Good battery life
Surprisingly good camera
Lots of connectivity options
Strong, fast 3G coverage
Laggy touch controls
Browser crashes regularly
Some confusing UI design
No social integration with contacts
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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.
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.
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.
The Samsung Monte is available for around £120 on pay as you go, or free on contract.
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