Excerpt: Highnote, the nom de plume of Samsung’s latest Sprint phone (officially the SPH-m630), is sort of a double entendre. The clever moniker implies that the Highnote is both a musically-oriented phone and that it’s a superior phone. But ironically, the thing – this EV-DO handset with access to Sprint’s TV services and A-GPS – does least well is audio playback.
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