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Easy to use, good for texting as the buttons are quite soft. Would be great for older people that arent as phone-canny as younger people. Wouldnt really recommend this phone as i love my blackberry but for people looking for an easy to use phone, Definately recommend.
I recently moved here from the states and needed a new cell phone. First and foremost, I needed a phone that was cheap, as I did not have much to spend. I also needed a phone that would take pay as you go. This phone met both of my requirements. Starting off with the features, it possess some decent basics. I mean you have a camera, you can text, send and receive picture messages, did I mention it was CHEAP. I think I paid around 20 pounds for this phone. Coming to the negatives of the phone, in this day and age of extremely efficient phones with all sorts of bells and whistles, this is not it. It does not hold a candle to any of the really new and good phones, although it also does not cost an arm and a leg. You won't be able to play all the fun touch screen apps and games. Also, I have issues with service (bars). Sometimes I get an error message that states "Emergency Calls only" however, this could be based on a few other things. First it could be based on where I am living, also on the service provider I am using. All in all, I rate this phone a 3 out of 5. Keeping in mind, I am rating it with OTHER phones of its class and costs. If you need a cheap phone, that will allow you to txt and call, I would rate this a 4/5, but for overall performance I must go with a 3.
i recently broke my mobile phone so got this one as a quick cheap fix until i could afford a snazzy new one. i must say that 6 months on i still havent got a snazzy new one and i have grown to really quite like my little samsung. I generally only use my phone for phoning//texting so this is ideal, it has a nice colourful screen, yes the backgrounds/colour schemes are limited but im not too fussed about that. Ringtone choice also isnt great but i have a nice little classic ring and text tone so that doesnt really bother me either. A great plus to this phone is the fact that its quite durable, ive dropped it a fair few times, keep it in my bag rattling around and its fine. The fact that its quite cheap means that im not constantly terrified about the smallest scratch/ losing or getting it stolen. im going travelling in a couple of months and this will be perfect to bring backpacking as its durable and cheap. if you like a phone with a snazzy camera and lots of games (it only has sudoku) then this isnt for you however. i have also been very impressed with battery life! it can last at least 5 days while constantly being on!!
This phone is nothing more than a phone, which is why many people would love it. It is extremely lightweight, reasonably good looking and quite comfortable to hold.
It is a "candybar" phone, which can be seen as good thing, can be seen as a bad thing, depending on personal preference. It has reasonably large buttons for texting and simple controls for navigating the menus.
The main menu in this phone is as basic as it gets: Call history, phonebook, calender, game (in my case, sodoku), messages, memo's and a few other things including settings. It is easy to navigate around these and it is very simple and easy to use. Calling is easy, as is messaging, the phone even has T9 predictive text! Also, the battery life is great and lasts much longer than smart phones etc.
I purchased my phone from the Orange website using some of my phone fund for just £10, with no airtime, a price I consider to be very cheap.
Remember the good old days when a phone was just that - a phone? Granted it might have had an aerial the size of a lamp post and would require the muscles of Arnie if you wanted to hold it for more than 5 minutes, but these things defined a generation didn't they? Nowadays, phones have become increasingly smaller, to be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Some phones have internet, cameras, GPS and all the other welcome, but unnecessary features. What if you want to reflect on 15 years ago when a phone fit the sole purpose of making and receiving telephone calls?
Well, I've got just the phone for you. Samsung, in their infinite wisdom, know that not everybody wants an iPhone or a Blackberry and some people aren't even that bothered about making a statement to the public regarding their up to date phone. To that end, Samsung have created the E1120, a phone so simple that even your 90 year old Grandmother would be able to use it. Online this phone will set you back around £16.99, in some cases you could find yourself paying up to £40 for it, to put it simply - don't. Nip into your local Argos and pick this phone up for the bargain price of £7.50. The phone is only available on pay as you go (as far as I know), but generally speaking, the people who buy these sorts of phones aren't going to be using it enough to warrant taking out an 18 or 24 month contract.
*** Setting Up ***
Don't worry, this is an extremely simple phone and you're not going to be faced with an uphill struggle when it comes to the set up process. In the box you can expect to see the usual charger, battery, sim card, instruction leaflet and of course the phone itself with the generic sticky label across the screen to protect it from scratches. When it comes to setting up, all that's required is for you to enter the time and the date and you're away, yes you did hear me right, gone are the days of lengthy set up times if you opt for this nifty little phone.
*** Calling ***
With most phones, the most important aspect is of course the calling quality and you're not let down with this phone. Calling quality is crisp, clear and most importantly loud enough for you to fathom what the other person is saying. There are five volume settings, I generally use the highest unless I'm in a completely silent environment. I've never experienced any call cut outs or distortion, however, your level of signal will undoubtedly determine whether you experience this. There's an inbuilt loudspeaker, which is activated using only two buttons. The loudspeaker, again has five volume settings. In comparison to the normal calling quality, the loudspeaker does let this phone down somewhat, with a crackly and distorted sound, forcing you to make that extra effort just to hear what's being said, but if you're not someone who uses speakerphone regularly then this won't be a problem.
*** Texting ***
The phone can store anything up to 100 messages, which depending on how much of a texter you are, may or may not be a lot. If you are an avid texter, you'll be pleased to know that you're able to select individual messages to be deleted all at once, delete every message in one go, or of course delete messages one at a time - the first two options are real time savers. You're also able to 'protect' your messages, this is done by selecting 'options' when looking at a specific text message, scrolling to the bottom and selecting 'protection on'. This is identified with a little padlock symbol on the right hand side of your messages and saves you from any mistakes when deleting messages - a great feature that seems to be standardised on most Samsung phones.
Sending a message is relatively easy and, much like my iPhone, you're able to enter your recipient details at the top of the message, like you would on an email, instead of having to complete the message before moving to the contact screen. Text message wise, you're able to type in T9 predictive mode or the generic abc mode. Predictive texting is all pretty simple, using the 'zero' button to interchange between words. The phone recognises most commonly known words, however, there are a lot of words that you'll need to enter yourself. This is all well and good, as you expect the words to be saved into your phones dictionary for future use, however, this is largely hit and miss and something that flummoxes me everytime. Sometimes the phone will remember a specific word you've entered, however, other times it'll experience a senior moment and forget all about it, forcing you to re-enter it, sometimes several times throughout one text message. This really lets the phone down and I've found other Samsungs that have the capacity to recall words that you've manually entered into your phones dictionary, so there's really no excuse.
*** Screen Clarity ***
The screen clarity is extremely poor by todays standards, the screen is incredibly small too, therefore if you're playing a game, sending a text or checking your calendar, you're likely to experience problems. I consider myself to have good eyesight, I don't require glasses or have any other problems, yet, after using this phone for prolonged periods of time I find my eyes becoming strained and I begin to feel a headache coming on. This, I assume is down to the poor clarity and somewhat blurry screen which does nothing for my eyesight.
*** Generic Features (or lack of them) ***
Even with a very basic phone there are a few standard features that you expect aren't there? A camera? Bluetooth? MP3? I'm going to break it to you gently - none of them are present here, ok, so maybe that wasn't so gentle but you need to know the truth. This phone features no camera and therefore is unable to send or receive MMS messages. There is no intergrated Bluetooth, or even infared for that matter and there certainly isn't an MP3 player to store your music on, let alone the capacity to store them. Infact, there aren't even MP3 ringtones, as this phone utilises the 'old school' polyphonic tones of yesteryear. Retro? Yes. Disappointing? Hell yes! There are just some features that you've come to expect on a phone no matter how old it is and this phone is a big letdown in that aspect.
So onto the (limited) features that it does have. Well, there's a calendar, calculator, convertor, stopwatch and a game, yes just one game - sudoku, which is about as fun as watching the Twilight saga over and over again. There is an inbuilt torch, well, that's what Samsung will tell you anyway. What they actually mean, is that upon selecting this option, the screen will illuminate - ok, if you happen to be stuck in a broom cupboard during a power cut (because so many people are), however, if you're in a normal sized room this would be like lighting a match in a pitch black football stadium.
*** Battery Life ***
This is a much debated topic when it comes to mobile phones, some people simply don't care about how long the battery lasts, whereas for others it can be a deal breaker. The Samsung E1120 comes up trumps in terms of battery life, with Samsung claiming that this phone boasts an ultra impressive 580 hours of standby time and 528 minutes of talk-time. 24 days of standby time sounds extremely steep and I was right to be dubious about it. However, despite it not living up to the hype, the battery does last for a very respectable 7 days, with a decent amount of calls and texts being sent and received.
*** Always Use Protection ***
This phone doesn't claim to be shockproof, waterproof or dustproof like some phones on the market. However, it is incredibly robust, for its extremely lightweight design. It's been dropped numerous times and although there are a few war wounds, it's nothing that the phone can't handle and it's still bravely soldiering on to this day.
As far as security goes, this phone has all the usual features of todays phones - a pin code and phone lock are both present here and incredibly easy to set up and use. Somewhat superfluous to some people but a feature that I've always been fond of with Samsung phones is the ability to lock certain parts of your phone e.g. messages, pictures, call logs etc. This is a feature that my far superior iPhone sadly lacks.
*** Overall ***
Although there are some positive aspects regarding this little handset, (call quality, battery life) the phone is unfortunately letdown by some rookie mistakes, the loudspeaker for example and the difficult texting aspect, amongst others. For £7.50 though this phone could be an invaluable backup for your more expensive phone, but, with a lack of basic modern features (camera, Bluetooth) this could never be my main handset.
Recommended, but only as a cheap backup.
This little phone is an absolute bargain. I got mine from my local ASDA a few months back for just £10 on orange, and amazingly this included £5 credit! So, in a nutshell, that make this a phone for a fiver. Absolute bargain.
For that price you would expect it to be cheap and tacky, but you would be wrong. The build quality is actually quite good and it feels nice to hold. Of course, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that you get from a modern phone, but what do you expect for a fiver
Dispute the fact that it lacks a camera, bluetooth etc., it still has a colour screen. This is quite small, so i wouldn't recommend it if you eyes aren't to good. It uses the same main menu page style as you get in most phones, so it is pretty easy to use straight from the box. Most users wont even need the manual, but it is still there to read if you need it. The buttons are well spaced and nice and easy on the fingers. Although, i am sure that if you are really into your texting etc, you would probably have a more modern phone anyway.
I would highly recommend it to anybody who wants a mobile phone, but just a mobile phone! It is perfect to have as a spare, car phone, temporary replacement or maybe for that older relative just so they can keep in touch.
Just a short one here as there really isn't much to cover with the E1120 from Samsung. I purchased it from Asda about a year and a half ago now, simfree, for about 14.99. I had broken my primary handset and simply required a temporary fix until i could sort out a proper handset.
The phone is capable enough. Basic screen, in colour, simple menu settings, with basic configurations and custom options. Naturally your not expecting much with the E1120 and you don't really get much, but why should you. This phone serves two primary purposes, as a simple handset for simple users or as a temporary solution for more power orientated users.
Either way it does the job very well. Phone calls are crisp and clear with excellent coverage. I never experienced any hitches or problems with calls or anything technically with the phone for that matter.
The phone is very durable, which is a good thing. Coming in at under £20 you will naturally treat the phone with a little disrespect. Throwing it into your handbag or rucksack and generally allowing it to deteriorate in quality with little remorse. However the phone is very sturdy and despite some harsh treatment from myself, never showed any signs of slowing down.
There is no headseat jack as the handset cannot play mp3 or other popular forms of music file, and internet is a distant dream. You can select from a choice of pre loaded ring tones and there are a few games available, none of which are of any particular interest though.
Texting is easy and simple, benefiting from a well proportioned keyboard and very responsive keys. Felt very nice to revert back to a physical keypad after using a touch screen one for quite a while. Really is so much quicker, no matter what anybody says.
For what it is though the E1120 is a stellar handset and is superb for what it is; a mobile phone. If your a technophobe or generally have little interest in gadgets or gizmos at all, and as a consequence simply want a handset that is capable of doing the job of a mobile phone, then there is no reason why this shouldn't be the one for you.
I bought this phone online for the bargain price of £10, including £10 free credit from orange. I wanted a cheap mobile phone to replace my very old one and price was more important to me than features.
The phone has a large enough easy to read colour screen which displays the date, time, battery life and sound settings. It has only the basic buttons, select, phone, hang up, enter and numbers. The numbers are large and easy to read but some people with poor mobility may find it hard to press the correct button, as they are not very distinct. The buttons are also rather spongy and feel as if they are not very good quality and could stop working in the future. However, I have known people with expensive mobile phones that didn't work properly soon after they had got them so I am not too worried about that.
There are no special features on this phone, such as camera or bluetooth but I would imagine that would be a plus for the sort of people this phone is aimed at. People who hardly use their mobiles would probably rather not have features they are never going to use. Perhaps older people in particular- I know my mum finds her phone confusing enough as it is! The basic features for calling, texting etc are on logical menus. There is also a suduku game, which may appeal to some people.
One thing I find annoying about this phone is that it automatically locks after a few seconds of not pressing any buttons. This could be a useful feature as you don't have to remember to lock it before you carry it in a bag or pocket. However I find that it locks far too quickly and then you have to long press star to unlock it. This makes it difficult to read the time, for example and would be infuriating for someone who isn't quite sure how to use the phone as it would keep locking whilst they were trying to work out what to do!
The phone is a good size, being small and light enough to carry in a pocket, but large enough to be easy to use. It looks ok, considering the price.
Overall I am very happy with the phone as it fits my requirements to have a phone that I can carry around, even though I only use it in emergencies. It does not have any major drawbacks for me. If I was using it a lot more often though, I imagine I might want a slightly better quality phone.
I have been very happy with this very Spartan phone - I bought it along with a Orange PAYG sim card, and the total was only 5 pounds plus 10 pounds top-up credit (which I needed anyway). I was only intending to use it for calls to the US, as I already have a smart phone for my domestic calls.
If you're used to all the gadgetry and pomp of a smart phone, this is not what you need - it doesn't even have internet access! But if all you want is a phone that works as a PHONE (not as an MP3 player, camera, web browser, GPS, etc!) then this is worth the small price.
The phone comes with a charger only - no headset. This might be problematic for people who are concerned with being able to use their phone on the go without having to use their hands, but it does have a speaker, so if you are in private, you always have the option of enabling the speaker function. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the sound from the speaker, and often use it - it's sufficiently loud to carry on a conversation in a car. However, I have found that using the speaker for conversations longer than half an hour does mean that I have to charge it afterwards - it does wear out the battery.
However, for making and receiving around 2 calls a day without using the speaker, and making and receiving up to 10 texts a day, I have found that I can go up to three days without charging it. This is probably because I use it, again, ONLY for phone calls - no MP3s, videos or anything!
I'd recommend this phone to parents who are looking to buy pre-teens mobiles in order to keep in touch with them - there is little to be distracted by with it! I'd also recommend it for people who are looking to minimize the clutter in their bag as their smart phone needs may be covered by a work BlackBerry, which is what my situation was - it's very light, and smaller than your average mobile, so it's no extra hassle to carry around.
I bought this handset from my local Asda store a few months ago. After my expensive touch-screen mobile decided it just wasn't going to work anymore, I decided to buy the cheapest mobile I could find to tide me over until I could afford a decent one again.
I bought this handset for a mere £10, but just a few weeks ago I saw the same handset on sale in Asda for just £5 with £5 credit free! Bargain...
The Samsung brand is a name I've come to trust and over the years I've had several different models, each of which have been durable, sleek and easy to use. They've each lasted me well and none have ever broken on me and the only reason I've changed handsets is to keep up with the trends I suppose.
This specific handset, although extremely basic, has quite a stylish design to it. It is black, silver and quite thin and light. Although I'm usually quite a mobile phone snob, I'm actually not embarrassed to be carrying this phone.
Setting up the mobile was easy, after popping in the sim card and the battery, I found that it already had battery life and I wouldn't need to charge it for the usual 8 hours (although this is recommended). After turning the phone on simply enter the date and time and you're away.
The mobile automatically locks itself when not in use, to unlock simply press and hold the * key.
On your main screen you are shown the signal strength in the top left corner, battery life in the top right, date and time respectively under these and then the service provider name at the bottom.
The bottom left hand corner you have 'Menu' and bottom right 'Contacts'.
Press the button under Menu and you will be taken to a screen with 9 icons. This phone is very basic but more than adequate for what I use it for, which is predominantly texting. The 9 menu options are:
On first use, the menu will automatically highlight 'Messages', I won't insult your intelligence telling you what the options are for but the Game is 'Sudoku' and Applications include the likes of a calculator, convertor, etc.
If you just want a phone for the basic calls and texts then this is the phone for you, the battery life is fantastic and lasts more than two weeks when fully charged. If you want all these techy applications and 8mpx Cameras then obviously avoid this phone at all costs. But for me it's perfect, cheap to buy and cheaper than a contract phone, I used to always go over my allowance and have costly bills each month, but taking a technology step backwards and reverting to Pay as You Go has stopped me using my phone willy-nilly and has made me take advantage of the free landline calls I get with my home phone package whereas in the past I would of picked up my mobile for pure convenience and out of laziness.
I must also add that this phone is extremely durable, last week I stripped my bedding without realising the mobile was there and it ended up taking a 30 degree spin in the washing machine, amazingly it came out working... it hadn't even turned itself off!! Whereas my friend's expensive contract phone took one swift dunk in a hot tub and died completely.
Overall I would definitely recommend this phone, but if your looking for snazzy and full of different functions, this isn't for you.