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Samsung Monte review

The Samsung Monte has the looks and the specs, but does it have the brains?

Like the Samsung Genio Touch, the Monte features a capacitive touchscreen for prodding the familiar TouchWiz interface.

The Genio Touch didn't really make full use of the extra options offered by a capactitive screen, and it will probably surprise nobody to learn its the same situation with the Monte.

Multi-touch is notable only for its continued absence. To its credit, the operating system isn't actively confused by extra touches, but just ignores them.

Scrolling is smooth, but the rate changes smartly depending on what you're doing. It's basically one-to-one when browsing the web, but goes faster than your finger when going through your long contacts list.

The problem with scrolling is that the TouchWiz interface struggles to discern whether you're scrolling or selecting something, and if it can get it wrong, it will. You need to carefully choose where you place your finger to start scrolling, which isn't good enough.

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Not only that, but the Samsung Monte frequently takes a couple of taps before it registers your choice, or sometimes misses swipes completely.

At first, we thought the touchscreen was a bit suspect and the TouchWiz interface a little slow. After spending more time with the phone, we now think the touchscreen is mostly fine, but the software is drastically inadequate.

A good touchscreen interface is reliant on your ability to accurately select a button you can see on the screen. The Monte's interface occasionally lags so much that you'll think your touch hasn't registered, so you tap a different option.

Suddenly, the screen changes, and that second tap has been queued up and applied to whatever new button appears there. Now you're calling someone/searching for something/loading a web page you didn't mean to.

It's confusing the first time, frustrating the second time, and may cause no small amount of rage whenever it happens after that.

Ignoring performance, the TouchWiz interface is handsome enough, and it's not too difficult to find your way around (though we probably wouldn't go so far as to use the word 'intuitive').

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You might wonder why Google Maps is under 'Games' in the menu (and why there aren't any games in there), but it's all easy enough to get to grips with.

The home screen widgets have value in terms of being shortcuts to websites and phone options, but are no match for dedicated apps.

Flicking between your three home screens is a laggy affair and we didn't really see that it was worth the bother most of the time.

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The 3-inch screen is a little small for the whole information-at-a-glance ethos, and using the juddery touch controls to fit more than one or two decent widgets onto one screen is like taking a spatial awareness IQ test using only your feet.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory200 MB
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time9.67 Hour
Product ModelGT-S5620 Monte
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution240 x 400
Weight (Approximate)92 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108.8 mm
Width53.7 mm
Depth12.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time460 Hour
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGT-S5620 Monte Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S5620DKAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung Monte boasts a host of multimedia features and a sleek, sophisticated design-providing the style and performance of a high-end handset at an affordable price. With a stunning contrasting orange and graphite, or black and silver, colour casing and an intuitive TouchWiz 2.0 Plus User Interface (UI), the Monte is set to become the latest must-have full touch Samsung device.

Package Contents
  • GT-S5620 Monte Cellular Phone
  • Travel adapter (charger)
  • User manual
  • Battery