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Samsung Sunburst review

7.8/10 AVG.

  • Samsung Sunburst
  • Samsung Sunburst
  • Samsung Sunburst
  • Samsung Sunburst

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The Samsung Sunburst currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Samsung has long been a prolific producer of cell phones, and somehow manages to make each device special in its own right. Most of the time they nail it, and the Sunburst is one such occasion.

The Samsung Sunburst is a GSM candy bar phone with a unique, soft-looking form factor. Unlike its rectangular counterparts, the Sunburst has a curved, almost oval shape, that appears to taper slightly toward the bottom, an illusion resulting from a thoughtful two-tone paint job.

The Sunburst boasts a 3-inch touch screen. If you need a bigger screen you’ll have to consider a netbook. Add a 3MP camera, video record, expandable memory, stereo Bluetooth, MP3 player and a moderate-sized rocket launcher (okay I made up the rocket launcher), and you have a sexy, fun and definitely competent cell phone.

Samsung is very careful to make each device it produces subscribe to a well-articulated target group. In this case, the demographic is rather large, ranging from teens who want to text and customize their phone to young professionals, who need access to email, turn by turn directions and additional downloadable content.

But Samsung did pull back on the horsepower of the Sunburst, and that is what keeps it from being a full-blown smartphone. It’s 200 MHz processor is far below what you’ll find in an iPhone or BlackBerry, however, more than enough to allow you to drive through all the features that it has to offer.

If you want a touch screen backed by a solid manufacturer that allows you to text, MMS, listen to music, take a picture, video record and event, provide directions, and more, the Sunburst is one phone to consider.

One word of caution. Lacking a full, real QWERTY keypad, you will want to test the virtual keypad to be sure it is to your liking. Keep in mind you’ll probably have this phone for some time and want to be sure the touch screen is responsive enough to meet your needs.

That said, the Samsung Sunburst is a solid device worth a serious look.

Operating system
200 MHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Phone Scoop

The Samsung Sunburst has a pretty face and great design for a simple tablet phone, but I'd have a hard time recommending it. The unresponsive touchscreen caused problems in almost every application and made the phone much less fun to use. I have almost nothing good to say about the TouchWIZ inte...

- Philip Berne, Phone Scoop

The Samsung Sunburst's poor web browsing experience, lack of 3G connectivity, sluggish user interface, and mediocre camera all make it a tough recommendation.

- Lauren Haselton, MobileBurn

We rarely witness a cell phone design that is truly different from our general understanding of how such a device should look. Over the years, we have come to think that Samsung is among these few companies that have affinity to experiment to a certain extent with the design of their handsets. T...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena

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Common Questions

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

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

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

200 MHz

There is a 200 MHz 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 32 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, 300 minutes.

Samsung Sunburst Specs

Release date March 15, 2010
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor 200 MHz
Internal Storage 189 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 1.32 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 Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.0 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 87 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
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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 1000
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, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
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 32 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
4x digital
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 0 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
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 Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A697

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