Summary: It's tempting to get wrapped up in the myriad features of the latest $800 gadget. But how many of those smart phone functions actually get used beyond a week after purchase? How many of them serve a purpose, to you, other than as a bullet-point on the box? Don't give me that, ?
Pros: It's a godsend for mobile text/IM/email addicts; slide-out QWERTY is comfortable and requires about 60 seconds of adaptation; it's Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store capable; music plays in background; stereo Bluetooth; camera with video capture and night shot; photo caller ID; GPS; comes with extr...
Conclusion: The Samsung Rant is essentially a 2008 version of last year's LG Rumor, sporting a better keyboard, high-speed data access, work e-mail support, and more multimedia options—all for the same low price.
Pros: Roomy, comfortable QWERTY keyboard. Includes 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth radios. Offers support for corporate e-mail accounts. Sprint's easy-to-use One Click interface gives quick access to favorite apps.
Cons: Poor Web browsing experience. Slightly awkward control pad design. Music player and camera could use improvement.
Samsung Rant M540: Full QWERTY Keyboard Multi-Media Phone
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: The Samsung Rant edges out the LG Scoop/Rumor in my opinion. I went back and forth on these phones and chose the Samsung Rant 540. The Rant has a horizontal slide-out full QWERTY keyboard that is designed for fast text messaging and sending e-mails.
Conclusion: You might not take the phone’s name seriously, but the Samsung Rant offers strong text-centric features with beefy multimedia muscle. The QWERTY keyboard is good and the GPS, Sprint TV and music are all there.
Pros: Sturdy build with a great QWERTY keyboard. Full set of multimedia features and a good camera. GPS has strong performance.
Cons: The phone needs a little bit of work in several areas.
Conclusion: We really like what we’ve seen in the Rant, and the One Click UI has a lot to do with it. A good interface will go a long way to making even a bad phone look good, but the Rant is certainly not a bad phone.
Pros: One Click is wonderful, Quality feel, though it is bordering on bulky, Larger keyboard with more options, Camera performed admirably, 16GB microSD support, Good call quality and battery life
Cons: It could stand to go on a diet, Keyboard felt odd, though we expect with time this will not be an issue