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)
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 newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 2 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 3 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 4 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
- 5 iPhone 8: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Belkin Introduces USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD
- Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Will Come To Australia
- Boost Mobile Doubles Data Offering With New Summer Plans
- BlackBerry KEYone Black Launches in Australia
- HTC U11 Plus latest rumours: Release date, price and specs
PCW Evaluation Team
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- Dell Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop review
- Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPBusiness Intelligence Analyst/Software DeveloperQLD
- TPProject ManagerACT
- FTGraduate Software Developer - Front EndWA
- FTChange Analyst, IT & Business ProjectsOther
- FTCyber Security ArchitectOther
- CCDeployment ManagerVIC
- FTInfrastructure/ Hybrid Cloud Architect - Government OrganisationVIC
- TPInformation Security ManagerQLD
- FTNetwork ArchitectACT
- FTDigital Marketing ExecutiveOther
- TPBusiness Continuity Senior Associate/ IT AuditNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - WealthOther
- CCLevel 1 Help DeskNSW
- FTPHP Team LeadNSW
- FTSAP CRM FunctionalistOther
- TPSoftware EngineerWA
- FTMitel Unified Communication engineer.ACT
- FTSenior Security ConsultantOther
- CCPlatform/ Systems DeveloperVIC
- CCIntegration SpecialistQLD
- FTSenior PHP DeveloperNSW
- FTTechnical Business Analyst / Application Support AnalystOther
- FTICT Cloud Transformation Program Coordinator - SAPOther
- CCAnalyst Programmer / DeveloperNSW