Pros Strong, feels sturdy, good download times. Good grips and can survive abuse. Call quality is good.
Cons GPS and PTT buttons cannot be rerouted, menu can only be rearranged around central axis (cannot reassign center button).
Summary It is a sturdy, customizable, and well-built product, though the radiation rate concerns me. The GPS is unrelaible and google maps is preferable if you have unlimited data plan. The screen is very durable and easy to clean, the aural quality is excellent. The fact that you cannot reassign buttons and menu order is annoying, but overall it is a reliable phone. The strangest feature is certainly the clip on the top, it is supposedly for use with a belt though finding a sturdy clip that small is difficult.
Pros Water Resistent, Durable, Crystal Clear Screen, Excellent battery life, Flashlight has been a life saver on several occasions.
Cons No Wi-Fi, No camera, inability to reassign or disable the Internet and Push to Talk buttons. Would be great to change Push to Talk to the flashlight button!
Summary Owned this phone close to a year now. Water resistant feature has been tested on several occasions, a problem I have... The flashlight has come in handy on many occasions, phone is always close by so for power failures or any other need of light it is there and bright for a small light. Sometimes it seems during texting that pressing a button doesn't work, 2nd attempt and it is fine. May be operator error!
Cons would be nice to have camera with flash and the same flash can be use as a flashlight but it don't bother me it doesn't have camera
Summary overall the sound is so clear and loud and the phone looks professionali still use this phone this phone is better than my old sonim xp3 pro is not as strong as the xp3 pro but i see this phone better
Updated on Nov 4, 2011
"Samsungh A657"on by narn3049
Pros Tough and durable phone,
Cons none! none at all
Summary One tough phone, it can stand up to virtually anything that you throw at it. This phone is a durable phone, offering plenty of good features for the tough person. It can be wet, dropped all of that and still work, and is strongly recommended.
Pros Rugged and sturdy. No camera is a great feature working in sensitive areas.
Cons The emergency number dial feature is a constant headache for me while carrying phone in my front pocket.
Summary The emergency number dial feature is a constant headache for me while carrying phone in my front pocket. On several occasions, I have been saying "Sorry" to 911 operator. Contacted Samsung about disabling this feature (pain in the neck) to no avail. They had me turn off and on, etc.... Still does the same thing. Wish they would take the "feature" off the phone!!