I brought this phone for about £15 plus £10 topup and whatever insurance was after. The reason for buying a basic phone was because I used one simuilar to this when I went on a mission.
The phone itself is just what a phone should be. You can have calls and texts along with voice mail and speed dial. There is no interenet or camera on, but there is, however, a game which does challenge the brain (unless you're like me and have played on it quite often and its really no challenge to complete).
There is a contacts listwhere you have your contacts, you can create your contacts and your favourites (aka speed dial, so for example to call Mum press 2 then the call button). It also has a call logg and you can review who's called you, who you called and your missed calls. What I like about it is, is the fact it breaks it down so for example Mum called (3) and you click on it and it has 12/12/12 at 13.45 for 00;03:52, 14/12/12 at 09:32 for 00:32:12 and 21/12/12 at 21:13 for 00:21:43. So it has the date, the time and how long you wre on the phone for.
Also the bonus parts are the little things, the game, the alarm, the calculator, convertor, time, stop watch, a calander, a memo, a tourch light (which is very useful when you're on missions or walking the dog late at night) and one that I have recently found, a fake call (I don't understand why you would want one but it's there any way).
The battery life is useful, on average, only charge it up once every 3-4 days unless it's been used alot on calls or playing the game then once every 2-3 days. The tourch light doesn't drain the battery like I thought it would so even if I did use the tourch for a few hours, it wouldn't impact the battery life.
The knock about life is very handy, my phone has been dropped in the bath, dropped in the saucepan full of pasta (yea, I know, it was an accident) and even been through the odd temper where it's been thrown against the wall an at people in a bad mood (seriously, they know what makes me tick). So after all the abuse it's been through, it's survived the war with just a few scratches. It made me believe insurance was a waste of money in all fairness.
I picked up this phone for just under £5.00!
When I was looking for a cheap phone to take to Kenya with me (so I didn't get my shiny new Samsung Galaxy S2 stolen or damaged) the guy in the shop did what he has been trained to do and tried to steer towards a better phone for the job. Once I had told him I just needed a phone that could send a text and maybe call home, with a relatively reasonable battery life he steered me back to this little creation.
I asked him whether the phone would work in Africa and he sat at his computer and looked up all of the different places around the world where the phone would work and where it may find it harder to pick up signal.
I chose this phone because it was very simple to use. The battery life was said to be brilliant and it was small enough that if I needed to I could take it with me to wherever I was heading.
I got the phone home (after paying the obligatory £10 for a top up) I popped the SIMcard in (this meant I wouldn't have to buy an African simcard too as £10 would last me the trip) I charged the phone up which didn't take very long. But I charged it for a little extra so that it would not lose charge easily.
When I got to Kenya to text my family that I had got there okay. The phone worked perfectly first time and as its not a smartphone I didn't get a million messages telling me about data roaming and text messages coming up telling me all of the different price plans.
I popped my phone back in my back and left it on. FOR TEN DAYS! Most evenings I played the bejeweled type game that was already on the phone which I felt was an excellent added bonus! And still the phone battery lasted until the very last day of my trip! (It was admittedly not used very often but my current smartphone would not last very long even if it wasn't used but switched on.)
I would recommend the phone as a holiday phone if you enjoy your smartphones and iphones etc.
But if all you want is a phone to contact people and to be contacted on, to send the odd text message etc...then go for this one!
In spite of the popularity of ever smarter smart phones, the only tasks that I actually use my own mobile phone for are making phone calls and texting. I did have a 'middle of the range' mobile phone previously, that could access the internet (slowly) and had a built in camera but they were both features that I rarely used. When it suddenly decided to die on me, I made a quick decision to buy the cheapest mobile phone I could get my hands on and ended up with this very basic Samsung (E1200) model for under a tenner.
In all honesty, this phone was only ever intended to be a stopgap phone, until I purchased something better but, almost six months later, I am still using this phone and have no plans to upgrade in the near future, despite my (IPhone using) husband's encouragement.
I must admit that this phone looks as basic as it actually is. There are no fancy features and the appearance is simple but perfectly functional. I personally like the simplicity of this phone and its design but there is no disguising the fact that this is a budget model and looks it so this is not going to appeal to anybody who views their mobile phone as another style accessory. I particularly appreciate the size of this phone as it fits easily inside my jeans pocket without causing an unsightly bulge. I find some of the expensive phones to be ridiculously sized and I actually think smaller is better when it comes to a mobile phone.
This is also a nice size to hold comfortably. The shiny black exterior can be a little slippery at times and I have dropped it on a number of occasions. Fortunately, this model appears to be practically indestructible and far more robust than the selling price might suggest. Despite the accidents, the phone hasn't scratched or chipped at all and the battery compartment isn't showing any signs of loosening.
I also like the coloured screen, although I might be showing my age here, as I remember when cheap mobiles just featured black and white images (like TV's!) The screen itself is fairly small but certainly clear and large enough to indicate caller's names (or numbers) and to read or write text messages without excessive scrolling. The size and feel of the keypad and the rubbery keys are also well thought out, making it easy to text or type in numbers without any difficulties.
Using the phone is very intuitive, partly due to the limited number of features available so there is less opportunity for confusion. The layout of the keypad is very logical and simple, with most of the features being accessed via the central 'OK' button. The options menu does seem surprisingly large at first glance but the categories are all accurately and helpfully described so it is very easy to navigate. I'm sure that I would have received an instruction manual with this phone but I've never needed to refer back to it as all tasks, even those done less frequently such as adjusting the time and date settings, are all easy to work out. This makes it an ideal phone for somebody who might feel less confident about this type of technology, as everything about it is so straightforward. I also like the method of locking and unlocking the keypad, which is accessed via the keypad rather than a sliding button.
The inclusion of an 'applications' setting seems a little surprising as this phone does not offer any internet access, but closer inspection soon reveals that a basic list of 'gadgets' including a calculator, stopwatch and torch (which is essentially just lighting up the entire screen.) There really is nothing to get excited about here, and certainly no entertaining apps to download- even the game that the phone offers is as basic as it can be (and doesn't even have the addictive quality of Nokia's classic 'Snake' game!)
Given the low selling price, there is the temptation to describe this phone as the perfect first mobile for a young child but I'd advise caution really. Even for a young child, this phone is going to be the equivalent of a set of socks from Grandma - perfectly sensible and usable but definitely not an item that a child is going to get excited about receiving, however young they might be! I'd originally intended to pass this on to my ten year old son when I replaced it but he is not particularly keen to inherit this budget phone, so I can imagine the response from a teenager!
For somebody wanting to use a mobile phone for, shockingly, actually making phone calls I really believe that this phone cannot be bettered. The choice of ringtones available and the volume range is more than adequate for my needs. I certainly have no problem hearing calls or texts come through, even from the depths of my bag. I appreciate that reception can be affected by network availability and geographical location but, having used this phone on the o2 network all over the Midlands and the North West I've never experienced any loss of signal or deterioration in the quality of the call. I can contrast this with my husband's expensive Iphone 4S, where I've been on the receiving end of many calls where he sounds like he's phoning from outer space or from inside a bucket underwater!
By far the most impressive feature of this basic phone has to be its battery life. I use this phone in conjunction with a works mobile, so only use this one sporadically during the week, and can easily go for 10 days between charges! This is ideal for a low user like me as I can just get on and not worry about this phone being low on charge. Battery life is preserved by the inclusion of a sleep mode which automatically switches the screen off between uses.
This phone can currently be purchased from Phones 4 Us for just £9.99 when purchased with £10 worth of credit on most of the major networks (with the exception of Vodafone which would cost £14.95.) At that price, this phone is a no-brainer for anybody needing an emergency replacement, second phone or just a basic no-frills model.
I'm certainly more than happy with this phone and would certainly recommend it to anybody that actually uses their mobile phone just for making calls and texts. It is easy to use, robust and has an excellent battery life so certainly a phone that offers considerably more than its selling price would suggest.
This is the 3rd Samsung phone I've reviewed. I keep buying samsung phones because I've been consistently impressed with their products, and they run in a similar way that I like and have got used to.
Why buy this phone?
My beautiful Galaxy Ace 2 suffered a rather heavy fall resulting in a very broken screen, so I needed an emergency replacement. I went into carphone warehouse and asked what the cheapest phone they sold was, and they pointed me to this little gem-the Samsung E1200. More on the specs later, but for the incredible price of FIVE pounds, yes ladies and gents you heard me correctly- 500 great british pennies- I wasn't about to argue.
I like small phones, I hate these phablets that are springing up all over the place, and this really is very small. It fits into my tiny hands perfectly and all keys can be used with one thumb. It can easily fit into the small pockets that tend to come on tight-fitting jeans. The phone the standard rounded rectangular shape that you tend to associate with low-end phones with a fairly small screen (about 2 fingers x 2 fingers- not the most authentic measurement, but quite a useful one i find!) It has a normal key keypad with 1 middle 'ok' button and 4 key buttons above the numbers. 2 of these are used to choose options, the 3rd is to begin a call, and the 4th is to end a call and power on/off button. Around the middle 'ok button' is a square which if pressed on the 4 different sides provide 4 different shortcuts to apps on the phone. These are adjustable to preference, so mine lead to inbox,calendar, contacts and compose a new message. The phone is also extremely light, you barely notice it in your pocket. the whole phone cover is plastic, with large rubber buttons that make texting fairly easy. One of my few niggles with this phone is that the buttons are not the easiest to press when texting. However, they are certainly not in the realm of difficult! I also find that due to the slimness of the phone i sometimes get finger cramp after an extended period texting, but I think I text wierd, and it does take a fair amount of time to kick in.
This thing really has everything a basic phone needs. It has a calendar, messages, contacts, recieved/dialled/missed calls app, one game (Jewelquest), an alarm and a memo (up to 70 characters), It also has a calculator, converter (temp, weight etc) a stop watch and a 'torch light'. This amused me somewhat, as the so called 'torchlight' is just a white background with the screen lit up, but it does an ok job if your hunting in the dark for something, just don't expect too much from it! The alarm clock is surprisingly customisable, with the ability to change snooze time, melody ( an ok selection of these including one or 2 gentle ones! ) , volume, repeat, how often you want the alarm repeated (with options to pick specific days of the week) AND an option to change if you want the alarm to come on when the phone is switched off. It has no camera, which is not a surprise for the price, but some users may be disappointed with this.
As I'm sure you can expect, the battery life on this is really very good, as there are no powerhungry features. It lasts a week with fairly regular use, less if you get addicted to Jewlquest like I am!
Aside from the minor button issues, I have 2 other niggles. My main problem with this phone is that when you drop it, the back falls off and the battery falls out. This is a complete pain as you then have to reset the date and time. The fall does not have to be huge, even from a bed onto a carpeted floor can set it off. Of course, this is easily solved by not dropping it, but it happens even to the best of us at one time or another! the second is the fairly small message space-only up to 100 messages combined in the send and recieve folders. However, i guess it only has a small memory, so ill forgive samsung for this!
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a basic phone with no bells or whistles. I would say it was a perfect first time phone for an elderly person due to its large buttons and fairly decent text size, or for your 7/8 year old who want to be able to contact while at school, for example, or for anyone like me who needs a back up phone! everything this phone does, it does well!
This is a very simple phone, newest member of SAMSUNG's cheap phone serie.
Very simple, easy to use phone with very good sound quality, and good ringtones.
However this phone is the successor of 1080 family, the big improvements are missing.
The menu is just the same as it is in the previous models, and the lack of memory capacity came back.
200 Phone numbers,
100 SMS message, which I think is quite litte.
The only advantage according to the previous models is the SMS message sounds, which are a bit longer.
This model has a "new" sound processing module, which in some cases ruins the previously better sounding ringtones. The manufacturer tried to add some new ringtones, but some of the elders is now removed.
The number of background images is reduced to only two, a blue one, and a colorful canyon image.
Not a big variety. The case of the phone has changed, and I think not in the right direction.
The back cover of the phone is plain, not a spot in it, so it made this model easy to slip off your hand, even if your hand is dry. The microphone is placed on the right side of the bottom of the phone, which I think it wasn't the best idea, it is much easier to cover the microphone accidentally when you hold the phone in your right hand while speaking. While typing an SMS message the order of the Character caption changing has also changed. In my opinion the previous ones was the better. Now the order is "Ab", "ab", "AB", "123". This way when you type an SMS and want to type a Name, you have to press the # key three times to get the desired "Ab" method to write a name. But maybe it's not a big problem, only according to the previous models it can be a bit annoying.
This phone doesn't have camera, and any communication method with PC and other device.
BUT! The biggest and best improvement is the DISPLAY! Bigger, and faster!
Samsung has changed the old CSTN display to a TFT one, which is simply much better!!!
This makes the phone really usable. Scrolling texts can be read flawlessly, everything is good. Good brightness and view angle.
Thank GOD, the battery life is still unbeatable, however this model has "only" a 800mAh LiION accu, the provider tells 720 hours of standby time, which is amazing.
I use this phone for four days now, and the battery level still stays at the maximum level.
This suggests it is not a two-day-battery phone!
After all this model is quite easy to use, has good sound quality, loud ringtones,
Now I don't really know how different this phone is to others like it but I've got this as my 'travel phone' for when I go walking and on holiday.
It's easy to use. That's really what I was going for with this phone. It's easy to add contacts and answer calls. It tells me the time on the start up screen and I don't even have to unlock it. The way to unlock it is annoying, using the keypad which nobody seems to want to use nowadays. I'd much rather have a small button on the side or top so that i could easily activate and deactivate the phone but that's the way that it is with these simpler phones.
I don't really use it for this purpose whatsoever but I just thought I should add that it comes with all the standard, classic games like snake and other old timers. I'm sure though if you're buying this phone, your main thought isn't going to be to play games.
Battery life. WOW. This phone can last for, what feels like, a flipping century! I can leave it on for about 3 weeks give or take a few days until the phone finally begins to lose battery. That part I'm pleased with as if I go away on a long holiday or a walk I don't even have to bring the charger with me. It's truly impressive and very useful!
With the extra features for the phone there isn't really much to tell to be truly honest. There's no camera which is a shame. I t could really do with one the it would be the perfect simple phone. It's pretty slim and very, very light to hold. It's also surprisingly sturdy. You would think that it would break almost instantly when you drop it on a hard surface because it feels quite fragile but it's actually very sturdy. I've dropped it on rocks, roots, my kitchen floor, concrete, and all manner of other hard things. Very sturdy indeed.
It does also have the standard things like a stopwatch, a timer, calculator, alarm, and a calendar which I've utilized quite often. I never actually put anything on the calendar in my kitchen I just store everything on the phone. The phone does also actually have a currency converter which is good but with the unstable market and all that not really much use.
The phone has an alright memory of 32GB which again, without any photos, videos music or the modern day apps will suffice. The phone for contacts is OK as well as it can hold up to 200 contacts in its storage. It can actually play music but again, if you are getting this phone I highly doubt that this is what you will be using it for.
Overall I can say that It's a brilliant phone for more simplistic phone users. For a teen, not so much. But, for what I use it for, it definitely serves its purpose.