Unlike the new Samsung Continuum, the Samsung Solstice II is only a mid-range touch-screen phone that is a successor of its brother the Solstice. Sadly, the Solstice II comes with eliminating some features found on its predecessor like a self-portrait mirror and a dedicated headphone jack. But as a messaging phone, the new phone has a better touch-screen display (capacitive touchscreen), so switching between menus and items becomes faster and responsive.
The Solstice II is a compact candy bar handset that measures 4.3 inches tall by 2.1 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighs 3.4 ounces. Although it isn’t astonishing design but it is quiet good with black and silver rounded corners.
For the display, unfortunately, the Samsung Solstice II doesn’t come with improvements of its predecessor. It has the same 3″ TFT display with 240 x 400 pixel resolution and 65,000 colors. The touchscreen display still provides clear texts and images but on the direct sunlight we find poor viewing angles and unsatisfying visibility. The positive point is that the Solstice II has a capacitive touchscreen that makes switching from items to items become easier and more responsive.
On the rear, we find a 2 megapixel camera fixed focus and two speakerphones at the bottom. SIM card slot, microSD slot and 1,000 mAh battery are laid behind the rear cover.
Fortunately, the Samsung Solstice II has featured capacitive display so we enjoy moving around the home-screens without necessary pause. With the TouchWiz feature and AT&T’s Social Net application, we can manage and update our social network’s sites like FB, Twitter and MySpace easily.
Other Main Features include 3G connectivity via AT&T’s HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speed with network available, GPS, virtual Qwerty keyboad, 2 megapixel camera, bluetooth and threaded text messaging.