Conclusion: With that being said, for the right person looking for a smaller, more pocket friendly Galaxy S smartphone — the Samsung Continuum could be the perfect handset. Unfortunately I am not that person, and I suspect an overwhelming majority of Android users would tend to agree. For the right user, the Continuum would be perfect with the exception of Bing and the limitation of Android 2.1. Based on those two caveats, I must deduct two points from the score.
Summary: There's a lot to like about the
, especially if you're more of a texter and a surfer than a talker.
While the voice quality tests were somewhat disappointing, and there was a weird crash when I first tried to set up Wi-Fi, the phone performed very well in all other respects. It has a slim shape and a light weight so it's easy to hold, it has two great Super AMOLED displays, and it responds to my every tap very quickly.
Pros: Super AMOLED screen really shines, Secondary "ticker" display is surprisingly handy, Quick and responsive, Good external speaker, Camera produces good shots, if you're careful and/or skilled
Cons: Voice quality is less than desired, Video quality also could be better
Excerpt: The Samsung Continuum is the latest Samsung Galaxy S phone to be released on Verizon. Featuring a unique 1.8 inch Super AMOLED ticker screen below the main display, the Continuum offers a new way to view and use smartphones. Is the ticker enough to make...
Summary: Samsung has pushed the Android envelope with the Continuum. The ticker not only saves time; it can also help you kill time. However, you'll sacrifice both performance and screen real estate versus other $199 smart phones, including the 4-inch Samsung Fascinate and the 4.3-inch Droid X . We also wish that you didn't have to enter account information more than once for services such as Facebook and Twitter.
Pros: Ticker displays social updates, RSS, and messaging alerts, Grip sensors activate ticker, Excellent 720p camcorder, Attractive, compact design
Cons: Small main display, Ticker causes some performance lag, Mediocre voice quality, Search button only uses Bing
Summary: More than just a gimmick, the Samsung Continuum's secondary display is a useful management and multitasking tool, but its constant flow of information might not appeal to everybody.
Pros: The Samsung Continuum features two displays; the smaller ticker window is a great tool for quickly accessing information and multitasking. The smartphone also has a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture. It offers full wireless options and can be used as a mobile hot spot.
Cons: The smaller screen makes for a more cramped typing experience. Ticker display currently isn't available for third-party apps. Runs Android 2.1, and Bing is set as the default search engine. You can't uninstall preloaded apps and services.