Pros Easy learning curve, works logically, I no longer take the newspaper into the bathroom, read old magazines in Dr. Office etc. Internet is fast, Videos are amazing. Bought an 8 gig card and have 4 movies and more music than I can listen to on it.
Cons Difficult to switch to a numbered keypad in time for automated responses:
"For English press 1" etc. Anyone who complains about the battery life either has a defetive battery or NO LIFE. No Speed Dial or voice dialing.
Summary I am 63 years old and never thought I would love a cell phone like a teenager, but I do. I take it to bed with me and when I can't sleep, I plug in my earphones and watch a movie, the Wheather Channel, music videos, the news, or just listen to music. I no longer take a book to read at the Dr. office, or the newspaper in the bathroom. I take my Samsung Eternity. I no longer feel like I am wasting my life standing in line or sitting in a waiting room, and it is a great phone. Put a Zero in front of your key names in the address book and they pop up first and make for a good speed dial.
Pros Touch screen, accelerometer, fast web browsing, excellent mobile TV streaming quality, great picture and video quality (w/ cool features and effects), PDF viewing, widget sidebar, very good battery life
Cons Doesn't have a wide selection of apps like iPhone, but its not really a con because the apps it does have are awesome
Summary FYI......The guy in the video is right about not being able to enter message recipients by using the full keyboard. But he did not mention that you can HANDWRITE IT, which is a very cool feature haha.
I was originally looking to buy an iPhone or a Blackberry. I wanted the touch screen feature, with the power of a Blackberry. Since I am with AT&T, the Blackberry Storm is not available (I hate phone exclusivity). I had to pay retail for either one at Best Buy. The iPhone was way too expensive, as were the Blackberry's. I was just about to leave the store when the Samsung Eternity caught my eye. It was $349, which was definitely in my price range. I asked to play with it a little, and with 2 minutes of messing around, I bought it. I believe this phone is better than the iPhone, but just under the Blackberry Storm. Barely. The video it records is outstanding in quality, and the pictures are awesome. My house is a dead zone, yet AT&T still gets service, and sometimes 3G. (Verizon and T-Mobile failed to accomplish either one. Yes, Verizon, I am calling you out. With your no "Dead Zones" commercials. And I never saw a large group of people following me around.)
All in all, a great phone. I love it. If you want the awe of an iPhone, or the bang of a Blackberry, but don't want that extra monthly fee, choose this phone. Having this phone topped off my loyalty to Samsung Mobile. Having used LG (terrible), Nokia (close second), and Samsung phones before, Samsung takes the cake with overall performance and quality.
Pros a. TouchWiz interface responsive, carefully thought-out, superb qwerty, sms
b. 3G data + free Java apps (Gmail, Google Maps, upcoming Firefox mobile) smart competition for iPhone, w data only $15/m
c. tag-smart mp3 player w backgrnd play, album art
Cons a. some menu real-estate used for ATT add-on programs that most will not use
b. microSd card slot located inside casing
c. does not come with usb cable (but bluetooth transfers at 110kb/s)
d. built-in medianet browser meh (but can load Opera, FF)
Summary The Eternity is a beautiful touch-screen phone that stands apart due to it's unique Samsung TouchWiz interface that is fast and better than the the iPhone. While not as expandable as the iPhone in terms of applications, it's built-in apps plus the additions of any Java app (like Gmail, Google maps, eventually Firefox Mobile in 2009) offer almost the same flexibility. It's phenomenal qwerty touch keyboard is far superior to that of the iphone; mp3 player is not quite as good, of course, but works and is the best on-phone player I've seen. Bottom line, if you like txt-ing, portable e-mail, and great media capability (microSd+3.5mm headphone jack), this phone will be awesome for you. For anyone else, it is a solid talk and battery life phone, with a lot of extras you may not use, but still a solid choice.
Pros This phone has a very colorful screen. The touch screen is very responsive coming very close to the iphones screen. The widgets are also very unique. The battery life is decent, i can get about 3 days of moderate use before i have to charge it again.
Cons Some minor thing are that you cannot add any more widgets for now, hopefully they will add that in a firmware upgrade. Also there is no media net or message shortcut for the widget bar but they can be reached with 1-2 clicks.
Summary I would recommend this phone to anyone. I would not say this is an iphone killer but it comes pretty close. It has very few apps for download but it will run Java apps so the Gmail app 2.0 will work with this phone for those of you who use Gmail. This phone does on the other hand have light sensor that changes the screen's brightness and contrast to make the phone easier to read and a proximity sensor that detects when the phone is close to your head during a phone call and turns off the screen and touch so that you don't accidentally press a button.
Pros Great set up, easy for regular phone users, advance features for those that want a minor upgrade.
Cons No OS so you can't save some files. Have to pay for some features, but internet is $15 compared to iPhone's $30 and you can bundle w/ GPS for an extra $5! Screen also auto locks after about 20 seconds, but renews back to where it ended.
Summary I just bought this phone 3 days ago and I LOVE IT! I had a Samsung Sync A707 before and I really enjoyed it but I wanted to upgrade my phone. I wanted either a Blackberry or an iPhone. I thought I needed a smartphone. I checked the reviews on the Eternity the only draw back was paying for the apps and no OS. I bought it with a 30 day guarantee and thought I'd try it out. I am EXTREMELY to find out this phone does most things that smart phones can do. I was able to download the gmail application (also opens attachments like word docs and PDFs), also have mobile banking and I downloaded Google maps. The internet on this phone is only $15 which is a HUGE plus and you're not locked in to having it. For $5 more you can bundle it with the GPS which is a nice added bonus because unlike Google map app the AT&T GPS gives you turn by turn directions. This phone feels great, works WAY better than I could've expected. Once you calibrate the phone to your touch, the touch screen works GREAT too!