Pros Simple menu options and great call quality
Cons Doesn't tell you when you missed a call!
Summary There is no audible reminder or message displayed on the front of the phone if you miss a call or text message. You won't know you missed something until the next time you open up the phone. This is simply a fatally flawed design--I took my phone back to the store and traded for another brand.
Pros Thin and sleek, lots of features
Cons Call quality is low, S20 pin port not compatible with any audio adapters
Summary I tried this phone out for a couple of weeks, and switched to the SGH-A707. I'm not so concerned with design and features; I was just interested in ease of use as a phone and an MP3 player without a lot of extra expense.
This phone has terrible call quality; whether land line or cell phone, local or long distance, I found it hard to understand the caller because of how muffled it sounded.
I didn't get to try it as an MP3 player either. The headphone/charger jack is an S20 pin port, unlike their older models, and the only wired headphones I could find for this phone I would have needed to order from Samsung. The only other choice I had was Bluetooth, and I wasn't ready to shell out another $80-150 for headphones most people review as uncomfortable. I have headphones I'm happy with, but there is no adapter available for the S20 pin port. Believe me, I looked.
The phone has a solid design that seemed like it could have taken the abuse I will surely subject it to, and it was not too bulky. Maybe some will have more luck with this phone than I; I'm just not willing to put more effort into making this phone work for me.
I've only has the (Sync)SGH-A707 for a day and am already much happier with the call quality (RadioShack told me this phone is recommended for hearing impaired persons; I don't know about that, but it's definitely better) And better yet, for just a couple dollars I can buy an audio adapter for this phone so I don't need to buy Bluetooth (though, like the a517, it does support stereo Bluetooth).
So far, it seems to me the SGH-A517 doesn't offer anything (it's predecesor?) the SGH-A707 offers, but rather lags behind it in quality. It looks sleeker, but it's not.
Pros Ez to use, web, music player, mp3, great photo quality, great sound. I just love this phone, and its durable!!!
Cons The only thing is it doesnt have Flash, but u can adjust picture to outdoors, flurecnet lights, indoors, bright.
Summary Simple ez to use phone, with really great features!!! U dont need to know rocket science for this phone and still use the wonderful features!!!
Pros easy to use good volume
Cons finger prints galore
Summary Nice phone the wife and i are very happy with it we used the camera and have no complaints if you need better pictures than get a camera and not a phone took great pics of the grandson on a horse the phone is good the volume is is great and it as a phone works alot better than the sprint/nextels we have had in the past.