Hands-on with the Samsung Highnote
On the flip side, we really enjoyed the scrollable wheel, which can also be clicked on the cardinal directions; both navigational methods worked really well, especially in combination with Sprint's new One Click feature phone UI. The keypad had virtually no feel to it, but for whatever reason, we found that we didn't have any trouble with mistyped digits, and we thought that the dedicated messaging key was a clever idea for a phone in this class. The placement of the talk, back, end, and soft keys as segments of a circle around the nav wheel was a little inconvenient -- we would've preferred something a little more traditional here.
At any rate, when you factor in the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Highnote ends up making for a totally serviceable midrange music phone -- not great for heavy talkers, texters, browsers, or business users, no, but if your top priority in your average day involves managing to fit in a few tracks' worth of music on the go, this might be just the slider for you.