Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Calls and Texts - Everything else is just window dressing
Samsung GT E1080
Member Name: Nigh
Samsung GT E1080
Advantages: Small, Light, good basic functionality, fake call function is fun!
Disadvantages: Basic, no apointments on calendar, quiet volume on microphone
So my iphone broke and I decided I had had enough of the responsibility of carrying around an expensive phone all the time, and decided to get a cheap one that I wouldn't mind losing or breaking. This phone was not the cheapest that I could find (there was one for £6 in carphone warehouse) but this did look like the best of the cheapies so I went for it.
- Overview -
First off the build quality is pretty good, its not a really tinny light device that feels like it was put together by a 5 year old, it feels pretty sturdy and has a good weight to it, not too heavy but feels nice in your hand. The buttons make quite a lot of noise when you type a text message and the noise can sometimes be a bit squeeky and annoying but thats what you get when you spend £15 so I am not really complaining.
It has limited features, there is of course calling, texting, alarm clock and a calendar (though you cannot set dates for reminders on it), as well as the added feature of memos and a rather addictive game called Jewel Quest, good for killing a bit of time.
A fairly interesting and possibly useful feature is that it can do fake calls, which means that if you are in an awkward meeting or date and want to get out you can set it to look like it is receiving a call from an unknown number and make your escape - useful! - maybe.
The flashlight feature is not a flashlight, it just makes the screen a bit brighter, which doesn't really make any difference so this is not quite so useful.
Battery life is immense on this thing too, I charged it once and it worked without fail for almost an entire week. I suppose this is because it does not have all those juice draining background features that most smart phones have nowadays and just uses batttery when calling and texting really. The instruction manual says that it will last for 19 hours of talk time, which is pretty impressive I would say.
- Calling -
Connectivity is good on the phone and it is easy to make calls either by looking up numbers in the contacts menu or by inputting them manually. The volume is good and there is no problem hearing what somebody on the other side is saying, though I have had problems with my voice not being too loud on the other side, so I have to speak a bit louder sometimes, which is not that big of a problem.
- Texting -
For those of us who are used to smart phones it is a bit of a hassle to go back to using the old fashioned keypad for writing texts, and it certainly takes a few tries to get back into it, but it is not so bad after all that and this phone is quite good for it, as well as including a predictive text dictionary which is pretty useful. The buttons are not massive however and it can often take a few tries to get the words right, so long texts are a pain, especially when still getting the hang of the interface.
- Verdict -
Pretty much the best you can expect for a phone that costs less than 20 quid, really very good value for that and is useful for all the primary tasks that we need a phone for, but not much else. If you really want to be able to check all the sports scores and play angry birds then this is not for you, however if you just want to call your friends and keep in contact, theres nothing comparable for cheaper out there really.
Summary: Basic phone that just does the job!
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