- Size (LWH): 2.8 inches, 0.3 inches, 5.4 inches
- Weight: 4.16 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 240 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 250 hours
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Broadband-like 3G network: Supporting the EV-DO Rev. A high-speed data standard, this phone enables you to download and stream high-quality video, straight onto your phone. Where coverage is available, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity provides average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps, with peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
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Sprint Music Store enabled: The Sprint Music Store enables you to buy, download, and then jam out wherever you are with new songs or old favorites. Offering a growing selection of more than 1.6 million songs, the store provides you two copies of each song--one for the phone and another for the PC, as well as the ability to burn songs to a CD using Windows Media Player. Save your songs to a memory card with a capacity that's right for you.
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What's in the Box
Samsung Array handset, 1000 mAh lithium ion battery, AC charger, guide
Wireless Emergency Alerts
This device is capable of receiving optional alerts from local, state and national emergency management officials. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as Commercial Mobile Alert System or CMAS, is a national alert system that enables rapid dissemination of warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones based on their geographic location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for receiving the safety information and forwarding the alerts to participating wireless carriers such as Sprint. Alerts can come from the President of the United States, the National Weather Service (NWS) or state and local emergency operations centers. This system is integrated with the national alert system that serves television and radio stations today.
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Top Customer Reviews
Below are a list of the Pros and Cons that led to the 4 star rating
-Long battery life - 9+ days if you use it for a few calls/texts per day
-Loud volume - I have the volume at the lowest setting and sometimes have to hold the phone away from my ear a bit because it can be too loud
-Gets strong signal - no dropped calls in areas where I couldn't even get calls with my old phone
-Nice keyboard - has good sized, rubbery keys
-Good backlighting - both the number keys on the front and keyboard have a nice subtle backlight
-Music player - only used a couple times, but it's nice to have if you need it
-Camera sound - Can't shut off the camera sound, even if all other sounds are off, making it impossible to take pictures in a discrete manner (if you are in a shop or museum, everyone within 40 feet will know you just took a picture)
-Back is a little slippery - The back of the phone is a hard textured plastic that makes the phone move easily when on some surfaces, especially if you have the vibrate function turned on (watch it near edges of flat surfaces or on any kind of slope)
-Wallpaper gets flattened when keyboard is open - Rather than rotating the image and leaving black bars on the sides when you open the keyboard, the phone just smashes the picture flat (so your picture of your girlfriend goes all funhouse mirror)
-Size - the phone is a little smaller than the last one I had, fits in a pocket okay, but is still bigger than I would have liked (I think the era of small phones may be gone)
Most of these cons are relatively minor annoyances, but they have kept me from giving it five stars. What you have here is one of the last few phones that will serve you well if you just make calls and text.
For the most part, for the kind of phone it is, it's OK. I wanted a non-smart phone. I don't want to run apps or connect to the internet, just talk, text, and listen to music. It does all those things decently, but it seems like I have to go through more menus than necessary to get things done - more so than on the ancient Sony-Ericsson phone I replaced. The music player actually lets you sort by album or artist, unlike some phones, but you have to click an extra button to get there. A little annoying, but no big deal.
There is one major flaw, and I'm considering returning the phone because of it. Like many people, I like to assign custom ring tones to different people so I know who's calling without even looking at the screen. Like many people, I make my own ringtones out of music files I purchased legally or sound clips I've recorded myself. On most phones, you can transfer mp3 (and sometimes wav and MIDI) files to your phone and select them for use as ring tones, as long as they're smaller than 300 KB.
Not the Samsung Array. With the Array, you can only use the paltry collection of ringtones that come with the phone, or ones you purchase off the internet using the phone. When you look at sound files, either through File Explorer or Music Player, there's no option to use as ringtone. Going to My Stuff -> Ringtones takes you to a prompt to connect to the internet - no option to look in the phone's memory or the memory card. Going to Settings -> Ringtones gives you the option to select from Downloaded Ringtones or Preloaded Ringtones. No option to look in the phone's memory or the memory card.
Even if I had purchased ringtones on my old phone and exported them, there would be no way to use them on the Samsung Array.
It seems to me that this was set up this way so that people would have to buy ringtones and pay data charges if they wanted custom ringtones. In the telecom industry, this is what is known as a Jerk Move. I don't know if this was Samsung's decision, or Sprint's, or CREDO Mobile's, but whoever it is, you're a bad person and you should feel bad.
Good, sort of: It was cheap. $76 including taxes. Because I am supposed to get $50 rebate, I will have only spent $26 for the device.
Bad: The battery is so weak so you have to charge it every night and/or often during the day. Camera/phone is poor.
Ugly: I've had a lot of trouble with the voice mail. Phone doesn't provide notification (icon or message) of pending, unread messages. Sprint said it is Samsung. Samsung says it is Sprint.