It was the year 2010 when the Korean company Samsung launched the Gusto, an attractive flip phone that has a shiny and plasticky body. Above its external screen there is a curve, while on the back we notice a slope. The handset measures 3.8 x 1.89 x 0.76 inches and weighs 3.28 ounces so you shouldn’t have any problems slipping it in a bag or a pocket.
The front of the phone holds the 1.3 megapixel camera as well as the tiny 1.07-inch external color screen which will show you the battery meter, date & time of the day. Looking at the right side we notice the microUSB charging port, the 2.5mm jack, along with dedicated keys for launching the speakerphone and the camera. On the left side of the Gusto there is a volume rocker while on the back is the external speaker.
Open the phone and you’ll see the 2.0-inch screen that has a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and can show up to 262k colors. The user is able to change the display’s and keyboard’s backlight, while the contrast of the external screen is also changeable. Sitting below the screen are two soft keys, a 4-directional navigation pad, along with a central OK button, the Talk/End keys and the Clear button. The buttons of the keyboard are slightly domed and large enough to allow a comfortable use.
The phonebook is able to hold up to 1,000 contacts and for each entry there are five phone numbers available to insert, along with two e-mails, two street addresses, IM handle, birthday, as well as notes. Some of the organizer tools include a calendar, calculator, stopwatch, alarm clock, notepad and a world clock. Some of the other features worth mentioning include text, voice and picture messaging, instant messaging, Internet access, stereo Bluetooth, driving mode and voice commands.
The VGA camera manages to take photos in three different resolutions, with the highest one being 640 x 480 pixels. It comes with a self timer, night vision, three quality settings, five white-balance settings, along with four shutter sounds. You will be storing the photos only on the 32MB of internal memory since there isn’t a microSD card slot onboard.
As a phone, the quality of the call is passable, but we have to warn you that the calls are suffering from a digitized voice quality and also a low volume. In addition, you will also hear from time to time distortion, while the speakerphone is distant and tinny most of the times.
The battery of the Samsung Gusto is rated to last for up to 11 hours of talk time, while the rated standby time is 20.8 days. It has a digital SAR rating of 0.72 W/kg, according to FCC’s radiation tests.
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