AT&T’s Samsung Strive features a phone book with 1,000 contacts and options in each of the entries for 6 phone numbers, 2 email addresses, a birthday, a job title, a nickname, a company name, notes, job title and 2 street addresses. Each entry can further be assigned to caller groups, add a photo and any one of eleven polyphonic ringtones. New on the Samsung Strive is the recent Address Book feature of AT&T, which helps you to back-up all your phone contacts to an online address book. Sending text messages and importing of contacts is also possible from this web based account. Other essential features of the phone are a notepad, unit and currency converter, a timer, a task list, an alarm clock, a calculator, a calendar, a stopwatch, a tip calculator and a world clock. PC syncing, a voice recorder, Bluetooth and USB mass storage are some of the additional features of the Strive.
Just like any other mobile phone with a keyboard, the Samsung Strive also contains instant, multimedia and text messaging and debuted the AT&T’s next generation messaging device with an additional reply-all feature supporting up to 10 recipients. The phone’s onboard AT&T Mobile Email service allows you to access the popular POP3 services including Yahoo, Gmail and others.
AT&T’s Samsung Strive comes with a 2 megapixel camera that can take pictures in four different resolutions with 3 quality settings. Other settings of the camera being a self-timer, 20 fun frames, 3 color effects, 4 white balance options, geo-tagging, adjustable brightness tool, a night mode and options for multishots, mosaics and panoramas. It also features a digital zoom that cannot be used with the largest photo resolution. The photo quality from the Strive is good with slightly muted colors. The built-in camcorder can shoot in only one resolution of 176 x 144 pixels, but features full editing settings just like the camera. Clips for multimedia messages are limited to about 30 seconds only. The Strive further supports the Video Share feature of AT&T, but the other person must have a compatible phone for this. The Strive has a shared memory of 90MB that is accessible by users, however, a microSD card can also be used for additional storage.
The Samsung Strive supports the 3G-network service of AT&T for accessing broadband and media services. The phone further supports Mobile Video services for streaming videos and AT&T’s Mobile Music along with XM Radio Mobile, music videos, a ringtone-creating app, a Music ID application and a community part with access to fan sites and related downloads. Some of the new features are cloud based like AT&T’s Mobile Share, which allows you to share videos and photos along with contacts. Uploading of files to social networking sites, PC and online storage lockers can also be done. The stored files can then be accessed from your phone or computer any time. Even though the 250MB of online storage is offered free of charge, additional storage can be purchased, however, file transfers are not free and cost 35 cents per transfer or $10 a month for 50 transfers. But the size of file is limited to 10MB.
The Samsung Strive has direct access to the AppCenter of AT&T and offers a set of apps such as AT&T’s Navigator, Social Net, Yellowpages Mobile, Mobile IMDb, My-Cast Weather, AllSport GPS, Loopt, MobiVJ, Mobile Banking, WikiMobile, Where 2.1 and MobiTV. The Strive also comes with a number of demo version games.