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First Look: Samsung Gravity Smart

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First Look: Samsung Gravity Smart

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The next heir to the Samsung Gravity throne is an Android QWERTY slider that's got a youthful style and an eye for frequent texters.

Hey, I'm Jessica Dolcourt with CNET. Today, I've got a first look at the Samsung Gravity Smart. This is a new phone for T-Mobile and it carries out the gravity line into Android territory, so this is a colorful phone. It comes in Berry Red, Sapphire Blue, and Lunar Gray and I don't think I have to tell you which color this is. But, I will tell you that it has a 3.2-inch touch-screen and its got Swype little [unk] to it, but even so, I found the virtual keyboard a little bit cramp. I kinda have to squimp to read some of the apps and some of the news, so there is a trade-off for phone that's quite compact like this one. You've got three touch-sensitive buttons below the screen and a physical home button that you can press as well. There is, on the back, a 3-megapixel camera with flash and it's also coated with a soft-touch finish on the back cover. Behind that back cover is the microSD card. Photos on the Gravity Smart were okay but I thought they were really pretty bad for a night shots. Outdoor pictures were much better than indoor pictures, of course. Video was also much better outdoors than it was indoors. It was a little bit jerky on the inside shots and it's kind of hard to hear. There is a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard on this phone. The mechanism is really good, pretty sturdy phone, it really easy to open and close. The keys are kind of oblong shaped and sort of futuristic. They're very responsive, so nice to use that way but I found the space bar a little bit of a weird shape for me because there sometimes I have some problem to that. You'll just need to test it out yourself. See if it feels comfortable to you. The phone runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It also has the Samsung TouchWiz interface that means that it got a screen full of thumbnails of all of your home screens. Its got the task switcher, instant access on the notification bar to GPS, Wi-Fi, things like that, and up to seven home screens that you can customize. On the Apps front, there are the usual tricks of the [unk] and all the Google services and a lot of preloaded apps too, like one for a mobile security. There's one called DriveSmart and then there are ton of games and also Wi-Fi calling. Call quality was pretty good and overall I think this is quite a decent [unk] to your phone, especially for people who like a physical keyboard like I do and plans to do a lot of messaging. T-Mobile has the pricing spot on for this one. Right now, it costs about 30 dollars with the 2 year contract and data plan and that's after some rebate. So, overtime the price could jump up a little bit. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can check out more details on the Samsung Gravity Smart for T-Mobile in my full review.

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