"Broken Implementation"1.5 starson by SylverDragon
Pros: Small form factor, flip phone
Cons: No voicedial, broken bluetooth, useless buttons
Summary: I purchased this phone based on the form factor, and good experiences with Samsung's past products. My next phone will not be a Samsung.
This is my fault, when I purchased the phone, I made the assumption that any phone which worked with a Bluetooth headset would naturally have voicedial. Mae Culpa. Voicedial is oddly absent in this phone.
This phone does not fully implement Bluetooth. It will work with Bluetooth headsets, but that is it. If you want to do any data transfer (say ringtones, pictures, etc.) with a PC, you have to buy the data cable (or so I am told, I have not tried it as I am unwilling to pay for the cable). I somehow doubt that the extra few bytes of code necessary to do this via Bluetooth would have really been a problem, this is just a marketing trick to get you to buy extra equipment.
This phone has the usual complement of number, navigation, and shoulder buttons. And most of them do what you would expect. The problem is, by default your right shoulder button goes to an IM application, which is pointless if you don't want to rack up a huge data transfer bill. the Up button goes to text messaging, again, a data transfer bill trap. Right goes to the IM app, so now we have two buttons with the same, useless function. And left goes to a "My Stuff" menu, which should be named, "Buy stuff". In fact, several of the menus seem to revolve around trying to get you to buy stuff or waste money. Yes, I like to be able to buy games via my phone, having to navigate around the "Buy Games" option every time I want to play a game is annoying. And, of course, none of the button functions can be changed.
As a last note on the buttons, the camera button on the side is an amazing testament to bad design. This button will start the camera, and take pictures. Now, one of the reasons for a flip phone is that you don't have to lock the buttons. So, thanks to this misplaced button, I now have some great photos of the inside of my pocket. I guess if I were to throw a light in there I could document the lint for posterity, but I still would have no way to get those pictures onto my computer.