Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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A Sleek Flip Phone
Samsung GT E1150
Member Name: slender_toned
Samsung GT E1150
Advantages: Lovely design, Nice to hold, Screen is protected, Reasonable features, Not expensive, Good quality
Disadvantages: The back scratches, Charger hole can be hard to access without big nails!
Out of all the cheaper phones I have had, this one has been my favourite. I have always been a fan of flip phones - they can protect the screen, and I find it quite enjoyable to snap the cover back and forth every now and then. With my current Samsung Tocco Lite, I have always been impressed by Samsung mobile phones and like their designs compared to others. This phone is at the bottom of the range however so can't compare to a modern day smart phone.
- Design -
The design of the phone is quite attractive although to some it may look a bit plain. You can get either a titanium or red coloured one. The front of the phone has a Samsung logo across the top. It is shaped with a subtle ridge down the centre line and the phone has quite a round shape, which makes it lovely to hold.
The back of the phone has the typical Samsung pattern that my Tocco Lite has. This is black and slightly reflective/shiny with little dots on it and another Samsung logo. Just like on my Tocco Lite, unfortunately this bit does scratch quite easily. An arrow on the top of the back indicates that you can slide the cover down to release it. From here you can view and take out the 3.7V lithium ion battery, which is quite light. Just underneath is where you can slide the sim card in to the holder.
Flipping open the phone, it has quite a small screen but it's a very vivid and bright one. My company logo is just above the screen with a silver Samsung logo at the bottom. Quite a flashy silver border surrounds the top half of the flip phone where the screen is. This silver part along with the white appearance of the letters and numbers on the keys contrasts nicely with the black background and it doesn't look too cheap.
The keypad is pretty standard with two select buttons to either side at the top, a directional pad with an OK button in the middle along with call and hang up buttons just below to either side. A keypad sits below too. The Keys seem to be covered by the same part but unlike other phones, it's quite easy to click distinguishable buttons rather than accidentally clicking adjacent ones.
The phone weighs just 72.5g, which is barely anything. It's very small too with dimensions of 88 x 44 x 19.8 mm, so you can fit it in your pocket and it'll barely be noticeable.
- Use -
This phone is very simple to use. It starts up with a little Samsung tone in about 15 seconds following a welcome message, which isn't bad. It will shut down in around 10 seconds. Once switched on, you can use the OK button to access the main menu, which is in the form of a 9 option board. This includes:
Under call log, you can view in different categories things such as received calls, dialled numbers, missed calls and more. It's quite useful and I often use it. You can view further details to see the dates and times of these calls, so long as you have set the time and date within settings. The phonebook enables you to view your contact list, create contacts and view favourites too. The list seems a bit crowded and small, not to my liking but you can view their name and number whilst scrolling down, which is useful. The calendar enables you to view the date in a calendar format as well as create events, which is useful.
My phone came with two games - Sudoku and super jewel quest. I haven't tried either to be honest as I'm sure they wouldn't be great compared to any other game on an iPod Touch or games console. However it's useful to have them there if you get bored whilst out with the phone. I personally suck at Sudoku so I would never play that anyway.
Your messages can be read and it displays your inbox as the amount of messages unread out of those you have in total. You can create messages and send them quicky by manually entering numbers or using those from your contacts list. In the gallery, you can actually store images and music and sounds and other files. There is a Samsung tune on there, which I listened to and was actually quite good!
Under the extras, you have all your little features including the ability to record a memo, a word clock, calculator, timer, converter and stopwatch. You can even set 5 alarms on this to make sure you wake up. The settings enables you to create your own profiles and edit them as well as the phones display, time and date, security settings and more.
The phone is very easy to use and you will pick it up within seconds if you have had any phone before. For the price it comes at, it's not bad. The home screen shows the date and time along with your chosen background. The fact the phone is a flip phone means it is well-protected too so the screen never scratches. You can change the style of the menus to your liking with this phone. It's lovely to hold and you can grip it quite well. The sound quality is excellent and very loud and people never seem to have a problem hearing me either.
- Quality -
Compared to other cheap phones, I'd say this mobile is quite good quality. Although the casing is mostly plastic, it looks very neat and slim. It has a sleek design and the flip mechanism seems very sturdy. The screen doesn't bend back any further than it should, even with a bit of pressure. The keypad seems to be of good quality and I have had no problems with it. The screen is excellent and very vivid and is not covered by excess plastic making it hard to view in light.
- Battery -
You can recharge the phone using the included battery charger. I found it excellent that the charger was the same as my other Samsung phone, meaning I could charge both with the same charger. I think it's excellent that Samsung do this rather than having loads of different chargers for different phones that are the same make!
The battery will last up to 8 hours of talk time and an enormous 740 hours of standby when it's closed and not in use. The battery will re-charge fully within a couple of hours and the charger simply slots into the phone on one side underneath the cover. I find this cover quite tricky to get off sometimes but it does flip around so you can insert the charger with the other side into the mains. The charger is black and quite shiny, which happens to match this phone nicely!
- Price & Availability -
You can buy this headset for just £23.99 on Amazon.co.uk, but this is without a sim card. It's a good price for a good little phone so I'd certainly recommend it. You can get this phone on pretty much any network including T-Mobile and Tesco.
- Conclusion -
This phone is very easy to use, has a lovely sleek design and is nice to hold too. It has a good amount of features for such a cheap phone and you can do a lot on it. The battery life is very good due to the efficient size screen and this benefits over a lot of smart phones with large touch screens that may run out of battery a lot quicker. I'd recommend this as a cheap flip phone, which is easy to use and a pleasure to use.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A great little flip phone
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