"Poor call quality and missing main features"0.5 starson by mezren
Pros: Nice-looking (until you touch it); keyboard
Cons: Poor call quality; no charging battery indicator; no new voicemail indicator; no missed calls indicator; flimsy battery cover; weak vibrator
Summary: I bought this phone (for my mother and me) because of a pretty good report on CNET. It was nice-looking too.
The report mentioned in Performance: "Call quality was impressive on both ends of the line. Voices sounded consistently natural and comfortably loud, perhaps a tad muffled on our end."
I have not overlooked "a tad muffled on our end." "a tad" turned out to be a misstatement. Unless a caller had a very clear articulation, I could not understand half of what he/she was saying. In most cases I would interrupt a conversation and call from my landline.
The external display goes off in 10 or so seconds. So in order to check for missed calls, or new voicemail, or the battery charging status you have to press a button to see this info - pretty annoying.
The solution for all these could be a flashing light like in older phones. It's especially usefully when you recharge the battery. I believe the reason Samsung removed this feature was that you can easily forget and eventually kill the battery quicker and buy a new one. This flash light does not drain the battery while in charging mode. So what's the reason?
Vibrator is very weak. If the phone is on your desk or in your bag, you don't feel anything.
It seems Samsung increased the battery life, but they did it at the expanse of main features, so no real progress in six years.
Look - decent but not flawless. It's glossy therefore pretty quickly it get's "littered" with your fingerprints forcing you to clean it every time you take it out.
Battery cover: it has so flimsy hooks which will last until you drop the phone first time then you'll need to buy a new cover. Things do fall, so why not to me make them more durable? Actually now most of electronics have this deliberately designed flaw, i.e., planned obsolescence.
We kept these phones for a week then gave up and returned them. We really need new phones (our old ones look so old) but they are superior to this one. The call quality of this phone does not come close to my old Samsung E-105. I cannot help but think about planned obsolescence. Samsung made a phone with a bunch of new features, but if you cannot talk on such a phone, who cares about the camera, the look, and other stuff?
Take what is already good and if you can improve it without worsening the call quality - fine, otherwise don't change anything.