Pros All the features are easy to use, Good sound quality with or without the speakerphone, good piictures, easy to send to email.
Cons This is the second phone, the screen went out on the first one after about three days. I returned it to Best Buy and they replaced it. So far so good. I have had this phone for about two months now.
Summary I have always had a simple phone this is the first phone I have had with a camera. It is easy to use and works great on T-Moble's Network. I use the pre-paid card plan and it works everywhere, even the remote parts of North Dakota, almost. If a simple phone with a camera is all you want, this one is great! No Complaints.
Pros Not a cheap feeling phone. Crisp, clear calls. Slide is effortless. I've had it for 2 months and no dropped calls or static. I am a fan of Samsung phones.
Cons It's not made for fast texting, but I don't text that much. I just use it for keeping appointments and to do lists
Summary I would recommend this phone for basic uses. Far from the level of Blackberry, but a good phone for security.
Pros -Good call quality, call volume
-Side volume adjuster
-Solid build construction
Cons -Predictive text impossible to turn off permanently, have to keep turning on ABC mode
Summary I have been using this phone for 3 weeks with T-Mobile's prepaid option. As with all other prepaid options, I was limited to a few phones to choose from. I didn't want to pay $80 for a Samsung t349 especially since I wasn't planning on needing the qwerty keyboard as I don't text very often. The Motorola W233 and the Nokia 1661 had horrible reviews for build construction and cheap feeling. I was thus driven to go the middle route through this phone.
For the most part, my experience in the past 4 weeks of using this phone have been positive. I've used the speakerphone at home often to take calls from work and friends and have had no issues with it. The slider as another reviewer stated is effortless and smooth.
Call quality and reception are decent, about the same as I've had on other T-Mobile prepaid phones. It's not up there with Verizon, probably much closer to AT&T's where I live in the Orange County area. But then again, I'm on prepaid, so when I take into account carriers, it's not so much the phone's limitations as much as it is the number of towers the carrier installs.
One reviewer talked about the back portion falling off. Granted, the back portion that comes off to insert the battery is rather thin and doesn't require a weight-lifter's strength to take off. But seeing how I don't plan to take off the battery cover more than once a year or every two years to replace this battery (let alone keep this phone for much longer than a year), I'm willing to bet that reviewer got a defective phone. I haven't dropped the phone to test whether the cover would fall off, but I haven't experienced this issue.
As with all other phones made by big-name manufacturers, the phone's battery can be obtained cheaply on eBay for under $10 should you feel the need to replace it.
The one negative I'm seeing increasingly take place with many other brands and other brands is that the predictive text (T9) is always on and must be turned off manually each time if the ABC mode is preferred. This to me is the one negative to note. I have yet to find a way to turn T9 permanently off and am willing to purchase the proprietary cable to update the OS and be able to transport my photos if an OS update to fix this is available. The most convenient fix for this is to simply hold down the pound (#) key in the new message you're composing for 3 seconds to toggle to ABC mode. Holding the (#) key again for 3 seconds to turn T9 mode back on.
Also, the surprising part is that unlike any other prepaid phone I've ever owned, this phone has a camera! The camera doesn't take superb DSLR-quality pics, but it's great for capturing awkward, silly moments at the bar when the guys are getting drunk stupid. It'll probably be some time before we see an affordable prepaid phone with a camera that has flash capability. Not that I'm complaining. It's a prepaid phone, so what do you expect?
So in sum, my experience with this phone has been satisfying. If you're looking for a feature rich phone, plan on paying hundreds for a smartphone and/or a lengthy contract. But if you just want a solid prepaid phone without compromises on build and call quality as well as the affordability of a prepaid phone, then I highly recommend this phone.
(Quick note: I don't understand people who shell out $80+ a month for smartphone data plans that they don't need for work. I'm not referring to business who have to text often and stay in touch with 30+ clients, but regular joes who work at $10/hour office jobs filing and answering office phone calls)
Pros High quality & prepaid :)
Cons Not the best service...
Summary This Samsung phone is high quality and perfectly priced, but it is available on the wrong service. I use the Net10 prepaid wireless and it saves me money, gives me great coverage, and offers so much. Even at Net10laughoff.com it offers a chance to win a cash prize and become famous. So YAY to the Samsung phone and YAY to the Net10 service.
Pros Compact size; color screen, large buttons.
Cons Large buttons are flat--no raised center makes it easy to fat-finger when dialing or texting. Texting defaults to "T9" mode that prompts with words... contacts entered onto phone get lost, can't be retrieved. poor reception compared to Nokia "brick"
Summary My first, and probably my last Samsung. I picked it for the large buttons, but they are so flat I often hit two keys at once. Taking the phone out the case to answer it often hangs it up; poor reception compared to my previous Nokia "brick" which I used for two years with little problems.