Samsung S5620 Monte review: Well connected

GSMArena team, 14 May 2010.
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Tags: Samsung, Touch UI

Introduction

Affordable touch phones are all over the place so the Samsung S5620 Monte will have to win the old fashioned way – by giving more and better features. Done deal: with full-suit connectivity, the Monte aims to deliver great touch experience and social networking features plus some distinguishable styling.

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Samsung S5620 official photos

The Samsung S5620 Monte has both 3G with HSDPA and Wi-Fi for browsing and data, and a built-in GPS receiver for location services. The Monte has a capable web browser (with Flash support) and a decently sized 3” screen. The GPS can also transform the Monte into a proper SatNav unit thanks to the free NaviExpert app. However, the free license is available for phones sold in the Czech Republic.

For the impatient readers, here’s a rundown of the Samsung S5620 specs – the good and bad of it.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • 3" capacitive TFT touchscreen of WQVGA resolution, 256K colors
  • TouchWiz 2.0 Plus user interface with multitasking support
  • 200 MB onboard storage, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • 3 megapixel camera with smile detection, QVGA video @ 15fps
  • Secondary video-call camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (b/g)
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS; Free GPS navigation with NAVTEQ maps
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB v.2.0
  • microUSB slot (with charging support)
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • DNSe sound enhancements
  • Find Music recognition service
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Office document viewer
  • Smart unlock
  • Social networking integration with direct file uploads
  • Accelerometer for auto screen rotate, turn to mute

Main disadvantages

  • Free GPS navigation is for Czech Montes only
  • No on-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Flash in browser eats too much RAM, can’t play YouTube videos
  • No games preinstalled
  • Task manager cannot be used for switching between apps

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Samsung S5560 in our office

If you’ve read our preview you’d know the S5620 Monte was orange-on-grey back then. Samsung have obviously changed their mind since and put a tux on the Monte – it’s now grey on black – a bit more conservative.

The preview was written before the Samsung Bada OS came about but now that we’ve played with it too, we can do a better comparison. The Monte is a feature phone and Bada is a smart platform but in the end they both share the TouchWiz DNA. What that means is that the interface of both is pretty similarly – at least graphically.

So, we have the Samsung S5620 Monte back for a proper check-up. See what has changed and what stayed the same in hardware on the next page.

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