Excerpt: Today I’ve got the Samsung Highnote unboxing video for you, information and still pictures. This phone is for the Sprint cellular network, and it’s made to be a portable music player with built in speakers, not a bad little phone. Here’s the unboxing video, and below the specs/ features listing you’ll find the still pictures: Highnote (SPH-m630) your world in harmony There’s a good reason the SAMSUNG Highnote™ has a unique dual slider design.
Conclusion: A phone with huge potential to become a great music phone, the Samsung Highnote needs some work to get there. While most of the music, multimedia and GPS features are onboard, their performance left something to be desired. If you’re just looking for a phone plus an MP3 player, the Samsung Highnote is worth a look. But if you want great Sprint TV and GPS experiences in addition to the music, then look elsewhere.
Pros: Effective double slider design and good music features such as the 3.5mm audio jack, slide-out stereo speakers and included music accessories such as wired stereo headset and 1GB microSD card for storing music.
Cons: Weak performance on Sprint TV and GPS with Sprint Navigation. Battery life is a bit too short.
Conclusion: The OneClick User Interface alone will polarize customers due to its usability quirks and lag. The lack of the manufacturer user interface isn’t a deal-breaker, but We couldn’t reccomend this phone to everyone without preconditions. My advice to Sprint and Samsung: Bring back the Samsung UI, and make OneClick into a Sprint theme, which could be disabled by savvy or elderly users who are familiar/enamored with the Samsung UI.
Pros: Thin, loud speakers, Bluetooth, microUSB with charging cable, 3.5mm headphone jack
Cons: Buggy, Lack of Samsung UI, lack of standard media player, poor browser.
Conclusion: The ideas behind the Highnote are better than their actual execution; it seems almost every feature the phone packs in could have been just a little better thought out. For instance, the time between activating the music player and actually getting to hear any music is just plain inexplicable.
Pros: Fast web access; customizable menus; POP3/IMAP email; good speakerphone; 2MP camera
Cons: Takes to long to get to music; unintuitive controls; quirky interface; small keys
Conclusion: We like the Highnote, but don’t see it doing particularly well. At $100 it’s well worth your extra $30 to move up to the Instinct , and with the $50 Rant offering basically the same features with a QWERTY keyboard we see the Highnote kind of sitting in limbo. We’d been hearing about the unit for almost a year before release, and feel that if Samsung and Sprint had gotten it out late last year or early this year it would have been a much more popular device.
Pros: Good all around multimedia phone, Solid construction and good size, Built in speakers performed well
Cons: Wheel navigation can be clumsy, A bit too expensive for what it is