Samsung Preston Icon review: Samsung Preston Icon

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Fantastic touchscreen display. Decent performance. Makes a good media player.

The Bad Poor call quality. No 3.5mm headphone socket on the phone. No memory card included.

The Bottom Line At this low price we can live without the bells and whistles of the more expensive phones in the Icon range, but we can't recommend a phone with poor call quality.

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What's in a name?

OK Samsung, we give up. What the hell does Preston mean? We've Googled it, we Binged it, we hunted around on urban dictionary. At one point we thought it was the name of the cousin in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but that guy's name turned out to be Carlton — a similarly preppy schoolboy name. So we throw in the towel, Samsung, you've beaten us this time.

Names aside, the Preston is a phone with a compelling sales pitch attached. With full touchscreen input and an AU$449 price tag, the Preston stands out amongst its brethren in the Icon range as the cheapest, if the lowliest in the specs department.

How does Samsung keep the price so low?

We don't mean to be too critical of the low-end features in the Preston and it's important to remember that this phone is about half the price of most of the touchscreens available at this time. The Preston is an entry-level phone, and the touchscreen is the feature that you get for your money. If you're new to phones without keypads then the Preston could be a nice, cheap way of testing whether or not it is for you. Needless to say, if you don't find what you need here the other phones in the Icon range might be better tailored to your usage patterns.

In terms of hardware, the Preston packs a 3-megapixel camera with flash which we quite like. The dip in resolution over Samsung's 5- and 8-megapixel range is noticeable, but the pictures we've taken have been fine for reminiscing after a night out with friends, or posting the evidence on Facebook.

Web browsing is decent with HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbps) and the screen does a good job of presenting the pages you'll visit. It's also quite a fast browser too, similar to the ones you'll find on today's best web phones, like Google's Android phones. However, if you surf the web a lot you might find the 2.8-inch screen a little small for prolonged sessions online.

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Samsung Preston Icon

Part Number: CNETSamsung Preston Icon

Typical Price: $449.00

See manufacturer website for availability.