Not too sure to categorize the phone under a particular technology. Samsung released its latest model “”QA4 Evoke” on the 23rh of June this year. A complete touch based model, supported with a slider keypad along with a complete HTML browser, and a really appealing slide design. However, Samsung has failed to qualify the phone as neither a smart-phone or a multimedia phone.
Good: Design, support of applications like google and youtube.
Bad: sluggish performance, midrange feature set, and clumsy touch screen.
Evoke has evolved with an oval shape silver and black material that runs all over its body giving the users a soft touch. With 4.25 inches by 1.99 inches by 0.68 inch and 4.25 ounces, Evoke is expected to be the smallest size one can expect out of a touch-based phone. But it’s also the same feature that makes us feel that the phone is easily portable and very handy too. The phone has a support over proximity sensor and accelerometer, though the last mentioned feature is restricted to be working only with a few applications.
As far as the design goes, the most unimpressive features are that the touch screen is really small, and the low resolution of the phone causing dullness in photos. There aren’t many customization options too except for the background theme and backlight settings.
A few other impressive features about the phone is that services like Google QuickSearch, AccuView weather, MSNBC, YouTube, and MySpace are available as direct widgets in the main menu and needn’t navigate through the submenu’s. The other disappointing feature about the phone is that the touch sensitivity is a little difficult and all initial users would be finding it a little challenging. When we try to scroll between pages you might find nothing at all happening. Also there is no option to calibrate the touch sensitivity.
As usual the volume rocker sits on the left side when the camera shutter is affixed on right side. The other most uninteresting construction was a single port for USB/Charger/Headphone. Luckily they have chosen to use a 3.5mm jack.
The phonebook has an ability to store 1000 contacts where each can have upto 6 numbers along with email address, URL and postal address. Other essentials include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, a notepad, an alarm clock, a world clock, a calendar, a calculator, and a speakerphone. Evoke support POP3 and IMAP 4 email, though these features don’t really seem to be working. Evoke has a 2mpx camera, but isn’t really that great performer. There is no option to edit or customize, except for the 5X digital zoom. Though options like white balance, a self-timer, and a night mode may not make a huge difference when snapping camera phone photos, but still we’d prefer to have them.
Music player is nothing fantasy. Music can be loaded either using the USB slot or the Bluetooth. The loudspeakers might really embarrass you in a crowd, so we advise you to stick on to the headphones.
Using the web pages was really a big deal, since the performance of the touch was really bad you can’t look forward for support of even basic functions like scroll working. Since the display was also small, I am sure one has to strain to really read small fonts.
Evoke in a Glance
Size Dimensions 108 x 50.5 x 17.5mm
Weight 128 g
Battery Type Li-Ion 1170 mAh
Standby time 450h
Display Size 2.8 inches (240 x 400 pixels)
Camera 2 megapixel
Multimedia Music Player MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV
Video playback MPEG4, H.263 , Video player
Connectivity Internet WAP 2.0, HTML
Bluetooth 2.0, Stereo Bluetooth