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Due to the nature of my professional and social lives I actively carry two mobiles at the same time, the one I use personally is the Samsung Genio QWERTY. At £50 (the lowest online price I am able to find for this product at the moment even now) this phone wasn't expensive, and it was significantly cheaper than the other phones of this style.
With regard to the QWERTY keyboard, which is the main reason for the development of this phone, it's slightly on the small side, unless you have tiny fingertips there is no way you will be able to use it without making a few mistakes, however this isn't too major a problem and the mistakes won't occur too often, especially when you get used to using it. On a side note there is a game included with the phone that helps teach you to use the keyboard quickly and accurately, which I consider to be a quite nice touch.
With regard to usability the phone cannot run apps, as it's more expensive counterparts can, however it does have pre-installed ''apps'' (meaning bookmarks listed on the homepage) to access Facebook, Myspace and some other social networking sites.
This phone of course sends text messages, e-mails and makes phone calls, which is to be expected, however it's best I find for internet use. For those of you who like to have a good browse of facebook or google then this is for you. It has a normal headphone socket, which is great for listening to MP3s or FM radio (both of which are of a decent quality).
The final point to mention is the camera, which is utterly useless, it can take a few high quality photos but the onboard memory isn't capable of storing many. Even with an added memory card it seems to take up more space per photo than other phones,even though the quality is lower. It doesn't have a flash nor a torch facility.
Overall, this is a great low cost QWERTY phone and I do advise it for those of who looking for a good internet browsing phone, provided you don't require Flash Java or app capabilities. I can't fault this phone for it's price and what it claims to do, but of course it cannot compete with say an iPhone nor a Blackberry.
I bought this phone from carphone warehouse for about £50 on pay as you go.
What attracted me to this phone was the qwerty keyboard. I love to text and found this very easy to use. Another reason I bought it was because I love blackberry phones but when my previous phone broke I couldnt afford to buy one so bought this cheaper copy.
The camera on this phone is pretty good. And I loved the radio on it, unlike my blackberry curve which doesnt have one. It also comes with a changeable back. the one that I bought came with two extra covers which were black and yellow and white. All three had different funky patterns however if you want to be taken serious it does come with a plain black one.
The phone comes with headphones and a usb cable, however when I was unable to transfer photos or music from or to my pc. I had to remove the memory card and transfer them that way. Also the memory on the phone is self is pretty low.
However the features on the phone is self were great, like the texting and phone book are straight forward
After not getting on with a touch screen phone I went in for a model which included buttons! After a lot of searching and price comparisons I finally came across the Samsung Genio Qwerty. In short it's appearance is not unlike a blackberry, albeit a cheaper version with less qualities to it. None the less I knew that all I'd really need is a camera and just text and call options. All of which you get, plus a little bit extra.
I bought this on Amazon for just under £60. The price including a battery charger, earphones, a manual and 3 different phone backs. One white, one black and the other with a little pattern on it. Unfortunately it didn't come with a USB cord so I had to purchase this online, a bit of a hindrance as I wanted to upload my photos straight away but the cost of this extra piece wasn't to expensive.
As I mentioned it isn't dis-similar to a blackberry in appearance, in fact someone mistakenly thought it was one. The layout of the buttons is in a qwerty style with the numbers having a white background. They are really quite small so people with larger fingers may struggle a bit with only pushing one button at a time. To connect a wire there is a little clip which opens up and the volume settings are placed on the side.
There aren't many standard ringtones but you can download your own or use songs from the music player. When listening to your tunes you must make sure you are in the music player section rather than in the 'files' as otherwise it won't play them one after the other. It has a built in fm radio as well as camera, games and internet. This loads surprising quickly!
The battery life is quite lengthy, however if you don't notice how much is left it doesn't give you much of a warning to when it's died. The camera is ok, however it does seem to have a slight delay on it and the colour also appears dimmer when saved.
I've had this phone a few months and haven't had any problems with it. It still looks in great condition, with no scratches showing. For the price I think I've got a great deal, it has everything I want and need and would recommend it if you don't want all the sometimes unnecessary apps. Great value for money!
I bought this phone about a year ago and I believe it is a worthwhile purchase. I believe it is around £60 now which is far less than I paid, and I was perfectly happy with the price. This phone is easy to use- easily set up with on screen instructions, and a clear user interface. One of the main reasons why I purchased this phone was for the keyboard. I think that it is an excellent feature and makes for easy texting. The phone is quick and responsive, and the battery life was sufficient for me- roughly 2 days, with heavy usage. Although the phone lacks special features, it comes with several inbuilt games and functioning internet. While this phone lacks more modern additions such as Wifi, it sends and recieves texts well, and had bluetooth connectivity, as well as playing and being able to hold 4-5 MP3 tracks. I think that this phone is perfect for those who want exactly that- a phone, with not too many fancy gimmicks. I think it would be a perfect phone for younger teenagers, or those less technologically confident.
I really like this phone, admittedly it does have very few ringtones and they are not that great however considering I only payed £60 for it i think it is one of the best phones in it's price range but I wouldn't pay anymore for it, I bought it in Argos in the sale but I have seen it advitised for £80-90 and I do not think it is worth it .
The layout is simple, easy, and completely self explanatory. I find the keypad easier to use than most blackberries, however it can still be easy to mistype on texts so if you are not keen on this type of keyboar than it is probably best not to buy this phone. I really like that your messages, facebook as well as the alarm are all really easy to access, however, generally wherever I am, it can take a long time to load facebook or any of the other network sites.
The camera and the battery life are both pretty standard but as I don't use my phone to take loads of pictures so it doesn't bother me, however if you do than the camera and the has a delay when taking pictures, also loading the camera to take video takes a while and it can be irritating when you are trying to catch something in the moment as the video just takes to long to load. It is also best to probably have a memory card in the phone as well, as it can store far more picturers that way. However when you go into files, and want to view your pictures, they can take a while to load and are not always easy to browse through which can be irritating.
The battery life is pretty standard but I never have to charge it more than every 3 days if I don't use the mp3 player, which I don't because it is again very slow and kills the battery. The mp3 has a nice look to it and I believe you can change the theme colour. Also sometimes if you make long phone calls, longer than an 1 hour and a half the battery loses a lot of life. The buttons are really small to and take some getting used to, I find it ok but it is very easy to mis type and this can become annoying. So really you need small fingers and hands to be able to type on this phone.
The one real let down is the built in mp3 it seems to have a really delayed respose and can't change tracks very quickly. It is also the one thing that does completely kill the battery. I find it a real dissapointment as the rest of the phone is laid out so well, but the mp3 had a really bad design and if you hit the wrong button than you have to wait 10-20 seconds for the mp3 to catch up withit self so you can press the right button. I do not find it enjoyable to listen to music on this phone at all. So if you want to use you phone as an mp3 than I would avoid buying this phone completely, however considering the price I think it is a pretty decent phone but I really do not think it is worth paying anymore for it as it does still have quite a few faults.
The phone is really durable I have dropped it a lot and it has had no effect, it hasn't even scrated. The back of the phone comes of really easy so you don't have to fiddle around trying to get the back off so you can put the battery and sim in without any hassle. When i bought the phone it came with three different backs, a black one, a white one and a white one with coloured spots so you can completely change the look of the phone however I personlly do not like the phone with a white back as i think it makes it look odd but the phone in all other aspects look good and is a nice design aesthetically.
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I Received this phone of my partner for my Christmas. He brought me it as he knows that I much prefer texting and as it has a qwerty keyboard it would be perfect for me. In the box i received the charger a usb connection lead and 2 cases one black one silver these cases to change the phones appearance when I liked. It is only the back panel which can be changed but it still is a nice little extra.
It is short but a little wide as to fit all the keys across but still perfect to sit comfortably in your hand. The letters are the primary result when pressing the keys but on the middle buttons of the keyboard numbers are listed left to right top to bottom. On the left hand bottom there is an alt button that can be pressed to access the secondary numbers while typing.
The keys with the letters and numbers each have a little white dot on them to make them stand out a little more. Next to the alt button on the left hand side button is also the phone lock that can be pressed to lock the phone. The keys themselves are very small so it is easy to press the wrong button by slipping off the glossy keys.
There is a volume button on the left hand side of the phone which you can turn the volume up and down and on the right hand side is a camera button that gives you quick access to the camera app.The camera itself is nothing special at 2 mp but it does take an ok picture and is good to use if you need to take a quick snap.
The text messages are good as it has general received send drafts etc but there is also an option for conversations where you can select anybody's text and it will show all texts received and sent to that person on one screen. This is handy if you are looking for a text from 1 person.
It can access the internet but it is very slow and I don't tend to use this function much. I have accessed my facebook from it and it is easy to use it just takes time loading up and Id rather use my computer.
When you access the menu by simple 1 click button it brings you to a very simply laid out menu with phonebook setting accessories all the things you need to set up and maintain your phone. It is a very easy phone to use and at only around £50 its a nice little upgrade from the bog standard phones you can buy.
When I first purchased this phone, it seemed absolutely brilliant. The QWERTY keypad was easy to use and the display was bright and vivid. Then it began to deteriorate. First, the QWERTY keypad came out of the actual phone and simply slotting it back in proved to be difficult, so I spent a month or so with a 'lump' in the middle of my keypad. Still, this didn't put me off of the phone, UNTIL the battery life began to deteriorate until it barely lasted a couple of hours. I bought TWO new chargers for it, both of which proved useless against the battery life. In the end, the phone refused to turn on at all, by which point I was forced to buy a new phone. Since this phone had only been 3 months old, I didn't think this was fair at all. It may have just been me, but I wouldn't recommend this phone.
This phone is great if, like me, you would rather text than call. The full qwerty keypad is easy to use and isn't too small to type - if you have some teething problems there is a built-in game to help with the difficulties. The back is changeable - the yellow version comes with yellow, black and yellow/orange circles interchangeable back covers. These are great fun and I'm sure personalized or other covers are available online. Although fairly small the screen is easy to use and you can see clearly. You can also change the size and font of the letters to make it easier to read. I have found, after using the phone for just over a year, the some of the keys have been scratched off a bit and it is hard to see which hold the '?' or the '!'. Another fault is that the MP3 player sometimes freezes and the whole phone needs to be restarted! Also, the memory card is only accessible is the battery is not in the phone. The 'normal' headphone socket is a welcome feature with no adapter needed to plug in your headphones.
When it comes to mobile phones, I'm more of a texter than a caller. I'd much rather twiddle my thumbs for a few seconds writing a quick text than calling someone. I don't know why to be honest, I've just always been like that. People will say texts are less personal, and I guess that's right, but most of the time it's also cheaper to text than to call.
My last phone was my LG KS360 which too had a QWERTY keyboard, well that phone was on it's way out about 6 months ago so I was looking around for something which was good to text on, and being a bit of a facebook addict, I was looking for something I could check my emails and what not with. I was looking at the Blackberry phones but they were quite a way out of my price range, and I didn't fancy getting one on contract. So as I was looking around the Carphone Warehouse and noticed the Samsung QWERTY Genio. It looked just like the Blackberry. Well apart from it's screen wasn't of the same quality, but it had the same looking keyboard, and shape as a Blackberry, and it was just a fraction of the price at £60 (including a £10 top up on O2).
Features of The Phone:
Integrated Social Networking : Including Facebook, Myspace, Bebo and Twitter.
Internet Browser: Wap 2.0
2 Megapixel Camera
FM Radio/MP3 Player
Talk Time 450minutes
Snap on interchangeable backs
I've had the phone for a few months now, and will be passing it onto my mum soon when my partner gets a new phone, and I get his hand me downs in the form of an Apple iPhone! Lucky me! Anyway, at first I absolutely loved the phone, I was pretty clumsy at first with texting as the buttons are extremely small, a hell of a lot smaller than the buttons on my old LG. I just put it down to me not being used to the phone, but even today I still find it hard to type using the phone. The buttons really are so small, that only someone with delicate fingers, or a bird could type on it properly. Yes that's right, I don't have delicate lady fingers! I have sausage fingers, so I can easily press 2/3 buttons at a time if I don't concentrate when I'm texting! ha ha!
I loved the integrated social networking at first, it was just good being able to check my Facebook on the move, but connecting is quite slow. I think the data transfer rate is just too low for it to be a speedy process, compared to the iPhone or Blackberry which is super quick. I put up with it being slow anyway, as I've got a laptop at home, so it's only on rare occasions that I check my Facebook on the move now. I'm not sure what using bebo and twitter is like as I don't have accounts on those sites, but Myspace also runs quite slowly.
Another good point on a phone for me is MP3 player or a radio, as I love listening to music on the go. The built in memory unfortunately isn't very big, but I've got a 2GB memory card inside with all of my music on. The sound is very clear, and the player is easy to use. The headphones were of good quality also very similar to iPhone headphones. You can also use your own MP3's as ringtones, and I did pretty much straight away as I wasn't keen on the built in ring tones.
The display is fairly good for the price I paid for the phone, but it's no where near as good a quality as a Blackberry or iPhone. The "home screen" can be customised, or just left as a basic scroll through menu, it's really easy to navigate the phone. The screen is 2.2 inches big, so not a lot can be expected really. It's good for what it is. It's just about big enough to view your emails on, or to play the built in Java games on, but it's nothing to write home about.
Making a call is just like most phones, however I have had a few issues with people not being able to hear me, or vice versa. This only happens every now and then but it is very annoying when it does so. My phone has also been known to send blank messages to people, which I thought was a problem with my network but I was told by O2 that it was to do with the phone, but the Carphone Warehouse wouldn't say anything about it, so I've learnt to deal with it now.
This phone can be personalised with snap on changeable backs. The phone comes with 2 in the box, I had all black to start with, but then purchased a new back off my local market for a couple of quid. Unfortunately, you can't change the front of the phone, so you're left with a multi coloured phone. The changeable backs would be good for a young person with lots of shiny things, gems etc. I hadn't seen changeable covers since my old Nokia 3210! ha ha!
The last point I'm going to comment on is the camera. It's 2megapixel which isn't that bad for the price I paid for the phone, but I didn't realise that it had no flash. So the pictures are very grainy and dark unless the picture is taken in absolute perfect conditions outside or something. It would have been nice if there was a light at least to brighten up darker pictures.
I'd recommend this phone to anyone who can't afford a Blackberry, as it's very similar in appearance. However, there are a lot of downsides to the phone which you should really consider before making your purchase. If you have tiny little fingers then texting will be easy as pie, but if like me you have "sausage fingers" then you're going to struggle. The phone is good for a music player, and for personal organising and what not, but there are a lot more QWERTY phones out there which I think would be better than this.
It's a nice cheap phone, and would probably be best being used by a teenager or someone who will make full use of the internet browser and social networking, however, even then the slow data transfer may be quite frustrating if they can't quickly log into Facebook or Bebo.
I received this phone as a birthday gift and was very impressed with how light the item was. Upon first using the phone I found the QWERTY keyboard difficult to use as the keys are so small. However, this is something I quickly got used to and their is even a built in game training you to use it. I am struggling to think of negatives as I think I like everything about it. I love the changeable back and how the phone feels in your hand. I love the quick and easy access to facebook and bebo on the starting menu. The photo and video quality isn't great but it will do, and the memory seems to be decent without a memory card.
This phone is very easy to use and I would go as far as saying this is my favourite phone I have ever owned! I would highly recommend this to all and hope everyone who buys it enjoys it as much as I have!
The Samsung Genio family of phones were developed with youth in mind, they are colourful phones with changeable back panels. This phone, the Genio QWERTY, stands out from the other members of the family as it has a full QWERTY keyboard rather than a traditional set of mobile telephone numbers. This makes it quick and easy to write text messages, e-mails and surf the web. However the keys on this phone do not have a gap between them like the Blackberry and Orange Rio - which makes it more difficult to type with and may slow you down. On the bright side there is a pre-installed game on the device that trains you to use the keyboard at a higher pace, and with more accuracy.
As well as this main feature it is clear that the phone is designed for use with mobile internet, although it does not have 3G capabilities, for example the mobile versions of Facebook, MySpace, Photobucket and other popular social networking websites are already linked to the main page. This makes it quick and easy to log on and update your status.
Calls on the phone are also high quality, with a clear speaker to use during conference calls. The camera isn't much to write home about, it is 2mbp and can record video - however the quality is quite low.
Overall I feel that the phone is aimed at youngsters who want to text, surf the internet and make calls. And it does all of these things really well. The majority of people already have a high quality camera that is separate to the phone and therefore the low quality of photos isn't too much of an issue. Also this phone can be fond for as little as £55 on PAYG and therefore won't break the bank.