A new Android powered smartphone
The category of slim and compact smartphones has gained a new member. Its name is Samsung Dart and so far it seems that users everywhere have only good words to say about it. Curious to see if this device really was that great, we tested it a couple of days ago and came to the following conclusion. Find out what it was from our here review.
As usual, here is what we have to say about the Samsung Dart when it comes to design. Its compact body is made of gray plastic; measurements and weight are as follows: 4.09″x 2.39″x 0.48″and 107g; the latter made the smartphone extremely easy to hold. The rear of the product comes in a matte textured surface; this translates into a comfortable grasp.
The plastic touchscreen display is a somewhat small one, measuring only 3.14″; it is packed with a QVGA resolution of 240 x 320-pixels and 16.7M colors. The small resolution didn’t have that much sharpness; on the bright side, we liked the graphics part. We were able to smoothly adjust the backlight timer, brightness and many more settings. Also, there were no problems when using the screen, as there was no lag whatsoever.
Under it sit the standard Home, Menu, Back and Search keys which are activated by touch sensors. While the right side of the Samsung Dart smartphone boasts the microSD card slot and a button for power, the left side contains the volume key. The back has a camera lens and on the top is placed a microUSB port and a 3.5mm headset jack.
When talking about keyboard, this smartphone offers a virtual one which takes up the majority of the screen, and a Swype one; using the former during our test was a bit difficult, because the typing area was considerably narrower and, what was more, we had to exert a bit more precision when writing something.
TouchWiz UI interface
As for interface, the latest Samsung Dart ships with the already popular TouchWiz UI, which is very pleasant and easy to use even by beginners. The menu was divided into various pages and each of them had a total of 12 shortcut icons. The operating system is Android 2.2 and the processor is a 600MHz; the latter experienced only very small lags when using the phone for our tests.
The time has come to touch upon the apps and features offered by the smartphone we are reviewing on this page. Because it runs on Android 2.2, the Dart is equipped with Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, compatibility with IMAP and POP e-mail protocols and many other options; but there were also the usual suspects, such as phonebook, text and multimedia messaging, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth etc. As for applications, we came across an Android web browser, Thingfree Office, Google music and so.
Good battery life
The 3-megapixel camera took good pictures, with enough brightness and sharpness; but they weren’t impressive when snapped inside in bad light. The camera also enabled us to shoot videos, but they weren’t satisfying.
Moving on to performance, the Samsung Dart had decent voice and call quality. What we found annoying was the volume, which hd the tendency to drop.
In terms of battery, the one which came with the product provided 8 hours of talk time.
3G worked well on this smartphone. We were satusfied with the speeds it provided.
In conclusion, after this review we can said that the Samsung Dart is good value for money. However, if you want something more performant with a large screen and a lot of features, you should consider other devices.
|L x B x H||110.5×57.5×12.15mm|
|3G Network||HSDPA 1700/2100, 2100MHz|
|2G Network||GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|Type||TFT LCD Capacitive Touch Screen|
|Input/ User Interface||Multi Touch|
|Colors & Resolution||256k Colors & 240 x 320 Pixels HVGA|
|Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI|
|Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Screen Rotation Lock|
|CPU||Qualcomm 600MHz Processor|
|Operating System||Google Android 2.2 Froyo OS|
|Expandable Memory||Micro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB|
|Internal Memory||2GB Micro-SD Card Inserted|
|Browser & Messaging||HTML, Flash, Android Browser|
|MMS, SMS, IM, Email, RSS|
|Camera||– 2048×1536 Pixels|
|– 3 Megapixels|
|Video Recording||[email protected]|
|Bluetooth & USB||v2.1 with EDR & v2.0 Mini USB|
|DATA||GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA|
|Radio||Stereo FM Radio with RDS|
|Headset||3.5mm stereo headset jack|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|3G||HSDPA 7.2 Mbps|
|Video & Audio|
|Video Formats||H.263, H.264, MPEG4, 3GP, MP4|
|Audio Formats||MP3, DNSe, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+|
|Talk-Time||Up to 4 Hours|
|Stand-by Time||Up to 288 Hours|
|Type||Li-Ion 1200mAh Standard Battery|
|Other Features||Samsung Hub – Widget, Unified box|
|Adobe 10.1 Flash compatibility|
|Quick Type by SWYPE, RSS reader, SNS Integration|
|Android Market, G-mail, Google Maps, G-Talk|
|Facebook, Twitter, YouTube|
|QuickOffice Document Viewer, Digital Compass|
|Vice Search, Voice Recorder, Exchange Active Sync|
|Google Maps with Latitude, Navigation (Beta), Places|