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Samsung Factor (photos)

The simple Samsung Factor impressed us with sound call quality, but it has some design drawbacks.

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Jessica Dolcourt is a passionate content strategist and veteran leader of CNET coverage. As Senior Director of Content Operations, she leads a number of teams, including Thought Leadership, Speed Desk and How-To. Her CNET career began in 2006, testing desktop and mobile software for Download.com and CNET, including the first iPhone and Android apps and operating systems. She continued to review, report on and write a wide range of commentary and analysis on all things phones, with an emphasis on iPhone and Samsung. Jessica was one of the first people in the world to test, review and report on foldable phones and 5G wireless speeds. Jessica led CNET's How-To section for tips and FAQs in 2019, guiding coverage of topics ranging from personal finance to phones and home. She holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).
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Familiar look and feel

The Samsung Factor for Boost Mobile is a straightforward flip phone with a VGA camera on its face.
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Slip 'n' slide

It's got a smooth body that feels good in the hand, but tends toward the slippery side.
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Weak resolution

We're disappointed with the QQVGA display, which shows a grainier, fuzzier resolution than we'd like.
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Dialpad and navigation

On the other hand, the dial pad is comfortable, with responsive keys and navigation. There's a helpful shortcut button to get to the camera.
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Profile

The spines collectively house a volume rocker, Micro-USB/headset port, and a camera button.
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Standing tall

The Factor is comfortable on the ear and produced very good call quality during our San Francisco tests.

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