Samsung Moment with Google for Sprint (SPH-M900)
I have never held an iPhone let alone used one. The Samsung Moment may be the closest I ever get to one of those. Once I got my hands on the Moment I was in love with it. If not in love maybe in like. I have tested a number of other Smartphone’s phones that are supposed to be easy to setup and use as a tiny replacement that will do almost everything you can do with your home computer. This is the first that really made me feel comfortable during setup and continued use. It also lived up to the mobile desktop image.
With a $479.99 list price less instant savings of $200.00 and a mail-in rebate of $100.00 you get a final cost of $179.99 with a 2 year contract. This is not an inexpensive phone. You can also expect a hefty monthly cost for services. Only you can decide if your needs are such that the Moment is the phone for you.
In the Box
Standard Lithium Ion Battery
AC phone Charger
USB Sync Cable
Micro SD Memory Card (installed)
Get Started Guide
Wireless Recycling Envelope
The slider QWERTY keyboard is a lifesaver for people like me who can seldom get the right letter when touching the key that swears it is what I want. As a terrible Touch Screen texter I found this manual keyboard raised my keys per minute to an all time high while at CES. Note I did not say words per minute.
The camera at 3.2 MP was fine for full light photos and videos but not up the rest of the Moment’s capabilities. There is no Zoom option in the camera/video process. You can zoom in on photos after creation when stored in the phone. The flash was very good. See more photos and videos on my Flickr site. CLICK HERE
The provided microSD card and adaptor was 2 GB. It was large enough to hold many shots and videos. The microSD card came installed in the camera. To remove or reinstall you need to slide off the back cover and remove the battery. I did this at the end of the tests to copy the photos to the Lenovo R400 Laptop. I used the provided adaptor and had no problems with the process. I had to “unmount” the SD card to use the “Format Storage” option. This is provided under the “SD Card and Phone Storage” area in the Tools apps.
I set up Twitter although I did not use it often. I then set up Facebook, Instant messaging, and, E-mail with no problems. I then opened the internet using the Sprint Powerdeck Browser and saved favorites for Facebook, Twitter, Webmail, and about 7 other sites I use frequently. Although I had to work with a much smaller screen than the Lenovo ThinkPad or my desktop computer I was able to move around easily using the Optical Joystick and the touch screen to find log-in password areas and other details. After that I was ready to work.
One big plus that comes with an Android phone is the enormous number of available in the Android market area. I understand there are thousands. I did not come close to checking it all out. I did download a number of apps including Photoshop.com Mobile. This gave me more editing options and access to my online storage area for manual or automatic uploads. Photoshop Mobile allows you to not only mess with photos while still in the phone but will access all the files you have stored at Photoshop.com online. In my case that is about 3500 of them. Yfrog made it much easier upload photos and text directly to Facebook. There are new apps every day as well as updates to old ones. If I were keeping the Moment I would also purchase Documents To Go from DataViz, Inc. this would give me access to Adobe PDFs, PowerPoint, Editing, Creating New, Saving and sending changes, View and update Charts, Zooming and Formatting, Password Protection, and a live folder for recently used DOCS. A current sale of this app at $14.99 is a good deal compared to the list price of $29.99. All of these applications expand the platform considerably. Even without my App Market additions I counted over 35 icons while scrolling the touch screen.
Sprint TV was very clear with no lag. The radio reception was also very good. When using the included Stereo headset I found it more than capable of good sound.
Even though I am fairly knowledgeable about Las Vegas streets the GPS helped me find the Atomic Testing Museum and a few other places that were new to me.
I attempted to use the Bluetooth file transfer app but received a message that it is not currently supported. However an Android update 2.0 (Éclair) will soon to be available. WiFi was matched to my local router in 2 clicks.
I found the Samsung Moment with Google for Sprint to be an extraordinary road tool. It was especially helpful while at CES. With a later press room opening of 8:30 AM there was little time to use the press room computers before heading out to appointments. I also was able to use the Sprint internet browser to go to MyCES an area provide by CES to track appointments as well as a map to locate booths and meeting rooms. This was very useful. The Moment may be for you. Check it out!
For Details including Features and Specs CLICK HERE
Manual for Moment CLICK HERE