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Samsung Forever

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Samsung Forever currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3"
Camera
2+ MP



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Samsung released the Forever on November 28, 2009.


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


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Screen Size
3"

The Samsung Forever's screen size is 3 inches with 240 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

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

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
72 MB

Internal memory is 72 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Samsung Forever Specs

Overview
Release date November 28, 2009
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 72 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1000 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: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm (4.3 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 94 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 240 x 400 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
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 Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
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 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, Real Audio
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
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 Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-A886

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Love this phone!

Even though the virtual keyboard does take some getting used to, it is fast, responsive, and way better than a slide keyboard (in my opinion because I would be someone who slides it in and out all the time while fidgeting and ends up breaking it or something). The only down side to the keyboard is that...More
Even though the virtual keyboard does take some getting used to, it is fast, responsive, and way better than a slide keyboard (in my opinion because I would be someone who slides it in and out all the time while fidgeting and ends up breaking it or something). The only down side to the keyboard is that the backspace button is right over the "OK" button and while first getting used to the keyboard I kept pressing it. Sometimes I press "OK" too much thinking it's the backspace button and have almost sent some unfinished texts but if you press the power button on the right bottom of the screen it takes you back to the home screen and stops sending. This hasn't really been a big problem after getting used to it. Sound quality is great and music sounds awesome on it but the multipurpose headphone jack is unconveniant and there isn't a FM radio as posted on the Samsung website. Camera and voice recording is great! Only downside is that you have to hold the camera for a while after clicking the button on the side ot take a photo or else it can get blurred but great quality otherwise! If you get this phone, explore all of the functions. I got the Samsung Forever a couple months ago and am still figuring out more awesome things that you can do with it! The camera tools are great and it basically has its own built in photoshop that you can use after taking a photo! You can warp it, make it into a cartoon style (and loads of other styles), adjust colours, lighting, and even add in text and clip art as well as previously taken photos! It is beyond amazing! When they designed the photo editing they really went above and beyond with this phone! I haven't used the internet because it's not in my plan but the email is very user-friendly. This is a great phone for texting and calling. Don't judge it right away, it takes a while to figure it out but is very easy to use all the same. The widget tool bar is great but it doesn't include memo and recording audio, etc. Instead, for a lot of tools such as the tip calculator and convertors, you have to navigate through the "Games & Apps" section on the Menu under "Tools" which isn't an issue but can be a little bit of a pain. If you are looking for a case, I DO NOT reccomend the hard cover ones. I bought one and after dropping it twice from a small height it broke. Despite that, there are soft silicon cases available which also fit the A887 model. And yes, you only have to press the "LOCK" button once to unlock. Pressing any of the three front-bottom buttons while the phone is locked will reveal the locked screen and show the date and time and notify you whether you have a message or missed call, etc. or not. It doesn't tell you who it's from but is great for those quick double checks. The odds of the phone turning off in your pocket are slim. It can't be turned off unless it's unlocked so no worries there. This is a great phone and I absolutely love it! I'd reccomend this for anyone! Less

Thank you so much for the review. I'm getting 1 in a couple days so I just wanted a good review!

Great Phone!

I got this phone about a month an a half ago and I still love it! After a terrible experience with the LG Neon i got this phone and i am so glad i got it! Pros: The touch screen is large and responsive. NO LAG! The only time i get a lag if i am typing a message and recieving one at the same time but...More
I got this phone about a month an a half ago and I still love it! After a terrible experience with the LG Neon i got this phone and i am so glad i got it! Pros: The touch screen is large and responsive. NO LAG! The only time i get a lag if i am typing a message and recieving one at the same time but thats with any phone. Its small and light but not too small Not a confusing format Cons: The keyboard after using a neon keyboard does take a little time to get used to. the screen does scratch easily thats about it ! amazing phone! I definately recommend it for anyone. Less

Really terrific phone with one HUGE problem!

My Samsung Forever (Rogers) does everything I want. Easy to use, sounds fine, connects easily to blue tooth devices. This phone looks great and displays photos very clearly. My huge beef with this phone and its Telus sister model is that the hands free voice recognition dialing does not work. It rec...More
My Samsung Forever (Rogers) does everything I want. Easy to use, sounds fine, connects easily to blue tooth devices. This phone looks great and displays photos very clearly. My huge beef with this phone and its Telus sister model is that the hands free voice recognition dialing does not work. It recognizes at most only 10% of my contacts. It is an obvious simple design error that could be fixed. Rogers, Samsung and Nuance ( the mfr of voice recog.) all refused to deal with it. So if hands free dialing is a big item with you, do NOT buy this phone. Less

Slim is in

This phone is slim light and user friendly. The only things I wish it hasd were a 3.5mm headphone jack and an FM radio. These features should be standard on all phones. Reception is great and call quality is choice. Also customizable widgets are a nice touch! CHEERS!

A phone should sound good above all else

I can't say I have alot of experience with this phone as after 15 minutes of talking on it I decided that it was going back to Rogers. The sound quality on the Forever is terrible. It sounded like someone was talking through a box into their receiver. This wasn't the case though, I actually had to a...More
I can't say I have alot of experience with this phone as after 15 minutes of talking on it I decided that it was going back to Rogers. The sound quality on the Forever is terrible. It sounded like someone was talking through a box into their receiver. This wasn't the case though, I actually had to ask. I guess it does other stuff but I wouldn't really be able to comment on that. Less

Decent phone but could have been better

Goods: - Touch screen design is responsive and intelligent - You can have a bit of iPhone feel e.g. when you shuffle pictures or tilt the phone while viewing pictures and watch them slide - Nice look/size/weight - Large screen, software apps look large and good - Nice camera that also makes videos - I...More
Goods: - Touch screen design is responsive and intelligent - You can have a bit of iPhone feel e.g. when you shuffle pictures or tilt the phone while viewing pictures and watch them slide - Nice look/size/weight - Large screen, software apps look large and good - Nice camera that also makes videos - Idea of widget bar is cool - Speed dial thing with pictures is cool Bads: - Can't customize widgets, can't put stuff that is not on it and can't remove useless crap from it, I wonder why - No FM radio - No standard stereo jack - Shortcuts everywhere that open a browser window and no way for me to turn off such things as I don't have a data plan - My wife complains that buttons on the right side (camera and multitask) get pressed accidently Conclusion: Overall, if you are expecting an old gen phone from it, you will like it a lot as it gives glimpses of a smartphone with a dumb phone price (just be careful with launching the browser, rogers might charge you for that). But if you are getting it thinking of a smartphone, that's a mistake as another reviewer seems to have made. I think overall this phone is a winner for what it is supposed to be. But I wish a few things could have been better. Note: The reivew is after one day of playing around, don't know if I discover goods or bads in long term use. Less

Great phone for voice and texting

This phone is ideal if you are looking for a phone for making calls and texting. As you can tell from another person's review, internet browsing is not ideal on this phone and I wouldn't recommend this phone if that is what your are looking for. That being, this is my favourite phone I've ever had. T...More
This phone is ideal if you are looking for a phone for making calls and texting. As you can tell from another person's review, internet browsing is not ideal on this phone and I wouldn't recommend this phone if that is what your are looking for. That being, this is my favourite phone I've ever had. The touch key pad is very responsive and very accurate. I don't know why others are complaining, probably because they have fingers the size of frankfurters or are extremely inaccurate. This phone is very functional and allows you add your own ring tones without downloading them expensively from your service provided. You can add favourites quickly so you can hit one button and either text or call your favourites. Unlocking the phone is simple and only requires you to hit the top button once, not twice as has been reported. I really don't think the other reviewer can use a phone. Less

Very responsive

This phone is very responsive. That is its best feature by far in comparison to many of the other ones out there. For those of you that aren't used to a touch phone, it's no surprise to read what the other person wrote here. Just a suggestion with any new phone.... Get used to the phone first, le...More
This phone is very responsive. That is its best feature by far in comparison to many of the other ones out there. For those of you that aren't used to a touch phone, it's no surprise to read what the other person wrote here. Just a suggestion with any new phone.... Get used to the phone first, learn how to operate it and then write a review. Somehow I get the feeling that the last reviewer was the problem, not the phone. This phone is great as are some other touch phones, ONCE YOU GET USED TO IT!!!! Less

Decent PHONE, but not as a MULTIpurpose device

I got this phone today. It was the first Samsung Forever that the particular salesman has ever sold, so he couldn't tell me any pros or cons. So I decided to take a risk and try it out. The look of the phone is great. I love it. It's sleek, light, fashionable, with a faux leather-like texture on the...More
I got this phone today. It was the first Samsung Forever that the particular salesman has ever sold, so he couldn't tell me any pros or cons. So I decided to take a risk and try it out. The look of the phone is great. I love it. It's sleek, light, fashionable, with a faux leather-like texture on the back, great touch. There's a "lock/unlock" button you have to press every time you want to access your screen again after it goes on standby. First time you press it, it shows the date/time, but it's still not unlocked. Press it again, and it unlocks. Kinda annoying for me. On the left, is a Widget tab that accesses the Widget toolbar, much like the Mac icon bar. I'm pretty pissed off with this feature because I can't have stuff I actually want on it, and instead I have crap (imo) like, "digg, Yahoo! Finance, analog clock, voice recognition..." It's customizable in a sense where you can pick from a list of stuff you want displayed, but you can't have anything in the tab that's not on the list. For example, I'm someone who often jots down little notes or reminders or ideas, but I can't put "memo" in there. I can't put the "task" in there either. The Widget tab is customizable as in you can choose what icons you want from a list, but none other. You can't customize other phone tools/features. Bull. Camera works alright, the quality is pretty decent for a phone, no complaints from me there, but then again, I'm not really a picture taker. Sound quality surprised me. I think it's really good. A lot better than my old phone, Sony Ericsson W580i. A CD isn't included for the Samsung's PC Studio Software, so I tried downloading one, Samsung PC Studio Software 7, but I guess it wasn't compatible or something because it's not connecting to my computer. OMFG. -_- Because I wasn't able to upload my own music and such, I couldn't hear how well the bass and such sounds, but from what I hear from the included ringtunes, the sound is pretty good. There are also five different vibrations that you can select. I have my volume on max, and it's still not very loud. It's not QUIET, but if it's in your purse you might not hear it. If it's in your pocket while you're in the mall, you might not hear it either. Depends on how keen your sense of hearing is. But I think they should've definitely made the volume louder. Touch response is good, I have no comparison though. The scrolling is a bit annoying, scrolling sometimes makes you end up "clicking" on something, and you have to keep going back. I was scrolling on craigslist and just ended up "clicking" links, and it was so frustrating I just got on my computer instead. Internet is pretty inconvenient, it has come to the point where I don't even want to access it because it's such a pain to navigate and type and all the crap. There is no headphone jack, there is only a multipurpose jack where you can plug in the included headset along with the charger, usb...etc. QWERTY keyboard...keys are kinda small, typos are very likely to happen even if you don't have big fingers. If you want to type fast, there'll be lots of typos. If you want less typos, you end up typing reeeeally slow, even slower than the normal numeric keypad. Also, the backspace key is right above the "OK" key, so you'll often end up pressing "OK" instead of backspace, which is really annoying. There's a handwriting option, where you can "draw" out your letters and the phone types it out for you, but the touch response isn't too great with this feature, some of your lines end up dotted, and the phone thinks it's an "i" or something. Can't draw apostrophes or commas. Fail. There's a multitasking feature, where let's say you're writing an email, and you got a text message, and you want to quickly check it, you press a button on the right side of the phone and it brings up a small list of options you can multitask, and you can access the text from there. Multitasking is limited, for example, you can't multitask the calculator or calendar and such. I tried playing a ringtone aka music and bringing up the multitask function, but the ringtone gets paused. Dunno if it's because it's a ringtone, or audio is just unable to be played whilst multitasking. Pretty useless function if you ask me. The ON/OFF button is on the front, you can see it in the photos, the one on the bottom right. I haven't put my phone in my pocket or purse or anything yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if the button sometimes accidentally got pressed and your phone shut off without your knowledge. If you want the phone for basic functions like texting/calling/pictures/music(?), it's a pretty decent phone aside from the small keyed QWERTY keyboard, lack of headphone jack, etc. But if you want this phone for Wapbrowsing/internet, convenience, applications, forget it. Get the iPhone instead (which I plan on getting tomorrow when I return this phone) Otherwise you'll just be frustrated. The decent basic phone functions just isn't enough to replace the lack of everything else. It saddens me though, as I LOVE the look of the phone...but it's just not up to par, unfortunately. Less

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