Samsung Dart

Samsung-Dart

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.

Touchscreen display

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.Samsung-Dart
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.

Two keyboards

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.

Review conclusion

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.

Technical specifications

Dimensions
Weight108 grams
L x B x H110.5×57.5×12.15mm
Network
3G NetworkHSDPA 1700/2100, 2100MHz
2G NetworkGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Form FactorCandybar
Display
Size3.14-inch
TypeTFT LCD Capacitive Touch Screen
Input/ User InterfaceMulti Touch
Colors & Resolution256k Colors & 240 x 320 Pixels HVGA
Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI
SWYPE Integration
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity Sensor
Screen Rotation Lock
Touch-sensitive controls
System Properties
CPUQualcomm 600MHz Processor
Operating SystemGoogle Android 2.2 Froyo OS
Storage Capacity
Expandable MemoryMicro-SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
Internal Memory2GB Micro-SD Card Inserted
Browser & MessagingHTML, Flash, Android Browser
POP3/ IMAP
MMS, SMS, IM, Email, RSS
Camera– 2048×1536 Pixels
– 3 Megapixels
Video Playback
Video Recording[email protected]
Connectivity
Bluetooth & USBv2.1 with EDR & v2.0 Mini USB
DATAGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
RadioStereo FM Radio with RDS
Headset3.5mm stereo headset jack
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot
3GHSDPA 7.2 Mbps
GPSA-GPS
Video & Audio
Video FormatsH.263, H.264, MPEG4, 3GP, MP4
Audio FormatsMP3, DNSe, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
Battery
Talk-TimeUp to 4 Hours
Stand-by TimeUp to 288 Hours
TypeLi-Ion 1200mAh Standard Battery
Other FeaturesSamsung Hub – Widget, Unified box
Adobe 10.1 Flash compatibility
Samsung Apps
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

  1. nene at 5:21 pm

    i bought this phone and the only thing i can find wrong with it is the poor battery life. i will charge it til its full and not really use it and come back and it has 10 % battery life on it

  2. Maria at 4:56 pm

    I had the same problem. It says that it has a standby time of up to 288 hours and a talk time of 4 hours, but I dont see that. I just bought it yesterday, and I am already charging it for the 3rd time. It’s rediculous. If the battery life was better, then it would be a GREAT phone.

  3. Mary at 5:11 pm

    I have been fighting the same battle. I don’t use my phone a whole lot because I have a land line and I also use the office phone but I still can’t get more than 8 hours. I have contacted T-Mobile and even gone to the phone store and gotten the same answer. No matter what don’t expect more than 8 hours.