Samsung Convoy 2
A new clamshell phone
If you love clamshell cellphones, like we do, then you’ll be very happy to see they still make them. And by “they” we mean Samsung; happily they’re not the only company still producing such devices. The popular brand’s latest release is called Convoy 2 and is acknowledged as one of the sturdiest products available today. However, those who already bought it had some complaints: bad camera and call performance, not solid enough and the 2.5mm headset jack. We tested the phone and reached the following conclusion.
Very solid design
The Samsung Convoy 2 measures 3.89″ x 2.01″ x 0.85″and weighs 110g. They make it a sturdy and comfortable – despite the weight – device to hold and use. It’s a black phone made of hard plastic. It features military specifications such as protection against both high and low temperatures, dust, altitude, humidity and so on. During our tests, this product didn’t break when we dropped it on the ground from a high place. Unfortunately, this version didn’t have the usual rubberized edges; they were really good, because they did a fine job of protecting the phone from falls and it also made gripping easier.
Where screen is concerned, the Convoy 2 shipped with a 1.3″ external CSTN; it offered support for 65.000 colors and a resolution of 128 x 128. Above it sits a camera/camcorder with 3.2 megapixels and a flash. The right houses the following: 1 microUSB port for charging the device, a speakerphone and a 3.5mm jack. The left boasted a red key which, during our test for this review, was used as a push-to-talk button and convenience feature when the product was in regular cellular mode and there was also a volume button. The internal display of Samsung Convoy 2 is a 2.2″ QVGA with 320 x 240 pixels and support for 262.000 colors; images looked vibrant and sharp. We were delighted with the menu, because it greatly facilitated navigation. The dial pad has large buttons which are very easy to press and responsive when we’ve performed this review.
Medium image quality
Features-wise, the Samsung Convoy 2 is stocked with a phonebook (there’s room for 1000 contacts), 21 ringtones, SMS and MMS possibilities, calculator, mobile e-mail, voice commands, an HTML web browser and many more, so you won’t get bored. For those of you who love music, there’s also a built-in music player with decent sound.
Moving on to the camera installed on the Convoy 2, overall image and video quality were nice, but could be improved when and if Samsung decides to launch a new version of its cellphone talked about on this page. As for memory, there are only 128MB for storing both photos and videos; as a plus, the microSD card could be extended up to 32GB. When we watched content in playback mode, quality wasn’t impressive, but not horrendous either.
Good battery life
Finally, call and speakerphone performance weren’t as awesome as on other clamshell phones; we experienced a bit of distortion, but caller volume was superb. When we used the speakerphone, things changed: voices sounded unnatural and we couldn’t hear them that well because of the low volume (even if we set it all the way up).
3G was represented by Opera Mini, Google search bar and many other networking options. Internet pages took between 7 and 15 seconds to load. The browser blew us away.
The 1.300mAh battery offered around 6 hours of talk time and 18.8 days of standby time.
Here we are at the end of our review. Should you want a cheap clamshell phone with conveniently placed buttons, great controls and big keypad, then the Samsung Convoy 2 smartphone is your ideal match.
|Display||Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)|
|Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)|
|Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)|
|Battery||Talk: 6.5 hours max. (390 minutes)|
|1300 mAh LiIon|
|Standby: 450 hours max. (18.8 days)|
|Platform / OS||(proprietary)|
|Memory||97 MB (internal memory available to user for storage)|
|Phone Book Capacity||1000|
|Modes||CDMA 850 / 1900|
|Dimensions||3.89″ x 2.01″ x 0.85″ (99 x 51 x 21.6 mm)|
|Weight||3.9 oz (111 g)|