"A Sexy Phone With A Ton of Problems"1.5 starson by Chioubacca
Pros: Sexy looks, nice display, intuitive menu interface, comfortable keypad, dedicated button for camera, decent picture quality.
Cons: TERRIBLE reception, no slot for SD card, Bluetooth is basically useless aside from use with a headset, various software/firmware issues.
Summary: I've had this phone for nearly two years now, and eagerly look forward to the November for two reason: 1) Bush will be out of office and 2) I will finally get a new phone. Two years ago I read several reviews regarding the various cheap/midrange phones offered by Sprint. Being a college student at the time, I was looking for the best deal that I could get. After much research, including reading reviews here on CNET, I determined that the A640 would be my best bet.
At first, I loved my phone. My old phone was a Nokia candybar, and prior to that I had a very old LG clam-shell, both of which where great phones. But this Samsung was awesome at first: sleek, pretty good clarity, music ringtones, nicer image quality!
Fast forward to a year later, and I'm counting down the days to when I can get rid of the damn thing. It was almost as if one day, my phone decided that it didn't want to receive calls anymore unless I was standing OUTSIDE whatever building I happened to be in. Which SUCKS when it happens to be the middle of winter and you're less than a mile Lake Michigan (google "Lake Effect" if you are unfamiliar).
Or, if I was lucky, I could sometimes get reception if I was scrunched up next to a window. If I'm outside, most of the time I'm ok. I recently moved to just outside of Boston (from I grew up/went to college in Illinois), and yet there are places out here where I will be driving down a road and lose all signal. I'll look at my phone and have 5 bars, then 1, then 4, then 1, then 5, then 4, then none, then 4, then go to roaming. This phone probably drops calls more often than completes them. In fact, reception is so bad, that I sometimes will not even get a missed call. I have had to tell people that they MUST leave me a voicemail, otherwise I might not know they called. For some reason I will always get a voicemail, but sometimes I will not get a missed call notice.
A quick note; I use my phone primarily for talking, texting, and the occasional snapshot. I don't use it to listen or download music, surf the web, or anything like that. All I wanted was a basic phone. A phone's PRIMARY function should be to make and receive phone calls, and this thing can't even do that.
So, in summation, this phone is like the really hot but incredibly stupid/obnoxious person you want to get with so badly, who turns out to awesome at first until you get over the initial infatuation and realize what a useless piece of **** they are, and how your life was better before even having had to deal with them. Only this damn thing came with a contract.
Hoped this helped, and thanks for reading.