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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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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