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- Size (LWH): 4.4 inches, 2.06 inches, 0.5 inches
- Weight: 3.84 ounces
- Network Compatibility: UMTS
The Samsung Mythic's large 3.3-inch touch display makes it an ideal device for viewing AT&T Mobile TV.
Other features include pre-loaded social networking applications, a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, digital audio player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion, multi-lingual text display, and up to 3 hours of talk time.
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- GPS navigation capabilities via AT&T Navigator service includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options.
- 3.3-inch touchscreen with 360 x 640-pixel resolution and 262K color depth. Vibrating response to touch.
- TouchWiz user interface with specially designed widgets to customize and personalize your phone. The quick and simple drag-and-drop feature provides instant access to your favorite functions, such as the clock, music player, instant messaging and photos.
- Virtual onscreen QWERTY keyboard lets you easily type messages and emails fast.
- 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera with 3x digital zoom and video capture capabilities
- Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity with stereo music streaming (A2DP) capabilities as well as hands-free headsets and car kits. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).
- Digital audio player enables you to create and manage playlists right on the phone; compatible with MP3 and unprotected AAC/AAC+ formats.
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB.
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, and MSN).
- Access to personal email (AOL, Yahoo, Windows Live)
- Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock and more
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
- Internal phonebook stores up to 2000 contacts
- 189 MB internal memory shared between MP3 player and camera
- Displays last 30 outgoing/incoming/missed calls
The Samsung Mythic weighs 3.8 ounces and measures 4.49 x 2.06 x 0.5 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of talk time, and up to 360 hours (15 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS).
What's in the Box
Samsung Mythic handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual
| High-speed data connectivity via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband data network: The dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network provides up to 3.6/7.2 Mbps of download speed, making it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services. Additionally, this phone is also compatible with 2100 MHz 3G networks found in international territories. (For use outside the United States, an AT&T international data plan is recommended.) |
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.
| The full-featured, premium AT&T Navigator GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search. |
| AT&T's Video Share service enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it's also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day's work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so. |
| AT&T Mobile Music enables you to buy tracks while on the go, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal. |
AT&T provides several packages for accessing Mobile TV, and it offers parental controls that provide content filtering and purchase blocking on your phone so that you can restrict access to content that may be inappropriate for younger viewers.
Top Customer Reviews
The screen is very nice: higher resolution than other non-smartphones (360 x 640). Internet browser is fairly responsive, but does not display the regular pages as intended as the screen is still not wide enough. The WAP pages look fine.
Calls sound clear in both handset & speakerphone modes. But in a 40 minute call to AT&T support, the call was dropped 3 times. Could be AT&T network issue - don't know as this is our only AT&T cell phone. (No problems with our Verizon phone.)
Navigating the screen takes some getting used to. To scroll thru the 3 home pages, I kept accidentally opening applications I didn't want, or not getting it to scroll. Definitely a step behind the iPhone I played with before.
Camera images are pretty good for a camera phone. Shots taken indoors are brighter than on other camera phones I've used, thanks to the flash.
Music syncing worked fine - there are several ways to do it. There is also the Samsung "PC Studio" software on the accompanying CDROM or from the Samsung website, that allows media transfers.
Since this is classified as not being a smartphone, there is no data plan required with this phone. Optionally, there is a $15 unlimited data plan available from AT&T.
As noted, the deal breaker for me was that there is no supported way to transfer contacts to the phone from my PC. Maybe they will support this feature later? Will try the Solstice.
Not so, according to my (two week's experience) with the Mythic. The touch screen works fine and the camera is exceptional. I have a lot of experience with digital cameras and having this camera with me all the time means I will not have to drag around a dedicated camera. Granted, it's not great in low light without flash, but what basic camera is?
What attracted me to the Mythic was the standard (miniature) USB connector and the standard headphone jack. Not having to keep special cables around, which I always misplace, is a definite plus.
Call quality seems great. I live at the very edge of AT&T 3G reception and the phone does about as well as the best phone I've had.
The battery life is a real plus: two weeks of stand-by time!!
I can't say I've gotten proficient with all the phone's features -- that will take a while -- but everything I've tried (after I learned how to operate it) has worked fine.
Everyone compares touchscreens with the iPhone; but being able to use a $15 unlimited media package rather than paying twice that much for an iPhone plan, was a "deal-maker" for me.
In short, I recommend the Mythic.
Awesome phone that doesn't need a $$$data plan$$$. I've noticed many people saying that this phone requires hard touches. In my opinion it does take a little getting used to, but I like the amount of pressure needed because I actually feel like I'm pressing something. The phone gives a haptic feedback (small vibration) in response to each touch which is really nice in my opinion (it can be turned off). Perhaps because the phone in general is a little slow, people may feel their touches need to be heavy. All in all I recommend this phone if you don't need the apps. If you live for apps then suck it up and buy an Android or iPhone with a data plan because this phone is probably too slow for most apps.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Years ago I was deciding whether to upgrade my phone to an iPhone or not. I decided I didn't want to be one of the masses to own that phone, and having all the features a... Read morePublished 20 days ago by B-Hath
I have had the Mythic a897 for five years and I love the keyboard, the touch screen does not need body heat just you nail. A man can use this phone. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by lisa
I switched over to AT&T in September 2010 and I purchased this phone bc it was most compatible with my phone from my previous carrier. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Kimber Manning
I got this phone back in July, at first it was ok....I wasn't thrilled but it was ok. I was using a Blackberry Curve before and I loved it but it was getting a little beat up so I... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Edward Fulton
I've had this phone just over a month. I dropped it while it was in a leather carrying case and it no longer works. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Dawnel
Pulled in by the touchscreen-mania going on with certain electronic products that have a screen, I "caved in" to the Mythic as my first touchscreen phone. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Ray
When renewing my AT&T contract last year, I decided that I wanted to find a phone that was close to being a smart-phone, but not so much that I'd have to subscribe to a smart-phone... Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Jim D
I have had this phone for about a year now, and i would not recommend this so called "phone" to anyone.
It restarts itself at will, two three times a day. Read more
when i first got this phone i thought it was great untill i locked it the con of this phone is the preset screensaver the pictures rotate on this phone and some of the pictures are... Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by M. McDonough