Thursday, August 11, 2011

Latte Boom GSM Unlocked Phone Review

Reviewed by K.C. Kim

Frequency: 850/1800/1900 MHz or 900/1800/1900 MHz
89 X 37 X 22.9 mm:
Mini Boom Box style
Powerful Amplified Dual Stereo Speakers
1.3 Mega Pixel CMOS Camera/Camcorder Function
1.5" 65K Color TFT LCD Screen
Built-in MP3/MPEG4 Player Functions
SMS, MMS, WAP Support
64 Polyphonic Sound
Expandable T-Flash Slot
Video Recording upto allowable memory space
Speaker Phones
Built-in Games
Phone Book, Calculator, Calendar, World Clock, etc
Accessories: Handset, 2 Battery, Travel Charger, Stereo EarPiece, USB Cable, Manual, and 256MB T-Flash

What’s in the box: Handset, Battery Travel Charger, Stereo EarPiece, USB Cable, Manual, and 128MB T-Flash.

Intro: Having previously reviewed the Latte Slim 11b I had high expectations coming in. And soon relieve to find yet another solid phone by Latte Communications. The Latte Boom music phone is a rock solid slider that has tons of features you will love.

Packaging: Presentation is very important especially in the retail space. The box that it comes with is really nice. Better than some other phones I own.

Design: The phone has two Amplified Speakers on the face of the unit next to the LCD that gives it a sort of Mini Boom Box look to it. Its shape is remarkably small and is about the size of a 1st gen Ipod Shuffle. Some may call this a bit of thick phone. But it can easily fit into a shirt or pants pocket. The slider motion has a nice snap to it. And the keypad while a bit cramped has a nice tactile feel to it (Even better keypad than the Nokia N95). Overall good design, small, and feels solid and expensive.

Size: Here’s how the Latte Boom compares to other phones:

Left to right: Latte Boom, Nokia N95, and Cingular 8525

Latte Boom & Nokia N95 with sliders

Just sliders


Music: Being a music phone you would want to know the quality of audio. And overall the audio quality is excellent. I would rate this at the quality of dedicated DAPs. And with the two built in speakers you can share your music with your friends. The speakers are very loud. Probably the loudest I heard on a phone.

Video: Two music videos were preloaded. And I was impressed with the video quality even if it was on a 1.5-inch screen. Flawless smooth playback with no jitters. I don’t see anyone watching a full movie on this but for music videos, short films, and animated clips it would work well.

Image Viewer – To view all your pictures

Sound Recorder – Record audio clips

Camera/Camcorder: When you slide the phone open you will find the 1.3 MP camera. Good enough pics when your on the go. And can’t carry your camera. The cam also doubles as a video recorder. You can record video up to the size of the memory card.

Phone: Just like the previous Latte Slim 11b I had no issues with phone call quality on the Latte Boom. Using Cingular service in my area the signal was good the calls were crystal clear. Other phone features include WAP Browser for accessing the Internet and SMS and MMS messaging.

Phone Book: In phonebook you can add an entry with name, number, home number, company name, email address, office number, fax number, birthday, associate picture, associate video, associate sound, caller group,

Game: Included is three games – Jet, Monkey and Puzzle

Themes: Choose from three themes, which change the background color from Orange, Blue and Grey

Stopwatch: Also included is a simple stopwatch

Organizer: Calendar, To Do List, Alarm and World Clock

Extras: Some more features are a Calculator, Unit Converter, Currency Converter and Health

Conclusion: Latte Communications is on roll first with the Latte Slim 11b slim phone and now with the Latte Boom Slider Music Phone they add yet another excellent phone to their portfolio. The Latte Boom has a ton of features pack in to a small form factor. If your looking for an alternative to the LG Chocolate or Nokia n95 music phones look no further than the Latte Boom.

Rating 9.5 out of 10

The Latte Boom is now available at LatteZone.

Also coming soon from Latte Communication will be the Latte Neon7 touchscreen phone.

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