The Samsung Moment is the first Android device from Samsung, and it is exclusive to Sprint.
It has some pretty impressive specifications, such as an 800 MHz processor and a simply stunning 3.2-inch, HVGA, AM-OLED display, along with the usual suspects like a GPS receiver, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi b/g wireless networking.
It launched this week for $180 after $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate.
DESIGN & BUILD
I really like the overall look of the Moment. It has something of an edge, an industrial look that is slightly different than most phones, and a little cooler, but not so outlandish that you'll feel strange using it in public. Most of that is due to the cool cutout design at the top of the device; I find it to be strangely appealing. The edges are rounded and everything is silver and black. The Moment is a slider-style device, with the top (screen) portion of the device in silver, with the bottom portion (including the QWERTY keyboard) in black.
This device is on the large side (4.6 x 2.34 x 0.63 inches), but it doesn't feel too big in the hand. It's slightly longer than an iPhone, not as wide, but somewhat thicker. Weight-wise, it's in the middle of the pack -- not a featherweight, but not too heavy either: 5.7 oz. It is still pocketable, but only just barely, and not the sort of thing you'd want to slip into your pocket if you're dressed up and want to avoid any unsightly bulges.
Buttons and controls are rather minimal, with Call and Disconnect buttons on the bottom of the screen. The Home, Menu, and Back buttons are touch-sensitive, and there's an optical joystick as well. The joystick may take some getting used to at first; I found it to be a bit too "wild" and oversensitive, and prefer interacting with the phone via touchscreen instead.
The volume control is on the left side of the device, and a standard headphone jack is on the top--it's hidden by a permanently attached cover when not in use. The sync/charge port (also covered), camera button, and voice recognition button are on the right side. The microSD slot is underneath the back cover of the device, and you do have to remove the battery to access the slot.
The AM-OLED display literally shines -- it looks absolutely gorgeous. It's going to be hard going back to my LG Dare once the review period is over, because after just a few hours of using the Moment I'm completely spoiled. Pictures look true to life, videos are clear, and games just seem to pop off the screen. Even better, I didn't have any problems seeing the screen even when I was outside in the sun this morning.
The slide-out keyboard is really nice -- large, well lit, and easy to use. At first I had trouble getting the hang of it, because the keys don't stick up all that much, but when I just started typing and stopped worrying about it, I found that the keyboard was much better than my first impression of it had led me to believe.
It has four rows of keys, with a dedicated row of numbers at the top. Everything else is in a logical place, from the arrow and shift keys to the double-sized space bar in the middle of the bottom row of keys. There isn't a great deal of travel in the keys, but they are nicely spaced and I didn't have any trouble with accidentally hitting the wrong keys.
The keyboard is lighted for use in low-light situations. The letter and number keys were very easy to see, though the smaller blue symbols for the secondary punctuation marks were a little harder to make out. Thankfully the function key is "sticky" so you just have to press it once and then press the desired punctuation mark; you don't have to hold it down while you hunt for the one you want.
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