Samsung a740

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The Samsung a740 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 35 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Other
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
No
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Samsung released the a740 on June 1, 2005.


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Samsung backs up the a740 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
No

The Samsung a740's screen size is Unknown with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

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

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 8 days standby time.

Samsung a740 Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2005
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Blue, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.9 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm (3.5 x 1.8 x 1 in)
Weight 99 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Stub
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size No
3D No
Secondary Display LCD
Graphics Screensavers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 300
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB -
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): SPH A740, Sprint PM-A740

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User Reviews


My very first cell phone, loved it so much.

it was just perfect for what i was looking for in a cell at the time The bad part is cannot seem to text or email or transfer to computer, the photos in album saved to phone. this is my biggest issue. and the picture quality is poor, then the fact it heats up, you cant enjoy a conversation for long.
it was just perfect for what i was looking for in a cell at the time The bad part is cannot seem to text or email or transfer to computer, the photos in album saved to phone. this is my biggest issue. and the picture quality is poor, then the fact it heats up, you cant enjoy a conversation for long. Less

Muted

I love my little phone. It's just the right size for my hand and it's basic which is all I ever wanted. I have one problem with it and I'm not sure if it can be corrected or not. If someone calls me I can hear them but they can't hear me. The phone seems to be on mute all the time and even though...More
I love my little phone. It's just the right size for my hand and it's basic which is all I ever wanted. I have one problem with it and I'm not sure if it can be corrected or not. If someone calls me I can hear them but they can't hear me. The phone seems to be on mute all the time and even though I unmute it, it still reverts back to mute. If anyone knows how to correct this problem I would be quite happy to hear from you. Less

Good for a BASIC phone

I've had this phone for 3 years now. My contract just ended and I've decided to keep it and not upgrade with my new plan. It has been dropped numerous times and the battery has not been replaced as of yet. I use this phone to make quick calls and send the odd text so my minutes don't go over 150 a mon...More
I've had this phone for 3 years now. My contract just ended and I've decided to keep it and not upgrade with my new plan. It has been dropped numerous times and the battery has not been replaced as of yet. I use this phone to make quick calls and send the odd text so my minutes don't go over 150 a month. This is a good started phone and is great for someone like me who's happy with just the basics. There are 2 negatives I would like to state: 1. The camera is practicaly useless. The picture aren't very clear. 2. Sometimes I don't recieve texts till hours after they've been sent. Less

good phone

all i have to say is this phone withstood 3 months in the winter in my friend backyard when we had 2 feet of snow total. it withstood me dropping it everyday or just about everyday for four years. and i dropped it into a toilet twice and it still work good as new, i also love the slideshow feature as a...More
all i have to say is this phone withstood 3 months in the winter in my friend backyard when we had 2 feet of snow total. it withstood me dropping it everyday or just about everyday for four years. and i dropped it into a toilet twice and it still work good as new, i also love the slideshow feature as a backround. shout out to dillon, jhon, anthony and also love ringer sunny day. Less

Decent starter phone

This was my first real cell phone (contracted). It is a great looking phone, but it definitely has some features that most phone users would not want. First of all the phone is very durable. This phone is still working 100% for me (even the battery) after 2 years of constant use. Next, the phone is c...More
This was my first real cell phone (contracted). It is a great looking phone, but it definitely has some features that most phone users would not want. First of all the phone is very durable. This phone is still working 100% for me (even the battery) after 2 years of constant use. Next, the phone is compatible with a data cable so you can import polyphonic ringtones onto it (I even made a couple of my own). Samsung phones by default generally come with terrible ring tones, so this is a good idea. The phone has no bluetooth, as it is fairly outdated. The phone gets very warm when you use the internet (especially when you use the internet), and during a phone call it gets warm as well. Although the phone heats up, it has never shown me any negative side effects besides a warm ear/hand. The battery on this phone drains pretty fast. If you have it idling most of the time, you can get around 3 days out of the phone. If you text message fairly often or make phone calls, you can expect the phone to last no more than a day and a half. One major nag about this phone is that when texting, it begins each letter of a new word with a capital. In order to not sound stupid, I had to press the shift key twice before each key in order to get a text message coming out like "Hey there, how's it going?" instead of "Hey There, How's It Going?". The phone will also drop calls when it feels like it. Sometimes it will not even dial a call, and you have to do it twice. When it drops a call, it either says "signal faded" when there is full coverage around, or it drops the call without any warning. I would say this happens around 3-5% of the time. All in all, I would steer away from this phone. Although it is fairly functional as a phone, it has many issues that unfortunately make the phone disfunctional. Less

Charming little phone on the outside, bad in the long term.

When I first got this phone I was excited; it was my first phone and it looked pretty awesome. While the phone is aesthetically pleasing it lacks in practical usefulness. The keypad gets blisteringly hot after about three minutes of use; not unbearable, but uncomfortable enough to make you swap ears...More
When I first got this phone I was excited; it was my first phone and it looked pretty awesome. While the phone is aesthetically pleasing it lacks in practical usefulness. The keypad gets blisteringly hot after about three minutes of use; not unbearable, but uncomfortable enough to make you swap ears every minute or so (however this 'feature' was very useful when waiting in the middle of winter for my bus :P). The buttons were of a manageable size, but I frequently pressed the wrong buttons when using the navigation because of the small size. The menu is well designed, with clear icons and text for navigation. It does lack in security, as while you can lock the phone on startup it will not allow you to lock it after; you can only put a password on your pictures, which weren't really my concern; text messages were, and they were wide open for viewing. The phone is *incredibly* durable. I dropped it about fifty times, once off a second storey balcony, and it landed nary a scratch. Both LCD screens functioned perfectly afterwards and call reception was as clear as ever. However, as the phone started nearing its first anniversary with me (also known as 'when your warranty conveniently ends') it started showing signs of wear. The battery life was mysteriously diminishing by an hour or so almost every two days; I went from going two days, with text messaging during school and two-hour-calls at home, without charging to having to keep it on power save mode if I wanted to even fire off twenty texts at school and then having to keep it plugged in at home for calls. The charger also broke in this period. Reception also diminished in quality; the phone had an annoying habit of losing all reception for a second, and even after reestablishing connection dropping a call and saying 'signal faded' while taunting me with 5 bars of signal. The signal would fluctuate like an uncommitted suicidal at points; I would have to stand practically falling out of my bedroom window to be able to talk to friends while other times I could sit and chat in my chair. The phone also developed an annoying habit of censoring my calls at random intervals; it would just hang up with no message given, acting as if I had pressed the 'end' button when I hadn't (I tested this by keeping the phone in a call with a friend for 5 minutes, and unless I have a ghost pressing my phone buttons it stopped the call on its own). Finally, a month shy from its second year in service it died on me. After closing it from a dropped call in frustration the entire top half popped off with quite a dramatic noise; I'm talking catapulted into the wall above my window. I now have a bottom half of a phone which still works (I can call people and speak to them, though I can't hear them). Overall, a durable, cute little phone that lacks in the functionality department and seems to develop a mind of its own. And then die. Less

I like it

I have had this phone for almost two years now. Its a nice little phone. Takes a beating, because I nearly drop it everyday, and I have dropped in water a time or two and the little guy hasn't given up on me. Down side I repair phones for a living, and the one bad thing about samsung is that once the...More
I have had this phone for almost two years now. Its a nice little phone. Takes a beating, because I nearly drop it everyday, and I have dropped in water a time or two and the little guy hasn't given up on me. Down side I repair phones for a living, and the one bad thing about samsung is that once they are taken apart, doesn't seem like the side buttons work to well afterwards, but it happens on all the samsungs I have had to open. Good thing there is picture lock on the phone. The camera isn't to great, but keep in mind, the phone is way out dated. Less

A MUST READ If you are going to buy this phone.

I live in Canada and I'm with Bell (as my service provider - a mistake I will not make again.) If you are going to buy this phone there are some things you should know. On Page 137 of the USER GUIDE that comes with the phone, check out the "warranty" section. Your battery warranty is only good for 1y...More
I live in Canada and I'm with Bell (as my service provider - a mistake I will not make again.) If you are going to buy this phone there are some things you should know. On Page 137 of the USER GUIDE that comes with the phone, check out the "warranty" section. Your battery warranty is only good for 1yr. Horrible because I've had my phone for a year and 1month and my phone battery is dead and conveniently not covered under warranty by Samsung or my service provider. For all those who have a problem with the initial life-span of the battery, there is a power save mode which increases the life span of the battery to 3 days but it seems like after a year of use, it just conks out on you. Do NOT buy this phone Less
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Meh, ok while it lasted

I had my A740 for a little over a year. Though I thought it looked cool when I bought it, I quickly got sick of it's design, but I guess that's my own fault. The button layout is okay for texting and dialing, but the navigation buttons are too small and close together. I'd end up hitting the wrong...More
I had my A740 for a little over a year. Though I thought it looked cool when I bought it, I quickly got sick of it's design, but I guess that's my own fault. The button layout is okay for texting and dialing, but the navigation buttons are too small and close together. I'd end up hitting the wrong buttons and sometimes would end up losing the texts I was working on. As far as call quality goes, the phone had an echo. I could talk, and then hear myself talking a second later. The people on the other end didn't have this, just me. With my new phone (A900) the echo is gone, so it's not just the Sprint network. The battery life was OK to start, and at the end of the year I'd end up needing to be charged every night. Half an hour worth of talk time was all I got. So all in all, it looks decent, served it's purpose well, but it had room for improvements. Less

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