Pros Good call quality, the red is a rather nice color, ringtones play nice and loud through the speaker, integrated AIM support
Cons Dropped calls right and left, keypad is not very pressure-sensitive, low-quality inner and outer display, poor camera, ugly user interface
Summary I got the Samsung SGH-T229 out of desperation after accidentally causing irreparable damage to my Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, which rendered me phone-less and needing one within days.
For the money, sure, the phone does what it needs to do--calls people, sends messages. For the $80-something I paid, I wouldn't expect any bells and whistles. But I did find this phone disappointing on many fronts.
The call quality is great--when you can actually make a call. I don't know if it's a particular problem with Samsungs (the next phone I purchased, a Samsung T429, experienced the same problem tenfold), or just with T-Mobile, or what, but I couldn't get reception in my school, in most grocery stores, at the mall, or more than five miles outside the nearest city, which was intensely frustrating.
Another thing I really didn't like about the T229 was its keypad. It wasn't really very pressure-sensitive, leading to much slower sending of messages than I had become accustomed to with my Nokia 5310. After awhile, I acclimatized to it, but it was still slightly inconvenient.
The display and camera on the phone are both very poor quality, but those would probably count as the aforementioned "bells and whistles" that were cut from the phone. The camera worked okay under bright light or outside in the sun, but in a normally-lit room, the majority of pictures had an odd yellowish or reddish tinge to them. Additionally, the small outer screen is supposed to be able to be used to be able to line up self-portraits, but I could never see it well enough in the light that was the necessary strength to get a good picture.
I loved the integrated AIM support (although I am sure that, by now, this feature is included on the majority of T-Mobile phones), but the keypad made sending messages in a timely manner somewhat difficult.
All in all, this is not the worst phone I've ever had, and it'll do in a pinch if you're utterly desperate for a new phone under $100, but if you have the time to shop around, there are better entry-level phones out there.
Pros Good voice quality and a speakerphone loud enough to be heard in noisy environments. Good reception even in fringe areas with 1 bar or less. Haven't dropped a call yet (which I can't say for several previous phones on various different networks).
Cons Coming from a series of phones by another manufacturer, the menus took a bit of getting used to. The camera is not the best but will do to take pictures of the fender bender you just had because you were distracted by talking on your phone.
Summary Reviews these days seem to concentrate on which of the latest gizmos are included in a particular phone's feature set. Let's not lose track of the fact that this is a phone primarily to make voice calls. Yes, you can text with it, play games etc. but that's not its primary purpose. As an inexpensive, quality handset for making and receiving voice calls, this unit is difficult to beat.
The display may not be the largest, but it is large enough and contrasty enough that you can actually see the numbers you are dialing even in bright sunlight.
I tend to use this phone a lot in the server room (with racks of equipment roaring in my ear) and the volume on the speakerphone still makes my caller quite intelligible.
The combination of a contrasty and legible display, a speakerphone capable of being heard in high noise environments and the sensitivity to send and receive calls in fringe reception areas make this phone a winner in my book.
Pros love the red color, reception, bluetooth, call quality, camera, sound quality, battery life
Cons camera is very disappointing, internal display is low res, needs micro sd
Summary overall its a nice phone with a good price tag, paid 90 bucks for it retail price which to me is worth it, internal screen display is very bad for samsung ive seen a lot better, one of my favs bout the phone is the red color it just stands out, speaker ringtone and call quality to me are great, always a clear call with no static, ringtones can be heard nice and clear and speakerphone is decent, camera is terrible but whatever, like i say on every review i believe almost every cell phone should have a memory card slot for extra storage but thats just my opinion, web is pretty fast its a nice option, and you shouldnt have any problems with the battery cover coming of if you drop it cause it snaps in very secure, but its a pretty decent phone overall, so there is my review
Pros red, keypad/navigation, size
Cons interface, photo quality, no music
Summary It's a really great phone for those who use it mainly for just calling. I really loved the red and didn't mind the silver on the back since I'm used to that from Samsung. The battery cover was pretty sturdy and the hinge was pretty good, too.
I love the keypad since it wasn't entirely flat and the middle column was recessed. All the buttons were a decent size.
The external display really bothered me though. Next to the fact that it's monochrome (which I don't really mind), it's off center. It gave me a weird feeling, looking at an off center display. But it's nice that it also works as a viewfinder.
The resolution was so noticeably low. The graphics didn't come out that great and the colors just didn't pop. Also, the camera wasn't the best, either. Photo quality was low-ok.
For someone like me, I'd think twice before getting this, but if you're someone who just needs it to call, then definitely get this.