AT&T gives us two new Samsungs

AT&T picks up the Samsung SGH-A717 and SGH-A727

SGH-A717 Samsung

AT&T/Cingular has been a bit quiet lately, but that all changed this week when the carrier announced three new cell phones. Tuesday it was the RIM BlackBerry Curve, and today it's the Samsung SGH-A717 and SGH-A727. Though the handsets aren't brand new (we saw the former at CTIA and the latter at CES), this is the first time they've landed at a U.S. carrier. And it's interesting to note that these are two of the first handsets to show the new AT&T branding. Both offer multimedia features, and this being Samsung, both sport thin designs. Would you expect anything less?

The SGH-A717 is a minimalist flip phone that somewhat resembles Sprint's Samsung SPH-M610. That means it's decidedly trim (0.5 inch) but it's saddled with a ridiculously small external display. Inside, find support for AT&T's 3G UMTS networks, access to the carrier's music and video applications, a 2.0-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, an MP3 player, world phone support and a speakerphone.

SGH-A727 Samsung

The SGH-A727's candy bar design won't be new to Samsung fans, as it resembles no less than three other phones from the manufacturer. It shares its design (0.35 inch wide) with the Samsung SGH-X820, the SGH-T519 and the SCH-R510. Its features include quadband world phone support, compatibility with AT&T's 3G network and services, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a digital music player, Bluetooth 2.0, and a speakerphone.

The AGH-A717 will be available Monday but we don't know an exact release date for the SGH-A727. Samsung said only that it will be "soon". Both phones are $149 or $99 with a two-year contract.

Read the full CNET Review

Samsung SGH-A727 (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: The Samsung SGH-A727 cell phone may wow fans of thin phones, but its call quality and navigation controls left us unimpressed. / Read full review

Read the full CNET Review

Samsung SGH-A717 (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: The Samsung SGH-A717 offers an admirable feature set and good call quality. We'd just like to clear up a couple of design issues. / Read full review

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews and Download editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.



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