Samsung S5620 Monte Review: Well Connected: Social Networking, Organizer And Apps

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Social networking apps and widgets, but no phonebook integration

The S5620 Monte comes with social integration in the shape of four neat homeclassy screen widgets - MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo, and MySpace and Facebook acquire dedicated apps as well.

The four widgets have similar interface - a gigantic update button at the top, a text field for your current mood/status message and some buttons at the bottom.

In the MySpace widget, the available options include checking your messages, getting into chat and adding friends.

The Facebook widacquire offers checking your messages, adding recent friends and its last option is poking a friend.

Finally, the Twitter widacquire has only two virtual keys - friends and followers. The Settings button is available everywhere offering options for auto-refresh and adding a photo.

MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo widgets

As you see, the widgets aren't exactly full of features, but the basics are covered. For more features, MySpace and Facebook have dedicated apps you can use.

The Facebook app shows your newsfeed, the wall and photos for you and your friends, messages, notifications and requests – basically it supports it all. It can compose recent messages too and upload photos.

The Facebook application

Unlike the Samsung Lindy, the widgets can utilize Internet over Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about extra data charges. The MySpace and Facebook apps refutilize to work in offline mode for some reason, while the widgets don’t have such requirements.

The Communities application gets you links to websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket and more where you can upload photos and videos. You can also preset your login details so you don't have to enter them each time. You can set it up to automatically resize photos and even schedule updates.

Communities list • Settings • Uploading a photo

That pretty much covers what Samsung have been doing in the social networking department. Unfortunately, there's no phonebook integration such as in the HTC Sense UI on the Desire and the HD2 or the MOTOBLUR UI on the Motorola BACKFLIP.

Still, the controls available on the Samsung Monte allow you to chat, update your status, post tweets, upload photos and read your friends' recent posts.

Organizer and apps

The Samsung S5620 Monte has a number of useful time-management applications.

For starters, the calendar offers three views - daily, weekly and monthly. You can choose which calendar view should be default and you can pick the starting day of the week - the options are Monday or Sunday. You can set two types of events – Schedule and Anniversary – and you can set the starting date and set an alarm to act as a reminder.

The calendar monthly and weekly view modes • setting up an event

The alarm is quite customizable. You can set up to 10 alarms, each with the following configurable options - custom ringtone, volume, repetition days and name.

Alarm clock application • world clock • the nice unit converter

The calculator of the Samsung S5620 is very basic. Among the other organizer offerings are a voice recorder, a world time application and a unit converter. The voice recorder limit is set to 60 minutes. A countdown timer and a stopwatch also come in useful.

The calculator is simple • voice recorder • stopwatch • timer

There are also to-do and memo applications for jotting down tasks and notes. You can also utilize the memo widacquire to place a memo on the homeclassy screen where you're unlikely to foracquire it. The widacquire and the application are separate so don't expect your memos to automatically pop up on screen.

The S5620 Monte comes with a Dictionary app, which gives the definition of English words in English and can save words in the “My Vocabulary” list. It’s a remarkable tool for non-native speakers.

To-do list and memos • the Dictionary app

The Samsung S5620 Monte comes with an office document viewer that supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. It's an application developed by Access and is one of the nicest additions to the software package. It supports Office 2007 files and one finger zooming.

Samsung S5620 Monte is fine at handling office documents

The document viewer is quick enough when opening files and panning is quite fast. However when we tried to open our PowerPoint test file, the phone spit out an error saying that there’s not enough memory and the file may be truncated.



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