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Samsung Solstice a887 Phone (AT&T)

Overview:

Enjoy an instant connection to social networking, messaging and multimedia features with the Samsung Solstice a887 Phone (AT&T), which also features a full-touch QWERTY keypad access via its large, vivid 3-inch touchscreen. This phone can quickly download video, music and more over AT&T’s lightning quick HSPDA 3G network. This phone is also compatible with AT&T’s Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call.

The Solstice features Samsung’s unique TouchWiz user interface, which includes one-touch access to frequently used applications and social networks through new widgets for Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo! oneSearch. It also offers multiple messaging options such as Mobile Email, IM and MMS and comes equipped with a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. Other features include Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion up to 16 GB, digital audio player, full HTML web browser, and up to 5 hours of talk time.

Feedback: 44

Actual Customer Feedback:

The camera takes great pictures and the voice quality, even on speaker is wonderful.
Portion of actual review comment on amazon.com
“…includes a TouchWiz widget to add a voice dialing button to your homescreen.”
Portion of actual user comment on nokia97forum.net
“…definitely like the improved workmanship over the Eternity.”
Portion of actual user comment on phonescoop.com
Thought I would have a big learning curve, but found it really easy to get used to.”
Portion of actual user comment on discussphone.com

In summary, and based upon customer feedback and forum discussions, the Samsung Solstice a887 Phone (AT&T) is a smaller, sleeker version of its older brother, and most feel Samsung has packaged a happy set of  improvements. The camera takes very good pictures even though it is only 2 mega pixels deep. Doesn’t have instant messaging.

Company Info:

From its inception as a small export business in Taegu, Korea, Samsung has grown to become one of the world’s leading
electronics companies, specializing in digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory, and system integration.
Today Samsung’s innovative and top quality products and processes are world recognized.

Product Details:

The Samsung Solstice features a 3-inch touchscreen with virtual, landscape QWERTY keyboard, and Samsung’s unique TouchWiz user interface with one-touch access to social networking sites.

AT&T Services
This AT&T phone can handle high-speed data connectivity via AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband data network, which is available in most major metropolitan areas. The AT&T 3G network uses the dual-band 850/1900 MHz 3G network (UMTS/HSDPA), which provides download speeds ranging from 700 Kbps to 1.7 Mbps, and upload speeds ranging from 500 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps. This makes it possible to enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless multimedia services, and it gives you the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services.

In areas where the 3G network is not available, you’ll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it’s fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go. You’ll also enjoy quad-band GSM connectivity, which allows you to make calls in more than 190 countries and access data applications in the more than 135 countries where AT&T offers international data roaming.

Key Features

  • Mobile broadband via AT&T’s 3G network
  • 3-inch touchscreen with full touch QWERTY keyboard
  • 2 MP camera/camcorder
  • microSD memory expansion
  • Hands-free/stereo Bluetooth
  • Digital audio/video player
  • Personal email & IM
  • Access Facebook & MySpace

With 3G connectivity, you’ll be able to access AT&T’s Video Share service, which enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company’s 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it’s also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day’s work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.

You’ll be able to access AT&T’s Cellular Video (CV) service and the Internet while on the go. Cellular Video features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, iFilm, Comedy Central and exclusive premium content from HBO and much more. And you get access to AT&T Mobile Music, which enables you to buy tracks while on the, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what’s playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what’s hot with The Buzz music news portal.

The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T’s MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more.

Phone Features
The lightweight and sleek Samsung Solstice has a full 3.0-inch touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels; 262K colors) with a virtual, landscape QWERTY keyboard. You’ll experience a tactile response with haptic feedback and know when your accurately press a virtual button. The full QWERTY keyboard, with sensitivity adjustment, is easy-to-use with clear letters, numbers and symbols. The phone also has an accelerometer that automatically detects motion and the orientation of the device, allowing for autorotation of the display, motion sensing games and photo scrolling by tilting the device.

Other features include access to personal email and instant messaging, Bluetooth stereo music streaming, and microSD memory expansion.

The Solstice also provides quick and easy access to a your favorite features through Samsung’s innovative TouchWiz user interface, which has specially designed widgets to customize and personalize your phone. By simply expanding the tray, you can “drag-and-drop” widgets onto the phone’s home screen for one touch access to your favorite features, such as Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo! oneSearch.

The phone has an internal 80 MB user accessible memory, and it’s expandable via optional microSD/SDHC memory cards up to 16 GB in size. The internal phonebook can store up to 2000 contact entries, and it offers support for caller groups, multiple numbers per contact, and photo/ringer ID. Other features include 8 one-touch dialing numbers, display of the last 30 outgoing/incoming/missed calls, automatic redial, vibration alert, and compatibility with both MP3 and 72-chord polyphonic ringtones.

The 2-megapixel camera on the back of the Solstice.

Hands-free communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking–surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).

The Solstice offers a full range of email, text, and multimedia messaging options. It includes support for mobile email services such as AOL, Yahoo!, and Windows Live (messaging charges apply). You can also keep up with your instant messaging buddies using the built-in IM application that connects to those same services.

Other features include:

  • 2-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom and video capture capabilities
  • Organizer tools: calendar, alarm clock, to-do, stopwatch, world clock, and notes
  • Audio file formats: MP3, AAC, Real
  • Downloadable ringtones, graphics, games, applications and videos
  • Headset jack
  • Streaming radio capabilities

Vital Statistics
The Samsung Solstice weighs 3.33 ounces and measures 4.3 x 2.1 x 0.5 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 240 hours (10 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T’s 850/1900 MHz 3G network (UMTS/HSDPA).

List Price: $299.99 or $0.01 (with a new service plan)

Current Discount Here: Samsung Solstice a887 Phone (AT&T)

Return Policy: 30 days from fulfillment (delivery)



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