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Samsung m620 UpStage review

6.4/10 AVG.
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6.4/10
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The Samsung m620 UpStage currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 108 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.1"
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

The least pocket-filling of all the phones we checked out, the 0.4-inch-thin UpStage uses a two-faced design: a keypad on one side, media player on the other. But some of the phone tasks (dialing, texting, entering contacts) must be handled on a minuscule 1.3-inch screen, and the constant flipping,...

- Evan Shamoon, Wired
PCWorld

This phone features an excellent music player and a unique--if ultimately impractical--two-sided design.

- PCWorld
MobileBurn

I have to admit that when I first removed the Samsung UpStage from it's yellow Sprint box, I was enthralled with it. Without having yet turned it on, I told my wife how "cool" it was. I knew what its capabilities were, and the physical design was quite appealing. That seemed a recipe for success.Fiv...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Wired

Alas, the Apple iPhone is still months away. While you're waiting, why not check out Samsung's UpStage, one of the niftiest music-oriented cell phones running, but not one without its flaws. The innovative design takes some getting used to: At first blush the phone is a standard candy bar handset wi...

- Christopher Null, Wired


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Samsung released the m620 UpStage on January 17, 2007.


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Samsung backs up the m620 UpStage with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.1"

The Samsung m620 UpStage's screen size is 2.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
53 MB

Internal memory is 53 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
620mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 620 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

m620 UpStage Specs

Overview
Release date January 17, 2007
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 53 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.4 W/kg
Body: 0.73 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Hand Strap, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 620 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: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 4.4 x 0.9 cm (4.1 x 1.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 73 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 176 x 65 pixels, 1.4 inches, 65k
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 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 Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
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 No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
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 No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SPH-m620

Features: Battery Wallet allowing up to 7.5 hours of talk time and up to 17.5 hours of music listening time.
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Critic Reviews


Wired

A keypad on one side, media player on the other

from Wired

The least pocket-filling of all the phones we checked out, the 0.4-inch-thin UpStage uses a two-faced design: a keypad on one side, media player on the other. But some of the phone tasks (dialing, texting, entering contacts) must be handled on a minuscule 1.3-inch screen, and the constant flipping, just to go from playing a tune to dialing a call, gets tiresome...

More

The least pocket-filling of all the phones we checked out, the 0.4-inch-thin UpStage uses a two-faced design: a keypad on one side, media player on the other. But some of the phone tasks (dialing, texting, entering contacts) must be handled on a minuscule 1.3-inch screen, and the constant flipping, just to go from playing a tune to dialing a call, gets tiresome.

WIRED: Tiny and light (2.6 ounces). Decent 1.3-megapixel camera. Included battery pack doubles as protective case. Access to Sprint TV and its Music Store; 99-cent song downloads on the go.

TIRED: Weak speaker. Must exit music player to access most other functions. Flipping back and forth grates, as does having to press a special button to switch between sides.

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PCWorld

Samsung UpStage (M620)

This phone features an excellent music player and a unique--if ultimately impractical--two-sided design.

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This phone features an excellent music player and a unique--if ultimately impractical--two-sided design.

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MobileBurn

Has the basic ingredients to be a fantastic music phone

from MobileBurn

I have to admit that when I first removed the Samsung UpStage from it's yellow Sprint box, I was enthralled with it. Without having yet turned it on, I told my wife how "cool" it was. I knew what its capabilities were, and the physical design was quite appealing. That seemed a recipe for success...

More

I have to admit that when I first removed the Samsung UpStage from it's yellow Sprint box, I was enthralled with it. Without having yet turned it on, I told my wife how "cool" it was. I knew what its capabilities were, and the physical design was quite appealing. That seemed a recipe for success.

Five minutes of actual use, though, showed me how wrong first impressions can be. Yes, the UpStage has the basic ingredients to be a fantastic music phone. Said ingredients were just put together in the wrong way. It will probably suit a certain demographic of users, I'm sure. But for me, the UpStage is far too Mr. Hyde and not enough Dr. Jekyll. I have to give it a "Not Recommended" rating due to its myriad usability issues.

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Wired

Works perfectly well, and music sounds excellent

from Wired

Alas, the Apple iPhone is still months away. While you're waiting, why not check out Samsung's UpStage, one of the niftiest music-oriented cell phones running, but not one without its flaws. The innovative design takes some getting used to: At first blush the phone is a standard candy bar handset with a very small LCD. But turn it over and you'll find a larger, 2.1-inch LCD and a set of media player controls. Pressing a special button tells the phone which side you're using (only one face works at a time). As a phone, the UpStage works perfectly well, and music sounds excellent, but we never got the hang of the temperamental touch-sensitive "sweep" control system...

More

Alas, the Apple iPhone is still months away. While you're waiting, why not check out Samsung's UpStage, one of the niftiest music-oriented cell phones running, but not one without its flaws. The innovative design takes some getting used to: At first blush the phone is a standard candy bar handset with a very small LCD. But turn it over and you'll find a larger, 2.1-inch LCD and a set of media player controls. Pressing a special button tells the phone which side you're using (only one face works at a time). As a phone, the UpStage works perfectly well, and music sounds excellent, but we never got the hang of the temperamental touch-sensitive "sweep" control system.

WIRED Ultra-portable at a nearly-Nano-sized 2.7 ounces and 4 x 1.8 x 0.4 inches. Excellent audio output; handles a wide variety of music formats and offers a decent 10.5 hours of playing time. Striking appearance really turns heads.

TIRED Included 64MB microSD card is essentially useless. Weak talk time at under 3 hours. Touchy controls require lots of practice and patience. Proprietary headphone connector juts out the side. Repeated problems trying to access memory card. Difficult to achieve clear photos, despite its 1.3-megapixel camera.

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User Reviews


Amazon

Fun at First, but the Fun Doesn't Last

from Amazon
Although this phone is unique and fun looking, it is quite a letdown. I love the size of the phone, but the flipping back and and forth becomes annoying. The touchpad on the back becomes annoyingly stubborn and doesn't always do what you want it to. Although it boasts an MP3 player, if you get a text m...More
Although this phone is unique and fun looking, it is quite a letdown. I love the size of the phone, but the flipping back and and forth becomes annoying. The touchpad on the back becomes annoyingly stubborn and doesn't always do what you want it to. Although it boasts an MP3 player, if you get a text message while listening, you can't reply because it doesn't allow you to flip back to the other side. The screen started wigging out when I would put the lock on as well. The phone is a fun idea, and a neat sleak style, but it lacks in durability and technology. Less
Amazon

Makes me cry

from Amazon
Honestly when i got this phone (about 10 months ago) it looked great and was pretty ok to use. slowly the battery started to give up...no problem, i have a battery pack (maybe samsung accprected this). then slowly the touchpad started acting weird...it felt like the buttons were raised up and didnt r...More
Honestly when i got this phone (about 10 months ago) it looked great and was pretty ok to use. slowly the battery started to give up...no problem, i have a battery pack (maybe samsung accprected this). then slowly the touchpad started acting weird...it felt like the buttons were raised up and didnt respond properly. now the battery needs recharging after a day (little usage) and the touchpad side is just not usable anymore. When i receive a text message i need to "flip" the phone around and then the touchpad gets activated, taking me straight to the music player (which takes long time to load). in short, this is by far the worst piece of equiptment i've ever bought. If you value your money, time and sanity, AVOID THIS PRODUCT. Less
Phonedog

Worst phone available on the market

from Phonedog
Pro: nice design and feel. Con: Having to flip the phone to make calls, Touch pad doesn't respond, Wait time for applications is way too long, Screen resolution is the worst i've ever seen, And there are alot more cons than i want to list right now. Using experience: 2 years Worst phone available on...More
Pro: nice design and feel. Con: Having to flip the phone to make calls, Touch pad doesn't respond, Wait time for applications is way too long, Screen resolution is the worst i've ever seen, And there are alot more cons than i want to list right now. Using experience: 2 years Worst phone available on the market. You have to press a button on the side to make a call or change to the other screen. The response time for everything you do on the phone is just a long wait for nothing as the applications are not worth looking at. Less

Rip Off

I hate this phone. I have had it for 1.5 years and now the battery is gone on the phone. One call and it is dead. At first it had great battery power and my only complaint was the touch screen, very frustrating. Terrible for browsing the web. Now I am stuck with a phone that doesn't work and another 1.5 years in a contract!!!
I hate this phone. I have had it for 1.5 years and now the battery is gone on the phone. One call and it is dead. At first it had great battery power and my only complaint was the touch screen, very frustrating. Terrible for browsing the web. Now I am stuck with a phone that doesn't work and another 1.5 years in a contract!!! Less

successful design, but just a bad phone

this phone lasted a year and a half before it just stopped working without any indication. now, you see a lot of reviews here regarding the user interface, dual screens, and what not. obviously this is how the phone was designed, and some people will complain, some will not. I personally found the desi...More
this phone lasted a year and a half before it just stopped working without any indication. now, you see a lot of reviews here regarding the user interface, dual screens, and what not. obviously this is how the phone was designed, and some people will complain, some will not. I personally found the design and interface pretty functional and at times fun. but more important: the phone and its overall reliability! this is a cheap phone and not very reliable. if you are looking for more quality and durability, you are advised to spend more and get more. otherwise, if the phone doesn't stop functioning for you, then you definately get a unique, thin multimedia phone worth your time. Less
Amazon

cool design, good idea, poorly executed

from Amazon
I've had my upstage for almost two years, and i have the case with the spare battery, and I think its a piece of junk, I bought the LG lotus because even with two batteries it doesn't keep a charge. also don't bother buying a blue tooth headset for it because the options for it sucks. Unlike most pho...More
I've had my upstage for almost two years, and i have the case with the spare battery, and I think its a piece of junk, I bought the LG lotus because even with two batteries it doesn't keep a charge. also don't bother buying a blue tooth headset for it because the options for it sucks. Unlike most phones that use blue tooth, this phone doesn't play music through the headset, the only way is to use the long adapter and plug in a headset (convenient?) I dont think so. if you think about buying this, i strongly recommend not. the music is cool, and i like the whole MP3 player idea. but its not enough reason to buy it. after about one year the charger stopped working on it, I had to wiggle it and set it just right to charge it. other then that.....enough said Less

dum phone

if u just want this phone for a phone then its good, now the other side sucks a** the applications work when they want, the camera works for two seconds and now after 6 months, the phone cuts me off and sends my half messeges DONT BUY THIS PHONE but the phone part of the phone is awesome.
Amazon

sweet phone?

from Amazon
i've had this phone for about maybe 3 months. i like it and all, but the constant flipping, does get annoying. and i'm not clumsy, but it always seams to be slipping out of my hands. It's also bad that the keypad thing on the music side, you barely have to touch it, so it always goes into the internet,...More
i've had this phone for about maybe 3 months. i like it and all, but the constant flipping, does get annoying. and i'm not clumsy, but it always seams to be slipping out of my hands. It's also bad that the keypad thing on the music side, you barely have to touch it, so it always goes into the internet, when i don't have free internet, and the flip button is easy to press. My aunt got me my phone, and i really do like it. more fun that the razr or however you spell it. It's very fun. and easy to have in your pocket durring school, without it sticking out =]. I do suggest this phone. but in settings, go into sensitivity, and put it on 2 or 3. Less

What a piece of junk.

I bought this phone about 4 months ago. It broke down once after the first month and I sent it in to be repaired and then I got it back only to find a month later that they fixed one problem, but now a new problem existed. It would stop working and I would have to reset the phone about once every wee...More
I bought this phone about 4 months ago. It broke down once after the first month and I sent it in to be repaired and then I got it back only to find a month later that they fixed one problem, but now a new problem existed. It would stop working and I would have to reset the phone about once every week. On top of this, it can't play music and text at the same time, which is annoying when switching back and forth between music and texting. Also, in order to enter any text or numbers you have to flip the phone to a very tiny screen and type in whatever you need. The list keeps going: poor battery life, poor maximum volume, and poor config programs as well as maximum capacity for songs. The one great thing about this phone is how sleek and small it is. It can really really impress your friends if you don't tell them what a piece of crap it is. It is a nice looking phone, but its not appearance that matters in this case to say the least. Im going to give this phone away to some random person for free.....Actually maybe I should pay them to take it.... Afterall it is more annoying than it is helpful... Less
Amazon

Out the Window!

from Amazon
That was the fate of my Samsung Upstage, from a moving vehicle at high speed. Hopefully it was completely destroyed so no one else had the unfortunate experience of operating it. The Upstage is the most frustrating, unreliable and most user unfriendly piece of equipment I've ever owned. Everything a...More
That was the fate of my Samsung Upstage, from a moving vehicle at high speed. Hopefully it was completely destroyed so no one else had the unfortunate experience of operating it. The Upstage is the most frustrating, unreliable and most user unfriendly piece of equipment I've ever owned. Everything about this phone sucks, from the ridiculous ring tones to the tedious flip screen process just to give and recieve text messages. The only real saving grace of this phone is that it's supposed to be an MP3 player, but even the audio quality is poor. If you're a seventeen year old and need to impress your friends then this may be the phone for you. Otherwise, if you're a professional that needs equipment that actually works you'll probably want to pass. The bottowm line...another worthless, cheap gimmick from Sprint. Less
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