Samsung SPH-N270 or Matrix Phone review

Large companies often time the release of small batches of their phones to a particular event. Differences from serial models, as a rule, lie in the modified software, other body colors, and some design elements. Such models have become relatively common, although they offer some exclusivity for consumers. It is a completely different matter when manufacturing companies use such a phenomenon as product placement. This term hides the placement of a particular product in a potentially popular film, as a result, a great interest in this product. Sometimes, especially in science fiction films, not any real product is advertised, but a prototype. At the same time, the name of the manufacturer's company is naturally indicated on it, this is a game for the image. You cannot buy such prototypes, as a result, the interest of the audience is purely speculative.

Samsung has taken a different path, and its experience is somewhat unique. After the acclaimed film The Matrix, it became clear that the sequel was doomed to success. During the filming of the second and third parts, product placement agreements (hidden advertising) were concluded with several companies, but Samsung did it best. Long before the film's release, the company used the symbolism in its promotional materials. At the same time, a bet was made on the creation of a separate model of a cell phone, especially for filming in the film. And here it should be emphasized that the company initially focused on the sale of this model, and not just the creation of a plastic shell, a dummy. Unlike other mass-produced models, this device was released in a limited batch and, in addition to the number (SPH-N270), it also received its own name - Matrix Phone.

In the film, the phone is shown only twice (about two seconds of the time), most viewers do not focus on it. But thanks to the hype around this project, the model became known among many potential consumers. Interest in the device was fueled by the fact that it was released for the US market and was officially sold only there (CDMA/AMPS). Hence the fact that only English and Spanish can be found on the menu.

The start of sales was timed to coincide with the first days of the film's screening in cinemas, in two weeks the entire circulation (this word is more appropriate here) was sold. The site dedicated to the device says that an additional batch may be released, you can leave a preliminary application. The uniqueness of the device is evidenced not only by its appearance, but also by a metal plate placed on the upper end. The serial number of the phone (5 characters) is stamped on it, in my case it was MTX01017.

The phone is available in one body color - black. It is entirely made of plastic, the size when folded is 113x62x20 mm. The weight of the device is 132 grams, but it does not seem heavy and fits well in the hand.

You can open the phone by pressing the side keys, then the upper part is shot up on metal rails. You can fold the device by sliding the top down until it clicks. It's nice that several sounds can be correlated to the opening of the device, in particular, characteristic clicks. The open device has a backlash, it is felt if you start moving the upper part. Backlash does not affect the performance of the device, this is a design feature. When you carry your phone in your pockets, you should put a lock on the opening mechanism, otherwise the phone will open randomly. To lock, just move the slider on the back of the device.

When closed, part of the screen is visible and can display information such as base station signal, date and time, and battery power. The screen does not work most of the time, it can be turned on by pressing the OK key. The screen is also activated when there is an incoming call, message or event. This was done with a certain intent, since the visible part of the screen cannot work separately from the entire matrix, which leads to increased power consumption. When closed, all information is displayed in a matrix style, it is a green font on a black background.

When you open the device, you will see that the screen is quite large (28x34 mm), its resolution is 128x160 pixels. This allows up to 6 lines of text to be displayed on the screen, Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price service line icons and menu titles. The display displays up to 65,000 colors, judging by the behavior in the sun (the picture fades, but is still visible), this is a TFT-matrix. Due to the fact that the screen is recessed into the body, the picture is visible better than on other models. It remains to be noted that in the photographs the screen looks worse than in real life.

Let's move on to the keyboard, it is made of plastic, the keys are quite large and well spaced. The backlighting of the keys is green, bright, it can be seen in various conditions. A joystick is located under the screen; it not only allows you to move through the vertical menus, but also responds to pressing. Exit to the top level of the menu by pressing the Back key.

At the bottom end of the device there is an interface connector (data synchronization, but as far as we know there is no cable yet), there is also a connector for recharging the device (it differs from serial ones).

On the top of the rear panel you can see a headset connector, it is covered with a rubber plug. The battery is part of the rear panel. This device has a 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery. With it, the device is able to work for about 3 days with 25-30 minutes of talks and minimal use of other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

The only thing left to mention is the dynamics feature. In this device, it is small and placed on a retractable part. As a result, the 40-tone polyphony that is played through it does not sound loud enough. The sound level is comparable to European models (Siemens S55, Sony Ericsson T610), but different from Samsung models.

The menu also emphasizes that the phone was made for and inspired by the movie. Each menu item (Matrix style) has a small animated excerpt from the movie, the menu looks extremely unusual and attractive.

Animatrix-style menu is also available, it's simpler, but it also has animation.

A very simple menu style called Camera, here each item seems to be hidden behind the aperture of the lens.

Sub-items are presented as lists, there is quick navigation throughout the menu using number sequences.

Let's take a look at the main menu items and what they offer.

Call history. There are three lists for received, sent and missed calls, each contains up to 20 entries, there is a time and date stamp. You cannot view the duration of all calls from this menu.

Phonebook. Up to 300 names can be stored in the machine's memory. Moreover, for one name, you can enter such information as 4 different phone numbers, email address, URL, birthday, note, specify a group of subscribers, personal melody, voice tag. Each name also corresponds to one of the pre-installed pictures, and it was not possible to understand whether it is possible to upload your own images to the phone. The phone book has a search by the name of the subscriber, by the entry number, in the group.

Messages. Actually, all the possibilities follow from the name of the menu.

Roaming. Roaming settings are set from this menu, nothing special.

Voicemail. Also everything is clear.

Voice Tools. Against the background of other models, the device offers innovations in the field of voice work. So a long press on the Talk key will bring up a menu with various options, the two most interesting of which are Digit Dial and Name Dial. In this phone, there is no need to enter voice tags for individual names, it is enough to activate voice dialing and say the phrase “Name Dial”, then, after a voice prompt, say the name of the called person, say it. The phone will compare the name with entries in the phone book and, finding a match, read the name, then ask you to confirm the dialing. If you answer "Yes", the machine will ring. Sequence doesn't seem fast or convenient, but in real life it speeds up the dialing process. I honestly admit that, having got used to this system in a couple of days, I did not want to switch to typing by hand.

It is possible to dial the number by individual digits, here the principle is the same, plus you can adjust the dialing system to the characteristics of your voice. To do this, you need to dictate all the numbers, the system will remember them, and in the future it will dial the number based on these values. For the average resident of the American continent, additional adjustment to the set is not required, the system works well even in noisy conditions. The development of such a set belongs to Voice Signal. It should be noted that simple commands can also call the organizer, settings menu, phone book. This is where another interesting opportunity appears, by calling the phone book you can find the desired entry by saying the name of the person. It is convenient when you have many acquaintances and friends. In a noisy street, the recognition system works quite well, there are no problems.

The final touch that characterizes this device is the help for voice dialing, which is a dictaphone recording for one minute. Listening to such a recording is more convenient than reading text on a relatively small screen, constantly scrolling through it. The user can also make voice notes, memos up to a minute long. Such entries can be given names, and later they can be deleted or renamed.

Sounds. As the name suggests, this hides all sound-related settings. Firstly, these are the types of warnings for an incoming call, message, alarm clock. You won’t be able to find the vibration mode right away, it is set if you select the maximum ringer volume and move the slider further. In mixed mode, the machine can only work for incoming calls. The number of melodies is not very large, just under 20. Some of the melodies from the film, in particular, are two voice tracks. I admit honestly that the selection is not the best, in my opinion, but it fits perfectly into the concept of the device.

Planner. In the organizer, you see a calendar for the month, you can set various events for individual days, specify warnings for them, and so on. Unfortunately, the amount of memory allocated for such memos is unknown, but it is quite large. There is a separate list of tasks, the ability to enter notes (up to 64 characters each).

The device has up to 3 alarms, each can be set to one-time or daily operation.

The calculator is quite convenient and performs its utilitarian function.

The world clock function is traditional for Samsung phones.

In addition to the above features, there is a countdown timer.

Display. All screen settings are hidden here, in particular, the choice of menu style (Matrix, AniMatrix, Camera). There is a set of more than 10 animated screen savers, they are also made based on the movie and cartoon. Plus, it is possible to set a digital clock or calendar on the screen.

It is interesting to set the screen and keyboard backlighting time. They can be configured separately, which is quite logical, but, nevertheless, implemented in a small number of devices.

Settings. Of all the settings, it is worth noting locking the phone to a user password, and turning on / off the phone's ability to transmit its location (Location). The latter function was introduced in this device to comply with the E911 initiative, which is widespread in the United States.

Impressions

As you can see from the photos, my device was not registered on the network. But even in Moscow, his work is possible (Sonet), and there are several people who use such a phone. Through acquaintances, I managed to find one of them and actually learn about the quality of speech transmission. According to him, the phone behaves well on the network, there are no problems with it. The operating time is about 3 days (it is indicated in the first part of the review). The call is not always heard well on the street, there are no problems in the car and indoors. The vibrating alert is weak, the case rattles during its operation.

It is impossible to say that this model will be widely distributed, its circulation is too small. The main users of Samsung Matrix Phone are on the American continent, in the network of Sprint PCS operator. As already mentioned, it is impossible to find this device for sale now. The term of its moral obsolescence is quite small, it is only 4-6 months, i.e. while the film "The Matrix" is popular and widely discussed. In the future, the device, although it will be recognized, will not cause so much interest. It is impossible to talk about the price of this phone, since by and large it is already a rarity.

The lack of Java support is due to the fact that the device is intended for the US market. Another thing is the lack of built-in games, here the developers considered that the device itself is to a large extent a toy, and did not provide additional means of entertainment. Technologically, the phone is standard, it is distinguished only by the form, the internal content, stylized as a movie, and the latest voice recognition system. We should expect the appearance of such a system in the very near future in other mass-produced devices from Samsung.

You should not strive to have such a device, this is a purely fashion solution, and besides, it is not very durable, interest in it will pass quickly. From the position of marketing, Samsung has proposed a new solution, which, as practice has shown, is successful. Therefore, it should be expected that the appearance of such products with limited editions will become commonplace in the near future.

Samsung SPH-N270 or Matrix Phone review

Large companies often time the release of small batches of their phones to a particular event. Differences from serial models, as a rule, lie in the modified software, other body colors, and some design elements. Such models have become relatively common, although they offer some exclusivity for consumers. It is a completely different matter when manufacturing companies use such a phenomenon as product placement. This term hides the placement of a particular product in a potentially popular film, as a result, a great interest in this product. Sometimes, especially in science fiction films, not any real product is advertised, but a prototype. At the same time, the name of the manufacturer's company is naturally indicated on it, this is a game for the image. You cannot buy such prototypes, as a result, the interest of the audience is purely speculative.

Samsung has taken a different path, and its experience is somewhat unique. After the acclaimed film The Matrix, it became clear that the sequel was doomed to success. During the filming of the second and third parts, product placement agreements (hidden advertising) were concluded with several companies, but Samsung did it best. Long before the film's release, the company used the symbolism in its promotional materials. At the same time, a bet was made on the creation of a separate model of a cell phone, especially for filming in the film. And here it should be emphasized that the company initially focused on the sale of this model, and not just the creation of a plastic shell, a dummy. Unlike other mass-produced models, this device was released in a limited batch and, in addition to the number (SPH-N270), it also received its own name - Matrix Phone.

In the film, the phone is shown only twice (about two seconds of the time), most viewers do not focus on it. But thanks to the hype around this project, the model became known among many potential consumers. Interest in the device was fueled by the fact that it was released for the US market and was officially sold only there (CDMA/AMPS). Hence the fact that only English and Spanish can be found on the menu.

The start of sales was timed to coincide with the first days of the film's screening in cinemas, in two weeks the entire circulation (this word is more appropriate here) was sold. The site dedicated to the device says that an additional batch may be released, you can leave a preliminary application. The uniqueness of the device is evidenced not only by its appearance, but also by a metal plate placed on the upper end. The serial number of the phone (5 characters) is stamped on it, in my case it was MTX01017.

The phone is available in one body color - black. It is entirely made of plastic, the size when folded is 113x62x20 mm. The weight of the device is 132 grams, but it does not seem heavy and fits well in the hand.

You can open the phone by pressing the side keys, then the upper part is shot up on metal rails. You can fold the device by sliding the top down until it clicks. It's nice that several sounds can be correlated to the opening of the device, in particular, characteristic clicks. The open device has a backlash, it is felt if you start moving the upper part. Backlash does not affect the performance of the device, this is a design feature. When you carry your phone in your pockets, you should put a lock on the opening mechanism, otherwise the phone will open randomly. To lock, just move the slider on the back of the device.

When closed, part of the screen is visible and can display information such as base station signal, date and time, and battery power. The screen does not work most of the time, it can be turned on by pressing the OK key. The screen is also activated when there is an incoming call, message or event. This was done with a certain intent, since the visible part of the screen cannot work separately from the entire matrix, which leads to increased power consumption. When closed, all information is displayed in a matrix style, it is a green font on a black background.

When you open the device, you will see that the screen is quite large (28x34 mm), its resolution is 128x160 pixels. This allows up to 6 lines of text to be displayed on the screen, Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price service line icons and menu titles. The display displays up to 65,000 colors, judging by the behavior in the sun (the picture fades, but is still visible), this is a TFT-matrix. Due to the fact that the screen is recessed into the body, the picture is visible better than on other models. It remains to be noted that in the photographs the screen looks worse than in real life.

Let's move on to the keyboard, it is made of plastic, the keys are quite large and well spaced. The backlighting of the keys is green, bright, it can be seen in various conditions. A joystick is located under the screen; it not only allows you to move through the vertical menus, but also responds to pressing. Exit to the top level of the menu by pressing the Back key.

At the bottom end of the device there is an interface connector (data synchronization, but as far as we know there is no cable yet), there is also a connector for recharging the device (it differs from serial ones).

On the top of the rear panel you can see a headset connector, it is covered with a rubber plug. The battery is part of the rear panel. This device has a 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery. With it, the device is able to work for about 3 days with 25-30 minutes of talks and minimal use of other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

The only thing left to mention is the dynamics feature. In this device, it is small and placed on a retractable part. As a result, the 40-tone polyphony that is played through it does not sound loud enough. The sound level is comparable to European models (Siemens S55, Sony Ericsson T610), but different from Samsung models.

The menu also emphasizes that the phone was made for and inspired by the movie. Each menu item (Matrix style) has a small animated excerpt from the movie, the menu looks extremely unusual and attractive.

Animatrix-style menu is also available, it's simpler, but it also has animation.

A very simple menu style called Camera, here each item seems to be hidden behind the aperture of the lens.

Sub-items are presented as lists, there is a quick navigation through the entire menu using number sequences.

Roaming. Roaming settings are set from this menu, nothing special.

Voicemail. Also everything is clear.

Voice Tools. Against the background of other models, the device offers innovations in the field of voice work. So a long press on the Talk key will bring up a menu with various options, the two most interesting of which are Digit Dial and Name Dial. In this phone, there is no need to enter voice tags for individual names, it is enough to activate voice dialing and say the phrase “Name Dial”, then, after a voice prompt, say the name of the called person, say it. The phone will compare the name with entries in the phone book and, finding a match, read the name, then ask you to confirm the dialing. If you answer "Yes", the machine will ring. Sequence doesn't seem fast or convenient, but in real life it speeds up the dialing process. I honestly admit that, having got used to this system in a couple of days, I did not want to switch to typing by hand.

It is possible to dial the number by individual digits, here the principle is the same, plus you can adjust the dialing system to the characteristics of your voice. To do this, you need to dictate all the numbers, the system will remember them, and in the future it will dial the number based on these values. For the average resident of the American continent, additional adjustment to the set is not required, the system works well even in noisy conditions. The development of such a set belongs to Voice Signal. It should be noted that simple commands can also call the organizer, settings menu, phone book. This is where another interesting opportunity appears, by calling the phone book you can find the desired entry by saying the name of the person. It is convenient when you have many acquaintances and friends. In a noisy street, the recognition system works quite well, there are no problems.

The final touch that characterizes this device is the help for voice dialing, which is a dictaphone recording for one minute. Listening to such a recording is more convenient than reading text on a relatively small screen, constantly scrolling through it. The user can also make voice notes, memos up to a minute long. Such entries can be given names, and later they can be deleted or renamed.

Sounds. As the name suggests, this hides all sound-related settings. Firstly, these are the types of warnings for an incoming call, message, alarm clock. You won’t be able to find the vibration mode right away, it is set if you select the maximum ringer volume and move the slider further. In mixed mode, the machine can only work for incoming calls. The number of melodies is not very large, just under 20. Some of the melodies from the film, in particular, are two voice tracks. I admit honestly that the selection is not the best, in my opinion, but it fits perfectly into the concept of the device.

Planner. In the organizer, you see a calendar for the month, you can set various events for individual days, specify warnings for them, and so on. Unfortunately, the amount of memory allocated for such memos is unknown, but it is quite large. There is a separate list of tasks, the ability to enter notes (up to 64 characters each).

The device has up to 3 alarms, each can be set to one-time or daily operation.

The calculator is quite convenient and performs its utilitarian function.

The world clock function is traditional for Samsung phones.

In addition to the above features, there is a countdown timer.

Display. All screen settings are hidden here, in particular, the choice of menu style (Matrix, AniMatrix, Camera). There is a set of more than 10 animated screen savers, they are also made based on the movie and cartoon. Plus, it is possible to set a digital clock or calendar on the screen.

The setting of the screen and keyboard backlight operation time is interesting. They can be configured separately, which is quite logical, but, nevertheless, implemented in a small number of devices.

Settings. Of all the settings, it is worth noting locking the phone to a user password, and turning on / off the phone's ability to transmit its location (Location). The latter function was introduced in this device to comply with the E911 initiative, common in the United States.

Impressions

As you can see from the photos, my device was not registered on the network. But even in Moscow, his work is possible (Sonet), and there are several people who use such a phone. Through acquaintances, I managed to find one of them and actually learn about the quality of speech transmission. According to him, the phone behaves well on the network, there are no problems with it. The operating time is about 3 days (it is indicated in the first part of the review). The call is not always heard well on the street, there are no problems in the car and indoors. The vibrating alert is weak, the case rattles during its operation.

It is impossible to say that this model will be widely distributed, its circulation is too small. The main users of Samsung Matrix Phone are on the American continent, in the network of Sprint PCS operator. As already mentioned, it is impossible to find this device for sale now. The term of its moral obsolescence is quite small, it is only 4-6 months, i.e. while the film "The Matrix" is popular and widely discussed. In the future, the device, although it will be recognized, will not cause so much interest. It is impossible to talk about the price of this phone, since by and large it is already a rarity.

The lack of Java support is due to the fact that the device is intended for the US market. Another thing is the lack of built-in games, here the developers considered that the device itself is to a large extent a toy, and did not provide additional means of entertainment. Technologically, the phone is standard, it is distinguished only by the form, the internal content, stylized as a movie, and the latest voice recognition system. We should expect the appearance of such a system in the very near future in other mass-produced devices from Samsung.

You should not strive to have such a device, this is a purely fashion solution, and besides, it is not very durable, interest in it will pass quickly. From the position of marketing, Samsung has proposed a new solution, which, as practice has shown, is successful. Therefore, it should be expected that the appearance of such products with limited editions will become commonplace in the near future.

Samsung SPH-N270 or Matrix Phone review

Large companies often time the release of small batches of their phones to a particular event. Differences from serial models, as a rule, lie in the modified software, other body colors, and some design elements. Such models have become relatively common, although they offer some exclusivity for consumers. It is a completely different matter when manufacturing companies use such a phenomenon as product placement. This term hides the placement of a particular product in a potentially popular film, as a result, a great interest in this product. Sometimes, especially in science fiction films, not any real product is advertised, but a prototype. At the same time, the name of the manufacturer's company is naturally indicated on it, this is a game for the image. You cannot buy such prototypes, as a result, the interest of the audience is purely speculative.

Samsung has taken a different path, and its experience is somewhat unique. After the acclaimed film The Matrix, it became clear that the sequel was doomed to success. During the filming of the second and third parts, product placement agreements (hidden advertising) were concluded with several companies, but Samsung did it best. Long before the film's release, the company used the symbolism in its promotional materials. At the same time, a bet was made on the creation of a separate model of a cell phone, especially for filming in the film. And here it must be emphasized that the company initially focused on the sale of this model, and not just the creation of a plastic shell, a dummy. Unlike other mass-produced models, this device was released in a limited edition and, in addition to the number (SPH-N270), it also received its own name - Matrix Phone.

In the film, the phone is shown only twice (about two seconds of the time), most viewers do not focus on it. But thanks to the hype around this project, the model became known among many potential consumers. Interest in the device was fueled by the fact that it was released for the US market and was officially sold only there (CDMA/AMPS). Hence the fact that only English and Spanish can be found on the menu.

The start of sales was timed to coincide with the first days of the film's screening in cinemas, in two weeks the entire circulation (this word is more appropriate here) was sold. The site dedicated to the device says that an additional batch may be released, you can leave a preliminary application. The uniqueness of the device is evidenced not only by its appearance, but also by a metal plate placed on the upper end. The serial number of the phone (5 characters) is stamped on it, in my case it was MTX01017.

The phone is available in one body color - black. It is entirely made of plastic, the size when folded is 113x62x20 mm. The weight of the device is 132 grams, but it does not seem heavy and fits well in the hand.

You can open the phone by pressing the side keys, then the upper part is shot up on metal rails. You can fold the device by sliding the top down until it clicks. It's nice that several sounds can be correlated to the opening of the device, in particular, characteristic clicks. The open device has a backlash, it is felt if you start moving the upper part. Backlash does not affect the performance of the device, this is a design feature. When you carry your phone in your pockets, you should put a lock on the opening mechanism, otherwise the phone will open randomly. To lock, just move the slider on the back of the device.

When closed, part of the screen is visible and can display information such as base station signal, date and time, and battery power. The screen does not work most of the time, it can be turned on by pressing the OK key. The screen is also activated when there is an incoming call, message or event. This was done with a certain intent, since the visible part of the screen cannot work separately from the entire matrix, which leads to increased power consumption. When closed, all information is displayed in a matrix style, it is a green font on a black background.

When you open the device, you will see that the screen is quite large (28x34 mm), its resolution is 128x160 pixels. This allows up to 6 lines of text to be displayed on the screen, Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price service line icons and menu titles. The display displays up to 65,000 colors, judging by the behavior in the sun (the picture fades, but is still visible), this is a TFT matrix. Due to the fact that the screen is recessed into the body, the picture is visible better than on other models. It remains to be noted that in the photographs the screen looks worse than in real life.

Let's move on to the keyboard, it is made of plastic, the keys are quite large and well spaced. The backlighting of the keys is green, bright, it can be seen in various conditions. A joystick is located under the screen; it not only allows you to move through the vertical menus, but also responds to pressing. Exit to the top level of the menu by pressing the Back key.

At the bottom end of the device there is an interface connector (data synchronization, but as far as we know there is no cable yet), there is also a connector for recharging the device (it differs from serial ones).

On the top of the rear panel you can see a headset connector, it is covered with a rubber plug. The battery is part of the rear panel. This device has a 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery. With it, the device is able to work for about 3 days with 25-30 minutes of talks and minimal use of other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

The only thing left to mention is the dynamics feature. In this device, it is small and placed on a retractable part. As a result, the 40-tone polyphony that is played through it does not sound loud enough. The sound level is comparable to European models (Siemens S55, Sony Ericsson T610), but different from Samsung models.

The menu also emphasizes that the phone was made for and inspired by the movie. Each menu item (Matrix style) has a small animated excerpt from the movie, the menu looks extremely unusual and attractive.

Animatrix-style menu is also available, it's simpler, but it also has animation.

A very simple menu style called Camera, here each item seems to be hidden behind the aperture of the lens.

Sub-items are presented as lists, there is a quick navigation through the entire menu using number sequences.

Let's take a look at the main menu items and what they offer.

Call history. There are three lists for received, sent and missed calls, each contains up to 20 entries, there is a time and date stamp. You cannot view the duration of all calls from this menu.

Phone book. Up to 300 names can be stored in the machine's memory. Moreover, for one name, you can enter such information as 4 different phone numbers, email address, URL, birthday, note, specify a group of subscribers, personal melody, voice tag. Each name also corresponds to one of the pre-installed pictures, and it was not possible to understand whether it is possible to upload your own images to the phone. The phone book has a search by the name of the subscriber, by the entry number, in the group.

Messages. Actually, all the possibilities follow from the name of the menu.

Roaming. Roaming settings are set from this menu, nothing special.

Voicemail. Also everything is clear.

Voice Tools. Against the background of other models, the device offers innovations in the field of voice work. So a long press on the Talk key will bring up a menu with various options, the two most interesting of which are Digit Dial and Name Dial. In this phone, there is no need to enter voice tags for individual names, it is enough to activate voice dialing and say the phrase “Name Dial”, then, after a voice prompt, say the name of the called person, say it. The phone will compare the name with entries in the phone book and, finding a match, read the name, then ask you to confirm the dialing. If you answer "Yes", the machine will ring. Sequence doesn't seem fast or convenient, but in real life it speeds up the dialing process. I honestly admit that, having got used to this system in a couple of days, I did not want to switch to typing by hand.

It is possible to dial the number by individual digits, here the principle is the same, plus you can adjust the dialing system to the characteristics of your voice. To do this, you need to dictate all the numbers, the system will remember them, and in the future it will dial the number based on these values. For the average resident of the American continent, additional adjustment to the set is not required, the system works well even in noisy conditions. The development of such a set belongs to Voice Signal. It should be noted that simple commands can also call the organizer, settings menu, phone book. This is where another interesting opportunity appears, by calling the phone book you can find the desired entry by saying the name of the person. It is convenient when you have many acquaintances and friends. In a noisy street, the recognition system works quite well, there are no problems.

The final touch that characterizes this device is the help for voice dialing, which is a dictaphone recording for one minute. Listening to such a recording is more convenient than reading text on a relatively small screen, constantly scrolling through it. The user can also make voice notes, memos up to a minute long. Such entries can be given names, and later they can be deleted or renamed.

Sounds. As the name suggests, this hides all sound-related settings. Firstly, these are the types of warnings for an incoming call, message, alarm clock. You won’t be able to find the vibration mode right away, it is set if you select the maximum ringer volume and move the slider further. In mixed mode, the machine can only work for incoming calls. The number of melodies is not very large, just under 20. Some of the melodies from the film, in particular, are two voice tracks. I admit honestly that the selection is not the best, in my opinion, but it fits perfectly into the concept of the device.

Planner. In the organizer, you see a calendar for the month, you can set various events for individual days, specify warnings for them, and so on. Unfortunately, the amount of memory allocated for such memos is unknown, but it is quite large. There is a separate list of tasks, the ability to enter notes (up to 64 characters each).

The device has up to 3 alarms, each can be set to one-time or daily operation.

The calculator is quite convenient and performs its utilitarian function.

The world clock function is traditional for Samsung phones.

In addition to the above features, there is a countdown timer.

Display. All screen settings are hidden here, in particular, the choice of menu style (Matrix, AniMatrix, Camera). There is a set of more than 10 animated screen savers, they are also made based on the movie and cartoon. Plus, it is possible to set a digital clock or calendar on the screen.

The setting of the screen and keyboard backlight operation time is interesting. They can be configured separately, which is quite logical, but, nevertheless, implemented in a small number of devices.

Settings. Of all the settings, it is worth noting locking the phone to a user password, and turning on / off the phone's ability to transmit its location (Location). The latter function was introduced in this device to comply with the E911 initiative, common in the United States.

Impressions

As you can see from the photos, my device was not registered on the network. But even in Moscow, his work is possible (Sonet), and there are several people who use such a phone. Through acquaintances, I managed to find one of them and actually learn about the quality of speech transmission. According to him, the phone behaves well on the network, there are no problems with it. The operating time is about 3 days (it is indicated in the first part of the review). The call is not always heard well on the street, there are no problems in the car and indoors. The vibrating alert is weak, the case rattles during its operation.

It is impossible to say that this model will be widely distributed, its circulation is too small. The main users of Samsung Matrix Phone are located on the American continent, in the network of Sprint PCS operator. As already mentioned, it is impossible to find this device for sale now. The term of its moral obsolescence is quite small, it is only 4-6 months, i.e. while the film "The Matrix" is popular and widely discussed. In the future, the device, although it will be recognized, will not cause so much interest. It is impossible to talk about the price of this phone, since by and large it is already a rarity.

The lack of Java support is due to the fact that the device is intended for the US market. Another thing is the lack of built-in games, here the developers considered that the device itself is to a large extent a toy, and did not provide additional means of entertainment. Technologically, the phone is standard, it is distinguished only by the form, the internal content, stylized as a movie, and the latest voice recognition system. We should expect the appearance of such a system in the very near future in other mass-produced devices from Samsung.

You should not strive to have such a device, this is a purely fashion solution, and besides, it is not very durable, interest in it will pass quickly. From the position of marketing, Samsung proposed a new solution, which, as practice has shown, is successful. Therefore, it should be expected that the appearance of such products with limited editions will become commonplace in the near future.

Samsung SPH-N270 or Matrix Phone review

Large companies often time the release of small batches of their phones to a particular event. Differences from serial models, as a rule, lie in the modified software, other body colors, and some design elements. Such models have become relatively common, although they offer some exclusivity for consumers. It is a completely different matter when manufacturing companies use such a phenomenon as product placement. This term hides the placement of a product in a potentially popular film, as a result, a great interest in this product. Sometimes, especially in science fiction films, not any real product is advertised, but a prototype. At the same time, the name of the manufacturer's company is naturally indicated on it, this is a game for the image. It is impossible to buy such prototypes, as a result, the interest of the audience is purely speculative.

Samsung has taken a different path, and its experience is somewhat unique. After the acclaimed film The Matrix, it became clear that the sequel was doomed to success. During the filming of the second and third parts, product placement agreements (hidden advertising) were concluded with several companies, but Samsung did it best. Long before the film's release, the company used the symbolism in its promotional materials. At the same time, a bet was made on the creation of a separate model of a cell phone, especially for filming in the film. And here it should be emphasized that the company initially focused on the sale of this model, and not just the creation of a plastic shell, a dummy. Unlike other mass-produced models, this device was released in a limited batch and, in addition to the number (SPH-N270), it also received its own name - Matrix Phone.

In the film, the phone is shown only twice (about two seconds of the time), most viewers do not focus on it. But thanks to the hype around this project, the model became known among many potential consumers. Interest in the device was fueled by the fact that it was released for the US market and was officially sold only there (CDMA/AMPS). Hence the fact that only English and Spanish can be found on the menu.

The start of sales was timed to coincide with the first days of the film's screening in cinemas, already in two weeks the entire circulation (this word is more appropriate here) was sold. The site dedicated to the device says that an additional batch may be released, you can leave a preliminary application. The uniqueness of the device is evidenced not only by its appearance, but also by a metal plate placed on the upper end. The serial number of the phone (5 characters) is stamped on it, in my case it was MTX01017.

The phone is available in one body color - black. It is entirely made of plastic, the size when folded is 113x62x20 mm. The weight of the device is 132 grams, but it does not seem heavy and fits well in the hand.

You can open the phone by pressing the side keys, then the upper part is shot up on metal rails. You can fold the device by sliding the top down until it clicks. It's nice that several sounds can be correlated to the opening of the device, in particular, characteristic clicks. The open device has a backlash, it is felt if you start moving the upper part. Backlash does not affect the performance of the device in any way, this is a design feature. When you carry your phone in your pockets, you should put a lock on the opening mechanism, otherwise the phone will open randomly. To lock, just move the slider on the back of the device.

When closed, part of the screen is visible and can display information such as base station signal, date and time, and battery power. The screen does not work most of the time, it can be turned on by pressing the OK key. The screen is also activated when there is an incoming call, message or event. This was done with a certain intent, since the visible part of the screen cannot work separately from the entire matrix, which leads to increased power consumption. When closed, all information is displayed in a matrix style, it is a green font on a black background.

When you open the device, you will see that the screen is quite large (28x34 mm), its resolution is 128x160 pixels. This allows you to display up to 6 lines of text on the screen, Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price, a service line of icons and menu titles. The display displays up to 65,000 colors, judging by the behavior in the sun (the picture fades, but is still visible), this is a TFT-matrix. Due to the fact that the screen is recessed into the body, the picture is visible better than on other models. It remains to be noted that in the photographs the screen looks worse than in real life.

Having opened the device, you will see that the screen is quite large (28x34 mm), its resolution is 128x160 pixels. This allows you to display up to 6 lines of text on the screen, Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price Gacuriro Beautiful houses for sale at a reasonable price service line of icons and menu titles. The display displays up to 65,000 colors, judging by the behavior in the sun (the picture fades, but is still visible), this is a TFT matrix. Due to the fact that the screen is recessed into the body, the picture is visible better than on other models. It remains to be noted that in the photographs the screen looks worse than in real life.

Let's move on to the keyboard, it is made of plastic, the keys are quite large and well spaced. The backlighting of the keys is green, bright, it can be seen in various conditions. A joystick is located under the screen; it not only allows you to move through the vertical menus, but also responds to pressing. Exit to the top level of the menu by pressing the Back key.

At the bottom end of the device there is an interface connector (data synchronization, but as far as we know there is no cable yet), there is also a connector for recharging the device (it differs from serial ones).

On the top of the rear panel you can see a headset connector, it is covered with a rubber plug. The battery is part of the rear panel. This device has a 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery. With it, the device is able to work for about 3 days with 25-30 minutes of talks and minimal use of other functions. The time to fully charge the battery is about 2 hours.

The only thing left to mention is the dynamics feature. In this device, it is small and placed on a retractable part. As a result, the 40-tone polyphony that is played through it does not sound loud enough. The sound level is comparable to European models (Siemens S55, Sony Ericsson T610), but different from Samsung models.

The menu also emphasizes that the phone was made for and inspired by the movie. Each menu item (Matrix style) has a small animated excerpt from the movie, the menu looks extremely unusual and attractive.

Animatrix-style menu is also available, it's simpler, but it also has animation.

A very simple menu style called Camera, here each item seems to be hidden behind the aperture of the lens.

Sub-items are presented as lists, there is a quick navigation through the entire menu using number sequences.

Let's take a look at the main menu items and what they offer.

Call history. There are three lists for received, sent and missed calls, each contains up to 20 entries, there is a time and date stamp. You cannot view the duration of all calls from this menu.

Phone book. Up to 300 names can be stored in the machine's memory. Moreover, for one name, you can enter such information as 4 different phone numbers, email address, URL, birthday, note, specify a group of subscribers, personal melody, voice tag. Each name also corresponds to one of the pre-installed pictures, and it was not possible to understand whether it is possible to upload your own images to the phone. The phone book has a search by the name of the subscriber, by the entry number, in the group.

Messages. Actually, all the possibilities follow from the name of the menu.

Roaming. Roaming settings are set from this menu, nothing special.

Voice mail. Also everything is clear.

Voice tools. Against the background of other models, the device offers innovations in the field of voice work. So a long press on the Talk key will bring up a menu with various options, the two most interesting of which are Digit Dial and Name Dial. In this phone, there is no need to enter voice tags for individual names, it is enough to activate voice dialing and say the phrase “Name Dial”, then, after a voice prompt, say the name of the called person, say it. The phone will compare the name with entries in the phone book and, finding a match, read the name, then ask you to confirm the dialing. If you answer "Yes", the machine will ring. Sequence doesn't seem fast or convenient, but in real life it speeds up the dialing process. I honestly admit that, having got used to this system in a couple of days, I did not want to switch to typing by hand.

It is possible to dial the number by individual digits, here the principle is the same, plus you can adjust the dialing system to the characteristics of your voice. To do this, you need to dictate all the numbers, the system will remember them, and in the future it will dial the number based on these values. For the average resident of the American continent, additional adjustment to the set is not required, the system works well even in noisy conditions. The development of such a set belongs to Voice Signal. It should be noted that simple commands can also call the organizer, settings menu, phone book. This is where another interesting opportunity appears, by calling the phone book you can find the desired entry by saying the name of the person. It is convenient when you have many acquaintances and friends. In a noisy street, the recognition system works quite well, there are no problems.

The final touch that characterizes this device is the help for voice dialing, which is a dictaphone recording for one minute. Listening to such a recording is more convenient than reading text on a relatively small screen, constantly scrolling through it. The user can also make voice notes, memos up to a minute long. Such entries can be given names, and later they can be deleted or renamed.

Sounds. As the name suggests, this hides all sound-related settings. Firstly, these are the types of warnings for an incoming call, message, alarm clock. You won’t be able to find the vibration mode right away, it is set if you select the maximum ringer volume and move the slider further. In mixed mode, the machine can only work for incoming calls. The number of melodies is not very large, just under 20. Some of the melodies from the film, in particular, are two voice tracks. I admit honestly that the selection is not the best, in my opinion, but it fits perfectly into the concept of the device.

Planner. In the organizer, you see a calendar for the month, you can set various events for individual days, specify warnings for them, and so on. Unfortunately, the amount of memory allocated for such memos is unknown, but it is quite large. There is a separate list of tasks, the ability to enter notes (up to 64 characters each).

The device has up to 3 alarms, each can be set to one-time or daily operation.

The calculator is quite convenient and performs its utilitarian function.

The world clock function is traditional for Samsung phones.

In addition to the above features, there is a countdown timer.

Display. All screen settings are hidden here, in particular, the choice of menu style (Matrix, AniMatrix, Camera). There is a set of more than 10 animated screen savers, they are also made based on the movie and cartoon. Plus, it is possible to set a digital clock or calendar on the screen.

The setting of the screen and keyboard backlight operation time is interesting. They can be configured separately, which is quite logical, but, nevertheless, implemented in a small number of devices.

Settings. Of all the settings, it is worth noting the locking of the phone with a user password, and the inclusion / deactivation of the phone's ability to transmit its location (Location). The latter function was introduced in this device to comply with the E911 initiative, which is widespread in the United States.

Impressions

As you can see from the photos, my device was not registered on the network. But even in Moscow, his work is possible (Sonet), and there are several people who use such a phone. Through acquaintances, I managed to find one of them and actually learn about the quality of speech transmission. According to him, the phone behaves well on the network, there are no problems with it. The operating time is about 3 days (it is indicated in the first part of the review). The call is not always heard well on the street, there are no problems in the car and indoors. The vibrating alert is weak, the case rattles during its operation.

It is impossible to say that this model will be widely distributed, its circulation is too small. The main users of Samsung Matrix Phone are on the American continent, in the network of Sprint PCS operator. As already mentioned, it is impossible to find this device for sale now. The term of its moral obsolescence is quite small, it is only 4-6 months, i.e. while the film "The Matrix" is popular and widely discussed. In the future, the device, although it will be recognized, will not cause so much interest. It is impossible to talk about the price of this phone, since by and large it is already a rarity.

The lack of Java support is due to the fact that the device is intended for the US market. Another thing is the lack of built-in games, here the developers considered that the device itself is to a large extent a toy, and did not provide additional means of entertainment. Technologically, the phone is standard, it is distinguished only by the form, the internal content, stylized as a movie, and the latest voice recognition system. We should expect the appearance of such a system in the very near future in other mass-produced devices from Samsung.

You should not strive to have such a device, this is a purely fashion solution, and besides, it is not very durable, interest in it will pass quickly. From the position of marketing, Samsung proposed a new solution, which, as practice has shown, is successful. Therefore, it should be expected that the appearance of such products with limited editions will become commonplace in the near future.