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I got this phone about a year ago and only bought it because it was a bargain - I can't remember exactly how much it was but I think it was free by the time I got extra clubcard points on it or something. I wasn't getting on with my first smartphone and so decided to sell it and just use the GS101.
This is a very basic mobile phone - it's not a smart phone - it doesn't have the facilities to browse the internet, take photos or check e mail or anything. It can ring and text people and has a few little extras like a calculator, calendar and simple games.
The best thing about the phone is the battery life - now I'm comparing it to my smartphone which lasts only about 12hours but the battery on the GS101 lasts seemingly forever - about a week to be more precise if you're not making many calls or texts.
One of the main downsides is that I haven't yet worked out how to turn off the keypad tones without turning off the sound altogether including the ringtone! This means that it beeps when you press any of the keys, for example when sending a text. I'm guessing that there must be a way to do it but I'm no technophobe and I can't work it out!
The menu is easy to use and the phone is reliable - I've never had any problems with it switching itself off or anything like that which other reviews for this phone have mentioned.
Overall, I would recommend it for someone who wants a very simple phone - parents and grandparents for example.
These are the days when mobile communication is now no longer a new technological curiosity but more so a dependant for life styles, they are sleek and expansive in range of capabilities. Everything is about the possibilities of expansion, how many more tricks can we compile into our dazzling phone. It is easy to forget that in the end of the day they are just phones, you know for um talking?
So it was in that bracket of disenchantment I found myself, a broken phone and little cash did no favours as well I suppose. So I went down to the local Carphone Warehouse, hunched over the cheap and cheerful scanning in with no particular requirements for a working phone. It was this that I had found myself most satisfied with, a nice black design and small enough not to be bullied by iPhone wielding Nazis. If I'm honest its features were really of little concern, the fact that I could send instant messaging and listen to the sultry voices of friends and family was all that mattered.
I brought it home and was initially impressed, a great simple phone I found myself believing, it was easy to setup (a time and date check) and allowed me instant resolution to my phone worries. Life was good and I even started to enjoy its chunkier dimensions. This is a great stepping stone mobile that will solve the most basic phone needs before you pine for something with a little more fun, consisting of games like Sudoku isn't the most exciting.
However it has not been without faults, the vibration setting has been intermittent switching randomly from earthquake inducing shudders to complete silence when a message or call comes in (very frustrating trust me). Then most recently the message box capacity became crippled, only storing 10 texts, but again it seems to have worked the problem out.
Apart from that it is a working phone, you know for um talking?