"Awful experience"on by aliasJJ
Pros The ticker is great and the touch activation is innovative and unique.
Cons lots of bugs described below. Not much customer help or support available.
Summary - does not connect to macbooks/macbook pros
I Called Samsung directly, they had no idea how to fix the problem besides the generic troubleshooting mechanism, they told me they would possibly call back after some research. Went back to the Verizon store to exchange and test others, none of them would work. (Tried multiple cables, memory cards, and macbooks, it's the phone's software)
- screen bleached out on the exchanged new phone less then 12 hours. Everything was highly pixilated and bright.
We also bought a samsung fascinate at the same time and it's given us none of these troubles- customer service was fast and they listen to you, but the fascinate is still too new to be useful.
Pros 1) Ticker display is very useful and not gimicky after seeing it in action
2) Calls are clear
3) 5.1 audio with two great back panel speakers aka best sound ever
4) Better display than any other phone
5) Nifty lil screen unlock via puzzle piece
Cons 1) I'd rather have a 4" screen with a small ticker too aka a Droid X size with a split in the screen
2) Bing is default (although Google everything is free)
3) Super cheap plastic (when you get the phone cover this is fixed)
4) meh back design
Summary Overall this phone beats the Fascinate due to the smaller screen allowing for the same tech to produce crisper visuals. The ticker also doubles as an audio control so Pandora is even better when you are using other apps on the main screen. The ticker also saves the battery. Even though the back of the phone is very plain the front with the ticker will at least gain a conversation.
Honestly this thing has Android OS so you can download Launcher Pro to make it seem like its running HTC Sense, Panda to give you Motoblur, but really Samsung's is pretty cool. The audio is great, the picture is perfect, the ticker is impressive and surprisingly useful, the phone is long enough to not feel "girly" but slender enough to be perfect for smaller hands, the call quality is excellent, the battery lasts decent, and the price is a huge selling point....my gf bought this for $50 with no activation fee, the add-a-line fee was waived for the duration of the 2 year contract, and she got a free $100 Jawbone.
Sure it's got 2.1 but we allllllll know it will have 2.2 and eventually 2.3 at some point to that shouldn't matter.
Google Maps and Search is free and you'll be happy you are using it over Bing
It comes with swype and the touchscreen is very accurate.
Hummingbird Processor isnt as fast as my Incredible but it is great.
Bottom line, you have no reason to skip this phone...play with it for a few minutes and you'll see its just a great device that has less bugs than the Incredible, fits in the hand and pocket better than the X, and is more of a stand-out than the Fascinate.
Pros The notification bar is great, and its size makes it unique.
Cons It is a little slow and becoming out-dated. The media scanner takes too long.
Summary Very good!
Pros Ticker, Camera, Screen,Music player and did I say the Ticker??
Cons Have had some glitches everyonce in a while.
Summary Just a really fun and cool phone! Gives lots of info on the ticker and makes texting while doing something else on the phone really easy! Love it!
Pros Excellent signal strength
Bright and vivid display
Great sound/speaker quality
Generous battery life
Unique and very handy ticker
Cons No touch calibration
Customization is limited to what the android market has to offer
Preloaded apps can't be taken off
Summary I've had this phone for about 4 months now. Being my first smartphone, it was relatively easy to figure out. It's also the first phone I've had without a tactile keyboard, but I don't even miss it. I type very fast and this phone, unlike other phones I've used with a slide out keypad, can keep up without lagging at all. Some people complain that the virtual keyboard is small... Oh please, if you can type on that teensy QWERTY keyboard on a Blackberry or a Palm Pri, Typing on the Continuum is like moving from a crib to a king sized bed. Besides, this phone has talk-to-text that you can use any time you open the keyboard and I don't have to talk like a robot for the phone to get it right. As for the screen size, it may "seem" smaller than it's big brother, the Fascinate, but the resolution is excellent! Just because it's not the size of a Symphony chocolate bar, doesn't mean the display can't be just as vivid and easy to read. I've come to find that the phone is MUCH easier to use with one hand rather than a phone like the Captivate. it has multiple touch sense, and you can pinch zoom for when you're reading a book, surfing the web, and looking at pictures. I'm constantly looking things up, watching videos, and playing games on my phone. So when I get a text, email, call, alarm, IM, Event notification, or even a social hub notification, it doesn't disturb what I'm currently doing, and I can manage whatever is on the ticker without closing the current app. So even though it may seem like wasted screen space to some, I think it opens another dimension to the phone's use. The double speakers on the back put out great sound quality that's great for listening to music and watching videos. It has a camera button in the classic place, and one of the little things I admire is that long pressing the button will only focus your shot, rather than take you to the video recorder, which really annoyed me about my previous phone. The camera, by the way, is phenomenal. As is the video and sound recording. I don't own a camera because this phone is a better deal!
The phone's app menu is very easy to use because you can drag around, rearrange, and delete apps with ease, and the separated pages of 16 each make navigating a breeze.
I've seen a lot of people mention that they're having problems with apps running in the background without being opened or showing up in the task manager. I too, experienced this problem until I finally took it into Verizon. The guy took it from me for a minute, installed Advanced Task Killer and handed it back to me and he said "just click that widget every now and then." and showed me the door. So I clicked it almost constantly and it really wasn't helpful and got to be a nuisance. Thanks to a very helpful Metro PCS employee, I know how to stop them from running without permission in the first place, and now the phone works smoothly as if it were still brand new. If you have the Continuum or you're planning on getting it, this is what you do to keep those pesky apps off:
From the homescreen, to got Applications> Settings> Applications> Running Services
From there, you can select specific apps that are running in the background at the time to stop them from starting up unless you open them manually. It's good to check on these settings at least once a week, but it's far better than clicking a little green android every 20 minutes.
Since I've fixed the apps from running, my battery life lasts an entire day, which is VERY long, considering the far above average use I put the device through.
Overall, I've found this phone to be easy to use, comfortable to hold, and very reliable