Samsung's new Highnote offers a music player in an appealing slider design.
Samsung has been spinning out new cell phones left and right since the start of the month, but it is using the CTIA fall 2008 show to showcase its newest and flashiest models.
One of its most promising handsets is the new Samsung Highnote for
But the real appeal of the Highnote comes from its sharp and sturdy design, which we had a chance to examine yesterday. Available in blue or red, the slider phone casts a slim profile (4.0 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.6 inch). Yet there's more to this handset than meets the eye. Similar to what we first saw in the
The navigation array is also worth a look. Inside a raised silver ring is a nifty, user-friendly scrollwheel that allows for easy menu navigation. Unlike the Upstage, the Musiq, and the
The silver ring surrounding the toggle isn't quite what it seems, either. It's actually composed of four controls: a clear button, two soft keys and the Talk and End/power keys. yet, we had mixed feelings about these controls. Though we like their location and tactile feel, the individual buttons are thin and the whole arrangement seems a tad cramped. We'll save our final verdict until we give the Highnote a full shakedown.
The Highnote will be available next month for an affordable price of $99 with service. We'll have a full review just as soon as Sprint places a Highnote in our hands.