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Ive had this phone for over 2 years possibily 3, it runs on java opperating system.
I chose this phone because touch screens were in, but I wasnt sure if i could manage on a touch screen so this phone had the best of both worlds, and there are still phones being created in this fashion.
The keys are fairly small but after a while you ether get used to the touch screen and never use them or you get used to the keys and fire texts away like no bodys business.
its super fast, super easy and with its red keyboard i believe super sexy.
It does everything your average phone does, text, send pictures, call and you can browse the internet, It runs on java but im not sure if you can download apps, however it does come with some widgit, it also has some good games.
The camera is pretty good, the quality is not that of a 1500 mega pixel camera but for nights out its perfect, it doesnt have a flash though.
This phone is sturdy, its been thrown across floors, car parks, been down the toilet, its also been to festivals, it survives wet weather and im sure anything else you can throw at it.
While ive had the phone its never thrown a temper tantrun and the battery life on it is excellent.
Although I have upgraded to a new fancy smart phone, i still use this phone to take to places i wouldnt want to take my smart phone such as festivals.
It is an excellent standard phone and I was and still am extremely happy
I got the Samsung GT B5310 (or as it was called when it was sold to me, the Genio Slide) just over a year ago. In today's fast-moving market this means that it might as well be 10 years old. It does have some useful features, but I'm desperate for my upgrade to come!
I chose this model because of the snazzy red slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but I actually never use it as I find predictive text much easier. The only reason I ever flip out the keyboard is to insert an unusual symbol into a text. Some, like currency symbols, can't be accessed in any other way, and there's one symbol that is totally unobtainable on this phone - %! I find it really strange and while it's not quite a tragedy that I have to write "percent" in full, it has annoyed me on occasion.
One of my favourite things about the phone, in fact the only thing I'll miss, is a cute theme called 'Cartoon'. The wallpaper is the view of out a window (you can see the curtains and window ledge) of two owls on a branch, and when you receive a text another owl flies up holding an envelope in its beak. The scene changes at night, showing a dark sky, and the owls asleep. (I guess no one told Samsung that owls are nocturnal.) The menu is also cute, when you open it a character walks in and stands by a pull switch. When you select a program, the character pulls the switch. There are lots of characters to choose from, including Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood, a clown, and a gorilla.
There are a few useful widgets preloaded onto the phone and housed in a bar running down the left side of the start screen (unless you disable it), but no one seems to have created any more since the phone was released. In a world of customisation this is a massive drawback. But I do find the iPlayer widget useful, as I can download BBC programmes over wifi and then watch them at the gym.
The phone is pretty chunky, at 105 x 56.8 x 15.7mm and 135g, and the camera isn't great. It's 3.2 megapixels with no flash, so taking pictures indoors is out of the question.
But my biggest problem with the phone, and the the reason why I want to upgrade, is its terrible handling of the internet. Browsing is slow, and if the page is anything other than text and tiny pictures you'll just get an error message. I can't login to any of my email accounts, and the Facebook interface is terrible. Nowadays there's such an emphasis on connectivity that this is inexcusable.
I got this over a similar Nokia model on hearing rave reviews; particularly the Iplayer widget available with it enabling you to download and watch anytime on your phone- even if you're offline (until the programme expires, that is).
Firstly though, I had to get the phone unlocked as it was locked to another network. On getting it returned, the widget had disappeared. I looked EVERYWHERE to download it, but to no avail. I asked the unlocker about it, and he said that on unlocking the phone, it changes the hardware (or something similar) and thus Iplayer can't work on it. Obviously losing the Iplayer widget isn't a sleight on this phone particularly, but it seems a bit much that unlocking the phone can mess up a few seemingly simple things like that.
I also had to pay to get Chinese put on the phone for personal reasons as this phone doesn't support Chinese (or other non-European languages).
However, these two problems are obviously limited to me and a few particular cases- it's not going to affect the majority of users so it won't affect my review too much.
The problems on this phone are mainly that the touch screen isn't so responsive (my wife HATES it), but one can get used to it fairly quickly. Battery life is also a strange one- it lasts for a few days, but sometimes the battery is eaten up massively from seemingly simple things like having the stopwatch on. Additionally, the battery will often go from 3 bars to no battery in literally about 20minutes of no usage.
Nevertheless, this phone is light, the keyboard is great for texting (never have to use predictive text now!), it has Wi-fi which is a great bonus for a phone in this price range. I love the small cheeky additions like the fake call where you record a message, and on pressing a button, it calls you with the message- perfect for escaping awkward situations. The camera is also fairly high quality for such a phone (3.2 Megapixels), and everyone else seems to rave about the covers ("fashion jackets" or something), meaning you can change the colour of the phone's backside with some of the covers provided.
All in all, a good phone with a couple of flaws, but if you're expecting more from a phone in this price range, then lower your expectations
I bought this phone about two months ago. I am very pleased with the product, it provides ease of use with a great user interface. The QWERTY keypad also adds to the experience, I find that a lot of keypads are too fine for my fingers but I have had no problems what so ever with this keypad.
The touch-screen is quite responsive but I feel that you need to press quite hard when using the edge of the screen and especially in the corners. I think that it is a shame that Samsung did not supply a stylus with the phone, the handwriting recognition is almost impossible to use without one. I was pleased to see that a screen protector was supplied with the phone, already attached, although in my haste when unpacking the phone I removed it and disregarded it as a thin plastic film protector for transit protection.
I was pleased with the quality of the camera but feel that the overall functionality of the phone would of been improved with a flash, even just an LED light.
The WiFi is very useful but does drain the battery quickly, although this is also found with an iPhone. The GPS is quite hard to use straight out of the box unless you are going to buy separate software as only Google Maps is supplied which is almost useless when driving as only a list of directions is given rather and a walkthrough. When walking this may be a better feature but I have not been able to test the feature on foot.
The overall battery life is not great when connected to a 3G network, which nowadays is most of the time.
Speaker quality is better than most phones of similar price range.