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Samsung Mythic a897 Phone (AT&T)

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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.4 inches, 2.06 inches, 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.84 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: UMTS
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.1 x 0.5 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002VEC826
  • Item model number: a897
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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With one-touch access to features including AT&T Mobile TV and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, the Samsung Mythic for AT&T is a portable entertainment powerhouse. It features a 3.3-inch touchscreen with virtual keyboard and Samsung's innovative TouchWiz user interface, which allows you to simply drag and drop widgets for your favorite and most commonly used features and functions on the phone's home screen.



The Samsung Mythic's large 3.3-inch touch display makes it an ideal device for viewing AT&T Mobile TV.
This phone can quickly download video, music and more over AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network. And the Mythic is the newest AT&T Mobile TV-capable device, which enables you to subscribe to around-the-clock access to full-length simulcast and time-shifted programming from FLO TV, including such channels as CBS Mobile, CNN Mobile, Comedy Central, FOX News and the movie channel Crackle. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call. See more details on optional AT&T services below.

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Vital Statistics
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

AT&T Services

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.



Choose from a wide assortment of channels from AT&T Mobile TV.
AT&T Mobile TV allows you to watch mobile TV in broadcast quality. Tune-in to see full-length episodes of your favorite soaps, sitcoms, sports, or news programs from the networks you love. With just one touch you can see what's on now, scroll to find the next episode of your favorite show or select a time slot to reveal an episode summary of your next new favorite. Simple and easy to use the program guide is great for searching on the fly for Mobile TV to go. It provides access to 12 popular channels so you have everything you need to tune-in to your favorite shows when you're on the go. Channels include: CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, FOX News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC2Go, Nickelodeon, CNN Mobile and Pix.

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.

Product Description

This follow-up to the Eternity also has live mobile TV, while stepping up to a higher-resolution touch display and adding overseas 3G data. Other features are similar, including video sharing, memory card slot, GPS navigation and stereo Bluetooth.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations January 3, 2010
I was really hesitant to buy this phone due to the conflicting reviews I read from various sources. I wanted to replace my Samsung Eternity, which I really loved, but as time went on I found that not having voice dial was a real annoyance, making my blue tooth headset virtually useless. Then again, I didn't like the idea of giving up a speedier interface. I made my decision. After getting the Mythic, I'm happy to announce that all my reservations were put to rest. This phone is everything the Eternity was, except that everything I felt that needed improvement was realized in the Mythic. No regrets here! My major complaint is that Samsung's New PC Studio no longer provides support for backing up your address book, or your calendar events. I'm sure this has more than a little to do with at&t's desire to charge you $3.00 per month to do this for you (address book only). You may want to think twice about filling up the 2000 entry capable contact list on the Mythic. If fact, the biggest problem with this phone is that just about every application it offers will suck you dry with a monthly fee, as opposed to a one-time purchase for it. Even Mobile Email with cost you $5.00 per month now. I guess we're just not paying enough for cell phone service these days. If you want your Outlook Express email on your phone, get a Gmail account with Google, set up their IMAP server, and you can link up with your email and make it look like you're sending and receiving from your Outlook account. Once you're all set up, simply import your contacts from Outlook Express to Gmail, then bookmark Google's link to their Gmail into your phone's browser, or download their Gmail app to your phone for free. All your contacts from Outlook will be available either way. UPDATE: After reading a post by E. Read more ›
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice screen, no data plan required, no MS Outlook syncing November 20, 2009
I tried this phone out for a day until realizing there is no supported way to sync my Outlook contacts from my PC to the phone. But here are some impressions of the phone while i used it, until its return.

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.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does About Everything Well November 30, 2009
By Ron22
After I read a professional review, I wasn't sure about the Mythic. It rated the touch screen and the camera as poor.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
NOTE: I tried to buy this phone from Amazon 3 times, but each time it said AT&T rejected my upgrade. Tried to resolve with both Amazon and AT&T over the phone but couldn't. In the end AT&T ended up matching their price over the phone (+tax).

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythic cell phone
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 more
Published 9 months ago by lisa
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont let the sleek design fool you
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 more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Kimber Manning
2.0 out of 5 stars Not looking foreward to another year and a half
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 more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Edward Fulton
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are clumsy, don't buy this phone.
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 more
Published on January 17, 2011 by Dawnel
4.0 out of 5 stars a phone you can get comfortable with
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 more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Ray
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent phone, but serious flaws
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 more
Published on December 3, 2010 by James Daily
2.0 out of 5 stars La Crap, by Samsung
Sorry all, but I pretty much don't like this phone. I've had it since about February and it has a great feel to it but it tries my patience a little more every day. Read more
Published on November 17, 2010 by Sharon L. Lake
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst phone i have had so far.
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
Published on October 19, 2010 by Fnu Anshuman
2.0 out of 5 stars great but bad
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 more
Published on September 29, 2010 by M. McDonough
2.0 out of 5 stars Love to hate it but...
AT&T replaced my awesome Eternity with this phone. Sadly my Eternity was refurbished and after about a year started locking up. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by mishymoo37
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