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Samsung Monte review

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

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 200 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9.67 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 400

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For

  • Great design
  • Good battery life
  • Surprisingly good camera
  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Strong, fast 3G coverage

Against

  • Laggy touch controls
  • Slow software
  • Browser crashes regularly
  • Some confusing UI design
  • No social integration with contacts

Samsung's touchscreen mobile phone onslaught shows no sign on stopping, with the Monte arriving on the heels of the Samsung Genio Touch, Genio Slide and Galaxy Portal.

Built around a 3-inch 240 x 400 (WQVGA) touchscreen, the Monte uses Samsung's TouchWiz interface, and that means it has a focus on widgets.

The Monte is pre-loaded with widgets for several social networks, YouTube and BBC iPlayer access, and shortcuts to phone functions and apps.

A physical keyboard is completely eschewed here, in favour of a soft keyboard on the touchscreen. It has haptic feedback, giving a small vibration when you press certain buttons.

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For mobile internet lovers, there's speedy 3G mobile broadband for browsing when out and about, and Wi-Fi connectivity means you can get even faster connections from hotspots.

A-GPS location finding is present, along with Google Maps to make use of it.

A built-in accelerometer enables switching to landscape mode automatically when browsing the web and viewing media.

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The 3.2-megapixel camera on the Samsung Monte's rear is without a flash, but does feature video recording and numerous shooting modes. There's also a front-facing camera for video calling.

The microSD card slot supports up to 16GB, while charging and PC connectivity is handled via a micro USB port. There's a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting any standard set of headphones to, although the supplied pair come with a microphone for hands-free chatting.

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The Samsung Monte is available for around £120 on pay as you go, or free on contract.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGT-S5620 Monte Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5620DKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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