Samsung Cut off Assess
Virgin Mobile USA has a handful of higher-end cell phones and smartphones on its prepaid list, but the Samsung Cut off is the carrier’s first Apparatus offering. The Cut off is no weirder to the United States, having indoors three months previous to on its mother company, Gallop. Even if the Cut off is an entry-level Apparatus phone by all counts, it’s one of the most advanced for Virgin’s customers, and is a welcome addendum to the carrier’s pool of phones.
When we first got our hands-on view of Virgin Mobile’s Cut off at CTIA Fall 2010, we joked that its hardware specs made it a phone of “32″–since it has a 3.2-inch cover, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 32GB expandable memory card slot. Like the Gallop model, the Cut off for Virgin Mobile comes with the usual Apparatus treats such as integration with Google contacts and calendar, Google Maps with free turn-by-turn voice steering, and the endless Apparatus Promote. What’s gone are the hardware touches that break the entry-level, midrange, and high-end devices, like large, lush screens; quick processors; and cameras early at 5 megapixels. We do give Samsung kudos for instilling the Cut off with Apparatus 2.1, and we hope Virgin Mobile USA updates it to Apparatus 2.2 (Froyo).
The Cut off costs $249.99 for the hardware, plus a monthly $25, $40, or $60 plot. (Draw a distinction that with a $99.99 price tag for the Cut off on Gallop, plus a two-year monthly benefit contract.) Keep in mind that prepaid phones typically cost more than they would with a two-year benefit contract; even if there’s no confidence check with a prepaid phone and no contractual obligation.
Parts of this assess are taken from the Samsung Cut off assess for Gallop, since the hardware is like peas in a pod for Gallop and Virgin Mobile.
The Cut off resembles many of its Samsung cousins with a black face androunded corners. In this case, the phone is offset by a sharp silver rim and has other thick silver accents. Size wise, the phone is no reduction mauve. It measures 4.43 inches long by 2.19 inches wide by 0.59 and weighs a solid4.9 ounces. A back cover made from soft-touch notes adds a nice touch as well. Don’t get us incorrect–we find the Cut off to be a perfectly lovely-looking handset, but the phone’s clunky body is a far weep from the impression of sleekness found in Samsung’s other QWERTY models.
The Cut off has a very decent 3.2-inch WQVGA capacitive touch-cover sight that is honestly open. This is a reasonable size for a touch cover, even if the icons are on the small side, primarily when compared to Apparatus phones with 3.5-inch displays and above. On the plus side, the cover is sharp and peculiar on the eye, and the usual Apparatus settings menu can help deal with cover brightness if you’re trying to reduce array strain.
Below the sight are the four Google-mandated backlit sensor keys for accessing the Apparatus menu options, Home, Back, and Search. Holding down the home button brings up a task administrator that shows your recently opened applications. Thislets you multitask quite straightforwardly. As with a few other various Samsung models, the Cut off’s square directional pad doubles as an optical touch pad. Even if, since the touch pad is smaller than a fingertip, we seldom used it. The steering array is flanked by a Talk button and an End/Power button.
On the phone’s right side are a camera button and a 3.5-millimeter receiver jack. On the left, there’s a number rocker and a microSD card slot that accepts up to 32GB extra memory. The phone comes with a 2GB card installed. The Micro-USB charging port is on the top, and the back is home to a 3.2 megapixel camera with a tiny pride mirror.
The slide-out QWERTY upright is a nice reveal. The buttons are smaller than on the vaguely taller Samsung Transform, and angle in. Fascinatingly, the focal point buttons are flatter than those on the edge, which are vaguely domed for simpler pressing. We liked the placement of the Gathering key, which was straightforwardly accessible. Both landscape and likeness modes give you access to the virtual QWERTY upright any time you’d very keep your fingertips qualified on the touch cover, even if we found the smallish virtual upright less right to type on in likeness mode.
The Samsung Cut off comes with Apparatus 2.1, which is exceptional since some manufacturers are still releasing phones with earlier, far less figure-rich in commission systems. We haven’t heard anything authoritative yet, but Virgin Mobile updating the OS to Apparatus 2.2 (Froyo) would make it more commanding still. We’re glad that Samsung has kept its TouchWiz interface off this phone.
The Samsung Cut off excellent:
The Samsung Cut off is a solid first foray for Virgin Mobile into Apparatus territory. The phone brings with it a 3.2-megapixel camera, a fantastic QWERTY upright, 32GB expandable memory, and the Apparatus 2.1 OS.
The Samsung Cut off terrible:
Photo feature on the Cut off could be stronger, the cover could be better, and the dimensions could be sleeker. We found the optical touch pad too small to be truly useful.
The Samsung Cut off underside line:
The Samsung Cut off is one of the most advanced and priciest phones for Virgin Mobile, but it’s an exceptional addendum to the carrier’s team.