First Hands-On: Samsung Access TV Phone Makes John McCain Look Sexy

mccainOne of the highlights of the Samsung booth was the Access, one of the first handsets that supports AT&T’s Mobile TV service, launching in May. With its sleek black exterior, 2.5-inch display, and huge dialpad, the Access is sort of like a BlackJack II for people who could care less about productivity. Channel-change times were three seconds or less, and the video quality was very smooth when catching up on the news. I liked the Sony Movie channel, which will be unique to AT&T. You might not think that broadcasting movies to a phone makes a lot of sense, but when you’re talking about classics like Groundhog Day I can definitely see people tuning in for 10 to 15 minutes at a time and not caring whether they can start from the beginning or pause or fast forward, although those features would be nice. guide smallAnother cool feature that gives AT&T’s TV service an edge over Verizon’s MediaFLO technology is the slicker program guide, which displays whatever station is playing in a small window above the current listings. It’s a small touch but gives AT&T Mobile TV a cable TV-like feel for mobile couch potatoes. You can expect up to four hours of viewing time on a charge, which is pretty good given the size of the display. I also like that there’s no external antenna, unlike some of Verizon’s V CAST Mobile TV phones. Add in 3G, a 1.3-MP camera, and Video Share capabilities and you have one of the better multimedia phones at CTIA. We look forward to reviewing this phone and giving AT&T Mobile TV a thorough test drive. Just check out our video hands on and larger pics to get a better idea. [flv:/flvs/samsung-access.flv 320 240]

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Mark Spoonauer
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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Joe Says:

    Good demo, but lots of wrong, critical info.

    The movie station is called “PIX” not “FX”… And it’s being broadcast over MediaFLO… Not “streaming” over the 3G Network.

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