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Samsung Gravity review

6.5/10 AVG.
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6.5/10
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The Samsung Gravity currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 55 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Samsung Gravity is a candy bar phone that slides open lengthwise, revealing a spacious, full QWERTY keyboard. The Gravity is yet another in a series of new phones from Samsung that puts a quality QWERTY keyboard in the hands of casual users who like to text but do not want a full-blown smartphone.

When closed, the Gravity offers a slim, if not a bit thick, profile, with an alpha-numeric keypad, a 2.1-inch, 176 x 220 pixel resolution display, navigation array and several familiar dedicated keys to make phone calls and other simple tasks….simple.

But with the flip of the thumb you also have access to a full QWERTY keyboard, making text messaging and emailing not only easy, but a real pleasure. For an entry-level phone with a focus on texting, the Samsung Gravity does a nice job.

Beyond the thoughtful use of the QWERTY keyboard, the Gravity offers a 1.2 MP camera, customizable 1,000 contact address book, speakerphone, MMS, basic MP3 player, voice recorder and instant messaging via all major IM services.

People who use their phones primarily for calls and texting will enjoy the form factor and ease of use. The other features will simply be a bonus.

Pros: Horizontal slider form factor allows for a spacious keyboard, fun features, easy to use.

Cons: Limited capability, display resolution could be crisper. Call quality could better.

Verdict: A smart choice for a non-smartphone. Folks looking for a durable phone that makes texting easy should consider the Samsung Gravity.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

All told, I really like Samsung's offering in the Gravity, returning to a familiar form of cell phones and packing in new features that mobile users crave, including a full QWERTY keypad and support for e-mail.I wish it had a 3.5mm headphone jack and threaded SMS support, though. I would also redesi...

- Marc Lynde, MobileBurn


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Samsung released the Gravity on November 7, 2008.


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Samsung backs up the Gravity with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung Gravity's screen size is Unknown with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
60 MB

Internal memory is 60 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

Samsung Gravity Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 60 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.49 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Aqua, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 5.3 x 1.8 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric, QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 3 numbers
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung T459, T456

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

Solid messaging features

from MobileBurn

All told, I really like Samsung's offering in the Gravity, returning to a familiar form of cell phones and packing in new features that mobile users crave, including a full QWERTY keypad and support for e-mail.

I wish it had a 3.5mm headphone jack and threaded SMS support, though. I would also redesign the numeric keypad a bit to make the individual keys easier to distinguish...

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All told, I really like Samsung's offering in the Gravity, returning to a familiar form of cell phones and packing in new features that mobile users crave, including a full QWERTY keypad and support for e-mail.

I wish it had a 3.5mm headphone jack and threaded SMS support, though. I would also redesign the numeric keypad a bit to make the individual keys easier to distinguish.

I would highly recommend the Samsung Gravity to anyone seeking a phone in this price category and looking for solid messaging features. The size is great, it feels light, and it looks great in either the lime color that I reviewed or the other available color, aqua.

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User Reviews


It's good, but.....

It's good for texting, but it brakes a lot for me. So I would recommend you to ask the store to get a new one for this or it might brake if you have a old one that is on display and people keeps playing with it..

Pretty good phone

This phone has been great. My battery life is more than 2 days and I use it often. I have dropped it several times and it has been okay. I bought a $2 case that clips on it and I guess it has helped. The only problem I have had is that sometimes someone calls and the name of the person calling is not...More
This phone has been great. My battery life is more than 2 days and I use it often. I have dropped it several times and it has been okay. I bought a $2 case that clips on it and I guess it has helped. The only problem I have had is that sometimes someone calls and the name of the person calling is not the number that is calling, so I will think it is my husband when it is actually my brother's number (and it is my brother who is calling). Less

Worst cell phone I've ever had

Right from the start, this phone has made calls with no input from me. When I took it back to the store, they told me I was imaging it. They had never had a complaint of this nature..... When the calls continued then I was told that it was a problem with the Sim card, so I got a new card and the phanto...More
Right from the start, this phone has made calls with no input from me. When I took it back to the store, they told me I was imaging it. They had never had a complaint of this nature..... When the calls continued then I was told that it was a problem with the Sim card, so I got a new card and the phantom calls continue. If it wasn't so new, I'd just just junk it. I would never recommend this phone to anyone. Less

Thought it was good....WRONG

Hey, I've had this phone for about a year and a half, and I really liked it. It had bad battery life, but that did not really bother me. However, after dropping it maybe twice, and not from a very far distance, this brick of a phone is now completely messed up. It constantly turns on and off, like al...More
Hey, I've had this phone for about a year and a half, and I really liked it. It had bad battery life, but that did not really bother me. However, after dropping it maybe twice, and not from a very far distance, this brick of a phone is now completely messed up. It constantly turns on and off, like almost every 10 minutes. And there is nothing I can do to fix it. I thought maybe it was the battery, so I replaced it, but something much more serious is wrong. It has come to the point were it will try to turn on, fail and then continue trying, however, it never turns on!! please don't buy this phone, from what I have read and heard, this is a common problem, and it will drive you crazy. Get a decent phone. Less

Exellent solid phone, but with apparent limitations....

I am surprised no one has mentioned phone won't accept Google Maps app. Tells me app excedes jar capacity. Also, will not play videos on my mem card recorded on my previous phone, but will display stills. Shows bkmkd Youtube videos as blocked. So I'm returning the phone, very regretfully, as it is basi...More
I am surprised no one has mentioned phone won't accept Google Maps app. Tells me app excedes jar capacity. Also, will not play videos on my mem card recorded on my previous phone, but will display stills. Shows bkmkd Youtube videos as blocked. So I'm returning the phone, very regretfully, as it is basically useless to me. Otherwise, phone performance exellent, feels like solid quality unit. Couldn't care less about looks. Just want it to do what I want it to do and the T456 doesn't. Less

If you had done your research on the phone before buying it, you would know it does not accept all apps, including the google maps app. I saw that on the very first website i researched the phone on! So stop whining on review sites about a stupid app on a phone when u dont even know what u are talking about.

Amazon

Great phone

from Amazon
The samsung gravity is a great phone. It comes with everything you really need(charger,headset,etc...). I really love the keyboard. I find it more comfortable than most other messaging phones. I have had this phone for almost 2 years and the battery length is the same as it was when i got it. I charge...More
The samsung gravity is a great phone. It comes with everything you really need(charger,headset,etc...). I really love the keyboard. I find it more comfortable than most other messaging phones. I have had this phone for almost 2 years and the battery length is the same as it was when i got it. I charge it for one night and it sometimes lasts me 2days. It is also very durable. I have dropped it a million times and it still works perfectly. This is a really great phone. Less

Great phone, i luv it

great phone!!! i've only had it for about 2 days, and its great, its works awsome for whatever i need it for, it have great sound for wen u'r on the phone talking to somone. i recomend it, the keyboard is nice and big, and its very easy to use!!! love it
So I've had the Gravity for about a year now and I mostly love it. I'm 13, and I mostly use the phone for texting, which it's awesome for! And the callings great too. But the camera is quite crappy and doesn't take the best pictures. Its quite durable, I know, I drop it A LOT, but I dropped it once on...More
So I've had the Gravity for about a year now and I mostly love it. I'm 13, and I mostly use the phone for texting, which it's awesome for! And the callings great too. But the camera is quite crappy and doesn't take the best pictures. Its quite durable, I know, I drop it A LOT, but I dropped it once on concrete and it got a crack in the screen. Its appearance isn't the most attractive but I LOVE the keyboard. The phone's games are okay. Overall I quite enjoy this phone and it's definitely texter's phone. Less

Great, but I haven't had it for too long

This phone is great so far. I've had it for five days. It seems like a good entry-level phone (and at $0 from Fido, the price was right). Pros: -Texting is great; the keyboard is easy to use and comfortable -Can hold a huge amount of contacts (1000) and a fair number of messages (200 total) -Many sh...More
This phone is great so far. I've had it for five days. It seems like a good entry-level phone (and at $0 from Fido, the price was right). Pros: -Texting is great; the keyboard is easy to use and comfortable -Can hold a huge amount of contacts (1000) and a fair number of messages (200 total) -Many shortcut buttons on the phone -Battery life is quite good; lasted four full days (turned off for 8 hours at night), with a substantial amount of texting Cons: -As has been said, battery indicator isn't even between the five bars -Keyboard doesn't automatically lock when sliding the phone shut -Pretty large phone; however, not too heavy -Speed dial texting? (See comments) Comments: -Some people have said that "alt lock" is annoying - meaning that when you push Alt to get the buttons to function as symbols, they continue to act as symbols until you push Alt again. While it takes a while to get used to (con), I have found it an asset, as it means i can push the navigation arrows/add punctuation marks/type numbers many times in a row without having to push Alt each time. -The keypad doesn't automatically lock when you close the slider - it takes between 5 and 10 seconds to autolock when you have it inactive and in the "closed" position. Again, this doesn't really bother me. -People have complained about the lack of shortcuts; the phone has four customizable shortcut buttons. It is a legitimate complaint that the options of what to set are limited, but there are enough other shortcut buttons on the phone (there's a camera button, one that takes you to your call history, one that takes you to your messages, and you can adjust the ringer volume by the volume buttons on the side - also, these buttons allow you to turn the entire phone to vibrate) that I'm quite happy. -I haven't yet discovered a way to text the people in the speed dial list. This may just be my stupidity - however, when I push the number 2 and select the "send message" option, the phone tries to literally send the message to the phone number 2, as opposed to the person I have in my speed dial as 2. Again, this could just be me not reading the manual. Overall, I recommend this phone to anyone looking to text and is fed up with T9. My call quality is also quite good, and I have yet to find a more comfortable keyboard. Definitely a great choice for Fido users, who have a very limited phone selection. Less

Not Compatible with Ford SYNC

Phone is big disappointment it is not compatible with Ford SYNC, no support from Rogers or Samsung either.

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