The outside of the Samsung A900¡¯s flip casing has a pause, fast-forward, and rewind buttons for quick accessibility of the stereo music player with its reliable stereo speakers. We at accessorygeeks love the numerous number of things you can do while the flip closed. The speakerphone works well, but not as I expected, so don¡¯t get too excited. You can also play videos on the external screen and navigate through the stereo music player by using the versatile external buttons on top of the flip casing. When flipping open the blade the first thing you can decipher is that the designers implemented bigger buttons that are easier to use than in the Motorola slim models. The 320mm x 240mm internal LCD display and 96mm x 96mm external display both illuminates the phone vividly during low light environments for extreme clarity (unless you get scratches on it). The LCD¡¯s has good size proportions and provides users with distinctive clarity.
Rest assured that the Samsung A900 provides excellent reception, but as all wireless devices it is depended upon the service provider (Sprint Nextel) and the location the consumer resides in, that is why using wireless antennas, amplifiers, and signal boosters can easily solve any problems dealing with reception. The designers of the Samsung A900¡¯s sound/voice mechanism designed a noise canceling technology that ingeniously cancels out background noise, while in loud environments, but the mechanism doesn¡¯t function optimally as designed, but is a great added feature that does work, but not perfectly. The sound engineers for the Samsung A900 need to put more attention towards trying to solve the sound quality problem for the phones hopeful predecessors. The speakers delivered somewhat scratchy voices at times seemed distant/muffled. The earpiece and speakerphone both are loud enough for safe hands free driving/hearing capabilities. The standard battery provides a talk-life of three hours 45 minutes, and standby juice of seven hours, give or take two hours.
The Samsung MM-A900 comes standard with Voice Signal¡¯s voice dialing and Voice Mode speech-to-text system, which is functional with the included wired headset, a Bluetooth headset (not included), or through a built-in mic added onto the phone. The Samsung A900 Blade is Bluetooth capable and can wirelessly connect to the phone or any Bluetooth enabled device without much effort. Samsung MM-A900 file transfer capability using an included USB data cable is compatible with both Mac¡¯s and PC¡¯s making the Samsung A900 a versatile wireless sharing device. But be warned, from reading other reviews the trouble encountered was with PC transfers. But this can be directly related to the user not knowing how to set-up the process.
The A900 phone’s major flaw is its lack of removable memory, which is a real shocker, especially because the Samsung MM-A900 works as a well-balanced music player. Just like T-mobile you can download songs from Sprint’s online music store, but for a rip-off of $2.50 per song. So I recommend that you upload MP3 formatted and M4A/AAC formatted music from your computer by using your USB cable or Bluetooth technology. The extremely cool aspects that I discovered is that Sprint¡¯s music player even lets you design playlists on your PC using a text editor. The downside for the phone unfortunately is the lack of removable memory and a minute 50MB storage area, which just isn’t enough memory to call the Samsung A900 a digital music jukebox on the go. The built-in speakers also tends to act up when you’re playing music at top volumes, so using a headset is optimal here.
The 50MB of storage is plenty for a 1.3 megapixel camera phone and the Samsung A900 is recognized as a Mass Storage device, so it acts like a hard drive for your PC when using the data cable that comes with the phone. Capturing images with the cool swiveling camera is fast and easy to use, especially when you are trying to take a picture of yourself with your friends. The images that are produced by the 1.3 megapixel camera phone are sharp and well saturated. The camcorder mode takes the usual thumbnail-size videos of unlimited length at 15 frames per second. The Samsung A900 also does a commendable job as a laptop modem on Sprint’s fast EV-DO network. Using Sprint’s free connection manager software while the phone is hooked up to the computer.
There were only minor issues that we had encountered when reviewing the Samsung A900. Problems correlated with sound/reception quality issues that can be dealt with using signal boosters or amplifiers. The second problematic issue encountered was during the downloading process of games through Sprint’s WAP site. So if you are a gamer this information is pertaining to you specifically. Other problematic issues were with Bluetooth pairing and memory deficiencies. But overall the Samsung A900 is an intelligent choice for anyone looking for Sprint¡¯s Power Vision’s media services or a slim extremely stylishly fashionable phone on Sprint¡¯s network. Sprint currently has very good Power Vision phones. So if you are a Sprint Nextel customer you can now have the ability to choose the Samsung A940 for its features or the Samsung MM-A900 for its stellar slick-style design.