It's a phone, not a transistor radio

Samsung phone features make up for ho-hum design

At first glance, this Samsung phone might resemble an old transistor radio. Its silver flip design has little pizzazz, especially for an EV-DO handset, despite its unique circular external display.

But never judge a phone by its casing, we always say. Inside the Samsung MM-A960 (SPH-A960) you'll find features that are more impressive than its appearance, such as Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera with PictBridge photo printing, a digital media player, a Micro SD card slot, a speakerphone, and speech-to-text dictation. So far our experience with the last feature has been mixed, but we're eager to test it out. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, the MM-A960 is now for sale on Sprint's Web site after months of languishing in Best Buy stores, for a fair $79 with service.

(Photo: Sprint Nextel)

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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