As the first Power Vision phone offered in the slider form factor, the M520 by Samsung is simple to use and slips easily into a pocket or purse. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, the M520 by Samsung provides easy access to Sprint exclusive multimedia content, including Sprint Music Store?s quick over the air music downloads and Sprint TV with live and on demand TV. The M520 by Samsung features the ability to play music in background mode while text messaging, playing games or surfing the Internet. This attractive device also offers fully-integrated GPS, stereo Bluetooth with audible caller ID and Wireless Backup to safeguard the address book.
The phone sells for only $49.99 with a 2 year contract. We'll post a review of it in the coming week.
ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC ? Sprint Music Store provides over-the-air song downloads in as little as 30 seconds from a selection of more than 1.7 million songs ? Sprint TVSM provides more than 50 channels of live and on-demand video content ? Streaming music with access to Sprint Radio, SIRIUS, VH1 and MTV ? Built-in MP3 player with MicroSD card slot (64MB card included; supports up to a 4GB card) ? Background Music Mode while playing games, sending text messages and browsing the Web ? On Demand news, sports, weather and entertainment content ? Sprint PCS Picture MailSM with PictBridge support ? Download capabilities for themes, ringers, wallpapers and games
PRODUCTIVITY ? Sprint Navigation, powered by Telenav, with GPS-enabled turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic rerouting and more than 10 million local listings. ? Live Search for Sprint, powered by Microsoft, providing access to local directory information including GPS-enabled directions, maps and click to call access. ? 1.3 MP camera with 2x digital zoom and video camcorder ? Advanced Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology with audio caller ID ? SMS Voice and text messaging ? High speed Web browsing ? Wireless Backup ? Phone as Modem ? Picture caller ID
SPECIFICATIONS ? Dimensions: 4.01? x 2.04? x 0.5??; 2.75 ounces ? Display: 2.1? TFT (176 x 220 pixels) ? Standard Lithium (LiIon) battery: up to 3.5 hours continuous talk time
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview