Building on its lineup of Ready Link-enabled handsets, such as the and the , Sprint PCS now introduces the RL-A760 by Samsung. Though basic in nature (you won't even find a camera here), the A760 does add a new twist to text messaging: SMS Voice Messaging. Need a translation? It allows you to send and receive instant voice responses to your text in-box. The A760 should meet the needs of business and personal users who don't need all the bells and whistles but want the walkie-talkie functionality. Our one gripe is that we wish it had a longer talk-time battery life. The A760 costs $219, but you should be able to find it cheaper with service. If you're looking for a superflashy cell phone, the Sprint RL-A760 (Samsung SPH-A760) won't fit the bill. That's not to say, however, that it isn't an attractive handset. Clad in silver and midnight blue, the flip phone sports some pleasant curves and a streamlined design. At 3.5 by 1.8 by 1 inches and 3.8 ounces, it's a bit on the bulkier side and fits snugly in a jeans pocket. Still, it has a solid construction and feels comfortable when held up to our ear. A postage stamp-size external LCD resides on the front flap and shows the time, the date, signal strength, battery life, and caller ID (where available). And while it is monochrome, the display is easy to read; we also like that it is still legible even after the backlighting is turned off. A large speaker sits right above the screen, as well as a tiny LED indicator.
Inside the A760, you'll find a vibrant, 1.8-inch screen that displays 65,000 colors. It's easily readable indoors, and itÂ’s adequate for viewing Web pages, but the display becomes a little washed out in direct sunlight. To navigate the user-friendly menu, there is a four-way navigation toggle with a center Menu/OK button. You also can program each directional key on the toggle to launch your contacts, messaging, text in-box, or VoiceSMS in-box. Surrounding the toggle are the Talk, End, and Back buttons and the left and right soft keys that launch your Ready Link numbers and Contacts list, respectively. The layout is well spaced, and since the buttons, as well as the blue-backlit numerical keypad, are slightly raised from the phoneÂ’s surface, it makes dialing by feel easy.