The Good Besides great call quality and solid battery life, the Samsung MM-A940 supports a broad range of multimedia features, which include streaming video and audio from Sprint's 3G EV-DO network, a 2-megapixel camera, and an MP3 player. You also get Bluetooth, GPS functionality, and a speakerphone.
The Bad The Samsung MM-A940 is bulky, and its quirky design may be off-putting. It also suffers from disappointing photo quality and a small phone book. Additionally, the music downloads are expensive.
The Bottom Line The well-performing Samsung MM-A940 does a good job of executing its broad range of multimedia features.
Samsung MM-A940 (Sprint)
Samsung MM-A940 (SPH-A940)
You wouldn't be too far off base if you confused the Samsung MM-A940 for Sprint with Verizon's . The cell phones sport nearly identical designs, and they offer comparable feature sets. Despite these similarities, however, the MM-A940 is a solid handset in its own right. Along with the , the MM-A940 is one of Sprint's first 3G EV-DO mobiles, and it offers a high-end set of multimedia features, including support for streaming video and audio, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and an MP3 player. Though these offerings don't always come together as they should--photo quality was especially disappointing--and the design may be too much for some, the Samsung MM-A940 is nonetheless an attractive and powerful cell phone for Sprint customers. You'll pay for the privilege, of course, at $399, but you can find it cheaper with service. As we said earlier, the Samsung MM-A940 and are nearly identical twins. Both are silver flip phones without external antennas, and they offer several similar features in equally hefty packages. The MM-A940 measures 3.7 by 1.8 by 1.0 inches and weighs 4.9 ounces. Such dimensions mean the phone will slide only into bigger pockets and will add a noticeable bulge to a purse or bag; anyone looking for a compact cell phone should keep shopping. The postage stamp-size exterior display supports 65,000 colors and shows the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and--where available--photo caller ID. Unlike the SCH-A940, the Samsung MM-A940 isn't set in a mirrored frame. Though it goes completely dark when the backlight is off (you can't change backlight time), a quick flip of the volume rocker rebrightens the screen. Below the display are a LED light; handy control buttons for using the MP3 player, though only when the front flap is closed; and stereo speakers.
The Samsung MM-A940, like its sibling, sports a few unique design elements. In particular, the camera lens and flash are located at the hinge on the left side of the phone. Though this arrangement may sound unwise, it makes sense once you flip open the phone. By rotating the display 90 degrees to the right after opening, you can use the main display as a viewfinder with the lens pointing away from you. Alternatively, you can also rotate the display to the left for a self-portrait. In either case, rotating the display automatically activates the camera, and swiveling it back turns the camera function off. Though the overall design is fun and eye-catching, it may be too complicated for some. Also, while the MM-A940 felt solid in our hands, the flip mechanism seemed somewhat loose.
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