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Samsung GT E1200
Member Name: jo1976
Samsung GT E1200
Date: 27/07/13, updated on 21/11/13 (157 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, excellent battery life, good call quality, compact size, cheap
Disadvantages: Looks cheap, only offers basic features
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.
Summary: A very reliable, robust and easy to use basic mobile phone
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