Conclusion: If you buy a Solstice seeking only a higher-end calling and messaging device you won’t be disappointed, albeit not particularly thrilled either. But it almost goes without saying that those looking for a fully tweakable smartphone in the lower end of today’s price range would be much better off with one of Verizon’s recently discounted rivals. As such, it’s a tough recommendation.
Pros: Speedy downloads; overall feel of handset; best virtual QWERTY keyboard we've tested
Cons: Incompatibility with most third-party apps; no native Gmail support; 2.0 MP camera; AT&T Social Net integration; lack of pack-in accessories
Conclusion: The Samsung Solstice is a good-looking and fun phone. It's got plenty of features including a very good touch screen (not as good as the iPhone's but that's a tall order), good call management features including voice and speed dial, 3G with CV streaming video and a pleasant music player. It's the little cutbacks from the now less expensive Eternity that make us hesitant to recommend it, at least as long as the Eternity is still available.
Pros: Fun and easy to use, good web browser.
Cons: Doesn't compete well against the Samsung Eternity.