Samsung has done a good job of packing plenty of features into this mid-range handset, including a 3MP snapper and Facebook integration
Editor's Review of the Monte
Also called the Samsung S5620 handset, the Monte model weighs 92 grams and measures 108.8 x 53.7 x 12.4 millimetres. It dons visually pleasing colours of black and orange stripes coupled with a sleek form and comfortable grip. This handset comes with a 76.2-millimetre TFT touch screen that displays picture wallpapers and screensavers in 262,000 colours in 240 x 400 pixels. This touch-sensitive screen has an auto rotate accelerometer and comes with a TouchWiz user interface that provides comfort for users as they browse this mobile phone's applications.
Supporting SM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, HSDPA 900 and HSDPA 2100, this mobile phone is quad band. It makes a good global roaming communication gadget, but its reach may depend on the service provider being utilised by its user. In terms of Internet connectivity, this handset fits the modern users' needs through the built-in HTML and XHTML WAP 2 browser. It also has Wi-Fi technology that enables on-the-go users to check the World Wide Web in designated hotspots.
File sharing is possible between this mobile phone and compatible devices such as personal computers, scanners, laptops, printers and other handsets through the USB facility. An alternate data transfer option is the wireless Bluetooth with A2DP technology that works for compatible gadgets that are up to 10 metres away from each other. This handset is powered by EDGE and GPRS technologies that boost data transfer and Internet downloading rates. This mobile phone's 3G HSDPA technology also allows it to be an efficient device for multi-tasking.
The Samsung Monte comes with SMS or text messaging with Predictive Text, as well as the MMS or multimedia messaging service, as its basic communication features. Its Internet connectivity enables users to go online and check their e-mails. The instant messaging features also allows users to chat with their contacts
As busy users' virtual assistant, this mobile phone is endowed with basic organiser tools such as a phone book that allows storage of 1,000 contact details, calendar, clock, alarm clock and calculator. It also comes with a built-in speaker phone for hassle-free calls and an A-GPS navigation system that supports Google Maps for users who need direction assistance.
This mobile phone also boasts of its imaging features that delight both photo buffs and music lovers. Its 3.2-Megapixel camera allows users to snap away practically anytime and anywhere to freeze worth-keeping moments. This integrated snapping device comes with smile detection, photo editor and camera settings options for clear and crisp photo outputs. It also records videos at a speed of 15 frames per second and plays footages in MPEG4, H263 and H264 formats. This handset also has a second camera that supports 3G calls.
Taking music lovers into sound trip is this handset's built-in music player that supports MP3, WMA and eAAC+ sound formats. An alternate integrated music listening device is an FM radio facility, which also comes with RDS technology that allows users to receive data regarding sports, weather or current events from their preferred FM radio stations. Adding to this mobile phone's entertainment features is its support for Java games, as well as for Internet-downloaded games.
The Samsung Monte offers an internal memory of 227 Megabytes on which users may store their photos, videos, contact details and other data. This built-in memory may be expanded through the microSD memory card option that offers up to 16 Gigabytes. Users may speak with their friends and family using this mobile phone for 9.7 hours. This handset stays on standby for 769 hours on a full battery.
Unhappy owners complain that this mobile phone's integrated camera does not offer good quality photos. Meanwhile, modern users appreciate the Samsung Monte for the classic practical features it offers. This handset is also getting rave reviews for its responsive touch screen that reportedly makes mobile phone navigation a breeze.
Very good touch screen, little pressure needed with finger.
Lacks the gadgets of the more popular phones, such as apps.
However, a very good phone, good camera, touch screen, and very smart looking.
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Samsung S5620 Monte Specifications
108.8mm x 37.4mm x 12.4mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 3.0 inches
Resolution: 240 x 400
Interface: TouchWiz 2.0 Plus
External: microSD up to 16GB
A-GPS with Google Maps
Up to 3.6 Mbps download speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
3.15 megapixel camera
240p Video Recording
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 100 mAh
Talk Time: 580 minutes
Standby Time: 760 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WMA, eAAC+
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264