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Samsung's new phone: Where's the kitchen sink?

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Sprint on Thursday debuted a Samsung cell phone laden with features, including a 2-megapixel camera, as it tries to answer rival Cingular Wireless' success with the ultrathin Motorola Razr.


The Samsung MM-A800, which costs $350 after a rebate, takes VGA-quality still photos and 30-second videos, plugs directly into printers, converts speech to text, features a cutting-edge media player and has enough extra memory to store an album's worth of digital music.

The capabilities of the phone fit neatly into Sprint's strategy of selling live or on-demand television, and mesh well with its photo and video-mail services, Sprint executives say.

"The first 2-megapixel phone (in) the U.S. market reinforces Sprint's position to offer leading data services," Sprint Senior Vice President John Garcia said in a statement. Samsung Senior Vice President Peter Skarzynski called the A800 a "true competitor" to traditional digital cameras.

But any new cell phone in the United States must deal with the Razr factor. Since its debut, the Motorola Razr, with its keyless keypad and sleek metallic finish, has been the "it" phone. While the Razr also features a camera and other add-ons such as wireless Bluetooth connectivity, product reviewers give it high marks mainly for its looks and relative simplicity.

The Razr handset has almost single-handedly turned around Motorola's struggling financial fortunes and helped No. 1 provider Cingular, which has exclusive Razr rights, to pass the 50-million subscriber mark. The phone now costs $200 with a two-year Cingular service contract.

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Advice from S. Korea, Samsung's home turf
I'd stay away from any Samsung crap - their quality is not what they claim. Even here in S. Korea, Samsung is notorious for "crappy" quality and "exaggeration" of everything... I have always had nothing but problems with their "atrocious and unreliable" Samsung's esp. Laptops, HDDs, CD-ROMs, and, recently, Cellphones...

Hope this help...
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Ba Bo Ja Sik !!!!!!!
DDORAI!!!! HUT SO RI HA JI MAL GO JAM I NA JA RA. DDORAI!!!!!
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He works for the other company
From my experiences... I can tell SAMSUNG phones are second to
none! They are so easy to use and stylish. I've been using SAMSUNG
phones since 1997 and have had no problems what so ever! All of
my compadres here have SAMSUNG phones. Do you get it, BABO?
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Advice from S. Korea, Samsung's home turf
I'd stay away from any Samsung crap - their quality is not what they claim. Even here in S. Korea, Samsung is notorious for "crappy" quality and "exaggeration" of everything... I have always had nothing but problems with their "atrocious and unreliable" Samsung's esp. Laptops, HDDs, CD-ROMs, and, recently, Cellphones...

Hope this help...
Posted by (9 comments )
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Ba Bo Ja Sik !!!!!!!
DDORAI!!!! HUT SO RI HA JI MAL GO JAM I NA JA RA. DDORAI!!!!!
Posted by (37 comments )
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He works for the other company
From my experiences... I can tell SAMSUNG phones are second to
none! They are so easy to use and stylish. I've been using SAMSUNG
phones since 1997 and have had no problems what so ever! All of
my compadres here have SAMSUNG phones. Do you get it, BABO?
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Please, please, please....
... just give me a cell phone that can reliably and clearly make and
receieve calls over as wide as possible calling area.

And save the effort on the junk functions. I've already got better
devices for the other functions I care about.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Please, please, please....
... just give me a cell phone that can reliably and clearly make and
receieve calls over as wide as possible calling area.

And save the effort on the junk functions. I've already got better
devices for the other functions I care about.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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Gimmicky piece of junk
I am pretty someone out there with a toaster oven-cell phone-wristwatch-pda combination device will jump all over this new Samsung. This must be what Nirvana feels like for those folks. For people who actually value the functions provided by owning a well performing device that's above gimmicks, stay clear of this kind of junk. You will just end up paying way too much for extremely limited funcationality and having to live with way too much compromise at the end if you don't wind up ditch it after the WOW factor wears off in about an hour.
Posted by deecee (726 comments )
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Gimmicky piece of junk
I am pretty someone out there with a toaster oven-cell phone-wristwatch-pda combination device will jump all over this new Samsung. This must be what Nirvana feels like for those folks. For people who actually value the functions provided by owning a well performing device that's above gimmicks, stay clear of this kind of junk. You will just end up paying way too much for extremely limited funcationality and having to live with way too much compromise at the end if you don't wind up ditch it after the WOW factor wears off in about an hour.
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