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Samsung Upstage Phone Tour: Grope, Gallery and Video



Tonight's CTIA Pepcom event was not exactly quiet, with press, analysts, executives, and other assorted assholes running around trying to grope all the new phones. After things settled down a bit, I got more face time with the Samsung Upstage (which I keep calling the Upstart), formerly known as the music phone named SPH-M620. Michelle at Sprint gave me a tour of some of the coolest features, like the flip, touch buttons, and more. My take on the handset is that it is cleverly done, the tiny second screen is a terrific and useful novelty, and the OTA/PC music store and TV features are contenders for your time and money. It's a great phone.

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Complaints? Ha! When have I NOT had complaints. Here:

Flipping from the 9-key to the directional pad to control things can be a bit annoying. Really, that's a price worth paying on a rather interesting phone closer in size to an iPod nano than a BlackBerry Pearl (See the gallery's sizemodo photo.)

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I'd consider it as a full time handset.

Not everyone feels this way, though— Sasha over at PC Mag got a nice prebrief on the handset, and rates it a 3/5. One of his complaints was the touchpad's inability to scroll as many rows as he'd want, per flick. I'd agree, but that isn't a deal breaker.

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*Video's music courtesy of New London Fire, which my little brother plays guitar in. Great thanks to Vincent over at Slashgear who lent us his Upstage for the gallery.

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My issue is the size of the phone screen. Picking address book entries, texting, etc. would be a bitch on that. If not for that I think it's pretty darn cool and would consider it.