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Samsung Solstice review

8.5/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Solstice currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung Solstice, like its cousin the Highlight, is a mixed bag of clever technology, entry-level features and mediocre performance.

This candy bar touch screen was clearly built for the young at heart and socially engaged, offering one-touch access to Facebook and MySpace, but oddly lacks instant messaging.

Measuring 4.3 x 2.1 x 0.5 inches, it is a slim phone and not unattractive. The 3-inch display offers 400 x 240 pixel resolution which is decent, especially for the $99 price point. Below the screen are three permanent buttons for dialpad, main menu and phone book.

Samsung’s TouchWiz interface works well, offering a column of icons running up the left side of the display, which you can access and move easily. These icons are also translucent, enabling you to see the entire display, which is a nice touch. There is no physical keyboard on the Solstice, so you’ll rely heavily on the UI for most every interaction.

The accelerometer is responsive with no lag issues, and it works well across a variety of applications.The ringer even turns off if you turn the phone face down onto a surface.

The browser was slow, and it had a frustrating default whereby it loads WAP instead of full HTML whenever the option is available, which is most of the time. However, in deference to Samsung and the target audience of this phone, most users will probably not be doing any heavy web surfing.

Other features include a 2MP camera with video, MP3 player, speakerphone, stereo Bluetooth, expandable memory via microSD, the ability to text and MMS, calendar, alarm clock, memo pad, task list, tip calculator and the ever-present world clock.

The Solstice is rated at 5 hours of talk time and 10.4 days of standby time. Please be aware that battery performance is greatly influenced by individual use, so your times may vary.

Overall the Solstice resembles a number of other recent Samsung phones and, while it doesn’t offer anything new, it’s a decent option at a reasonable price for people looking for a touchscreen device and basic features.

Review by: Scott Cerullo

Operating system
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Samsung SGH-A887 Solstice from AT&T is a small, classy-looking device, clad in a black casing with faux leather backplate.

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn

The good: The Samsung Solstice has an easy-to-use touch interface and a useful set of multimedia features. Photo quality is quite good.The bad: The Samsung Solstice lacks instant messaging and the memory card slot is behind the battery. Call quality, browser speed, and video performance are unimpres...

- Kent German, CNET

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Common Questions

Samsung released the Solstice on July 30, 2009.

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

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

If your Solstice 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 Solstice's screen size is 3 inches with x pixels resolution.


There is a processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

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

There's no secondary front camera.

189 MB

Internal memory is 189 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), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Samsung Solstice Specs

Release date July 30, 2009
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Internal Storage 189 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.23 W/kg
Body: 0.94 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 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: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 94 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
Secondary Display No
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 No
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 POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
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
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
3x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Smile detection, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
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, AAC, Real Audio
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
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 Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A887

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