Pros Takes great pictures and has bluetooth capability. Perfect for texting and picture messaging. Has a call blocking feature that is awesome.
Cons No email support. Does not support data transfer.
Summary I love this phone because it does a lot of things great. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a no frills phone.
Pros Call quality is nice. The phone's overall design is perfect for the basic user.
Cons Pressing OK doesn't bring up the menu from the home screen. Just a habit of mine, I guess. Ringtones could be better.
Summary Not the most glamorous, not the cheapest POS out there. Samsung created this phone for the low-end mobile phone user market. It can text, it can call, and it can browse the web (Facebook, MySpace, what have you). It's not a stellar EVO 4G, but it gets the job done. If you're toying with your phone all day, unless you are using the Internet, I suggest looking at another phone. The ringtones are "blah", shall we put it, but again, they get the job done by letting you know someone has texted or called you. I have nothing bad to say about this phone because it is a LOW END DEVICE made for users who DO NOT USE THEIR PHONE THAT MUCH. The plans and pricing are pretty good, also.
Pros I like that it has no bells and whistles. The only thing that would make it more of a real phone is if it were hardwired into the wall.
Cons The ringtones suck. Adding a ringtone has proven to be a major challenge. Under the T-Mobile prepay plan you can't block text messages. That also sucks. I don't care about the built-in toy camera.
Summary The design is pleasing to me. It's sleek without being slippery, fits nicely in the pocket, and has a good weight. Its appearance is unobtrusive. It doesn't say "Hey, look at me. I'm a tech geek!" The buttons are large and have a good, quiet clicking action to them. You can feel when you've pressed the buttons. The buttons and display are readable and the main menu is easy to navigate, though the graphics are seemingly designed for children. Deeper menus are basic, but they go quite deep. More options per screen and fewer levels would be my call.
The battery seems to last a good long while and charges quickly.
Its audio quality sounds OK I guess. But all cell phones sound crappy to me (I don't get the popularity of them and why people pay the kinds of prices they do for them). And that brings up the subject of value. This phone can be had relatively cheaply. That's a plus to someone like me who doesn't even want a cellphone to begin with (had to for work). So the phone itself is pretty decent. But then there's the technology side...
I bought this phone in great part because the salesman said I could block text messages, which I had made clear I wanted the phone to do (better would have been for the phone to not be able to receive texts in the first place). Came to find out that prepay customers can't do that. Wish he'd told me that. I was unimpressed with the ringtone selection and wanted to add one of my choosing. Following instructions on adding ringtones to the SGH-T139 via email, I went through numerous attempts and several different file formats before I was able to do it. Most of the email attachments were removed for being either too large or of an incompatible format - the error message did not specify which. Finally got a MIDI file loaded. Although it is not exactly the ringtone I preferred, it is far better than the selection T-Mobile gives you.
As for the camera... doubtful I'll ever use it. Photography is my passion. I don't like receiving calls on my cameras. It annoys me. And I outgrew using toy cameras when I was a kid. I guess they started putting cameras in cellphones to try to distract people from noticing the lack of audio quality and dropped calls. But I digress...
OK, so you can tell I'm not the usual guy. I detest cell phones. So the fact that I'm pleased with this phone says something. It has its flaws, as does any cell phone, but they are minimal in my eye. The overall simplicity and thoughtful design impress me. It's the service that takes points away. Come on, T-Mobile... don't be such schmucks.
Oh, and speaking of that, ever since I bought this phone, I've been getting calls from collection agencies looking for the previous owner of the number. I had only owned the phone for a couple of hours - and not given the number out to anyone - when the calls started coming in. Uncool, T-Mobile, to give out a used number like that.
Bottom line... decent phone. Cheap and devoid of things you don't really need a phone to do. Could be a perfect phone for teenagers, actually.
Pros -Cheap....got at BB on sale for 20!
-Good size keys for texting.
Cons -Old school graphics, fuzzy, and colors not bright.
-Can't connect to your PC (when will Samsung get it and start using the USB connection?)
-Camera is only 640x480.
Summary The biggest drawback of this phone is that you have to "send" any pictures you take because there is no ability to connect to your computer, don't know if you can transfer using bluetooth if your PC has it but probably not considering so many reviewers can't even get the bluetooth to work. Texting is limited and inconvenient for symbols, caps, etc. but I don't text much myself so that isn't a problem for me. Reviewers have complained about the phonebook not being easily accessible but all you have to do is push on the "down" part of the circular function area and it comes right up. The "up" button brings up your call records so you can quickly call any entry there. Only two steps to send a text message...press the center OK button and then "send message", couldn't be easier so I don't know why people are complaining that you have to go through multiple steps to get to these basic functions. Even though the buttons aren't customizable, what else would you want to use these for other than phonebook and sending a text msg? Anyway, all in all for the price I paid, a great basic phone.
Cons Texting is HORRIBLE! T9 is default. No option to change it to ABC mode. You have to MANUALLY select ABC mode EVERY SINGLE TIME!
Summary I bought this phone for my mom who has never texted hoping this would be a way for her to jump on the bandwagon BUT having to scroll through Menu>Messages>Inbox>highlighting & selecting message>clicking Reply> THENHAVING TO SWITCH TO ABC MODE EVERY SINGLE TIME!
(That's SEVEN steps BEFORE you've even typed anything!!!!)
It's ridiculous! It's almost faster to write and mail a postcard!
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