Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Seriously Such a Simple Samsung
Samsung GT E1080
Member Name: Vialdana
Samsung GT E1080
Advantages: Very easy to use, long lasting battery and very cheap.
Disadvantages: No features other than some very basic ones, no internet access, not even a set of headphones.
I got this phone as a cheap spare to keep for when either myself or my husband had phone problems. It was actually bought initially when my husband's pile of crap flip phone that he loved dearly gave up the ghost, and he used it for a few weeks while deciding what phone he wanted eventually settling for another Samsung that's pretty much a blackberry clone. When my own phone had a screen issue I used it for about two weeks while mine was being repaired, and then again more recently when my battery got so bad that it was only holding a charge for a few hours before it needed charging again and I had to order a new one which took a while to arrive (why do these things always go belly up just before a bank holiday weekend?!).
Because this was bought as a spare, we chose one which was something that either myself or my husband would be ok to use, and which wasn't expensive and didn't have a lot of fancy features to bump up the cost. What that basically meant was that my dh had to be able to use it and as he finds touch screens irritating and likes 'real buttons' this seemed fairly suitable.
The phone cost us £19 including the sim card that came with it which had £10 of airtime on it. Once we'd bought it, we went home, rang virgin and had the £10 of airtime transferred from that sim to my husband's as at the time he was on pay as you go while I was on contract. They were absolutely fine doing this for us.
What You Get
Being a pretty basic phone you don't get a lot with this. The phone, a mains charger and some instructions. Because my husband and I both have Virgin phones, we've bought this on Virgin but it also comes on O2, and various other networks.
Yeah I know I said this was a basic phone without much on it, but it does in fact have a few features as follows:
Radio - not very good and we couldn't get much on it and what we did get wasn't very clear. As this doesn't have headphones it's quite a tinny sound that you get out of the phone itself.
Alarm Clock - fairly basic range of noises you can chose from, and easy to set the time on it.
Calculator - same as that on most phones - works ok but nothing special.
Calander - again, ok and you can set reminders on it if you need to although I have to say we've not bothered using even this as neither of us has used the phone for long enough at a time to make it necessary.
Stopwatch - never used it, but would imagine it would work in much the same way as that on my regular phone which I've also never used. Press the button once it starts, press it again it stops.
Bejewled Game - A game I've owned on my pc in the past where you move things around the screen to score points. Not easy to play on this phone and I only tried it once because of this. The controls are just damned awkward and the whole thing isn't very clear as the screen is pretty small.
Using the Phone
As a phone - for making and receiving calls this is fine. The sound is clear enough and it has a good volume control and will turn up fairly loud so you can easily hear what people are saying. The ringtones with it are pretty crap, but if you wanted something better you could probably install it - again we only use this for short periods of time when regular phones are out of action so we've not bothered.
For texting - again fairly simple although I do find it quite hard going back to buttons after using a touch screen phone for so long, but it's not impossible and the buttons themselves are fairly easy to use if a little clunky.
A Few Other Thoughts
The battery on this is extremely long lasting. I'm guessing this is because it's got so little in the way of features that there's nothing really to eat the energy. Add to that you can't sit and play much in the way of games or surf the net or anything so you're not wearing it down that way either. I do make quite a lot of calls and texts through the day, but the battery still lasts several days before I need to charge it - though to be fair it's my habit to charge my phone regularly so I tend when using this to just top it up in the evening as normal.
Looks wise this isn't really the sort of phone that you will be proud to own or display as a status symbol. It is however nice and clear, so might be ideal for someone who is new to mobiles or not very confident, or even someone who needs bigger buttons and more visible numbers as they're pretty clear on this.
Would I recommend this? Well if you're looking for a cheap spare phone, or one that is nice and basic for a beginner to mobile phones then yes I would. If you're looking for something good that you can do a lot more than just make the odd call or send the odd text from then no, this won't be much use to you. It all depends on what you're looking for from a phone really.
Summary: A simple no frills mobile for making calls & texts. Suitable as a spare or for basic use only.
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