Conclusion: The Samsung Rant is essentially a 2008 version of last year's LG Rumor, sporting a better keyboard, high-speed data access, work e-mail support, and more multimedia options—all for the same low price.
Pros: Roomy, comfortable QWERTY keyboard. Includes 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth radios. Offers support for corporate e-mail accounts. Sprint's easy-to-use One Click interface gives quick access to favorite apps.
Cons: Poor Web browsing experience. Slightly awkward control pad design. Music player and camera could use improvement.
Summary: Admittedly, much of our criticism of the Samsung Rant is nitpicky. For $49.99, the Rant packs in more bleeding-edge goodies—including GPS, Sprint TV, and the Sprint One Click UI—for the price than any other phone we’re run across. Also, it has one of the better keyboards we’ve seen in a text-centric device. The Rant may be a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-few, but for the price it’s easy to overlook some of these minor shortcomings.
Pros: Extra-wide QWERTY keyboard, Excellent One Click menu, GPS navigation and Google Maps, Sprint TV compatible,
Cons: LCD has narrow viewing angles, Slow-to-load music player,
Conclusion: You might not take the phone’s name seriously, but the Samsung Rant offers strong text-centric features with beefy multimedia muscle. The QWERTY keyboard is good and the GPS, Sprint TV and music are all there. The phone has some stability-related issues but it has very good potential and hopefully after a few firmware updates, the Rant will be a solid phone.
Pros: Sturdy build with a great QWERTY keyboard. Full set of multimedia features and a good camera. GPS has strong performance.
Cons: The phone needs a little bit of work in several areas.