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Good: Looks, size, layout, list of sub-menu items at menu level
Bad: T9Abc mode has to be re-set for EVERY SENTENCE! Battery life is poor. Annoying "quirks"
Comment: A beautiful design inside and out but there have been times when I have wanted to smash the phone into its constituent atoms.
1. The phone does NOT "remember" to stay in T9Abc mode even when you update the "Input" settings. If, like me, you like to start each sentence with a capital letter you have to push the "*" key twice before each sentence.
2. It is easy to accidentally press the "cancel call" heat-sensitive button which instantly returns you to the Main Page without warning. This is particularly infuriating when you have spent 5 minutes keying in a long text.
3. Sending an SMS message after keying in the text takes a ludicrous number of keystrokes.
If you are a texter do not by this phone - you will end up setting fire to it before throwing it off a cliff into the sea.
A pity, because if they could resolve these minor but intensely aggravating issues it would be a fantastic phone. As soon as Nokia start making handsome little phones again I’m going back.
Good: I like the mobile phone
Bad: There's nothing I don't like about the phone
Comment: This phone is great because it has a media player and it has a 2.0-megapixel camera. This phone is perfect for me and anyone else.
Good: Looks great, lots of features.
Bad: Camera isn't great, heat buttons very sensitive.
Comment: Let me first of all say that overall I really like this phone. It's the first Samsung I've ever owned and I do think that Sony Ericssons are generally easier to use and have a better designed menu system, but so far I like it.
I'm comparing it mainly to my previous phone, the W800i, which had an awesome camera and while the E900 is supposedly also a 2-megapixel camera, the quality is generally not as good as what I could get on the W800i, plus it has quite severe shutter lag, so if you've got shaky hands it's hard to get a sharp picture.
The only other niggle is that the heat-sensitive touch buttons can be a bit frustrating sometimes as you'll constantly find yourself accidently catching them in the middle of a text, for instance, which usually sends you back to the home screen.
Other than that... it looks awesome, has a great screen and is fairly easy to get used to, just be prepared to have some patience!
Good: Absolutely nothing!
Bad: Absolutely everything!
Comment: This has to be one of the worst phones I have ever owned, and I have owned a lot of them! The phone itself feels flimsy and the back scratches very very easily, as other people have said the touch-sensitive pad is way too sensitive. Which leads to a lot of frustration, and so does the stupid stupid predictive text which is dreadful. If you buy one, sell it to another idiot on eBay and then buy a Nokia! That's what I'm going to do!
Good: Sleek good looks and heat sensitive pads
Bad: Poor placement of heat sensitive pads, not crystal clear reception
Comment: A disappointment all round with this phone. It looks the part but does not deliver. If you are only interested in looks then this is the phone for you but if you want crystal clear call reception and a phone that is easy to use then look elswhere. I have decided to revert to Nokia which has never let me down on all these fronts in the past. I would recommend the Nokia 6280 over the Samsung but still think it is a shame as the Samsung has the potential to be a leading mobile phone for looks, innovation and design.
Good: The sleek design & MP3 player
Bad: The soft key often results in exiting to the main menu when you are trying to use something
Comment: I like this phone, it's really light and compact and has all the features you would expect. However the softkey can be annoying sometimes and the preset txt msg tones are very annoying and you can't add your own! All in all though, a good phone.
Good: Good looking phone with a big screen.
Bad: So FRUSTRATING is the touch memu pads. Wish I'd not committed to have it.
Comment: Read the reviews and thought a change from Nokia after 15 years would be good. But it really is frustrating using the touch sensitive menu pad.
Good: Almost impeccable with the newest features
Comment: I think this is the best phone out there.
Good: The look of the phone.
Bad: Everything else!
Comment: I was very disappointed with this phone. After hearing such good reviews for it I went and got it on a contract. But as soon as I started using it I was disappointed. The touch-sensitive buttons were too sensitive and I would end up exiting out of messages etc, with just one slip of my thumb.
Also I could not directly link my songs on my memory card to my ringtone so they had to be copied to my phone and take up a lot of space.
There were a few other problems which tipped me over the edge, so I did not keep it and swapped it for a Sony W810i.
Good: Good looking screen resolution and overall nice looks
Bad: Heat-sensitive pad can be frustrating
Comment: For the most part this is a good phone but there are some notable drawbacks:
- the font size on text messages can be set to anything that's very small, as with other phones that actually have lower screen resolution
- your thumb will tend to touch the heat sensitive pad when you're pressing the centre button, often causing you to have to start an operation all over - can be very frustrating especially if it occurs repeatedly (believe me, this happens very easily!)
- can't seem to be able to use a 'normal'-sounding ringtone
- screen is not really readable in broad daylight - ie walking outside in a sunny day I can't read the screen when receiving a call
Still, despite the above it's a nice phone
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