A basic introduction to Next G
- Build quality, 3.6Mbps HSDPA, A2DP Bluetooth, camera can be rotated
- No outstanding features, poor display resolution, tactile feedback of controls, sluggish interface
The A561 is a basic handset. It has a few issues that are sure to make many people look elsewhere.
Price$ 589.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
The latest Samsung handset available for Telstra's high-speed Next G network, the A561 is a solid but largely unremarkable device. This flip phone will do the job, but isn't anything to get excited about and it does suffer from a few niggling issues that may make you want to look elsewhere for a handset.
As far as designs go, the A561 is a fairly standard flip phone. It feels well built and has a stylish brushed steel finish on the front and a metallic blue surface on the back. The flip mechanism feels sturdy and solid, although it's tricky to open with one hand.
The large 2.2in display is reasonable, but it's let down by a slightly low resolution of 176x220. The small external display is convenient and displays handy information such as battery life and caller ID.
The A561's flat keypad and controls may look stylish, but they cause some issues when messaging. Although the individual keys are large and well separated, tactile feedback could be improved; the keys require a firm press to activate. A five-way navigational pad does the bulk of the work during general browsing, and there are also plenty of convenient shortcuts, including e-mail, messaging, video calling and an application switcher.
Unfortunately, the A561 suffers from a sluggish user interface. The UI is well designed and fairly easy to use, but scrolling through lists and trying to select menu items results in a slight delay that rapidly becomes frustrating. Thankfully, messaging doesn't suffer the same issues.
The A561 offers HSDPA speeds of up to 3.6Mbps, and we were generally impressed with the results. The handset offers full access to the Next G portal, as well as Telstra's Mobile FOXTEL service. The large display works well for multimedia content, although the lower resolution impacts on videos. The music player application supports most common file formats, but Samsung's insistence on a proprietary headphone jack is frustrating. Thankfully, A2DP Bluetooth provides an alternative to using the included headphones. A microSD card slot allows users to add extra storage. Despite access to Next G services, this isn't a handset that we'd recommend for extensive multimedia use.
These features aside, the A561 is fairly standard. A 2-megapixel camera isn't fantastic for photos, but its placement on a rotating hinge that can be adjusted with the flick of a thumb means it doubles for video calling. Also present are a voice recorder and a reasonable number of PIM features, including alarms, calendar, memo, tasks, calculator, converter, timer and a stopwatch.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Intel's Atom architecture to live on despite smartphone chip cancellations
- Galaxy Note 6 rumors hint at IR autofocus, USB-C connectivity, new Snapdragon SoC
- LG shows off a smartphone display panel with integrated fingerprint reader
- Smartphone uptake passes its peak as industry appetite wanes
- Telstra commits $50 million to cut mobile outages
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTDeveloper - OSB/BPELNSW
- CCSenior Project Manager - Workforce ManagementVIC
- FTOIM Specialist- Oracle Identity and Access Management 11Gr2NSW
- FTSystem EngineerACT
- FTTechnical Writer - Trading SystemsNSW
- CCJava Developer / DevOps | FINEOS Application | Long Term ContractNSW
- CCNV1 | System admin with SQL server experience for Defence Application SupportACT
- CCProcurement Contract SpecialistQLD
- CCSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- CCSr. Business Analyst - ServicePLUSVIC
- CCJava Developer- 12 month contractNSW
- FTFunctional Kronos ConsultantNSW
- FTDatabase Administrator / ArchitectNSW
- CCAccount Manager - Software Solutions - Global IT CompanyNSW
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- FTGentrack ConsultantVIC
- CCCommVault Backp EngineerNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst - ICT SecurityNSW
- CCBusiness Analyst - Digital/Financial ServicesNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - Payroll IntegrationVIC
- FTSolution Delivery Manager ( RTTM)NSW
- FTSenior DBA / Team LeadVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/J2EE/SQL) 160505/AP/951Asia
- FTFront End DeveloperVIC