Excerpt: Haven’t sifted through enough smartphones this summer as is? Meet latest contender the Samsung Solstice SGH-A887, which uses a Java-based operating system capable of handling some applications and programs without the hassle of learning how to use Windows Mobile . But is the handset worth your time and money? With the Samsung Widget Bar in tow you might just think so… until you realize just how unfriendly the device is towards third-party apps, that is.
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.