Today I got the chance to play around with the red-orange “Fire” version (also comes in a bluish “Ice”) of the Samsung Highlight, and can happily report that not only did I not get burned, but I was actually quite impressed with this entry-level resistive touch screen device.
The Highlight has plenty to offer, including a 3-megapixel camera with video capture, full HTML browser, GPS, stereo Bluetooth, web-based email access, instant messaging, media player, PC syncing capabilities, voice commands, and support for T-Mobile’s 3G network.
Samsung has included its Touch Wiz user interface, which offers a fair number of customizable widgets that can be dragged from a collapsible side bar to the home screen. Some widgets simply offer one-touch access to frequently used apps like the web browser, while others provide real-time weather or allow music to be controlled from the home screen.
The Highlight is a full touch screen device — no slide out QWERTY. You have the option to type in portrait mode using an on-screen numerical keypad and T9, or flip the device to landscape for a full on-screen QWERTY.
Measuring 4.3 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and half-an-inch thick, the Highlight is small and will slip nicely into a tight jeans pocket. The Highlight also feels great in the palm of the hand thanks to its slightly rubberized feel, patterned backing, and curves.
You will be able to find the Samsung Hightlight for a great price at Wirefly starting next week.