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Samsung MyShot SCH-R430 - black (MetroPCS) review: Samsung MyShot SCH-R430 - black (MetroPCS)

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The Good The Samsung MyShot is compact and lightweight, with bright color displays and great call quality.

The Bad The Samsung MyShot has disappointing photo quality, and we would've liked to have a dedicated speakerphone or voice command key.

The Bottom Line The Samsung MyShot is a good midrange phone with excellent call quality.

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7.3 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

MetroPCS is a regional carrier known for its array of affordable midrange phones, and the Samsung MyShot is no different. As its name suggests, the MyShot is also one of the few megapixel camera phones in MetroPCS's stable; just don't expect anything fancy like a music player or high-speed browsing. We weren't crazy about the photo quality, but we were overall pleased with the MyShot's design and performance. It's also one of the first phones to support the CDMA 1700MHz band. The price is also quite reasonable at $149 without a contract.

Though the Samsung MyShot is not a glamorous handset by any stretch of the imagination, it still has a nice elegant design that is quite appealing. Measuring 3.64 inches long by 1.87 inches wide by 0.77 inch thick, the MyShot is a compact clamshell with curves all around plus a soft touch plastic back. At 3.2 ounces, it certainly won't weigh you down, either. The hinge mechanism felt solid when opening and closing the phone, and it feels comfortable in the hand.

The Samsung MyShot fits nicely in the hand.

We're happy to see an external screen on the Samsung MyShot. We're even more pleased to note that the 1-inch display has support for 65,000 colors, which means that it'll support photo caller ID. It can also be used as a camera viewfinder for self-portraits. It also displays the usual date, time, signal strength, and battery power information. From the settings menu, you can adjust the wallpaper, clock format, and contrast of the front display. Above the display is a simple camera lens, but do note there's no flash. The volume rocker sits on the left spine with the charger/headset jack, while the dedicated camera key is on the right.

Inside the phone is a nice 1.9-inch diagonal 262,000 color display. Colors appeared bright, and images looked clean and sharp. The menu interface is the standard grid variety, and is easy to navigate. You can adjust the backlight time, the menu style, the clock format, the theme, as well as the dialing font size.

The MyShot's navigation array consists of two soft keys, a round toggle with a middle Menu/OK key, plus the Send, Clear, and End/Power keys. The toggle also doubles as shortcuts to the contacts list, MetroPCS's @metro portal, the messaging menu, and the Web browser. The navigation array plus the keypad are arranged in tiered bumps, making it easy to dial, text, and navigate. However, there's little textural difference between each key, so we still wouldn't recommend dialing by feel. Also, we would've appreciated a dedicated speakerphone key, or a dedicated voice command key, just to make it easier to access those features.

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