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Samsung GT E1150
Member Name: Doglovers
Samsung GT E1150
Date: 20/02/12, updated on 07/07/13 (793 review reads)
Advantages: Simple to set up and easy to use
My mother is an absolute whizz with some things, but has never taken to mobile phones. She can set up Sky and connect DVD recorders and is the master of the many remote controls she uses. But she really struggles using her mobile, which I insist she has as she is nearly 80 and although still independent, she has fallen a couple of times while out shopping.
She has a very old mobile that my Dad charges for her so when she said it wasn't working; I offered to get her a new one whilst I was out.
I didn't have a lot of time as I had a hair appointment so dashed into Carphone Warehouse and asked for a phone that was easy to use, not complicated, cheap and suitable for someone who has arthritis in her hands.
The guy in Carphone was absolutely brilliant, everything you would ask for in a salesperson. I was somewhat surprised as previous encounters in there left me with the feeling they were only interested if you wanted the latest phone or an expensive contract.
He showed me other models but I was drawn to two Samsung models, one at £17.95 and this one at £19.95, both included £10 of calls on Virgin pay as you go, but he explained she could use her existing SIM as well.
I chose the one at £19.95 primarily because it is a flip phone , so no danger of receiving one of those strange calls, which I used to receive regularly as she inadvertantly speed dialled me as she dropped it in her handbag and called me by mistake. Very worrying as I was never sure whether it is a bad signal and she needed me. To avoid this she started switching her phone off .I now know that this can't happen as the keys are protected . Plus when you close the phone you end the call, so one less button for her to press.
If you want a camera or the internet then this, isn't for you as you can only make calls and send texts, perfect for Mum as that's all she wanted.
It comes in several colours, grey, red and pink.
It has a mobile tracker so if someone inserts a new sim card it will contact 2 people to help locate and recover your phone. Not sure that is necessary on a phone this cheap, but useful nonetheless.
It is very small about the size of a credit card and very light just over 7grammes.
The keys are easy to depress, navigation is easy and it has a standard phone layout so she was able to make a call easily.
The screen is quite small 1.75" but very clear ( 128x128 megapixels over 65 colours) and there are options to have it brighter change the contrast and set how long the backlight stays on.
You can add contacts to sim and copy from an existing sim card. It will cater for 500 phone book entries and the last 30 calls are saved.
There is also a calculator, somewhere to write notes a calendar,, alarm timer, stopwatch and a converter for thingds like currency and length which is quite useful.
It comes with a couple of games Sudoku and super jewel quest
It has a good range of tunes for ring tones plus a fairly traditional one which I chose for Mum.
It was incredibly easy to set up and add contacts , assign numbers to speed dial which is all Mum uses.
For the price it is quite sturdy the only thing that feels a bit cheap is the back .
It has a very basic user manual to get you started, but it is easy to get to grips with setting up the things that aren't in the manual, which just covers basic stuff.
The manual isn't that comprehensive but covers phone layout adding contacts, navigation keys and texting.
What Do I Think?
This is a great little phone, very easy to use and set up. My mum has found it easy to use which is important as she has problems with her fingers, so the keys on this are reasonably large and she can depress with little effort. She has no desire to do anything, other than make the odd call so does not want anything other than that in a phone. If we could get one without texting she would have that as athritic fingers don't take to texting.
She has found the screen very easy to read, uses the speed dial I set up with no problems and loves the fact that it ends the call without having to find the correct key.
The battery seems to last for ages , hard to say how long as she switches it off after making a call , a habit I find really annoying as she can't be contacted in an emergency.
I think this is excellent value for £9.95 + £10 of calls.
If you only want a phone to make calls I would highly recommend this. My mum is nearly 80 and Dad is 81 and both have used this with no problem.
The guy in Carphone was concerned that the screen was too small, but it isn't an issue because it is very clear and bright.
We haven't used texting or played the games, simply made and received some calls, which is the only reason we bought this.
5 stars from us.
Summary: Great value mobile for making and receiving calls
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