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. I am still finding cool features on the Samsung Rant.
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.
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. The phone has some stability-related issues but it has very good potential and hopefully after a few firmware updates, the Rant will be a solid phone.
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. Its size is on the large side, but that allows for a bigger keypad that we think users will enjoy. The build quality, as always from Samsung, is top notch.
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