PhoneDog Media Exclusive
Download iM5, now available in the App Store and Google Play. iM5 is a PhoneDog Media backed Social Platform to inspire real-life action through the crowdsourcing of ideas. See the video

 

The Samsung Craft is the first commercially available 4G LTE enabled device. That's big. It's not a smartphone, but it's a huge step in the right direction for all phones - smart or messaging. The Samsung Craft was sent to me on Friday so I've been able to do a few preliminary tests over the weekend. My first impression of the phone is good. I'm impressed with the specs and MetroPCS has clearly put forth a lot of effort to make this phone the best it could be. Here are few things I've taken note of:  

- Build quality is excellent. This may not seem like a big deal, but considering it's a messaging phone and it's on a regional carrier, they easily could've gotten away with a flimsy, plastic-feeling device. That's not what they did though. The Craft feels very solid in the hand and the overall design of the phone is very appealing.



- 4G speeds haven't been blazingly fast, but it's faster than the 3G on other messaging phones I've used. I'll have to test this feature a little more.  

- A 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash. Now that's more like it, Samsung. I've long been a proponent of messaging phones getting better cameras with more features and it looks like a few companies are catching on. The few pictures I've taken have come out very clear.

- The 3.3 AMOLED display is beautiful. Add to that the responsive capacitive touchscreen and you would think you were holding a smartphone in your hands. The AMOLED display is vibrant and clear. Watching the included full-length Star Trek film was awesome. 



- I'm not too sure what I think about the keyboard. When I used it for the first time, I immediately thought I wouldn't like it. The keyboard is designed with the infamous "space bar squeezed in a row of letters" issue, which I've never been fond of. However, I noticed that this one is a little different. Instead of the space bar being in between the V and the B, it's in between the B and the N. This has actually made it more comfortable to type on. 



The Craft ships with a 1500 mAh battery, which is pretty impressive for a messaging phone. Something else you may be surprised by - WIFI. Yup, the Samsung Craft, a messaging phone, supports WIFI. Who'da thought?  

So, it sounds amazing, right? It is a pretty cool little device. One thing you have to keep in mind though is that it is still a messaging phone. So while it does have a beautiful display, supports WIFI and 4G, and just in general feels like a smartphone, it's not a smartphone. Web browsing is still going to be a little uncomfortable and the phone can be a little laggy when switching though pages and menu options.  

Who knows? Maybe this is the future of messaging phones. I certainly hope so. The category could use a boost.

 


Don't forget to VOTE! Each week, PhoneDog Fans vote for their #1 smartphone in the Official Smartphone Rankings. Vote now and contribute to the industry's most relevant weekly ranking charts


Products mentioned in this Article



eBay prices for the Samsung Craft SCH-r900


Related posts



Comments & discussions  




Most popular Videos
Most popular Videos
Most popular Videos

Most popular Reactions
Most popular Reactions
Most popular Reactions

This weeks "People's Choice Rankings" best smartphones
People's Choice Rankings


See all hot devices