You can tell when the novelty of a new technology has passed its “use by” freshness date when inexpensive, entry-level versions start popping up. In this case I’m referring to touchscreens and the new candy bar from Samsung called the Highlight (UMTS/GSM).
The Samsung Highlight is a little bi-polar in design and feature set. It starts out well, with an attractive 3-inch, 400 x 240 pixel resolution display which, combined with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, lays the groundwork for what could be an impressive phone. It also boasts an excellent 3 megapixel camera with zoom and video recording.
But then it takes a turn into the “entry-level bin” with a rather stock set of features. You get an MP3 player, an alarm clock, calendar, calculator, Bluetooth and a 2,000 capacity phone book. Instant messaging services include Yahoo Messenger and AIM. Talk time is rated at 390 minutes and standby time is rated at up to 450 hours.
Call quality is good, however the call volume is too low, as is the speakerphone. The build materials are sufficient, but the phone is light in the hand and one may get the impression that it may not stand up to extensive use.
While you won’t find anything here that breaks new ground, the Samsung Highlight may find a following among the young, who don’t have a need for demanding applications, but simply want to text, take pictures, instant message and enjoy the fun interface.
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