As part of Sprint’s Ambassador program they decided to send us a Samsung A920 to test out. Included in the test is 6 months of unlimited voice and data on Sprint Vision. Let me just point out that no matter how good the offer, we’ll never skew our reviews.
My first impressions:
Sprint’s music service is easy to use, is highspeed (takes 15-20 seconds to download a song), and is a tad on the expensive side ($2.95/song), but the pay off is that you can download the song to your phone and computer. I was disappointed to find out that the computer downloadable version is WMA only, and that makes it useless to me as a Mac user. Locating and downloading the already phone purchased song is as easy as visiting their site, and punching in your pass code. On another slightly negative note, I did notice you have to get online to use the songs you’ve already downloaded. I am guessing this is part of Sprint’s digital rights management. This might mean exuberant data fees for anyone who wants to listen to tunes regularly on their phone, but a safe bet is that there’s little to no data transferred during this process.I have yet to locate Sprint’s TV content. There is an On Demand menu option, but this seems to be text only and provides up to date score, weather, stock quotes, etc.
The Samsung A920, although not a bad phone, could be a little snazzier considering its feature set. I did like the stereo speakers found on the hinge of the phone. They actually provided ample volume, but I would guess that the included headphones with built in mic are a better choice – I have yet to test them. The phones battery lasted about 2 days, and this was after about an hour of music listening, downloading, and a few phone calls. I tried to Bluetooth my Sony Ericsson’s S710’s entire phone book contents, but the A920 would only accept an entry at a time.
Expect more from us, especially on Sprint’s TV service, in the very near future.