Samsung S5620 Monte Review: Well Connected

By 03:11 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

Affordable touch phones are all over the place so the Samsung S5620 Monte will have to win the recent fashioned way – by giving more and better features. Done deal: with full-suit connectivity, the Monte aims to deliver remarkable touch experience and social networking features plus some distinguishable styling.





Samsung S5620 official photos

The Samsung S5620 Monte has both 3G with HSDPA and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) for browsing and data, and a built-in GPS receiver for location services. The Monte has a capable web browser (with Flash support) and a decently sized 3” screen. The GPS can also transform the Monte into a proper SatNav unit thanks to the free NaviExpert app. However, the free license is available for phones srecent in the Czech Republic.

For the impatient readers, here’s a rundown of the Samsung S5620 specs – the fine and poor of it.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • 3" capacitive TFT touchclassy screen of WQVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution, 256K colors
  • TouchWiz 2.0 Plus user interface with multitasking support
  • 200 Mega Bytes (MB) onboard storage, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • 3 megapixel capturing camera with smile detection, QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 15fps
  • Secondary video-call capturing camera
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity (b/g)
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS; Free GPS navigation with NAVTEQ maps
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Universal Serial Bus (USB) v.2.0
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) slot (with charging support)
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • DNSe sound enhancements
  • Find Music recognition service
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Office document viewer
  • Smart unlock
  • Social networking integration with direct file uploads
  • Accelerometer for auto classy screen rotate, turn to mute

Main disadvantages

  • Free GPS navigation is for Czech Montes only
  • No on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Flash in browser eats too much RAM, can’t play YouTube videos
  • No games preinstalled
  • Task manager cannot be used for switching between apps





Samsung S5560 in our office

If you’ve read our preview you’d know the S5620 Monte was orange-on-grey back then. Samsung have obviously changed their mind since and put a tux on the Monte – it’s now grey on black – a bit more conservative.

The preview was written before the Samsung Bada Operating System (OS) came about but now that we’ve played with it too, we can do a better comparison. The Monte is a feature phone and Bada is a smart platform but in the discontinue they both share the TouchWiz DNA. What that means is that the interface of both is pretty similarly – at least graphically.

So, we have the Samsung S5620 Monte back for a proper check-up. See what has changed and what stayed the same in hardware on the next page.


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