Specs summary

Screen
No

The Samsung SGH-A717's screen is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
50 MB

Internal memory is 50 MB. An external, MicroSD expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G).



Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


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Yahoo

I want my old school Motarolla back please!

from Yahoo
Pro: Looks cool, nice display Con: Drops A LOT of calls, hard to open, hard to dial, poor battery life, poor ambient sound filtering When I first got this phone I was stoked. I loved the pivoting camera lens and the awesome display. Aesthetically, this phone is sweet. As I started to use it more I... More
Pro: Looks cool, nice display Con: Drops A LOT of calls, hard to open, hard to dial, poor battery life, poor ambient sound filtering When I first got this phone I was stoked. I loved the pivoting camera lens and the awesome display. Aesthetically, this phone is sweet. As I started to use it more I soon realized I was in trouble. First of all, this phone drops at least 1 out of 4 calls that go over 5 minutes. I have called technical support numerous times and the issue has not been resolved. SO FRUSTRATING! Second, if there is ANY background noise then you won't be able to hear the person's voice you are talking to. Third, the battery life is very poor compared to other phones I have had, I feel like I'm constantly having to charge my phone. Fourth, it is difficult to for me to open, and also difficult to dial. It's a very compact phone best for ppl w/small hands and fingers. Bottom line, this is my 5th phone, and the one I have liked the least. I would take my first ever cell phone with a riser antenna back in the late 90's over this phone any day. Don't make the same mistake I did, and choose a phone based on looks. Less
eBay

chirstmas gift

from eBay
i love that the item was exactly what the description said it would be. it was very nice and for the price i can't complain at all. i know how much this item really retailed and so i know i got a great deal and great item
i love that the item was exactly what the description said it would be. it was very nice and for the price i can't complain at all. i know how much this item really retailed and so i know i got a great deal and great item Less
eBay

Samsung A717 compared to my current A707

from eBay
I currently own the A707, the SYNC. I think perhaps I've gotten used to the A707, but there are a few things I like and don't like about the 'new' A717. First off, I like the idea of having the OLED outside screen, it uses less energy than the screen of the A707, but, even with the display settings... More
I currently own the A707, the SYNC. I think perhaps I've gotten used to the A707, but there are a few things I like and don't like about the 'new' A717. First off, I like the idea of having the OLED outside screen, it uses less energy than the screen of the A707, but, even with the display settings to have the screen always on, I still have to hold and push the volume button for the screen to show the time (although I do admit I haven't read too thoroughly into the manual on this). I do like how thin the A717 is, it is quite a bit thinner than my A707, but the way the flip part sets into the lower portion of the phone makes it difficult to open with one hand or even using my chin like I can with my A707. My A707 can play music in stereo using the built-in speakers, whereas I believe the A717 only plays in mono; it appears to only have one speaker in the ear area. This is a minor quibble. I believe it does play in stereo using an A2DP stereo blue-tooth or the stereo headset. Perhaps the biggest thing I don't like about the A717 is that the buttons on the keypad lack feedback. I think this is due to the nature of a one-piece metal keypad similar to that found on some Motorola phones like the RAZR, but compared to my A707 which has separate buttons, the A717 requires more focus to text or input on the keypad. The separate buttons of my A707 give a much better feedback and 'click' and since the buttons are separated, I can easily navigate the keypad without looking. Perhaps the buttons on the A717 just need to be broken in. I haven't explored the phone much more other than the above. The voice quality seems to be better on the A717, and my reception is more stable on the A717. Other than that, I feel that when I get used to the A717 it will be a fine phone. Less
Amazon

Best phone ever.

from Amazon
I got the phone roughly three days after its release. I paid roughly 300$ for it up front and have not regretted it since. Iv had the phone since early July and i still don't think iv found all the features it has. Best advice i can give is go out and buy a 2 gig memory card and computer hookup. for... More
I got the phone roughly three days after its release. I paid roughly 300$ for it up front and have not regretted it since. Iv had the phone since early July and i still don't think iv found all the features it has. Best advice i can give is go out and buy a 2 gig memory card and computer hookup. for 40$ you can have a very nice music player. i use mine constantly. Even thought it does look / feel thin i have dropped it a few times and it has never so much as scratched. The only downfalls it has is the camera has no flash : ( and the external display is very small and does not have external picture caller id. This phone literally does have way to many features to list .mp3 player, camera, video, beautiful color display, video conferencing, and more. I would strongly recommend this phone. 9/10 Less
eBay

GREAT PHONE!

from eBay
I was able to look at this phone quite closely and I was very impressed by it. Personally I find it to be much nicer than the razor, especially given that it is quite unique. It is slim and very light it weight. It has a stylish look to it as well. If you are looking for a phone, I would highly... More
I was able to look at this phone quite closely and I was very impressed by it. Personally I find it to be much nicer than the razor, especially given that it is quite unique. It is slim and very light it weight. It has a stylish look to it as well. If you are looking for a phone, I would highly recommend this one! Less
Amazon

Solid slim phone with good call quality, decent reception and great battery life

from Amazon
My previous phone was a Motorola Razr from Verizon. Like most cell-phones from Verizon, the Razr was loaded by Verizon's propriety buggy software that crippled an otherwise nice phone. This phone is thin, has good call quality, has great reception and long battery life. I am especially amazed at t... More
My previous phone was a Motorola Razr from Verizon. Like most cell-phones from Verizon, the Razr was loaded by Verizon's propriety buggy software that crippled an otherwise nice phone. This phone is thin, has good call quality, has great reception and long battery life. I am especially amazed at the battery life for such a tiny phone. I am getting around 4-5 days between charges. Unlike Verzion, Bluetooth works. You can transfer contacts, ringtones, music, pictures or video's from (or to) another cellphone, or your laptop. Very nice. I once listened to music, from my phone, using my friend's Bluetooth wireless headphone. Very cool. (Sound quality is great, but not perfect) You can listen to MP3's. Sound quality is good. But volume adjustment provides 5-steps only. Still, not bad. You can get a 2gb micro-SD card very cheap these days. So I sold my Ipod. You can see movies; but they have to be in 3gp format (no DivX support). It is not difficult to convert between formats. Still; this is no iPhone. So, you probably won't see a lot of movies on it. It just has the capability. Even that, I think, is amazing... E-mail/Calendar etc. I was able to access my Google calendar, and check my e-mail. Still; this is not a phone for heavy use, as it does not have a QWERTY keyboard. In short: It is a great basic phone; meaning: good call quality, good reception, good battery life, easy to carry around (very thin). It is also very sturdy, and well-designed. It has MP3, Video and Internet capability; but it is not designed for heavy use in those regards. Bluetooth works great! Less
Yahoo

the most dropped calls

from Yahoo
Pro: love the features and the camera Con: annoying dropping calls all the time I have had this phone a week and for some reason it drops more calls than I have ever dropped in my entire life!! It is so aggravating!!! It is not my carrier because I have had Cingular(AT
Pro: love the features and the camera Con: annoying dropping calls all the time I have had this phone a week and for some reason it drops more calls than I have ever dropped in my entire life!! It is so aggravating!!! It is not my carrier because I have had Cingular(AT Less
eBay

I like it

from eBay
Design - I really like the design and size. I have large hands so it fits nicely. The shape and smooth body feels good in the hand, and has a nice discreet look. Build quality seems very good as well. Camera - The camera is very nice and I don't miss the LED flash. I also have a D900 which has an a... More
Design - I really like the design and size. I have large hands so it fits nicely. The shape and smooth body feels good in the hand, and has a nice discreet look. Build quality seems very good as well. Camera - The camera is very nice and I don't miss the LED flash. I also have a D900 which has an amazing camera, and I rarely use the flash on that. Standard adjustments are found in the camera settings. Reception - Amazing! This thing pulls in signal like a demon. Multimedia - I can't use the streaming media, but I did try some stuff from a memory card. Getting to the media player is cumbersome at best. Mainly just a hassle. Not replacing my iPod anytime soon with this device. Video quality seems a bit patchy, but at least you can select Landscape mode. UI - Fairly standard late model Samsung here. Call Quality - Excellent! Speakerphone is not so great. That said, Bluetooth quality use was fine. Using the handset alone produced good quality sound from the speakers, and callers had no problems hearing me. Battery Life - Pretty typical of newer GSM phones (not using 3G). I have gotten about 5 hours talk time. Screen - The very small OLED screen on the outside is fine for basic information, but is a tad small. I did have some trouble seeing in direct sunlight. The huge QVGA is very bright, but kinda washed out. Keypad - Very large and easy to use. Keys provide good feedback, and I didn't mistype at all. Here's the kicker. at&t branding is ALL over this phone. It's the first item in the menu and it is "shop shop shop" throughout. The first name in the contact list is an at&t code number, and you can't get rid of it. Same with other contacts, browser favourites, and menu systems. Less
Amazon

Overpriced, Overrated, and Branding at Its Worst

from Amazon
There are two sections to this review: 1) the actual phone, and 2) AT&T. 1) The phone: Samsung is continually making strides in their product lines, and their mobile phone is no exception, however, Samsung should and could have done much better with this phone. Size: Decent, with a thin thickness,... More
There are two sections to this review: 1) the actual phone, and 2) AT&T. 1) The phone: Samsung is continually making strides in their product lines, and their mobile phone is no exception, however, Samsung should and could have done much better with this phone. Size: Decent, with a thin thickness, and an acceptable length, but a bit wider than it should be. The antenna is integrated within the housing so no protrusion is part of the case. Ports: The charging port, located on the side, has multiple uses: Charging, and physical stereo headphone adapter, but therein reside the caveats as it requires a special jack to use line based headsets; if you use a Bluetooth stereo headset then there are no issues. Port adapters are so small, and directional, but too vaguely delineated to tell which side is the correct side to plug into the phone. There is a visual triangle marking the top side, but the matching Samsung car charger plug (at least on the ones that were sold as essential kit with the a Samsung Bluetooth earpiece) has the triangle reversed so remembering which is which is a chore; poor design at best. Screen: the small screen located on the front cover of the case, when closed, is small, and only shows limited text information, and only if you have good eyesight; a lost opportunity as you must open the flip to see who is calling adding an unnecessary step if you are busy or preoccupied. The main screen is nice, but not that large, with easy readability. Camera: It is a 2 megapixel camera that takes good pictures, but there is no flash; no dedicated camera button, and you are required to access, scroll, and then select a button to take a picture--all which is too complicated, poorly designed, and a downright nuisance. Speakerphone: Is there one? This is a joke of a feature that you would miss it if they had left it out. You need optimal conditions, and do mean optimal, to even hear the tiny speaker--it is utterly useless. The confirming screen icon is so tiny it is hard to discern whether it is selected or not, made worse by trying to discern whether you are actually on speakerphone. Bluetooth: Excellent with easy discovery, pairing, and usage. Keypad: The buttons work well exhibiting a nice detent feel when pressed, and are well lit. 2) AT&T: Herein lies the rub, as this Samsung model is solely designed with AT&T as its sole provider. This means the AT&T "branding" commandeers precedence over every aspect of the phone, the operation of the phone, and its user--AT&T is everywhere: on the screen, in its menus; on the physical phone; in the phone directory as the first number in the directory; the first place on its menus as the first selection to shop, shop, shop, shop, shop till you drop at AT&T for all the things you really neither need nor want! This may seem amusing as you read this, but for a professional it is an insult to your intelligence that AT&T believes the user is so ignorant that they can place everything AT&T above the very function of the phone! It is analogous to visiting a theme park, and near the last days you are so sick of seeing your now no longer favorite theme park character, either in your face, on your napkins, on the walls--everywhere to get you to purchase a token of remembrance regarding your vacation. The difference being that you finally leave the theme park--here with your AT&T phone--you are subjected to its incessant branding to the point you want to throw the bloody phone against the wall! Menus, Icons, and Buttons: There are far too many small icons to be remembered that never become second nature, and should never be allowed on any mobilephone. Menus abound, and abound. No cohesiveness brings all these important three critical aspects together--ever. It is as if someone at AT&T sat down and instructed Samsung, along with the developers' of the phone's operating system, intentionally directing the logical to the illogical in an effort to steer the user to the AT&T shopping abyss and supposed services. To this end, Samsung would have been wiser not to have made a mobilephone to AT&T's specs. And AT&T needs a real-world lesson in customer relations where they actually listen to what the customer needs, and attendance of classes taught by Edward Tuffe. My wife, and I moved from our provider of more eleven years to AT&T to ready for the next generation Apple iPhones (we are awaiting the next generation to allow Apple to further refine the iPhone), but we both feel this was a large mistake, and would return to our old provider if we could. Less
eBay

nice improvement over the sync

from eBay
Best flip phone i have owned. 3G is awesome, i think calls are stronger and more reliable. I love the small external caller ID, i think smaller is better in that regard, i don't want to see some blinking photo when someone calls, the number is good enough. It is a very slim phone, almost identical i... More
Best flip phone i have owned. 3G is awesome, i think calls are stronger and more reliable. I love the small external caller ID, i think smaller is better in that regard, i don't want to see some blinking photo when someone calls, the number is good enough. It is a very slim phone, almost identical in dimensions to the razr. The screen is amazingly bright and clear. This phone does everything. My only complaint is that I can't figure out how to do many things as I don't have the patience. I use it for a phone and messaging and thats about it. This phone is much sleaker than the A707, Sync, that preceded it. I own that phone too and it just isn't as cool and the screen isn't as bright. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 1, 2007
Regions available
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
50 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS No
Digital compass Unknown
FlightMode Unknown
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Unknown
SAR Head: 0.29 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
180 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 5.4 x 1.3 cm
(4.1 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 93 grams
(3.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design Unknown
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display OLED
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Unknown
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Unknown
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 1000 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0
Browser NetFront
Javascript Unknown
Flash Unknown
Email Yes
Email Protocols
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS, IM (AIM, Yahoo, Windows Live)
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Unknown
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Effects, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
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 3GP / 3GPP
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Unknown
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps -
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Features: TTY/TDD options, supports MobiTV and MobiRadio
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