Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 (MetroPCS) review: Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 (MetroPCS)

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MSRP: $39.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Small, light, and sturdy, the Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 has a few creature comforts, like Bluetooth and voice commands.

The Bad The Stunt is so-so on call quality, and text input could be easier.

The Bottom Line Though light on features, the Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 is easy to operate. The addition of Bluetooth, speakerphone, and voice commands makes it a serviceable entry-level phone, though call quality could be clearer.

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6.0 Overall
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0

Though the Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 may not be anything to write home about, those looking for a simple phone could certainly do worse. To its credit, this basic candy bar phone has Bluetooth and voice commands, but consistent to its class, a camera and music player aren't part of the Stunt's limited bag of tricks. Fuzzy and tinny nuances marred overall decent call quality, but call volume held steady. The Stunt was made for MetroPCS and costs $39; it doesn't require a service contract.

Make no bones about it: the Samsung Stunt SCH-r100 is about as basic as cell phones get. And that's fine, really, for the people who want a handset just for making calls. Standing 4.2 inches tall, 1.7 inches wide, and 0.54 inch deep, the Stunt's candy bar design is pocket-size and slim. It's light (2.6 ounces) and narrow in the hand, but feels sturdy enough to take a few drops on the floor. We like the plastic backing with its faint black nubbles on the top portion and combination glossy and matte striped bands on the lower half--the only visual flair apart from two electric-blue accents.

The Samsung Stunt is your typical candy bar phone.

Adjacent to the 2.5mm headset jack on the right spine is a Micro-USB port, but there's no camera (no surprise here), and appropriately no external memory slot. We always prefer a 3.5mm jack, but since the Stunt isn't billed as a music phone, the smaller jack won't do much harm. There are a few dedicated shortcut buttons on the keypad, however: a keypad lock and a voice command key, and a shortcut for turning the Stunt's vibrate mode on and off.

There's a volume rocker on the left spine below a place to loop in a charm.

The slight upward curve of the Stunt's backlit keypad leaves room for comfortable typing. Plastic troughs between the rows of keys keep the Stunt's buttons from feeling too flush, but they're not tactile enough to dial by feel. We like the typical four-way directional navigation pad with its shortcuts to the address book and messages. Though the phone lays flat on the ear, its shorter stature keeps the mic farther from your mouth, so you may be inclined to shout, as we at first were.

The Stunt's internal display measures 1.7 inches, which is pretty tall for the phone's size. The measly resolution (65,000 colors; 128x160 pixels) is typical for a phone in its class. Backlighting and font sizes are adjustable, and the menu interface is mostly easy to use, with the help of an icon carousel for getting at tools. Some submenus lack a "back" command, but the Clear key often takes you back a step. When in Menu mode, the volume rocker on the left spine acts as secondary navigation.

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