Specs summary

Screen
No

The Samsung a650's screen is Unknown with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Reviews summary

6.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 169 reviews
Samsung's product page declares "[n]ever before have you seen such a complete mobile office packed into such a small phone", and boasts that the A650 possesses "amazing networking and data management" packed into an extremely small and sleek "fashion accessory" design. How does the reality compare with this marketing hype? There is no denying that the A650 is a neat little package, not only smaller and slimmer at 84 x 46 x 22 mm than most of its rivals (for example, the Motorola i830, Motorola V400, Motorola V600, Motorola V300, Sony Ericsson z600, Sony Ericsson z200, LG 6070, and LG 4600) but also a little more rounded than most (the Motorola V220, LG 4010 and Samsung's x426 are actually smaller than the A650, while the Samsung A660 is exactly the same size). As for being a "fashion accessory," this depends entirely on the social milieu. Among the business crowd, having a small silver flip-phone clipped to your belt is quickly becoming as vital as wearing a tie. If this is your milieu and your audience, then the tiny and conservative A650 will do you proud, at least for the next year or eighteen months. On the other hand, if you and your friends are the sort of power users who compete to be the first with the latest wireless device or capability, the conventional A650 won't score too many points. The same applies to potential buyers who pay attention to how their phone looks or which star has Swarovski crystals on their handheld: the A650 won't exactly embarrass you, but it won't impress anyone, either. How about Samsung's claims of "a complete mobile office" and "amazing networking and data management"? Reading this, you might think that with the A650 you're getting something like a BlackBerry, only much smaller and cheaper. This is simply not the case. The A650's data management, web browsing and messaging capabilities are average for a cellphone: SMS and EMS but not MMS (so forget about attaching movie clips or sounds to messages); UP 4.1 (WAP 1.2) Web browser but no HTML (meaning you can view stripped-down, text-only Web pages offering information like sports scores, news and stock market updates, but not any Web page with images and multimedia the way you can on your computer); limited or no e-mail (again, don't expect anything approaching the full send/receive capability with attachments that your computer provides). The A650's only real strength in terms of data handling is its support for BREW 2.0 games and applications (BREW is a competitor to Java 2 Mobile Edition, and most users won't find much difference between the two, either in terms of performance or availability of games and apps). BREW capability puts the A650 in the top half of recent cellphone releases, but lots of other models support Java or BREW as well, so this alone isn't a reason to choose the A650. The A650's standard Personal Organizer (Scheduler, Note Pad, Alarm, World Clock, Countdown) is adequate for a recent-model phone, but again does not set the phone apart from its nearest rivals, and cannot compare with a true smartphone or PDA. Users should explore the possibility of downloading more advanced personal information management software from their service provider's selection of BREW applications. In usability and performance terms, the A650 gets an average score. The bright color display is easy to read, and the keypad and navigation buttons don't cause any problems (this isn't something you can take for granted). Most users report that the A650 gives them good transmission and reception quality. Three omissions, however, make using the A650 less simple and easy: lack of an external display, lack of a speakerphone feature, and lack of Bluetooth compatibility. Many users who have flip-phones find they use the small external display all the time, to check who is calling before they open their phone, or just to see what time it is. Those who buy an A650 don't have this option, and will find themselves opening and closing their handset all the time, which may become annoying. To make things worse, unlike some other flip-phones, the A650 does not easily flip open with a flick of the wrist, so be prepared to open your handset with both hands, over and over again. Lack of speakerphone and lack of Bluetooth for hands-free headsets means that users who expect to make and receive calls while driving are strongly advised to think twice before buying an A650, even if the price seems right. In the final analysis, the Samsung A650 single best feature is low price, especially when combined with a long-term contract from a service provider. If you are seriously considering buying an A650, make a list of when and how you plan to use your phone. Do you expect to take calls while driving, or in other situations where both hands won't be free? If so, keep looking. Do you need a built-in camera? Again, keep looking. Do you want wireless e-mail and Internet? Ditto. Do you expect to impress your friends with high tech or high fashion? This isn't the phone for you. On the other hand, if you want a cellphone with a bright, clear color screen that does the basic things you expect from a cellphone, plus runs downloaded software, then you will probably be satisfied with the Samsung A650, and you will almost certainly love the price.

Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


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Phonedog

Would not recomend phone

from Phonedog
Pro: small,easy to use, durable, good reception. Con: bendy antenna, crapy ringtons, gets really hot after like 3 minnutes of talking, clock takes forever to read, takes forever to turn on, silencer is on the side, recharge it all the time, no internet, no camra, no pic text, no extras. (at all!) this...More
Pro: small,easy to use, durable, good reception. Con: bendy antenna, crapy ringtons, gets really hot after like 3 minnutes of talking, clock takes forever to read, takes forever to turn on, silencer is on the side, recharge it all the time, no internet, no camra, no pic text, no extras. (at all!) this phone really sucks. Using experience: 4 years i do not like this phone that much. its a shame i had to have it for so long. i do not recomend this phone at all! oh my god i dont like this phone. Less

Old is better than new

It took a truck running over my A650 after being left out lying in the snow at -20 degrees overnight to kill it. I have replaced it with a Samsung A950 and want my old one back. Sure the A950 has a camera, video capture, and Mp3 player with great sound but what good is a cell PHONE if the reception su...More
It took a truck running over my A650 after being left out lying in the snow at -20 degrees overnight to kill it. I have replaced it with a Samsung A950 and want my old one back. Sure the A950 has a camera, video capture, and Mp3 player with great sound but what good is a cell PHONE if the reception sucks. I had my A650 for 3 years, I had service where no one else did, I could talk all the way up to Fort McMurray without dropping a call, and never did it overheat. I Very rarely had to charge it more than twice a week and never had to take it in for servicing. I will keep my new A950 as an Mp3 player and mini camcorder, but as soon as I can get my hands on another A650 it will be re-connected as my phone of choice. Less
Yahoo

Little for the money

from Yahoo
Pro: Regular features you get in a normal phone and a little animation Con: Gets cold the screen screws up, battery is horrible, keys dont always work etc. This is one of the worst phones ever. I had a regular non flip phone and i traded my dad cuz he lost his...worst move ever. This phone is horrible...More
Pro: Regular features you get in a normal phone and a little animation Con: Gets cold the screen screws up, battery is horrible, keys dont always work etc. This is one of the worst phones ever. I had a regular non flip phone and i traded my dad cuz he lost his...worst move ever. This phone is horrible there are two huge orange dots and was much to pricey for just a "phone". No camera, no speaker phone, the ringtones can not have voices, you cannot make your own ringtowns, no external memory, no mp3 player, shuts off radonmly Less
Phonedog

worst phone ever

from Phonedog
Pro: none Con: horrible ringtones, can't connect to the internet, gets really hot after a few minutes, ringers are to low even on the higest level, antenna bends when pulled up, battery life is way to short! Using experience: 18 months I can't stand this phone. i think it is a really cheap phone. i...More
Pro: none Con: horrible ringtones, can't connect to the internet, gets really hot after a few minutes, ringers are to low even on the higest level, antenna bends when pulled up, battery life is way to short! Using experience: 18 months I can't stand this phone. i think it is a really cheap phone. i would not recommend it. but, its a good phone for those who want a simple phone, and doesn't mind when it burns your face from getting so hot in about 10 minutes or so. samsung has the worst quality phones ever. DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!! Less
Amazon

Mediocre Phone, Freezes Up Often

from Amazon
I've had my Samsung A650 for about a year and a half now using Verizon wireless. Its a pretty mediocre phone. Firstly, it has about the fewest features I've ever seen on a phone. Its barebone all the way. Secondly, the signal strength is poor. Whenever I compare signal strength on my A650 to another p...More
I've had my Samsung A650 for about a year and a half now using Verizon wireless. Its a pretty mediocre phone. Firstly, it has about the fewest features I've ever seen on a phone. Its barebone all the way. Secondly, the signal strength is poor. Whenever I compare signal strength on my A650 to another phone next to mine (usually a verizon phone since my whole family uses verizon), the A650 will always have a weaker signal, sometimes much weaker. Thirdly and most importantly, it just freezes up sometimes. Nothing works. The buttons don't work, and you can't make calls out or receive calls. You have to actually physically remove the battery, and then reinsert it and then restart the phone. My phone freezes up every one or two weeks, no reason and no warning. Less
Amazon

Mediocre Phone, Freezes Up Often

from Amazon
I've had my Samsung A650 for about a year and a half now using Verizon wireless. Its a pretty mediocre phone. Firstly, it has about the fewest features I've ever seen on a phone. Its barebone all the way. Secondly, the signal strength is poor. Whenever I compare signal strength on my A650 to another p...More
I've had my Samsung A650 for about a year and a half now using Verizon wireless. Its a pretty mediocre phone. Firstly, it has about the fewest features I've ever seen on a phone. Its barebone all the way. Secondly, the signal strength is poor. Whenever I compare signal strength on my A650 to another phone next to mine (usually a verizon phone since my whole family uses verizon), the A650 will always have a weaker signal, sometimes much weaker. Thirdly and most importantly, it just freezes up sometimes. Nothing works. The buttons don't work, and you can't make calls out or receive calls. You have to actually physically remove the battery, and then reinsert it and then restart the phone. My phone freezes up every one or two weeks, no reason and no warning. Less
Yahoo

Uggghhh

from Yahoo
Pro: Small, holds alot of numbers Con: no camera, doesnt play good sound (songs for ringtone), ugly it is good for maybe a 10 year old, but I really hate this phone.

Beware the hinge...

I also have a samsung Verizon phone, and yes, the hinge did break... completely, right side plastic, light and all. Very disappointed, as warranty didn't cover it anymore. I am extremely careful with my phones, and to have this break is ridiculous.
Phonedog

Samsung SCH-A650

from Phonedog
Pro: Small, lightweight, lots of options, easy to use. Con: The silencer button is right where I like to hold it to answer a call. Using experience: 3 years I have had my Samsung phone for over 3 years. It is a small flip phone that is lightweight, and has lots of options that are easy to use and u...More
Pro: Small, lightweight, lots of options, easy to use. Con: The silencer button is right where I like to hold it to answer a call. Using experience: 3 years I have had my Samsung phone for over 3 years. It is a small flip phone that is lightweight, and has lots of options that are easy to use and understand. It is obviously made well to have lasted with me this long. It is still in very good shape. Less
Phonedog

Samsung A650

from Phonedog
Pro: Compact size, durable (as I have dropped it several times with no ill effects). Con: Ringer too quiet. I can't hear it if it's in my pocket. My phone scrambles custom ringtones when powered off. Using experience: 2 years Great starter phone, but I now know I want one with more features. The pho...More
Pro: Compact size, durable (as I have dropped it several times with no ill effects). Con: Ringer too quiet. I can't hear it if it's in my pocket. My phone scrambles custom ringtones when powered off. Using experience: 2 years Great starter phone, but I now know I want one with more features. The phone is a little slow in going from letter to letter while texting. Cannot download ringtones from the internet. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 15, 2004
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass Unknown
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 1.47 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 180 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.4 x 4.6 x 2.2 cm (3.3 x 1.8 x 0.9 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Retractable
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics No
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-A650

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