes instead.


10:39 AM

While I was walking down the busy streets, I was nicely surprised. A person, looking like the target of the mission, appeared at about 6 feet from me. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my spy micro camera and I was not able to take a picture of the individual and send it to HQ for confirmation. Then I remembered my Samsung miCoach. I pulled it out and started the camera up.

Camera interface - Samsung miCoach Review
Camera interface - Samsung miCoach Review
Camera interface - Samsung miCoach Review
Camera interface - Samsung miCoach Review

Camera interface

It was only a 2-megapixel one, but fast and with many settings. I could choose a shooting mode, resolution, white balance, and ISO sensitivity. There also were a bunch of effects (black-white, negative, sepia, embros,scratch, antique) and frames available for use. I didn’t need them for the moment, but they gave me the opportunity to add an artistic touch to the pictures I took, in no way making them professional. They would have been of good use if I needed to snap a picture of a loved one, but this wasn’t the case. I didn’t really like this guy.

Outdoor images - Samsung miCoach Review
Outdoor images - Samsung miCoach Review
Outdoor images - Samsung miCoach Review

Outdoor images

Strong, meduim and low light indoor images - Samsung miCoach Review
Strong, meduim and low light indoor images - Samsung miCoach Review
Strong, meduim and low light indoor images - Samsung miCoach Review

Strong, meduim and low light indoor images

I quickly sent an MMS with the picture of the supposed target to HQ and was about to record his astonished expression in a video with a maximum resolution of 176 x 144, when my phone rang...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dexter (unregistered)

I appreciate the effort and creativity put into writing this review. However it was quite tedius having to trudge through the poorly written fictional account for actual phone info. Hopefully this will be the first and last review of this kind.

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:47

2. (unregistered)

A story review.. really unique amd inventive, and it's good to see for one someone sweat to make a review. Good job PhoneArena :)

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:48

3. (unregistered)

ew, the pappeal thingy buy their stuff from like, addidas? i get my cute little sports outfits from like, lacoste and chanel and stuff

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:49

4. (unregistered)

i bought mine from reebok and new balance so what

posted on 27 May 2008, 09:05

6. pHx (Posts: 15; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)

SE W580i is phone with some sport functions. miCoach is sport system including phone with some other-than-sport functions ]:P

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:50

5. (unregistered)

The phone looks like an uglier, more cheaply made version of the LG KE800. How good is it against the Sony Ericsson W580i?

posted on 21 Jun 2008, 12:31

7. Brad (unregistered)

This was a great review. I like the fact that it is a story as well as a review! Because of this story i now am going to buy this phone! and become A secret Agent 007!

posted on 31 Oct 2008, 16:57

8. (unregistered)

I really enjoyed this phone at first, buying it the week it first became available. Once I'd found my way around the phone's various "phone" functions, I started to try out the miCoach side of it. The miCoach Web site was pretty good to begin with and has been updated a few times too. But, and this is a big but if you commit to a miCoach training programme, the HR sensor that came with the phone just died one day. It was fine on a Thursday morning, and dead on the Saturday. New batteries and resetting of the phone did not help. I was given a replacement but after six weeks (again on a Saturday morning) it got very temperamental. It didn't work that Saturday, but did on Sunday's run, before going on to die completely the following week. Samsung support suggestions have been largely unhelpful, with different staff making different, often contradictory suggestions, none of which worked and some of which sounded like the customer service staff member was making it up on the spot. Poor reliability, and very poor service. I was eventually promised a replacement, which never arrived, and I had to badger Samsung again, who insisted on taking me through yet more useless suggestions to correct the problem with the broken one I had. Finally, they have sent another. Unfortunately, I'm injured at the moment (not running-related) and so have not tried out sensor number three, but I am very disillusioned with the Samsung product and for the past couple of months have gone back to using my old phone.

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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.99 x 1.77 x 0.57 inches
(101.5 x 45 x 14.5 mm)
2.82 oz  (80 g)
Battery800 mAh, 2.5 hours talk time

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