The Good The Samsung SGH-A777 has a sturdy design with a midrange, multimedia feature set and good call quality.
The Bad The Samsung SGH-A777's keypad is slick and the navigation array has an unintuitive design.
The Bottom Line The Samsung SGH-A777 is a decent 3G slider phone, but there's not much to distinguish it from comparable devices.
If you're looking for a Samsung 3G slider phone, you'll never be at a loss. Over the past two years the company has pumped out dozens of such handsets--to varying degrees of success. The latest model is the Samsung SGH-A777 for AT&T. Part of Samsung's "Boeing series" (as we call it), the SGH-A777 offers a fairly generic design and a standard, midrange feature set. It's a solid device in most regards, even if its controls and keypad aren't the easiest to use. You can get it for $79.99 with a service contract and a mail-in rebate or for $279.99 if you pay full price.
In most respects the SGH-A777 doesn't strike new ground in cell phone design. It offers a thin profile (4 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep), clean lines, and a sliding face that hides the alphanumeric keypad. Yet, unlike many of its silver Samsung counterparts, the SGH-A777 comes in red and blue versions. We reviewed the blue handset, but the features are the same on both models.