Introduction

With the introduction of its V Cast Music downloading service earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon Wireless is continually expanding their lineup of music phones to stir up additional revenues for the company. Staying with competition, weeks after Sprint’s introduction of its newest music phone, the LG LX550, Verizon pulls out their Samsung SCH-A930. Unlike other music phones in the market the Samsung A930 comes completely in pure beautiful black and offers much of what has become standard in a music phone, including EV-DO support, Bluetooth, and an external memory card slot. In addition, the Samsung SCH-A930 has external music controls, which is not as user friendly as the Samsung SCH-A950. Thank-fully the SCH-A930 is competitively priced at $149.00, however, you can get it for as low as $39.00 with a 2-year service contract. The Samsung SCH-A930 cell phone review is meant to give you a glimpse at what the phone offers when it is compared to certain wireless devices in the market today.

Design

Wow what a figure! The Samsung SCH-A930 is rather a bit bulky, but the color scheme made the phone look clean and shiny. The dimensions are 3.6 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches and it weighed in at 3.98 ounces (113g) according to phonescoop.com. Overall the phone is slimmer than other EV-DO enabled phones, can be placed in your jeans pocket easily and is rather comfortable in your hands while you are talking on the phone. The outer shell of the phone has a rectangular external display with vertical text orientation just like Kyocera phones. Despite the size of the external display and monochromatic resolution, the LCD displays the time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID (carrier dependent). Plus the Samsung SCH-A930 has external music buttons on its flap, which enables users to experience music while the flip is closed. On the dark-side, the text on the external display is hard to see due to its size. Also due to the size of the exterior display the player menu using the music buttons is difficult to decipher in this music phone, unlike the Samsung SCH-A950. Above the display is the A930’s swivel camera lens, which you can rotate 180 degrees for versatile camera angles. Completing the exterior of the handset are a volume rocker and a voice dialing/speakerphone button on the left spine, while a covered headset jack and a Micro SD card slot sit on the right spine and there is no exterior camera shutter to protect the lens. Though in direct light settings, the glare alone creates difficulty in reading the LCD, in low light settings the phone emphasizes a vivid and bright display, a typical Samsung thing. Measuring at 2 inches (176 x 220 pixels) diagonally and having 262,144 (18-bit) color scheme the LCD is more than adequate for viewing photos and menu functions. Plus you can change the not so bright backlighting time and font style. The navigation buttons on the phone is well proportioned even for larger hands. There’s a four-way toggle with a central OK button, two soft keys, dedicated shortcut controls for the camcorder and voice dialing, the Talk and End/power keys and a Clear key. All controls are tactile and easy to use, and the toggle doubles as a shortcut to the Get It Now menu, the V Cast menu, the Web browser, and one user-defined function and the bigger keypad buttons are well spaced.

Features

The Samsung SCH-A930 comes equipped with a 500-contact phone book with room for five entries and e-mail addresses per entry. In addition you can organize contacts into groups or pair them using photo-id’s, but you cannot use the external display for this feature. You can also set up ring-tone caller ids, though the phone only comes with 10 polyphonic (64-chord) tones. Other features that comes standard with the phone includes a text & multimedia messaging, a calculator, a notepad, a calendar, a world clock, a stopwatch, and instant messaging (AOL, MSN, Yahoo), voice dialing and commands, speaker-phone (button-operated), POP3 e-mail support and Bluetooth, which only supports profiles for a headset and dial-up networking and not to exchange files. The SCH-A930 supports EV-DO, thereby has access to Verizon’s V Cast video & V Cast Music services. The phone comes equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera, which can take pictures in 4 different resolutions (160×120 up to 1,280×960). Other settings include six-white balance options, six color effects, four meeting options, a multi-shot feature, three quality options and three shutter sounds. There is also a flash, a self-timer, and a 10x digital zoom, though unusable at the highest resolution. The Samsung SCH-A930 can take videos in two formats: 15-second multimedia messages or 10-minute limit on the phone. Not to mention the phones also comes equipped with a 31MB of internal shared memory, which can be expanded using additional memory cards for personal preferences and needs. Though the phone doses not come with any games it does come with a variety of wallpapers, display themes, alert sounds, and clock styles to personalize your Samsung SCH-A930. To add to your multimedia list you always have the option to buy them via WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser through the Verizon network.

Performance

When testing the Samsung SCH-A930’s call quality, I found that overall clarity of the call was good, though at times we ran into a bit of receptive problems, overall the volume was exceptionally loud, though at time not as clear as I would like. Speakerphone and Bluetooth connectivity was satisfactory and no problems occurred when trying to establish a Bluetooth link. The Samsung SCH-A930 according to phonescoop.com should provide 3.5 hours of talk-time and 200 hours of standby time using a Lilon battery power source with 1000mAh. When testing the power output that the Samsung A930’s battery puts out we got around 4 and a half hour of talk time and around 10 days of standby time. Music downloads took lees than a minute to complete, but the music quality on the phone was not great, but good as expected because the stereo speakers weren’t that powerful.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we at accessorygeeks.com (The One-Stop-Shop For Cellular Accessories) think that the Samsung SCH-A930 is a good, solid featured, and durable Music phone with numerous features. Plus the phone sets itself apart from others like it by changing its shell color and style to solid black. I do like this changed aspect in the phone, but was not so keen about the rectangular external LCD and the shaky EV-DO connection. Other than that the cost of the A930 at $149.99 without a contract and at $39.99 with a contract is quite affordable and the CDMA enabled Samsung SCH-A930 is also backed by America’s most reliable network, Verizon Wireless.