A great, full-featured phone
Reviewed on Friday July 14, 2006 by Jeff, Calgary, Alberta
I've been a Samsung fan for a while now, and with the exception of the a660, they have all been great. The Samsung a920 is no exception. Although it is a great phone, it isn't perfect. Here's my review.
The Samsung a920 has been build to take advantage of the new EVDO network (which right now is only available in major centres). Streaming video, the music store, and wireless web all work very fast on this network. The a920 still works well outside of the EVDO centres as a 1x phone. I've also been able to download a driver from sprint.com (the american provider of this phone), and have connected it to my laptop for wireless high speed internet via the USB cable that's provided. However, this is costly, and it is reccommended that you buy into a data plan to avoid paying 'per use' charges (for packet data).
Since I've "cut the cord" and use my mobile as my only phone, call quality and reception are of the utmost importance. The samsung a920 has EXCELLENT call quality. When I'm using it, it is on par with a land line, and when I ask how I sound on the other end, people say its as good as a land line. The speaker phone (as well as the headset that is provided in the box) are also excellent. It is a full duplex speaker phone so there's no cutting in or out or chopped voice.
If you're like me, and like to use the features of this phone to their fullest, than I reccommend subscribing to a FuelMe Bundle (Bell Mobility subscribers only). These bundles allow for unlimited mobile browser, TV, text/picture messaging and much more. Otherwise, the pay-per-use charges could begin to be outrageous. If you're not into the bells and whistles, this is a great phone, with great reception and call quality.
-voice dialing is efficent and works great
-great display (both inside and out. It is bright and colour rich.
-2 stereo speakers make speaker phone calls, ringers, and MP3's all sound great
-great feel and layout to the keypad (excellent for text messaging.
-ringers are nice and loud - you can also turn on the vibrate function at any level of audio ringer.
-many ways to customize your phone (ringers, wallpapers, screen savers, menu styles, menu backgrounds)...you can even shoot a video and have that play as your screen saver.
-video functions (Streaming Video, web browsing, etc) work well).
-camera quality at 1.3M is pretty good, better than previous phones and it even has a flash! If you're going to take alot of photos, I reccommend sigining up for picture messaging, as you're internal memory will fill up quite quickly. With Picture Messaging you can immediately upload the photo to you Picture Messaging account for storage (easily retrievable).
-Text message has improved becuase you have the option to sending to someone in your recent list. This avoids typing in their number all the time or searching through your phone book.
Although this phone is great, there are some imperfections...
-you can't transfer MP3's to your phone via the USB cable. You actually have to take out the transflash card, put it in an adapter, and then place that new card into the card reader in your computer (or some secondary adapter)
-the 32MB card can only hold a few songs. They say it can hold up to 10, I've found it can hold 5 or 6.
-the embedded ringers could be better (but that is the case with samsung in general).
-I wish it were about 20% smaller/thinner.
-battery life is not the great is you're using the TV or MP3 player. (May only last a day or two with moderate to heavy usage). However, if you're only using it to make the occasional call, the battery is fine.