Samsung SPH-M360 - blue (Sprint) review: Samsung SPH-M360 - blue (Sprint)

As mentioned, the M360 comes with a few options that are quite welcome on such a budget device. You'll find Bluetooth, speaker-independent voice dialing, parental controls, GPS support for Sprint Family Locater, and Sprint MobileSync. The handset also has a Voice Guide feature that will read out menu functions as you navigate over them.


The camera lens sits above the display. The M360 doesn't have a flash.

The 1.3-megapixel camera takes photos in four resolutions and three quality settings. Other editing options include six white-balance modes, adjustable brightness, a self-timer, five color effects, three shutter sounds, and a 10x zoom. Keep in mind that the latter feature isn't available at the highest resolution. You also can use four shooting modes: night, panorama, mosaic, and continuous. The M360 does not record video.


With noticeable image noise, the Samsung M360's photo quality isn't stellar.

When done shooting, you can send photos to friends using Bluetooth and a multimedia message and you can upload them to a variety of services like Facebook, MySpace, Snapfish, and Photobucket. Internal storage is capped at 128MB of ROM and 64MB of RAM. That's not a lot, but this isn't a phone that's geared for high-powered use. Total download capacity is limited to 2MB.

The wireless Web browser offers a standard WAP experience, though Samsung added a shortcut to Google Search, and a list of recent sites visited. You also can set your own home page, change the font size, and adjust privacy settings. The M360 doesn't come with any games or applications, but you can download titles and additional personalization options through the browser.

Performance
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 8900/1900) Samsung M360 in San Francisco using Sprint. Call quality was quite satisfying on all fronts. Conversations were clear, the signal was strong in our testing area, and our friends' voices sounded natural. And, just as importantly, the volume was sufficiently loud for most environments.

Callers also reported good conditions. They could hear and understand us most of the time, and none of our friends reported problems beyond a trace of static. A couple of people told us that M360 picked up some wind noise, but they said it was only minimal. Speakerphone quality on both ends was quite good. The M360's volume level gets quite loud, and we didn't have to sit right next to the phone to have a conversation. Voice clarity on the speakerphone could be slightly distorted.

Automated calling systems could understand us, but it was best if we were in a quiet place. The voice commands also perform well provided you speak slowly and deliberately. Also, make sure that you say each number in a phone number individually (for example, say "eight-zero-zero" instead of "eight hundred"). You can train the Nuance-powered feature to adapt to your voice, but it's not necessary.

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The M360 has a rated battery life of 6.2 hours talk time. Our tests reveal a talk time of 6 hours and 17 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the M360 has a digital SAR of 0.82 watt per kilogram. The M360 is compatible with M4 and T4 hearing aids.

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Samsung SPH-M360 - blue (Sprint)

Part Number: SPHM360KIT Released: Nov. 1, 2010
MSRP: $209.99 Low Price: $19.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov. 1, 2010
  • Talk Time Up to 372 min
  • Weight 3.6 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Diagonal Size 4.3 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 pixels
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