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Samsung Monte review

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

The first thing the Samsung Monte deserves kudos for is the signal strength. We were getting 3G signals in areas where other phones dropped to Edge. In problem areas, the Monte was just about always able to find some signal.

Not only can the phone find signal, but the connection was always impressively fast. At one point we'd slipped from Wi-Fi to 3G (more on that later) and didn't even notice.

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Naysayers might argue that the Dolfin browser renders pages slowly enough that the internet speed makes no odds, but we'll give the Monte the benefit of the doubt here.

Calls come through very loud and strong. The clarity wasn't the best we've ever heard, but was in no way bad.

The speaker seemed to be struggling with a small amount of distortion at higher volumes, but just having such a loud earspeaker when in a busy city is a major boon.

The phonebook and keypad can both be accessed straight from the home screen.

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The contacts list has a handy scrollbar on the right-hand side, and as you drag it down it displays which letter you're currently in. It's actually one of the easiest ways to go through large contact lists we've seen on just about any phone – including smartphones.

Contacts can be called without going into their profile by tapping a green 'phone' icon next to their name.

Go into the profile and all the usual suspects are there. Add the name, maybe choose a picture, assign various numbers to their respective fields, and so on.

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Despite Samsung making a point about the social features on this phone, there's no integration between the contacts and Facebook or Twitter (or any of the others), like the way HTC's Friend Stream does on the Legend and Desire.

Looking at a contact, each number will have a small icon by it, which brings up a menu when pressed giving you the option to voice call, video call or message the contact.

It's all well-integrated and sensible, but for a socially-focused phone it could do more.

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