Samsung Monte review

The Samsung Monte has the looks and the specs, but does it have the brains?

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The Samsung Monte's music player is pretty basic, but works well enough. You can make playlists, shuffle, change the equaliser, set ringtones straight from a song and send songs via Bluetooth, email or MMS.

MP3, WMA and eAAC+ are all supported, so most people won't have a problem with compatibility.

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The sound quality on offer is pretty good for a phone, especially through the bundled earphones. In isolation, it's hard to quibble with the detail in the audio. The sound is clear at both the high-end and low-end, where phones tend to struggle most.

However, the quality doesn't stand up against more musically inclined devices, like the iPhone, when connected to a good, neutral set of speakers over the 3.5mm jack.

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The Monte's music has all the components of the song, but lacks drama. The bass is noticeable, but doesn't pound; the cymbals are fairly clear, but they don't crash.

We weren't expecting the speaker on the rear to be up to much, but we were surprised at the decent clarity it put out, even including some audible bass.

Videos look nice and vibrant, though naturally not as crisp as on higher-resolution screens. The videos get tucked away in the 'My files' option, and are initially shown in a boring list view.

A quick tap of an icon in the top-left corner will get you nice thumbnails that overlay one another like photos. Surprisingly, this is really no slower to browse, and we found that bit of flair preferable.

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The video player is compatible with MP4/H.264 files, which is the norm for iPods and the iPhone, so there's plenty of methods for converting them on your computer.

Music and videos can be stored on a microSD card, with sizes up to 16GB supported, or on the Monte's 200MB of built-in memory.

There's also an FM radio app, with the ability to try to tune by just tapping in the dial and then tweaking with arrows. It's generally better to just autotune and add the stations you want to your favourites.

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As is normal, you need to use the bundled headphones as the aerial, with the app refusing to play otherwise. Radio can also be recorded, which is always a welcome addition.

The image viewing is a pretty standard affair, helped along by the touchscreen. There's also a funky feature where tilting the phone when in landscape mode causes the photos to slide along.

It's a bit surprising if you don't realise it's going to happen, but it does make going through lots of photos faster.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory200 MB
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.67 Hour
Product ModelGT-S5620 Monte
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)92 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108.8 mm
Width53.7 mm
Depth12.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time460 Hour
Product NameGT-S5620 Monte Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5620DKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung Monte boasts a host of multimedia features and a sleek, sophisticated design-providing the style and performance of a high-end handset at an affordable price. With a stunning contrasting orange and graphite, or black and silver, colour casing and an intuitive TouchWiz 2.0 Plus User Interface (UI), the Monte is set to become the latest must-have full touch Samsung device.

Package Contents
  • GT-S5620 Monte Cellular Phone
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual
  • Battery