Samsung announces Gravity 3, Gravity T, and :)

Samsung and T-Mobile announce three new messaging handsets--the Gravity 3, the Gravity T, and yes, the :)

Samsung :)
Samsung :) Samsung

We've always thought there must be people at Samsung who randomly pick a word from the dictionary to name the company's phones. Now we think they must have run out of words.

That's because one of the latest Samsung phones for T-Mobile, announced Wednesday, is called--we kid you not--the Samsung :). Thankfully, Samsung "Smiley" is an acceptable substitute, because otherwise we would have a hard time trying to order the darn thing over the phone ("You know...The Samsung colon with the right bracket?"). What's next, the Samsung :-p ?

The Smiley is, as you might expect, a messaging phone, and it has a compact, rounded design with a slide-up QWERTY keyboard. Features include the usual text and multimedia messaging, a 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder, a music player, a microSD card slot, and Exchange and e-mail support.

Samsung Gravity 3
Samsung Gravity 3 Samsung

Samsung also announced two other handsets with slightly saner names, the Gravity 3 and the Gravity T. Both are additions to the Gravity line of messaging phones--the Gravity 3 takes on the same form factor as the Gravity and Gravity 2, with an external number keypad and a horizontal slide-out QWERTY keyboard, while the Gravity T has a 2.8-inch touch screen along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both phones feature a 2-megapixel camera and camcorder, a music player, a HTML browser, and support for up to 16GB microSD cards.

Samsung Gravity T
Samsung Gravity T Samsung

The Smiley, Gravity 3, and Gravity T will also feature T-Mobile's new Social Buzz application that integrates all the popular social networks into one. It will run in the background and will pop up onscreen whenever you get a new message notification, for example.

Prices for the Smiley, Gravity 3, and Gravity T are $19.99, $49.99, and $74.99 respectively, with new two-year service agreements.

About the author

Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.


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