Pros good looks, works good
Cons Unable to download ringers or pictures with any third party downloaders. hard to customize your phone
Summary Just got off phone with Samsung about server error that is received when I have tried to download to my phone. These applications are not supported. On a new phone? I have always bought Samsung phones but I think this is the end of the line. I was told that there isn't a fix for it at all. I just upgraded and my old phone supported ringers and pictures from myxer and uploaders. Bottom-line is if you like to use any of these third party sites to customize you phone don't get the Rant! Mine will be going back to the store!
Pros There are so many options on this phone you start to think to yourself, "Why is it mainly considered a phone, anyway?" You can watch Youtube, browse the Sprint TV, listen to Music, go online, IM, take photos (I love the frame options it has), etc.!
Cons Their use of an outbox for texting is limited. You have to cancel before it tells you there was an error or else 50% of the time the message disappears entirely. The battery is very limited, and, as I said... It can easily glitch up and stop working.
Summary After using my Sprint Rumor for a long time, it finally died on me, and when I went to the Sprint shop to get a new one, the store clirk reccomended me to get an upgrade of the Rumor; the Samsung Rant. I was thrilled. They had it in my favorite color; purple! Once I had it, I thought I'd love it. Immediately I boasted about it to my friends, and all was happy.
That was only three days ago. Already, I'm looking to go back to that shop and downgrade my phone to a Rumor again. The problems I am about to list are not because of my little knowledge of technology (I knew more about a computer then most teenagers today do when I was 4, so I like to think I know a lot about technology), but because of the phone.
I love to take pictures. I used to upload all of my pictures I took on my Rumor and posted them online all of the time! But even in these three days, almost half of my 100 pictures I've taken (yes, already) are glitched up. What was meant to be a colorful, brilliant picture of the beach's ocean from a pier ended up being blocks of random colors, looking like a poor attempt to be an abstract empire building. I have only half a picture of my best friend's new kitten, and the other half looks like a game of Asteroid from the Atari gaming system. When the pictures DO appear, they look absolutely fantastic. I already know my problem to the pictures are that usually just as my phone's saving them to my folder, a friend will usually choose that exact moment to text me. But still, my phone should still be able to perserve my photography, right?
Over half of the time I press a button, it doesn't appear on my texting screen. I'll have to press it about four or five times until it appears. Now, that's not because I press the buttons to lightly or too roughly. It's because the cell phone has stopped for a moment and is thinking to itself, "Uhh, what did she press again? Oh yeah, the period button!" Besides that and it's biazarre outbox problem though, I do like the Rant's texting system a lot better then any other phone I've seen before. I like how you can look back at old messages specifically on the person you're talking to. It reminds me kind of like IMing; it's nice. Still, I hate when my messages appear int o oblivion just because I have kind of a bad signal in my bedroom, only for them to suddenly appear again later when another message ends up failing about a day later. I've read the instruction manuel about fifty four times, and I still can't find out if they have a specific location for the Outbox area. All the manuel tells me is, "Look in your outbox". I think, "Okay, so where is that?"
Now, the reason why I'm already turning my phone in to Sprint. God, I hope the return policy for the 30 day trial lets me get a new phone for free. So, I was on Myspace Mobile last night. (I have the plan that gives me unlimited internet access.) I messaged a friend, about something important, when my internet suddenly said I gave the connection an incorrect password and/or username. I'm thinking, "What?" Because of course it's just automatically going to have that username and password; it's part of the phone. (I'm talking about the connection that lets me go online here, not Myspace.) Suddenly, my phone shuts off for no reason. I turn it back on, and I'm at the lock-screen. (Where you can press * then Back, or just press back and hold it so the phone will unlock. I like that option, because that way I don't call people by accident when my phone is in my pocket.) So I press * and Back.... And nothing happens. I then press and hold the Back button, and nothing happens again. So I flip open the phone to the keypad (that usually unlocks it), and the phone is still in lock mode, except with the landscape screen instead of portriat screen. (That's what the phone considers it being opened vs. closed.) I close it again, and the lock screen goes back to portriat mode, except the icons that are supposed to be on the top of the screen are now on the right-hand side. Basically, the phone will not work anymore.
If someone texts me, I can text them back. Same if someone calls, I can answer. But when I press the "back" or "end" buttons to return back to the main menu, it freezes up. Until the screen goes dark again, but then it's back at the lock menu, and the same thing I mentioned before applies again. This is happening on only my THIRD day having the phone.
So, basically, I don't really reccomend you buy it. Perhaps this is just my phone specificly, and if I try to get another Samsung Rant, it'll have none of these problems. But for some reason, I don't think so. They really should of checked for glitches before releasing this on to the market.
Pros Texting is easy with either the qwerty keyboard or the number keys. Ringtones sound great coming from Sprint. Calls are easily heard and clear.
Cons You cannot personalize the phone. You have to buy directly from Sprint, which gets expensive. Phone freezes all the time.
Summary Overall this phone worked great for me for about a week and half. I did have to remove the battery and restart the phone at least twice a day because of freezing (The guy at the sprint store said that this was because I tried to use a third party download (from myxer.com) and that my phone is forever screwed up.) It had a major lag in getting anywhere. The internet is slow on it. And this last thing. I woke up one morning to find my screen blank. It does not work. Period. Therefore I cannot text, make calls, nothing. So I am returning it and getting a completely different phone.
Keyboard is awesome; very easy to text on! =)
Cons Camera isn't that great.
Slow web browser.
Unlocks too easy.
Summary This phone is definitely meant for messaging! The keyboard is great, lots of space, no problems with it whatsoever. I have dropped it to many times to count and it really hasn't scratched up much, only a little when i dropped it on rocks outside XD haha..oops.
I really don't have that many complaints except for it unlocks way to easy, you end up calling people all the time and the pictures that you take sometimes come out blury if it is not completely still. It's not meant for the web so it has a pretty slow browser, but not too bad.
All in all it's a pretty reliable little phone! It lived up to my expectations =)
Pros LOVED the QWERTY Keyboard! Spaced Great, didn't have a problem with it at all once I got used to it.
LOVED the Navigation already being in it! :)) Helpful in times of need seeings how I don't own one for my car.
Cons Unlocking the phone is too easy, make calls in pocket all the time.
Battery life is awful
Text messages more than 160characters may be delayed or out of place too person receiving them.
Summary Just slide the phone to the side to unlock it easy (my 1yr. old was constantly finding my phone and adding contacts and calling people easily)
Signal is horrible. Have had plenty of Sprint phones, and this is the first one that the signal strength was below 2 bars in my apartment at all times. (Usually had 3-4 bars with all other phones)
Phone just turns off for no reason. Sitting in my purse, or when I go to plug it in to charge and it will just power down. Or when I am in the middle of a conversation! No reason, just dies. Battery may be going bad.
Camera is average.
Once you get used to the keyboard, (I wasn't, it was my first phone like this) it was pretty easy. Liked the keyboard.
Really liked that it already had navigation in it.
Good Phone, but it will not last the whole 2yrs. I have had mine a little over a year and it is in need of a replacement because the signal and battery. But it was a nice phone while it lasted.