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Sprint PCS Phone ReviewAug 12, 2003: Erick's review of the Samsung A620 (VGA1000) w/ comparisons to the Sanyo 5300
This is a work in progress so check back every once in a while as I will be adding things here and there. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them at the SprintUsers.com forum.
(I didn't compress the pictures so they may take a while to load)
Comparison to the Sanyo 5300
Side by side comparison (hehe... still had the plastic on the A620). As you can see, the body of the 5300 is longer than the A620, but overall length is not that much different because of the long antenna of the A620.
I've posted this before but I really like where they positioned the camera on the A620. Instead of on the front like most of the other folder phones, it's on the top portion of the back of the phone. By doing this, it allows you to take pictures while the phone is closed using the external LCD. In addition, if you can tell by the pictures, the camera is tilted at an angle that is parallel to the front lid of the phone when it is open giving you the same type of positioning as if it were on the front lid. This also helps in self-portrait mode because it allows you see the external LCD while pointing the camera at you (with the lid open of course).
Some people were lucky enough to get a Body Glove holster with their phones (when you buy from Costco, you get an accessory pack which includes a car charger, ear bud and case/holster). At my local SoCal Costco (Fountain Valley), I got this leather holster-slash-case-slash-doodoo thing. It only goes over the back part of the phone held by that see-through plastic and the loop over the antenna. Then you snap it into the belt clip and voila... crappy case/holster combination (at least in my opinion).
Plus this holster had the low profile clip (I wear the phone on the inside of my pants pocket) so it's not that thick.
Here are the pictures and now I know why I was having framing problems when taking pictures. The 5300 takes pictures in portrait mode (480x640) and the A620 takes it in landscape mode (640x480). This kind of makes sense because the 5300 LCD is taller than it is wide and the A620 puts status bars on the top and bottom of the screen so the viewable area is wider than it is tall. You'll see what I mean when you see the pics, the 5300 is first, the A620 is second.
My Dell 4150
Young guava tree
Picture of my Optio-S using flash
Low light picture of CD tower
Outdoor picture of trees
As you can see, the 5300 seems to have clearer pictures. For some reason the A620 pics look cloudy, maybe I have the wrong settings but I decided just to use the default so you can compare The A620 does take better low light pictures as the 5300 has that vertical line problem but colors and clarity seem to be much better on the 5300. Maybe there is something I can do to make the A620 pictures look less blurry. You can also notice the ring of darkness on the A620 pictures similar to the ring of blur in 8100 pictures.
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