Pros Vivid screen, crystal clear sound, intuitive interface
Cons "Night-rider" casing is kind of cheesy and it smudges easily
Summary I truely appreciate CNET reviews andoften read them before purchasing anything, but. . .I don't know what CNET was thinking, giving this the same 6.6 rating it gave to the Sanyo 3100. That phone has a clunky and unintuitive interface, a pretty clunky casing, terrible image-quality on its monitor, an aweful camera, embarrassing ring tone options, and garbled sound.
The Samsung A640 is a much better phone. Sure, it's "night-rider" style exterior is kind of cheesy, but it's not *that* bad. It's a light, sleek phone with a bright, clear monitor; a decent camera; great sound on voice calls; and a much better text messaging interface (than the 3100).
I would give the Sanyo 3100 a "6" (not a "6.6") and the Samsung A640 at least an "8" for it's price range (not a "6.6"). Neither are top-of-the-line, but if you don't want to spend $100 on a phone, the A640 is a totally acceptable phone.
Pros Loved the futurisitc look of the phone
Cons Sprint has setup the phone so it will not connect to a computer
Summary I need to start off with - "CNET does not hold too or indorse my opinion of this product or services in any way, shape, or design, the opinion represented here is wholly my own and was formed from my contact with Sprint PSC and their paid representatives."
Yep.. I tried to get this phone to work in the "Bluetooth" mode with my Mac, so I could DL the phone book and never lose it again if the phone was damaged. BIG SURPRISE, Sprint PCS has a new option for you... it's called Wireless Backup and its a "pay" for service option. (No wonder they manipulated the phone in such a manner, "all the better you rip you off Grandma!") According to Sprint PCS tech/Mac support. This Bluetooth link option has been removed from the phone. It will not link to a Mac, Heck it will not even link with existing programs like BitPim, Data Pilot or Future Dial I've tried. When it does link with a Mac via Bluetooth, it only list using the phone as a modem source. That's all it can and will do, and I have searched the web high and low to find a driver to make this work.
This is a classic example of the old "Bait and Switch" routine. Sprint advises the unit is "Bluetooth compatible", but they will not elaborate, on what exactly their definition of "Bluetooth compatible" is. When you make a complaint about this... their opinion is "Too Bad So Sad, but you still have a two year contract with us..."
Maybe they forgot to read the Consumer protection laws regarding intentionally flawed products.
Pros Crystal Clear Calls, Applications, Games, Able to play Videos, Decent Camera, Small, Very Light, Very Cool Display Screen
Cons VERY SHORT Battery life, small buttons,
Summary Recently switched plans over to Sprint and they were offering a very good deal. A free Samsung A 940 Phone with any plan purchase. So I didn't really look at any of the phones I just chose one that was free and one that I could sell online for a few hundred bucks. I was looking more for a phone that had multimedia such as a 2.0-3.0MP Camera with video recording ability. However, after trying this phone out, I was very shock with the results. My original plan on selling this phone for $300 on eBay was no more. I surprise how good this phone is especially since it came free with my service. Everyone thinks its just one of those flip it phones, but this certainly is not the case.
The phone is great, it's small and very lightweight, i've never had a smaller phone. You can call this a multimedia phone. It's able to play videos, watch tv with the Sprint Network, run applications, run 3D Games and of course a camera that takes decent quality pictures. I believe its 1.3MP but the quality comes out better then most 1.3 cameras. Sadly, there is no video recording or memory slot for memory expansion, but don't let that stop you from checking this phone out.
I was very impress with the calls. Crystal clear and I would only have one or two bars at my house. Speaker phone is pretty good, it gets really loud. I also love the display on the front of this phone before you 'flip it'. It's very colorful, tells the time, service, battery life, whose calling, missed alerts, what applications are running, and even more impressive is that you can also take self photo shots of yourself. If you click the camera key while you have it open and while the camera is running and you close the phone, the front display will start capturing pictures as long as you press the camera key from the side of the phone. That's a very neat and cool feature!
Of course every new gadget has to have its downsides. The one thing that will drive me crazy is the very short battery life. The battery life is pretty bad and I've experience some bad ones. Such as, I would be using the phone for half an hour for applications and maybe half an hour for talking. Within that 24 hour time period, i use the phone for about 1 full hour, leaving it on the rest of the day. After this 24 hour period, it needs to be recharged. Sadly, if you end up getting this neat little phone, you will need to convince yourself that you will have to charge it every 24 hours if you want to leave it on continuously. Your best bet is to get a car charger which is only $5 on eBay this way you can charge while going to work/school while at home.
One more thing I would like to add to the downside, which isn't much of a big problem for me but there are times where I tend to have difficulty. Since the size of the phone, it tends to have a small keypad. Even though my fingers aren't very big, I always tend to hit other buttons while making a call or trying to go the menu. But I guess that just takes practice. That's not going to prevent me from using an awesome phone.
"Worst phone ever"on by amirhadji
Pros Nice Design
Cons Terrible sound quality, poor reception
Summary I got this phone from Bell Canada last week.
I had a Samsung a460 for 3 years and had no problem with that. Since I upgrade!!! my phone to a640 I was in big trouble.
First of all the reception is awful. I seldem got full anntena bar in exact same places I had full signal with a460.The signal bar goes up and down every second like your home stereo equalizer display. It drops calls more than usual.
The worst thing about this phone is sound quality.80% of times it skips incoming(caller's) sound and it is like the other side is talking with a Walki Talki.
There is so much intrruption and sound is not Continues and I had problem undretanding what the other side is saying.
I went to Bell and complained about the phone, and they exchange it with with another one but still I have the exact same problems.
P.S. Bell has a good coverage and I had no problem with my old a460
Buttom line: never ,never get this phone unless you want to through it out of window.
Pros One of Sprint's cheaper phones.
Cons One of Sprint's cheaper phones.
Summary It works well as a phone. No video or mp3 playing or anythign fancy. But... if you want a phone to call people, it works pretty damn well.