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Samsung Monte smartphone

High-end pretender

The camera shoots at 3.2Mp. Face detection and smile shot modes boost its capabilities, but it is mediocre at best. With no flash it is hampered indoors and pictures lack sharpness all round.

Samsung Monte

Battery life isn't quite the full monty

Call quality was fine – the people I spoke to could hear me perfectly well. Battery life from the 1000mAh cell is not wonderful though. If you are an irregular Wi-Fi, GPS and HSDPA user you may get more than a day from it, but bash any of these or play a lot of music and daily charging will be required.

Verdict

Overall, it is difficult to see how the Monte does anything particularly special or different for Samsung. Indeed, the company could even be accused of diluting the mid-range Genio brand for little gain, or so it would seem. ®

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Samsung Monte

Samsung Monte smartphone

Budget smartphone with all the usual social networking additions.
Price: £200 RRP