Ask questions and try before signing contract
Reviewed on Saturday August 11, 2007 by Bruce, Vancouver
- conversations on phone are loud and clear
- bright clear display
- phone is good looking
- GPS Navigator ($10 per month with [service provider]) works quite well
- muscic played back has good sound through earphones included with the phone
The bad and the ugly:
- reception is relatively poor. I ended up taking the phone back and cancelling my contract because it kept dropping calls and missing calls from my basement office, where my old trusty LG 125 had little trouble connecting
- picture quality is relatively poor with washed out color and a general impression of taking pictures through a cloud of smoke
- pictures can be stored to the built in phone memory, or to a micro SD card (which has to be purchased separately). If you save images to the SD card, you cannot look at them after you have taken them - the picture gallery menu item seems to only access the built in memory. If you use the SD card for pictures, you are taking them blind, without a chance to check what your pictures look like. This is back to the days of film cameras!
- having taken a bunch of pictures, you decide to transfer them to your computer. But wait - no USB cable is included. You go to your computer store to buy one, and find that the Samsung USB cable jack is a wierd one, and you have to purchase the cable from your phone dealer. [service provider] wants $50 for the USB cable, an item which should cost no more than $10.
- you fall back on your computer expertise, and set out to transfer your pictures from the SD card by Bluetooth. But wait - the phone can be seen from your Blutooth equipped computer, but you can't see how to transfer files. A look at the phone manual states that the phone's Bluetooth does not support data transfers.
- you then fall back on taking the SD card out of the phone and reading it in an external card reader. It takes considerable picking an poking with a small knife or paperclip to release the microSD card from the phone, as it is deeply recessed and cannot be released without using tools if you have trimmed fingernails. Then you find out that the SD card is too small to fit in standard card readers, so you have to remember to always pack around the adapter which allows the microSD card to be put in a standard SD card reader. Then again, if you want to transfer pictures from your phone to the computers of friends that you visit, they might not have a card reader of their own. So, along with the adapter, you must remember to pack along a card reader with you.
- having gotten your pictures off the card and some music onto the card, you find you are running out of room. No problem, 2 GB micro SD cards are readily available. But wait - the phone only supports 1 GB cards, which is going to be really annoying in the third year of your 3 year contract when 4 and 8 GB cards are readily available.
- accepting all of the above negatives, you decide to sign a contract anyway, and purchase a $30-40 micro SD card and a $50 cable to turn your "free" phone (which you are stuck with for 3 years) into a 1 GB MP3 player. You ignore the fact that you could have just gone out and purchased a stand-alone 1 GB MP3 player for $50.
- as you use your new phone, you notice that it seems to be really hard to navigate through the menus. You can be clicking away, and suddenly you jump from your logical position in the menu system to somewhere else. After a bit of looking at the problem, you find that the "down" button of the directional button system is very narrow, and is right next to the "back" button. Both buttons are totally flat, and there is nothing to tell your fingertip which button it is on by feel. It is really easy to press the back button when trying to navigate downwards. This might not be a problem for those with small fingers, or who press keys with their fingernails, but for me it meant that I had to be constantly watching what I was doing, and arch my fingers up in an awkward manner to make a pressing surface which would not snag the wrong key.