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>> Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, senior editor here at cnet.com.
Today we're going to take a first look at the Samsung
SGHA 517. It's a new phone for AT&T wireless service.
AT&T and Samsung are big on the music phones right now,
this is a music phone, doesn't work with AT&T's music
service, which of course doesn't allow you music
downloads over the air. You have to connect to a
computer. But still has a music player inside. Has a
camera lens here on the top, external display, and the
music player buttons down here. You can play, you can
pause, you can rewind, and fast forward your music.
Here on the side we have a volume rocker, head set,
charger jack so you can only use one device at a time.
And here on the side we have a micro SD slot. The phone
is very reflective and shiny, it attracts fingerprints
by the ton, so you want to be aware of that. Here
inside, the internal display is pretty nice. Bright and
colorful, typical for Samsung displays of this type.
Very hard to see in direct light though, so if you're
out in the sun or really bright light you'll have to
squint. For a phone this thin you will have completely
flat controls for the navigation array and the key pad.
There is a little bit of texture, though. There's some
lines between the individual columns that help you dial
by feel just a little bit. The toggle is pretty slick,
it's silver, so your finger kind of slides across it a
lot. Also don't like that when in stand-by mode the
button in the center which should open the menu, at
least that's our preference, opens the Web browser as
well. So you have to click up here to open the main
menu. Overall though, this is a mid range phone, has a
couple extra features like the camera and the music
player, but really it's a phone for making calls and not
really high advanced functions. I'm Ken Sherman, this
is Samsung SGHA 517.
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