Samsung MyShot II SCH-R460 (Cricket) review: Samsung MyShot II SCH-R460 (Cricket)

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The Good The Samsung MyShot II has decent call quality, with controls that are easy to use.

The Bad The Samsung MyShot II has low call volume, and its photo quality is just average.

The Bottom Line The Samsung MyShot II doesn't have the best camera, but it's not a bad phone otherwise.

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6.7 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 7

Don't be confused by the change in carrier; the Samsung MyShot II (SCH-R460) is an update of the Samsung MyShot. You'll find it with Cricket Communications rather than MetroPCS, but it offers many of the same features in a slightly modified design. The changes aren't extensive--in fact, "update" may be too strong a word--but the MyShot II is different enough to stand on its own. Overall performance wasn't exceptional, but it's a solid addition to Cricket's lineup. You can get it for $79.99 with an online discount and a $50 mail-in rebate.

The MyShot II shares a flip phone design with its predecessor, but that's where the similarities end. Where the MyShot was dull and minimalist, the MyShot II's maroon color and patterned hinge give it just a bit of style. At 3.7 inches by 1.8 inches by 0.7 inch and 3.4 ounces, the MyShot II is slightly taller and heavier then the MyShot, but it offers a comfortable feeling in the hand. The plastic shell isn't for the klutz, but the hinge has a sturdy construction.

The 1-inch external display is rather small, but it supports 65,000 colors (96x96 pixels). It shows the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and photo caller ID, and it doubles as a viewfinder for the camera lens. You can change the contrast and the clock style. The camera lens sits just above the display minus a flash. On the left spine you'll find the camera shutter and microSD card slot, and the volume rocker, 2.5mm headset jack, and micro-USB charger port sit on the right spine.

The internal display measures 2.1 inches and supports 262,000 colors. Though it's bright with vibrant colors, the relatively low resolution (220x176 pixels) means that graphics and photos won't look fantastic. The menus, on the other hand, are attractive and intuitive. You can alternate between list and icon menu styles and you can change the display's backlighting time and the dialing font size. We also liked the series of shortcut icons that sit at the bottom of the display in standby mode.

The navigation array is flush but the buttons are quite large and tactile. You'll find a circular toggle with a central OK button, two soft keys, a speakerphone control, and a shortcut to the music player. The Talk and End/power buttons and clear key just below the array are slightly raised above the surface of the phone; they offer a comfortable, almost rubbery, feel. Same goes for the keypad: we could dial and text quickly, thanks to its spacious design and bright backlighting.

The MyShot II has a 500-contact phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers and an e-mail address. You can save callers to groups and pair them with a photo. You get just eight 72-chord polyphonic ringtones, which is way too small of a selection, but you can use your own voice recordings as ringtones. Other essentials include a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, a calendar, a memo pad, an alarm clock, a world clock, a calculator, a unit and currency converter, a stopwatch, and a tip calculator. But wait...there's more. The MyShot also offers voice dialing and commands, a voice recorder, and stereo Bluetooth.

The MyShot II's camera lacks a flash.

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