Samsung Craft Review

With regards to interface and features, the Craft is reminiscent of its brother and sister models. In addition to its usable hardware QWERTY, you will also enjoy the onscreen keypad for those who prefer the touch option. In order to reduce the amount of time that you spend inputting text, you may also enable the T9 option. However, there is no landscape onscreen option, which means that you will have to use the physical keyboard at this point. If you enjoy instant messaging and social networking, you will enjoy the “IM and Social” app – a centralized hub which aggregates a host of accounts including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.

In terms of multimedia, the Samsung Craft boasts a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera in its housing with average picture quality however. Even with the many options that you typically find in Samsung camera interfaces, the images produced by the Craft as a simple point and shoot are nothing to write home about. Granted outdoor images do not come out with mediocre detail, however color reproduction is a little bland. There’s also some noise witnessed in images that you take indoors with inadequate lighting. The good news however, is that the LED flash corrects this although it does leave your shot looking quite over-exposed.

Video recording on the Craft does not give you the excellence that you would achieve on some HD equipped handsets. Nevertheless, the phone does provide an adequate frame rate and is able to capture a significant amount of detail courtesy of its maximum shooting resolution of 640 x 480 and a capture rate of 15fps. The music player on the Craft will display the album cover, track information as well as certain on-screen controls. This device offers users some level of personalization with its 3 skins that provide you with visualization when the earphones are connected, display lyrics, as well as your normal layout. The speaker produces average quality audio and is not too loud even at its highest setting and does not produce any strained tones.

One major let down of the Craft is the fact that it lacks preloaded software. What’s most annoying about this is the fact that when you click on the many icons on the main menu such as Mobile Banking, Loopt or Metro Navigator, you are given the option of downloading them. If anything, about 90% of the apps on this phone have to be downloaded before you can enjoy them.

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