Pros Does what is says it will
Cons Likes to make its own phone calls
Summary With simple requirements I bought this for 2 reasons: One) apparent low SAR ratings from CNET and Two) flip format meant less worry about accidental unmanned phone calls.
On 1) SAR documentation 'in the box' actually says CDMA head 0.729 / Body 1.24 and PCS Head 1.42 / Body 1.35. (no engineer but those are higher numbers then I was looking for).
On 2) the phone's designers added a nice little button on the outside, just where your finger naturally lands when picking up the phone AND beautifully exposed to any mechanical pressure from a pant's pocket or bouncing around in a bag.
The button ... well if gently pressed once, it arms the phone to dial the last number called, and if gently pressed again... it calls the last number called. Works like a charm, all by itself in a pocket ... as I eventually found out after burning up a pile of minutes.
Maybe Samsung engineers called it the 'ching-ching' button since it's great for billing extra minutes to your account.
Reading the documentation you will learn that you use this same button to 'lock' the phone against accidental calling. Unfortunately (for you) less the 2 seconds of unintentional pressure on this button and your phone reverts to its profitable unmanned-calling self.
Up here in Canada, this little money maker is activitely being pushed in Bell Mobility stores by floor-staff, no doubt unaware of this little button's benefit to Bell's bottom line from bonus-billing.
Buyer Beware is approaching the PhD level of consumer awareness...
"This wll be a very quick review because there isn't much too write about with this phone."on by joem1
Pros Well lite new board, relatively small and light, decent battery life.
Cons It has a speaker (one of the main reasons I bought it), but it's just about useless. Overall sound quality poor to fair. External display too small. Voice commands are not clear.
Summary I've been with Sprint for 8yrs and 4 phones. Typically, my service area (Boston north) has good to excellent sound quality/reception, but not with this phone. This is marketed/advertised as a basic phone with some pazazz, and it's performance is as basic as it gets. This phone is a perfect example of getting less for what you paid for. Spend the extra $$ and get something worth while. I certainly would have to question Samsungs R&D on this one!
"Great phone!"on by mil man
Pros Easy to use, works very well, good sound quality.
Cons None. Can't think of any.
Summary If you want a decent phone and don't need it to do everything including make the bed, then this is it. I didn't need a camera phone or one with all kinds of extra stuff on it so this suits me just fine. It has better sound quality than my previous phone and is simple to use. I have no complaints.
Pros rugged, except for external LCD
Cons pocket dialing. terrible speakerphone. unnecessarily complicated menus.
Summary If you are thinking of getting this phone, be sure that turning keyguard 'ON' makes it impossible to push the external speakerphone button to make a call. There may be a recent firmware revision that fixes this flaw (but isn't a downloadable update). On mine (and many others), when keyguard is ON, it just makes it so the button has to be held down. Pocket-dials CONSTANTLY. So annoying/embarrassing/expensive. I took to dialing voicemail after making a call so that if it did pocket-dial it would just be to myself.
Not to mention that when you pull it out of your pocket you inevitably push the key, and the external LCD (instead of displaying the time, etc) says 'Keyguard on...blah blah...' for what seems like an eternity, so you have to open it up to actually see the time, etc.
Other comments that 'you just have to read the manual' are plain wrong. Yes, I turned keyguard on within minutes of buying this phone and no I didn't RTFM. Get a grip people, you aren't the only ones with half a clue.
I was so irritated by this flaw I just pried the button off, broke of the little white button inside and put the button back on, so now that button doesn't EVER work. That's my keyguard. I'm looking forward to life without that d*mn button.
Oh, and the menus are unnecessarily complicated. No, I don't think it's good design to have to push 6 different buttons to get to a search of your contacts. Ugh. Luckily, you can program shortcut buttons to get around that terrible default design, but come on people...
The speakerphone is useless unless there is zero background noise and the other person isn't using speakerphone, or you hold it up to your face....in other words it's always useless.
And the pro? Well it is rugged I guess. That was about to be a con given so many other cons...if you get my meaing....but now that I've permanently disabled the speakerphone it's a pro.
Pros Internal antenna
Cons Small external display
Summary The phone is great. Ignore those reviews complaining about the redial button. They should have opened the manual, or gone through the menu once before complaining about it. To disable the redial button: Menu/Settings/Others/KeyGuard=ON
Now wasn't that easy?