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I chose this phone primarily because it was cheap because I am particularly clumsy and did not want to splash out on a smart phone, only to drop it in the toilet the next day. This phone is pretty good, I really like it because it is simple to use, the battery lasts for a lot longer than I expected and the camera is surprisingly good, and I often bluetooth my photos onto my laptop and the quality is not too bad.
You also automatically have four games on the phone:
The Sims 2 (which I have never succeeded in playing)
Tetris (which is quite good)
Brain Juice (this again I have never managed to play)
Brick Breaker (same with this one)
(as with the last two games I still don't know what they are because they take ages to load and are even slow afterwards)
When I first got it it lasted for about a week and a half, although it only lasts about 4 or 5 days now, although I have had it for two and a half years. Understanding that this is a basic phone, and that you therefore will not be surfing the web on it, or playing any sophisticated games on it, its only downside that I have come across is that it lacks memory, my phone book is now full, I was unaware you could do that on any phone (I have 220 contacts).
Overall I am very happy with this phone, although if you want it for any kind of gaming, or have a large number of phone numbers to store, I would not recommend it, although you can improve the memory buy buying a separate memory card at extra (varying) cost.
Over the last 2 years I have had a phone that was totally wasted on me. It would be great for someone who knew how to use all the functions but I don't fit that category. I went back to The Carphone Warehouse as they usually have good offers and I got a free Wii last time and now they have free gifts available again. As I work more from home now I did not need the same amount of minutes so was not looking for as good a contract but still got £100 Sainsburys voucher for a £15.50 a month contract. This gives 100 minutes and 250 texts.
Anyway - back to the phone. It is small and lightweight but does not have the same size screen as some of the modern ones. It is a slide phone which is going to be great for me as I always forget to lock it and it ends up dialling someone when it is in my bag. The buttons and controls are a decent size meaning I am not pressing the wrong button when dialling or texting.
As I mentioned it is not a modern phone but it is easy to text, phone, use Bluetooth, take pictures and listen to the radio. I can't find a way to download pictures although there is a memory card slot so it could just be that I need to check it out a bit more.
I set it up in about 10 minutes after it was fully charged and that included ring tone, time and date a picture on the screen and I know how to set the alarm. I have yet to set the mobile tracker but it will be worth doing as it will activate if someone steals the phone and tries to use a different Sim.
All in all it is not the best looking phone but it does what I need, has a few nice little features on top and so far I am glad I chose this one.
I was using this phone for around 2 years and its technically still alive and fully working. The phone is super easy to use and the flat profile of the number buttons makes it easy to glide between them whilst texting. This also means that the pressing of a button isn't always obvious or satisfying. The menu system is simple and well laid out and will give you no trouble in finding what you need. The vibrate function on the phone is quite good and I always noticed it. The battery compartment can be an absolute pain to get open sometimes if you are in a rush but that's normal these days.I did however find that the slide joint started to feel slightly more loose and a bit wobbly after a few months but at no point has it become anything serious. The slide mechanism is very satisfying when you first get the phone and has a snap to it so you always knew how far it had to go but the resistance goes over a shortish time. I can however testify that these phones can take a fair bit of abuse! My best friend managed to keep hers running for over a year and a half which for her is a record as she has horses who have managed to unintentionally wreck her phones before! The camera is absolutely terrible in this phone as is the sound recorder but to be fair, in the price range its to be expected!
I currently own a Samsung C3050 mobile phone and have done so now for over a year. I can say that the phone is simple to use and suits me for my mobile needs, Sending text messages, making phone calls, taking pictures etc. has been made so simple.
The phone has a slide functions and the screen is a fair size. The phone looks stylish and is a good size so is easy to store without any hassles. Their is an FM radio function which allows you via the headphones included to listen to your favourite radio stations. The camera takes good pictures and the video capture is also of good quality. The phone also has bluetooth, memory card, media playback etc.
My criticisms of this model is that the camera resolution of only 2 mega-pixels is disappointing but still allows good images. I also find the battery life is not the best and requires regular charging.
I came to own this particular phone during my in between contracts period, just before I got my new iPhone. This is a very cheap, very ergonomically designed and dare I say it very stylish piece of equipment. It comes with everything a cheap phone could need, some flashy ringtones and some good games. The device has a strong vibrate so can be felt whenever it goes off and its speakers are of quite a high quality so I very rarely missed any calls. It also comes with quite a large memory so can hold a satisfactory amount of music, and to top it all off the digital camera takes some pretty good quality pictures. Mine also managed to survive a stint in the washing machine, which I found pretty darn impressive. All in all if you are after a cheap, simple phone to tide you over for a while, or even a simple first phone for your son/daughter, i would strongly recommend this one.
I've owned the Samsung C3050 since October last year. The only reason that I chose this handset is that it was one of the cheapest I could get on my network. I was seeking something basic to make and receive calls and send texts, and this handest performs these functions excellently. The other functions and add-ons are a little more dubious, as I will explain.
Aside from cost, what sold me on this phone was the overall design. Unlike a lot of lower-priced phones, it is very attractive. It has a slide function, chrome trims, glowing buttons, and is also available in a colour I call "gun metal pink" (which is the model I have). It's a sturdy little phone too - I've dropped mine twice on tarmaced roads since I bought it and it has escaped unscathed. The slide screen is robust. The handset is a good size and you won't find yourself shouting into the microphone. Call quality is good and texting is easy thanks to a a reasonably large and easy to use keyboard. And battery life is good - I never switch mine off but only need to charge for about an hour once a week. The 'fake call' function is also very useful - press one button on the handset and the phone will ring a few sconds later - you never know when this might come in handy....
Aside from these, the phone has several additional functions, all of which are of quite poor quality. The camera generates very low-res images and does not have any capacity to work in low light conditions. The games are limited and basic but this was not an important consideration for me. There is an integrated music player which I have never used, and given the size of the phone's memory (it will only store 200 messages, and I'm constantly having to delete texts) I doubt that much in the way of audio files could be stored. The choice of ringtones is very limited, and the alarm 'melody' is awful! When I bought this handset in the carphone warehouse the sales assistant was very candid with me about the unsuitability of this phone for web browsing. It is possible to connect to the internet but the small screen size and memory make this function difficult to use. But at around £20, you can't expect smartphone functionality, and it does offer excellent value for money.
In summary, this is a good basic phone from the very bottom of the price range that works well, is sturdy, and does not look embarassingly cheap.
Living in Germany at the moment I needed to purchase a basic phone at the beginning of the year which I could use with my german sim card.
I took a trip to the Carphone Warehouse and gave them all the details of what I required in a handset. They immediately pointed me towards this handset.
- Usage -
This is the first sliding style phone which I have owned so I wasn't too sure about it at first. Now I realise how great it is to be able to answer a call by simply sliding the handset open.
First impressions of the phone were really good. The menu seemed to be good and for the price (£24.99) there were so many features on this phone. I particularly like the fact that the product has a built in FM radio and a camera! (I wouldn't get too excited about the VGA camera though!). The phone also features an MP3 player and a Micro SD card slot so you can load all your favourite tracks onto the phone.
- Problems -
As this is not my principal handset I was not too worried with the problems, as in the end you get what you pay for, and the phone is brilliant for the price you pay!
Firstly, I noticed that when you are using one of the inbuilt themes it can be sometimes difficult to see what is selected when scrolling through the menu - This really isn't a problem though as you can just use another theme.
Secondly, due to the fact that I frequently send text messages I have been disappointed by the texting system on this phone. Having not used a Samsung before I found the whole system very difficult to get used to. I don't know why but uppercase letters keep appearing when I don't want them to and I am sorry to say it but it texting on this phone really isn't great. - Maybe it's just because I haven't given it a chance to get used to.
All in all if you want a budget phone packed full of features this phone really is a great option. A few years ago this phone really wouldn't have been an option and it is amazing how fast technology has progressed!
If you pop into a phone shop they are normally more than happy for you to try a handset out, so my advice would be to give the product a go before you buy.
Around 6 months ago I went on holiday and managed to leave my samsung phone charger at home. Since I am of a generation that cannot function without a phone I went off in search of a charger. My discovery? A new charger would cost me £15, a new samsung phone £20. Hence how I came to own the Samsung C3050, yet another of Samsung's low-cost mobiles. But does low-cost mean low-performance?
The C3050 is black, non-descript, fits in the palm of your hand and is roughly the same thickness as a female hand. It slides open easily to reveal a keypad, which automatically glows to highlight the numbers. The basic screen has the time clearly in big print in the middle with the day and date underneath it (good for people like me who struggle to remember such calendar basics). Once you click for the menu 12 coloured symbols appear to represent the various features of the phone.
It may be a basic phone but it has all the usual functions - phone book, texts, alarm, calendar, stopwatch, timer, calculator etc. It also has a few of the features you don't always get, such as radio. The in-built camera/video is best described as 'functional' rather than anything special, and the games it comes with are globally poor and in fact are mainly just 'trials' so you have to pay if you want to be able to play more than the first level.
The call quality
Like the phone itself I would call the quality of calls 'average' - not crystal clear, not terrible.
Ease of use
One of the plus points to it being a fairly basic phone is that it is easy to use and to find what you want. The buttons are big enough and responsive enough to make texting straightforward and in general nothing seems to be too sensitive/too stiff.
Its a cheap phone and therefore unsurprisingly will not compete with some of its pricier counterparts but it is functional, has bounced well when dropped and seems to have a good battery life, which is pretty much all I need in a phone.
The only feature that repeatedly annoys me is the 'fake call' option which is activated if you accidentally press down and then to the side, which my handbag seems to manage not infrequently which leaves me disappointed when I managed to locate my phone only to discover no-one wanted to talk to me!
In summary: recommended if on a budget
I think it is safe to say that ever since I got my first mobile back in 2005 (yeah I was rather a late starter) I never realized just how many I would go through in just 6 years! There's my original Nokia which was rather useless for the most part but wasn't bad for texting. Then there was the newer Nokia (I can't remember the make) which had the 0 and 8 partially broken. You've no idea how hard it is to text when you can't use spaces every time the phone decides to go in a mood. A new Sony Ericsson was meant to solve that problem in 2008 but a month after getting it, in a freak accident it ended up in the washing machine. Go figure.
Now to my latest mobile treat - The Samsung C3050 - surely phone companies are running out of random letter and number combinations to have on their phones. Why can't they just give them proper names like Jaguar or Xtreme? It would make them a hell of a lot easier to tell to your friends without having to have to try and find the missing box!
For a year and a half now I've had this phone and I have to say that it has not let me down a single time! It's incredibly robust and has yet to take any damage despite being dropped on the floor several times (not on purpose mind) and sharing space with keys, pens and other items. It's quite a rugged little thing, very similar in vein to a Toyota. It's designed to keep running no matter what the world throws at it!
The phone has all the general features that you look for in such a device - you can hone, text and take high quality photos thanks to its 8 Megapixel camera! Films are also possible here and at high quality too. It offers several photo types including Panoramic and options like Black and White for the photos. The phone can also hold music thanks to a small SD memory card which is useful for holding tracks sent by the reliable Bluetooth service from friends. There's also a handy alarm which I have used most days to get me up and ready for studying at University. It's important to remember though that you have to press the left button and not the hang up button to stop it. Otherwise it enters automatic snooze mode for 15 minutes and can ring at the most inopportune of times!
As a sliding phone it's usually expected to have some faults coming with it. However for the most part mine has run without incident. Occasionally the touch pad can get a little overenthusiastic for its own good but this is a minor niggle in an otherwise great phone.
It's simple and easy to use which benefits children as well who might want a mobile as a present. This wouldn't be a bad choice for a parent to get as its standard controls are a breeze to operate and texts can be composed quickly. It's also a cool option for teenagers and adults due to its sleek black design which makes it look incredibly fashionable in today's world.
All in all, there is little to fault in this great phone from Samsung. Despite having a somewhat unreliable reputation at times, this phone has yet to fail me and is more than worth the money in my opinion. Simple to use, great to look at and with plenty of optional features to keep you entertained. You can certainly do a lot worse than this!
When it comes to mobile phones I guess I am about as conservative as it is possible to get, my first I hated with a passion but was forced to use it for work.
My second was a dream come true, it did everything and more I could have wished for and survived every form of abuse I hurled at it. When it finally expired after being dropped into a glass of Scotch (hint, do not balance your mobile on a glass while carrying from one room to another), I decided my best option was to keep with the same make, since I had owned my previous phone for well over three years a new one would be better, right?
Sigh. First thing I looked for was a decent size pad, my hands have been described as shovels so dainty stuff does not work, and touch screens ignore me. the C5030 hides a nice responsive key pad under a slider, another good point, I like hiding keypads as I kept phoning people with my first phone just be walking around with it in my pocket.
That was the good part. Then I got it home. To my confusion and dismay the memory card rescued from my last phone did not fit, same make phone but different fittings?? Boo! I had to fork out £30 for a new one, not pleased, but I was used to using my phone as a backup memory stick.
Ah, another problem, where is the interface cable? Root in the box, not there, gah, more expense? Nope, it does not take one. Rats.
The keyboard bleeps at every touch, which gets me scowled at on the early morning train and in the office, if there is an option to shut it up I cannot find it.
The games are all demos that demand money for the real thing, just like the wife really.
The camera does not have a flash and if it did I have to Bluetooth the result over, or shuffle the memory chip.
Battery life is worse new than my previous phone after three years and with no USB charge function I keep finding it flat after extended periods in the office.
Over on the plus side I like the alarm function, it has a "once only" setting I use a lot as I often have to get up at weird hours. The radio is not bad, though I find I have to balance the phone upright to get the best reception. Speaker function is not bad at all but drains the battery very quickly.
On the whole not that impressed and it will be consigned to the spare drawer very shortly. A good chunky phone for basic use, but as a companion it lacks functionality.
I never initially set out to get a new mobile phone as I rather liked the one I already had. The problem was that we wanted to get a new television (sounds confusing I know bare with me) one of my friends had told me about a deal at the carphone warehouse where if you sign up to a two year contract at £25.00 a month not only do you get the phone and the minutes but you get a 32 inch HD flat screen television for free!
I thought this deal was too good to be true, but I got on the internet looking at the carphone warehouse website and was all in fact true.
After ordering it in an exited daze, I didn't spend much time looking over the details for the phone. (To be honest I was more bothered about the television) when I thought of a contract phone though, I thought I was going to get one of those new ones or at least something better than what did come.
When it arrived I was rather disappointed with it. It's not what I was expecting at all. It was this point when I realised that the television wasn't exactly a 'free gift' and really we were paying for that. I should have listened to my grandma when I was smaller saying "you never get anything for free Zoe."
So apart from my initial disappointment the phone isn't too bad. It looks quite sleek and stylish. It's lightweight and slim and its one of those that slides up and down. Mine is black, but I think you can get them in pink as well. It has a little silver panel at the bottom which has a button to access the phonebook, custom, menu and to answer and hang up a call.
It also has a square in the centre which allows you to move up, down, left and right on the main menu. It also has Samsung written on the top of the phone in silver writing.
On the sides of the phone there are two buttons to control the volume, either for music, or the volume of a call. Then it has a compartment to fit the charger and the head phones and a slot for a memory card. The phone doesn't come custom with a memory card but as the phone its self doesn't have a large memory capacity it would be handy to get one.
In the box you get; the phone (obviously) the charger and the headphones. Mine also came with the sim card as mine was a contract, I don't know if a pay as you go would come with a sim but I would assume it does as I have never known a phone to not come with a sim card. It also contains the instruction manual which is handy to use instead of spending hours trying to navigate yourself around the phone functions.
So to the phone it's self. On the main screen you can choose to have a picture that is already built onto the phone or one of your own photographs. At the moment my phone has a picture of me, my daughter and my partner wearing postman pat masks we made ourselves - so cute!
There is a bar at the top on the main screen which has the time (digital), the signal your phone has, the date, and the battery power left. I have found that the battery once fully charged lasts approximately four days but I don't use my phone that often so therefore it lasts longer. It can also show your connectivity if you are using the internet or Bluetooth and has a little symbol showing whether you have your alarm on.
On the main menu there are 12 different functions. I will give a brief description of them all but I don't want to bore you, plus you might like to rummage around the different functions by yourself if you decide to purchase one.
Call log -
So basically this is as it says - it's a log of the calls you have made, received and missed. It's not the most interesting function but it can come in handy for tracking who you have last spoke to etc.
Phone book -
So the phone book - everybody will already know that this is the place where all of your contacts are kept. So basically it's the foundation for your socialisation! And in my opinion the most used function of a phone. As well as adding phone numbers to a contact name you can also add a photograph, their birthday and email address. There is also a function that allows you to categorise contacts into different groups. Family, friends and work. Along with this and the ability to add personalised ringtones to a contact you can clearly choose who's calls you want to avoid (such as work ....cough ..Cough!)
Music player -
With the memory on the phone you can only have a maximum of two songs, depending on the size. That's why it's advisable to buy a memory card to go with the phone. As for me, I am happy only having two songs; as long as I have one for a ringtone I'm satisfied. This also categorises the different songs into groups such as artist, genre, albums etc. The sound of the music player is really good, and it had functions for stop, play, pause, fast-forward and rewind.
This allows you to access the internet. You can either choose to go to the home page of your provider or alternatively you can enter your own website. Not having used the internet on this phone I couldn't really comment on how useful it is.
This allows you to create text messages, see your inbox, outbox drafts and sent box. The phone automatically saves your sent messages but there is a function to turn this off. Personally I like to have them saved as I like to see what I have sent if say I have a long conversation I like to look back at what was said. This also allows you to send picture messages where you can adjust the colour and size/shape of your text etc.
My files -
This is where all the pictures, videos, music and sounds are stored. There is also a box for other, but I don't think this actually has a purpose or at least I've not figured out what it is!
This is where all your items such as calculator, calendar, converter, memo, and tasks are kept. I find most of these functions useful and have used them all at some point.
The camera is decent enough, you can zoom and change the brightness etc. It's not the worst phone camera in the world but it is certainly not the best either. It's functional and it does the job. There is also a option to add a frame or a funny face to the picture, this can be entertaining if you are feeling bored! You can also switch to the video from the camera, the quality of this is simular to that of the camera, you can record for around two minutes at a time but this does take up a lot of memory. you can't zoom whilst recording either.
FM radio -
Never having used the radio, I couldn't comment on how well it works, but I do know you have to have the head phones in to use it.
This is the box that contains the games! I'm not much of a games person myself but the games that come with this phone are actually quite fun! There are 6 games on the phone in total but only one of them is the full game but in my opinion the best one! Sudoku! The other games are all trials and have to pay to use the full game. Within this category there is also a timer which for me, is the key between well cooked and burnt food! It also has the application to turn the Bluetooth on and off and change names etc.
Alas alarms! The key for waking me up in the morning! You can set 4 different alarms at one time and they all have functions to snooze and repeat. You can also chose how long you want before each snooze. There are several ringtones on the phone that you can use as your alarm; these are all very annoying noises that are guaranteed to wake you up and aim straight for that all important snooze button! Alternatively you can always use one of your own songs.
Ok, so last are the settings. This enables you to be able to change well... the settings! You can change the phone display, the time and date, the back ground colour which comes in only black and white. You can check your memory status and add or disable security settings.
My overall opinion. I have had this phone for four months now and I have grown too really like it (even though I am not happy with the price I am paying!) it has the basic functions, which really is all I need. It's very durable considering I have already dropped it several times!
Would I recommend it.......? I think I would it's not a bad little phone and
I have seen it in Tesco for £30.00, so it's not a bad price either. If you are one of those that just uses a phone for calls etc (like me) then it's the perfect phone. If you are one who likes all the apps and gadgets then I would advise you get a more advanced phone. Overall I will give this little phone 4 out of 5 stars.
I bought this great little phone about 9 months ago for £30 from the carphone warehouse, Firstly it looks great, most cheap phones dont have particularly great styling in my opinion. for a £30 phone you cannot expect many features such as gps, internet browsing etc. however what it does have exceeded my expectations by miles! FM radio, mp3 player, bluetooth, a camera which isn't great but could be much worse!
I find the menus very easy to navigate around and user friendly and the buttons feel great to press and I have found I always pressed the right one, unlike some phones where the buttons are squashed in so close together. I have dropped this phone a couple of times onto concrete by accident of course but it only took a little scratch, still works perfectly well which is great!
Overall a stylish, reliable phone which for its tiny price packs a lot of great features found in much more upmarket phones, a great buy!
I paid £30 for this phone on Orange Pay as you Go, and it has proved to be a really good buy. Especially since it still worked after going for a swim in the toilet!! (I don't recommend trying this at home! And yes, the toilet was clean!)
It has a music player, and FM radio, and comes with headphones. Without the headphones, the sound is not great. The phone has space for a memory card, so can store as many songs as you want it to.
The battery life is pretty good, it lasts for about two days, but as I spend most of my commuting time (2 hrs a day) using the phone for the internet and listening to music, this seems reaonable.
The phone looks good, it has a nice sized screen, the keys are easy to read, and mine is purple - an added bonus!
It is also really robust, as well as the toilet incident, it has survived being dropped, cycled over, and a day in my daughter's school!
The downsides to this phone are the camera quality, which is quite poor, and the fact that it does not hold as many old text messages as I would like. However, this is only a problem because I always forget to delete old messages!
Hi, I've had this phone for about 6 months now. I quite like how small it is, my internet connection is fine (I'm on o2), but there are a couple of things that annoy me slightly about this phone!
If you take a picture with the phone on it's side, you can't turn the picture around to have it as your wallpaper - the same if you want to use it as someone's caller id.
I bought a 4gb memory card as I am often wanting to download games etc - but I can't change the default memory - so there is a limit to how many games you can download.
Overall though, I am happy with the phone - it's easy to navigate and has a long battery life - even though I use it all the time for looking at facebook etc...when the battery does run out it charges fully back up in about half an hour.
I would recommend this phone to someone who is looking for a cheap, good all round phone!
I recently bought this phone as a replacement for my blackberry which was very overcomplicated, and lets put it this way - when i accidently dropped it into a drink of squash and broke it, i was quite glad at the prospect of being able to buy a nice simple phone!
And a nice simple phone the samsung is. One of the cheapest around currently without being rubbish. It is simple, easy to use, but does everything a mobile needs to do. Talk quality is clear and loud. Buttons are big enough to use easily and without getting in a pickle. The menu is clearly laid out and it is easy to navigate.
It is also a sturdy little phone. The slide function keeps the buttons hidden away safely. It fits snugly in your hand and is comfortable to use.
Id recommend this phone to anybody after a cheap and simple phone that delivers.