Samsung Moment Preview

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Sprint unveiled the Samsung Moment yesterday. It won’t be released until next month, but I got some hand-on time with this device at the CTIA tradeshow. I recorded a video preview, and have also written up my first thoughts on it.

If you missed the announcement, this Android-based smartphone will have a 3.2-inch AM-OLED touchscreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an 800 MHz processor,and an optical joystick.

Video Preview

First Thoughts

The screen on the Samsung Moment makes me impatient for the day when all smartphones have AM-OLED displays. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful, with vivid colors. I hope the images and video reflect this. If not, I promise, this is one of the best-looking screens I’ve ever seen.

At 3.2-inches and HVGA, it won’t be particularly large or high resolution, though. What will make it make it stand out is its colors.

The Moment will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented keyboard that can be hidden behind its display. My preliminary tests on a prototype unit left me feeling pleased with this keyboard — the keys aren’t too tightly packed, and they have decent travel.

I’m reserving judgment on the optical trackpad until I’ve had more time with it. My initial impressions aren’t positive, though. I would have much preferred a trackball.

This model will run Android 1.6 on an 800 MHz processor, which should give it good performance. However, testing this on a tradeshow floor is nigh impossible, as the unit I was working with didn’t have a network connection.  That said,this device will have a significantly faster processor than any other Android-based phone I’ve used, so I’m expecting good things. But confirming this will have to wait for the full review.

That review will be coming in a few weeks, when Sprint can get me a demo unit for more complete testing.

Additional Features of the Samsung Moment

Samsung MomentIn addition to the HVGA touchscreen and slide-out keyboard, is smartphone is going to be equipped with Sprint’s mobile broadband service, Wi-Fi, and Stereo Bluetooth.

A microSD slot will allow storage of up to 32 GB (a 2 GB microSD card will be included).

It will also include a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, an accelerometer, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera for still shots and video. 

The Moment will measure in at 4.6 x 2.34 x 0.63 inches and weigh 5.7 oz. 

Sprint says the standard lithium battery is going to provide up to 5.5 hours of talk time.

Android Inside
The Android 1.6-based Moment will provide easy access to Google’s mobile services: Search, Maps, Gmail and YouTube.  The Android Market will make make additional applications, games and widgets available. 

It will also be equipped with Sprint services like Sprint Navigation, which provides turn-by-turn driving directions, and this carrier’s exclusive sports applications.

Support for Outlook e-mail through push technology will be included, and the handset is going to offer access to AOL, Windows Live/MSN, Yahoo, and Hotmail email. In addition the Moment will let users view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

Pricing & Availability
Sprint will release the Samsung Moment on November 1. It will sell for $180 with a two-year service contract, and $100 mail-in rebate.

This device requires activation on a pricing plan offering unlimited data, which includes the Everything Data and Simply Everything Plans.





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