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Samsung Highlight review

7.1/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Highlight currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

Operating system
Screen Size
3+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Samsung's SGH-T749 Highlight, from T-Mobile, offers a great multimedia experience in a small form factor. The 3-inch WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) resolution touchscreen display is responsive and offers a fun user experience, though the TouchWiz homescreen is slightly frustrating, thanks to oversized icon...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn

The Samsung Highlight doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before, but it works quite well as an entry-level touch-screen phone.

- Kent German, CNET

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Common Questions

Samsung released the Highlight on July 15, 2009.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Highlight user manual here.

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

If your Highlight has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung Highlight's screen size is 3 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

60 MB

Internal memory is 60 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 18 days standby time.

Samsung Highlight Specs

Release date July 15, 2009
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
1700/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 60 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 1.13 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
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: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Fire, Ice
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5.4 x 1.4 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 105 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
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 Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T749

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