Samsung Gravity Smart

6.7/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The Samsung Gravity Smart's screen is 3.2 inches with 360 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
600 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
89 MB

Internal memory is 89 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 24 days standby time, 558 minutes (2G), 330 minutes (3G).



Without a doubt, it works rather well as a messaging device, but after carefully taking into consideration its pricing and list of features, it definitely seems overpriced for its value.

- John V. , PhoneArena 

Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

Available through T-Mobile in the USA, the Samsung Gravity Smart runs Android 2.2 Froyo on a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen-equipped body with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities on-board. There’s also a built-in 3MP camera that can be used to take pictures or record video. The phone comes in the familiar slide-out QWERTY keyboard form factor which makes it useful for easy text input for SMS or e-mail. A dedicated voicemail key is also available for quick checking of voicemails on the go. Email and instant messaging services are both supported as well to ensure you are always connected with the ones you care about.

The built-in camera, as mentioned earlier, offers a resolution of 3MP and takes decent quality pictures and videos with its flash, zoom, and other features like camera effects, white balance, self-timer, panorama, and scene modes. Audio and video playback are supported so you can listen to your favorite tracks and watch your favorite videos whenever you like. It lacks an FM radio, though, so you can skip that one. Nevertheless, you can always keep yourself entertained with pre-installed or downloadable games and applications. And you probably won’t need to worry about running out space for all your downloads because the storage space is expandable up to 32GB with microSD cards.

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One major downfall is the the lack of a document viewer. This might be enough to make some people reconsider, especially if they’re thinking of being a little productive outside of the office. Other common complaints about this particular Android smartphone include lag experienced during use and the somewhat low quality touchscreen display.

So how about the fact that it comes free with a contract? Is that enough to make it likeable? Perhaps. If you can get over a few minor concerns then this might still be a good—or shall we say smart?—option for a someone who is out for a capable smartphone that is simple and easy to use.

Oh, and its available in Sapphire Blue, Lunar Gray, and Berry Red.

Need to Know: Samsung Gravity Smart

1. Offers combination of touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard for input. (The Good)

2. Touchscreen display is not too small and offers decent native resolution. (The Good)

3. Ships with an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Tends to be a bit slow during usage sometimes. (The Bad)


Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


GSMArena

It gets the job done on most occasions without breaking any sweat

After spending significant time with the Samsung Gravity SMART, we came fairly impressed with it. Obviously, it wasn’t the spec sheet or the mind-blowing performance of the device which got to us. It was the fact that it got the job done on most occasions without breaking any sweat.

As a successor of a family of feature phones, the Gravity SMART is clearly aimed at the people who are about to make the jump to smartphones. Even on a seriously developed market such as the one in the United States, there are still plenty of people who are not familiar with the concept of having a device, which does more than calling and texting. As far as this audience is concerned, the Gravity SMART is bound to succeed.

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After spending significant time with the Samsung Gravity SMART, we came fairly impressed with it. Obviously, it wasn’t the spec sheet or the mind-blowing performance of the device which got to us. It was the fact that it got the job done on most occasions without breaking any sweat.

As a successor of a family of feature phones, the Gravity SMART is clearly aimed at the people who are about to make the jump to smartphones. Even on a seriously developed market such as the one in the United States, there are still plenty of people who are not familiar with the concept of having a device, which does more than calling and texting. As far as this audience is concerned, the Gravity SMART is bound to succeed.

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Engadget

The phone provides a relatively agreeable experience

from Engadget

In our opinion, Samsung's Gravity Smart is a serviceable handset. Although saddled with Android 2.2 (can we get Gingerbread, please?) and modest hardware underpinnings, the phone provides a relatively agreeable experience. Sure, there's some lag in its operation and its screen isn't as vivid as others we've viewed, but it does provide excellent battery life and a physical keyboard -- two features that we think will be quite attractive to many. Throw in a sub-$100 price and comely exterior, and you've got a recipe for a decent entry-level Android smartphone.

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In our opinion, Samsung's Gravity Smart is a serviceable handset. Although saddled with Android 2.2 (can we get Gingerbread, please?) and modest hardware underpinnings, the phone provides a relatively agreeable experience. Sure, there's some lag in its operation and its screen isn't as vivid as others we've viewed, but it does provide excellent battery life and a physical keyboard -- two features that we think will be quite attractive to many. Throw in a sub-$100 price and comely exterior, and you've got a recipe for a decent entry-level Android smartphone.

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InfoSync

Battery life is good, call quality is mediocre and the camera is only useful for texting

from InfoSync

For a free phone with a 2-year contract, the Gravity Smart is not bad, but it's certainly not the best out there. Battery life is good, call quality is mediocre, the camera is only useful for texting, and the phone is laggy and crashed a few programs throughout our testing. Unfortunately, the phone also ships with next to nothing for memory.

Yes, the limited life of the free with 2-year contract smartphone. But you'll have to ask yourself if you can live with an entry-level Android phone for two years, or whether a QWERTY phone like the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung would be a better option. If you're a parent looking for something cheap for your teen with the ability to track them via Glympse, then the Gravity Smart might be a good fit.

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For a free phone with a 2-year contract, the Gravity Smart is not bad, but it's certainly not the best out there. Battery life is good, call quality is mediocre, the camera is only useful for texting, and the phone is laggy and crashed a few programs throughout our testing. Unfortunately, the phone also ships with next to nothing for memory.

Yes, the limited life of the free with 2-year contract smartphone. But you'll have to ask yourself if you can live with an entry-level Android phone for two years, or whether a QWERTY phone like the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung would be a better option. If you're a parent looking for something cheap for your teen with the ability to track them via Glympse, then the Gravity Smart might be a good fit.

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Phone Scoop

A smart choice for any new smartphone user looking to ease their way in with a capable and approachable device

from Phone Scoop

The Samsung Gravity Smart is a decent all-around phone. Its biggest weakness is poor voice quality. Considering that many of us use our phones less for calling and more for networking, browsing, and messaging, this is not a deal-breaker at all.

The menu system is intuitive, the messaging apps are robust, the camera and video camera perform above average for a device of this caliber, and even battery life is commendable. Since the Gravity Smart hits the nail on the head with so many of the basics and advanced features, it is worth recommending to most users. Only the most advanced users, or those who have no need for physical keyboards, need shy away from the Gravity Smart.

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The Samsung Gravity Smart is a decent all-around phone. Its biggest weakness is poor voice quality. Considering that many of us use our phones less for calling and more for networking, browsing, and messaging, this is not a deal-breaker at all.

The menu system is intuitive, the messaging apps are robust, the camera and video camera perform above average for a device of this caliber, and even battery life is commendable. Since the Gravity Smart hits the nail on the head with so many of the basics and advanced features, it is worth recommending to most users. Only the most advanced users, or those who have no need for physical keyboards, need shy away from the Gravity Smart.

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PC Magazine

A decent budget-priced Android smartphone, but it has a few significant flaws

from PC Magazine

Samsung has expanded its budget Gravity line to include an Android phone for the first time. Fortunately, the experiment was successful. The Gravity Smart is a good performer for a budget Android device, with a reasonable balance of size, features, speed, and price. Just keep an eye on prices for higher-end phones at the time of purchase. If T-Mobile happens to be running a sale, you'll be better off with a more powerful cell phone, even if it's a few months older.

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Samsung has expanded its budget Gravity line to include an Android phone for the first time. Fortunately, the experiment was successful. The Gravity Smart is a good performer for a budget Android device, with a reasonable balance of size, features, speed, and price. Just keep an eye on prices for higher-end phones at the time of purchase. If T-Mobile happens to be running a sale, you'll be better off with a more powerful cell phone, even if it's a few months older.

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PhoneArena

It definitely seems overpriced for its value

from PhoneArena

Strangely, it’s difficult for us to accept the Samsung Gravity SMART as a mid-range device after checking out the better spec’d Samsung Exhibit 4G – but of course, it has the added convenience of a physical keyboard. Without a doubt, it works rather well as a messaging device, but after carefully taking into consideration its pricing and list of features, it definitely seems overpriced for its value. Specifically, it’s only $30 that separates this from the undeniably superior $100 on-contract Samsung manufactured T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. Thinking about it more, the Sidekick 4G reigns supreme on T-Mobile’s lineup as being the carrier’s best messaging oriented smartphone, and easily manhandles the Gravity SMART in every way.

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Strangely, it’s difficult for us to accept the Samsung Gravity SMART as a mid-range device after checking out the better spec’d Samsung Exhibit 4G – but of course, it has the added convenience of a physical keyboard. Without a doubt, it works rather well as a messaging device, but after carefully taking into consideration its pricing and list of features, it definitely seems overpriced for its value. Specifically, it’s only $30 that separates this from the undeniably superior $100 on-contract Samsung manufactured T-Mobile Sidekick 4G. Thinking about it more, the Sidekick 4G reigns supreme on T-Mobile’s lineup as being the carrier’s best messaging oriented smartphone, and easily manhandles the Gravity SMART in every way.

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Cnet

A competent Android messaging phone for smartphone newcomers in search of a physical keyboard at a budget price

from Cnet

Samsung made the right decision moving the Samsung Gravity line to Android. Although there's a place for feature phones, affordable Android devices are in high demand, and the Gravity Smart, with its $29.99 price tag after some online rebates, fits the bill. (The retail price is a much higher, much lower value $69.99 after a mail-in rebate.) There are some nice touches, like the brushed metal look on the keyboard and the soft-touch chassis, but the more downmarket specs keep the phone affordable. Although the screen is a bit small, the camera could be better, and the keyboard spacing could be improved, we had few serious complaints about the Gravity's features and operation. Those looking for a stylish messaging phone would do well to check this one out.

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Samsung made the right decision moving the Samsung Gravity line to Android. Although there's a place for feature phones, affordable Android devices are in high demand, and the Gravity Smart, with its $29.99 price tag after some online rebates, fits the bill. (The retail price is a much higher, much lower value $69.99 after a mail-in rebate.) There are some nice touches, like the brushed metal look on the keyboard and the soft-touch chassis, but the more downmarket specs keep the phone affordable. Although the screen is a bit small, the camera could be better, and the keyboard spacing could be improved, we had few serious complaints about the Gravity's features and operation. Those looking for a stylish messaging phone would do well to check this one out.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 22, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 89 MB
RAM 270 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.47 W/kg
Body: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 558 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 330 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Berry Red, Sapphire Blue, Lunar Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.9 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 130 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 16.7 million
Resolution 360 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
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 QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 4 numbers, Email address
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, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 14 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
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 Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T589, Samsung Gravity Touch 2, Samsung GT2

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