The Good Simple, effective design. Inexpensive.
The Bad Feels a little clunky. Only 1.8Mbps HSDPA. Retro antennae.
The Bottom Line The A411 looks decidedly retro-styled, but as an entry level Next G phone it performs surprisingly well.
At a technical level, Telstra's Next G network is marvellous. It works pretty much , and quickly, to boot. The one label you couldn't apply to it with much gusto, however, is "cheap". While there have been budget Next G phone models available previously, they've largely been very unappealing fare, such as the .
Samsung's A411 does represent something of a shift in the Next G pricing model; it's a phone that we wouldn't be embarrassed to bring out in public. Well... almost. The biggest strike against the A411's design is the stubby retro-style antennae that sits on top of the phone. We're not sure if someone at Samsung is trying to be ironically hip, or if the external antennae was a practical design consideration. Either way, it doesn't look very good, and has the tendency to jab into your personal parts if you stuff it in a pants pocket. Because it can catch on jeans (as we discovered), you then look like you're fiddling with yourself when you try to remove it.
The A411 measures in at 94 x 48.5 x 19.5mm and a svelte 88g carrying weight. The internal display screen is a 2-inch, 65K-colour display, while the smaller external screen is one inch and monochrome only. The A411 comes with a moderate level of available storage, with 54MB of internal memory. Mind you, you'll have to squeeze all your desired photos, MP3s and videos into that 54MB; there's no external storage capability. Given that the A411 only ships with a VGA camera, it could be some time before you fill it up with photos.
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