Pros slim, light, great look, easy to use
Cons wallpaper options, default ringer options
Summary This review is really in response to ulara's review...I noticed some mis-information and wanted prospective buyers to have accurate information.
Yes, to unlock the phone, 2 buttons need to be pressed. This is a feature that really doesn't bother me personally. I have not found a setting where you can disable locking the keypad permanently, but do you want to? I carry my phone in my pocket occasionally and, with other phones, I have forgotten to lock the keypad and have accidently dialed phone numbers. So if you're carrying your phone in your pocket, purse, etc, I would think that keypad locking is a plus. That the T429 does it by default is great for me...one less thing I have to worry about.
As far as the slider constantly asking me if I want to lock the keypad - I have NEVER had that happen. I open the slider, the keypad unlocks; I close the slider, the keypad locks. Its a setting on the phone that can be changed. Not sure where its at in the manual, but if you go to Menu - Security - Phone Lock, you can enable/disable. My Phone lock is set to "Disable" and I get the actions with my slider as I stated above.
I agree with the fact that the "t zones" soft key is annoying and unfortunately, there is not a way to remove it that I can tell. On other phones, I have never used the right soft key for anything, so its not a big deal for me. Honestly, I'm never really looking at the "main screen" anyway -I'm either texting or talking. I'm getting used to the t zone button in any case.
I agree with the fact that what you get charged for going to t zones is not exactly straight forward though. I too probably will get charged for sending a couple of photos to My Album. This was a little confusing for me at first. I snapped a photo and a message popped up asking if I wanted to "send it to My Album". Of course! After all, that's what I would call my picture folder on my phone right? Nope - it sends it to My Album on the T Mobile website. This is a setting that can be changed while selecting Options in Camera mode. I have stayed away from T Zones except to download some hi-fi ring tones ($2.49 a piece). Using T Zones is free - just watch out what you click on. When in doubt, don't do it.
Another piece of misinformation with ulara's review is Camera mode. There IS a camera button on the side of the phone - one click and i'm ready to snap pictures. Once in "take a picture" mode, there is an Options soft key which will enable you to change any and all camera settings. Also, from that Options menu you can view your stored pictures pretty easily.
The "delete" and then "confirm delete" can get pretty annoying but what can you do? I have already cancelled a couple of my delete actions thanks to the confirm delete. One of those things I can personally live with.
The display is great - font size can be adjusted along with font color and background color. Right now I have a black background with white text - nothing is fuzzy. The graphics look great.
When sending text messages, there IS a recent-recipient option. After typing your text, click send - its the first option on the list! From there you can check off who you want to send it to without going through the phone book.
Overall, I am very pleased with this phone. The call quality is great and I have always had a signal - even in my small town. If you do purchase this phone, read all the material that comes with it - the samsung manual and all the t-mobile booklets. Read up on T Zones so there is no misunderstanding of what you will get charged for. Lastly, play with all the settings and menus on the phone - it will get you more familiar with things and will permit you from hastily judging a truly great phone!
"Avoids the fads"on by Aoiryu
Pros Cool blue color, less flashy design
Cons No data cable to download pictures to computer, no lanyard
Summary I needed a new phone to replace my Samsung RH225, which I had for about 5 years. I picked the Samsung t429 for several reasons. First, it was a Samsung, which I have grown to trust. Second, it was a low price for the amount of features compared to other brands. And last, it allowed me to have a phone with all the new features without being drawn into a fad. RAZR phone and their kin are decent products, but I like the simplicity of the t429 more. The keypad is a big plus, especially next to the RAZR. The keys are more defined and are individual, compared with the RAZR with its 'stencil' buttons. I also wanted to steer clear of flip phones and either wanted a one-piece or a slider, figuring I'd be less likely to break it. The only downsides are things like not having a transfer cable to move pictures back an forth between the phone and computer. As it is set up, you can send the picture to your personal T-Mobile page, but first, you get charged for accessing the web, and second, how do you get them if you have access to the net at that time? Lack of a MicroSD slot doesn't help either. Lack of a lanyard means hold on for dear life (However, I've dropped mine twice, without even a scratch).
In general, this is a great phone for those want to upgrade and get cool new features, but don't want everything under the sun and want to avoid being a sheep. I'm going to be with Samsung for quite some time. Good work.Updated
Another feature of the t429 is the camera location. Samsung made the smart choice by the camera at the extreme end of the phone. most other camera phones, RAZR included, puts the camera more toward the center, making it more likely your fingers will get in the way. The t429 allows you to hold almost the whole phone, making it less likely picture would be blurred by not having a good grip. You can hold the phone the same way you would while making a call, and still take pictures, cutting down the time to snap a picture.
Pros -nice size
-good sound system
-overall an average phone
Cons -turns off/on randomly
-keys SOMETIMES stick
-slow when getting on the internet
Summary I've had this phone for about a year and i'm fairly content with it. Although it might not be perfect its flaws aren't all that frustrating. Occasionally the phone does turn off and then on again, which may get annoying, but it doesn't happen often enough to be a huge problem. The keys do stick somethimes but it catches up in about a second or two. Overall i would say a good phone
Pros I like nothing about this product!
Cons Freezes randomly/turns itself on and off/buttons stick
Summary This phone is terrible, and this is coming from someone who is pretty loyal to Samsung for my electronics. I have had nothing but problems for the year I have had the phone and my husband has already had to replace his within months of getting it.
The buttons stick, the phone requires "rebooting" at least twice a day, it turns itself on and off randomly, I have nothing good to say about this product!
If you are considering buying it - RECONSIDER.
(I rarely post negative reviews of anything, I am usually a satisfied customer)
Pros nothng! i did not like anything about this phone.
Cons short battery life, shuts on and off randomly, freezes when dialing or texting and no one can understand when i am talking.
Summary bottom line-this phone is junk, works better as a paper weight than a phone. have only had this phone for about 4 months and have problems since day one!