Summary: For those who don't want to spend the extra $50 for an iPhone, the Samsung Eternity is a sleek and impressive multimedia phone. The touchscreen is accurate, and the Mobile TV experience is good-assuming you're willing to pay the monthly fee. In addition, the Eternity's Web speed was satisfactory, and we liked downloading music quickly over AT&T's 3G network.
Summary: The Samsung Eternity succeeds as a multimedia device, but without Wi-Fi and full e-mail support, it stops well short of being a business-friendly device.
Pros: The Samsung Eternity has an attractive design with a intuitive touch-screen interface. It offers a solid assortment of multimedia features and good call quality. It also has impressive battery life.
Cons: The Samsung Eternity's virtual keyboard isn't available when entering message recipients. It lacks a camera flash, Wi-Fi and voice dialing and the 3G connectivity could be stronger.
Excerpt: Developed together with the well-known US network operator AT&T, the new Samsung A867 Eternity will be exclusively sold under the carrier's brand. The handset comes to fill in a niche of buyers that are looking for a cheaper version of Omnia. Even though Samsung Eternity is not a business phone and doesn't carry an operating system, it looks almost the same in terms of design.
Pros: I guess the most attractive features of the device are the huge 3.2 TFT touchscreen with haptic feedback and the HSDPA technology. Another positive feature is the high-energy battery, which was much better than I expected in the first place. The TouchWiz interface, as well as the 3.5mm jack port and microSD card slot are also worth mentioning.
Cons: Just about everything else, starting with the camera, music player and the sales package. There are some software bugs that need to be corrected, as the phone might freeze, especially when using the module camera. The lack of a USB cable and headphones is a real setback for users that choose to buy this phone.
Summary: The Eternity has an excellent look, feel, and response. It has good call quality, a useful camera, a music player, and can even display television. So it is a good multimedia device, but without Wi-Fi and with only partial email support, it will be lacking for many.
Excerpt: I am thrilled with my new Samsung Eternity world-wide phone. The Eternity is a Quad-band and Dual-band cell phone. It has 3G capability, EDGE for fast data downloads, Bluetooth and a USB connection.
Conclusion: The Samsung Eternity SGH-a867 is a worthy and fast follow-up to the popular LG Vu . For those who want Mobile TV, CV, MMS and a less expensive data plan, the Eternity is an enticing touch screen alternative to the iPhone 3G . The phone is attractive, compact and light yet it packs a roomy 3.2" touch screen, GPS, TV tuner and a large battery inside.