Phone Review: Samsung Highnote M630

Short Reviews
  • Make/Model: Samsung Highnote (M630)
  • Data: 1xRTT/EV-DO (3G)
  • Network: CDMA 800 / 1900
  • Carrier: Sprint
  • Weight: 3.5 oz (99 g)
  • Size: 4.0" x 1.9"x 0.6" (102 x 48 x 15 mm)
  • Form Factor: Slider with bi-directional vertical action.
  • Memory: Comes with 1GB microSD, accepts up to 16 GB
  • Display: 2” TFT; 262k colors, 176 x 220 px
  • Notable Features: Face slides up for keypad access, and down to reveal speakers; dedicated music button for quicker media control; a driving mode that includes computerized reading of text messages among other features; 2.0 MP cam with 4 X digital zoom, video capture, and night shot - no flash.
Very music-friendly; loud and clear speaker; 3.5 mm (standard) headphone jack; stereo bluetooth; comes w/ 1 GB microSD and accepts 16 GB; dedicated music button; Sprint's One Click carousel interface; Sprint TV and Music Store capable; GPS; click-able scroll wheel; SD adapter for quick swapping.

One music button is better than no hardware media controls, but I'd prefer the scroll wheel act as a jog/shuttle, and that some other buttons served as play/pause/skip. I like One Click, but would prefer hardware media control. That's it.

If you want to use the phone as their primary device for MP3, the Highnote definitely worth considering - especially if you want to hear without the aid of a headset or car adapter. This is aimed squarely at music fans, and almost all aspects of the phone reflect this. The scroll wheel on the face of the device is not for the music of control. I want to get in shape, because this false hope caused me a brief disappointment with what happens to be a great little music player.

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