Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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The £10 Mobile
Samsung GT E1080
Member Name: cazkins
Samsung GT E1080
Advantages: Great price, easy to use, long battery life
Disadvantages: Very basic, poor quality colour screen can be difficult to use at times
I bought this phone about 12 months ago now on the day I moved house and my phone decided to stop working! It was a moment of just needing something that functioned rather than anything else, and when taking in to account its purpose and price, it did the job.
Samsung are a hugely popular and well respected brand that specialise in electronics, and I have a fair amount of faith that their products will be good quality and effective. There are so many mobiles to choose from so it really does depend on what you want it for and your budget. This phone is more for very basic use of text / calling, with no frills or anything fancy, but it does the trick if you want something simple but useful.
The Samsung E1080i is a small candybar phone that measures roughly 10.7 x 4.6 x 1.3cm and weighs in at 64.5g. It's small when compared to the width and length of, for instance, a smartphone, but it's got a fair amount of depth. Having said that, it's reasonably light weight and has a simple look to it, being predominantly black plastic with a grey trim around the edge. You get the usual buttons on the front but nothing more than is standard really, a space at the top for a phone charm and a USB/charger socket to the top left. It's worth noting that it doesn't have a headphone jack, and neither does it come with a USB cable in the box. You literally get the phone and the charger, and a manual, not that it's needed because it's very straightforward to use.
Taking in to account that this is priced around the £10 mark, you really are just getting the basics. No internet, no wifi, no bluetooth, no MP3, no camera etc. So, what does it have? It has a lithium ion 800mAh battery with a standby time of up to 550 hours and a talk time of 7.5 - 9 hours, which is a bonus when you get used to a smartphone that needs constant recharging! It also has the security features of a mobile tracker and SOS messaging, which is always nice to have for peace of mind.
The phone does have a colour display but again, it's all very basic. The quality, especially having had this nearly a year, has become increasingly poor. It's now very light and faded that I can hardly see the icons. I wasn't expecting HD quality, however, so this wasn't much of a problem. It's even less of a problem when considering there's no camera so you won't be going through photos or internet pages etc. As for the sound quality, this isn't anything amazing but it does come with polyphonic ringtones. I'd argue that's not necessarily a good thing as they sound quite tinny and most choices are highly annoying!
You get some basic standard features with the phone, such as the ability to lock the screen, an alarm, calendar, memo pad, a game (which is awful and wouldn't recommend playing!) and the usual phone log and address book. The memory isn't large, but it holds enough contacts and messages if you want this for relatively basic use. Navigating around the options is straightforward by going in to the main menu and selecting from 9 icons. I'd say this is easy enough to use and works effectively, though it's not particularly fast. I also find that texting isn't as quick as it could be in part because of the keyboard; the keys are slightly rubbery plastic but hard, meaning you make less mistakes because each key is 'on its own' (as opposed to a smartphone for instance, where it's easier to choose the wrong one as they've very close together), but it none the less seems to take more time and effort to use.
As for customisation, this is limited. You do get some options, such as with ringtones, but there's not much to choose from and you can't really do much in terms of adding your own extras because of the lack of USB and Internet. You can, however, get the sound nice and loud so you can't really miss a call on it when you choose a gaudy ringtone!
The upsides? I'd say the battery is very good in terms of it being long-lasting. I still keep this phone around and always turned on with my old sim card in, just in case. It's handy to have this as a spare phone anyway in case something goes wrong with my current one or if someone needs to borrow it. Leaving it turned on, the battery can last all week without charging if not used, which is a plus.
Overall, I would recommend this if you want simply the basics. It's a good price for a spare phone, for something if you're in a bind and need a temporary replacement or you want something for very moderate use. I give it a 'satisfactory' 3 star rating because it's still not one of the better lower-budget phones, but it's useful for its price tag. You can't go wrong in these situations for £10, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for much more than this.
Retails for around £10 (ie. Tesco Mobile £9.97)
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao)
Summary: Cheap enough to be a 'throw-away' or spare mobile
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