Excerpt: AT&T is ready for a fresh start with its new mobile TV device, the Samsung Mythic SGH-A897, a fun to use, attractive phone with a high-resolution touchscreen. The phone has several other surprising features to make it a good value touchscreen mobile...
Excerpt: Despite the smartphone push by carriers, featurephones remain an important element in the wireless industry. To that end, the Samsung Mythic is a great addition to the field, offering improvements in the TouchWiz user interface and an improved design that is similar to the Samsung Omnia II (without the added costs, I might add). Will the device deliver and provide a good user experience?
Summary: While the Samsung Mythic is a nice improvement to TouchWiz devices of the past, the device isn't exactly "jaw dropping." That being said, it's a welcome addition to the featurephone lineup, and is a device that I can see several individuals carrying - particularly those that don't want to go with a smartphone. Expect the battery life to be less than desirable, but beyond that, it's a reasonably well-equipped device. Check it out at your local AT&T retail store.
Excerpt: When the Samsung Eternity came out for AT&T in November 2008 it sold like hotcakes. Samsung's TouchWiz UI was shiny and fun, the phone was responsive and its data plan cost half the iPhone's. After all, the cost of a phone isn't just the up-front purchase price but the ongoing plan price over a 2 year contract.
Pros: Fun touchscreen phone with lower data plan cost than the iPhone.
Conclusion: Samsung manages to showcase its nifty own updated TouchWiz interface on the Mythic – it’s nice that AT&T has finally got the updated treatment. There’s plenty to like about the Mythic with its dynamic looking screen which makes viewing videos or browsing web sites pleasurable. Samsung clearly keeps on fine tuning their TouchWiz handsets for AT&T – and the Mythic is sure to continue all the successes previous devices had.
Pros: Updated TouchWiz interface, Brilliant & detailed touchscreen, Fine web browsing experience, Allows for specific email providers, Superb call quality
Cons: Poor quality with camera, Unchanged music & video players