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I now use this phone for emergency's and have owned it for years now. It is an incredibly reliable phone and durable also.
The features are incredibly basic on this phone. It does however have an mp3 player which plays music through the back speakers or headphones (not 3.5mm though). There is also capability for some java based games such as snake, but these are generally awful and overpriced.
Battery life on the phone is ridiculously long. It can be left for months on end and still turn on at the end, and when it constant use will take a while to discharge, week or more.
The phone is also very durable. It has been dropped from a first floor balcony onto stones below and survived with a few scratches.
The camera will also take basic but adequate pictures aswell.
It is also a nice phone to hold and use in general and is highly recommend.
This was the phone I had before my current one. I bought it because it was cheap and seemed easy to use, and this proved true. It did everything I wanted it to; my requirements for a phone aren't particularly high as I wasn't that bothered about it having a high quality camera, mp3 player, internet access or the like.
As someone who is notoriously clumsy, my main concern was it breaking. Eventually it did break due to water damage , but it survived being thrown on the floor several times. I was highly impressed by its sturdiness. It was relatively cheap; I paid around £30 for it and so did not expect it to last particularly long. However, it lasted over a year and fulfilled my requirements perfectly.
Size wise, it fits easily into my pocket or into a side pocket of a handbag, which is particularly useful. The slide feature makes it even more compact, and yet it is not so small that it becomes difficult to use. The buttons are relatively large, meaning that it is easy to use for those who aren't used to texting; in comparison to Blackberry's, for example, it is practical and simple. This is also an advantage for those with poor eyesight and limited dexterity.
It's a perfect phone for anyone who doesn't want something too hi-tech. Despite it not being particularly hi-tech, it does in fact have some internet access - it's perfect for quickly checking Twitter and Facebook, though anything more complicated than that might bring issues. For example, I tried to access google maps, and this was often impossible or unhelpful. It also has a camera, albeit a relatively low quality one. Because of this, the battery life tends to last much longer than other, more 'jazzy' phones.
The only other problem I found with the phone is the limited storage; the total number of messages that can be stored at one time is 300. This includes text messages in both the sent and received items folder. For many people this may not be an issue, if you are using your phone primarily for calls, or if you are not concerned with keeping old messages, but I found it somewhat irritating as I had to empty my inbox fairly regularly.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a phone to replace a number of other gadgets, such as an mp3 player, camera, computer, etc, then you'll need to look elsewhere. If, however, you want a cheap, simple and sturdy phone that will allow you to remain in contact with friends, family and colleagues, this would make an excellent choice.
I had the same problem this year as I do every year in getting a present for Christmas for my wife. There are never any indications of what she would like, so this year I simple kept asking until I got some kind of reply. Eventually she came up with the idea of replacing her clapped out mobile which to be fair she's had for ages, even though it has not exactly been over used. It had some minor damage to the screen so I agreed to get her a new phone. I was looking on the net one day when she came over to see. I do not want a big fancy touchscreen thing like that, I just want a simple to use slide phone if possible.
The Samsung Monte is not your all singing all dancing modern phone, it is however a practical and useful phone which is not too big. I think it looks quite smart as does my wife, and what is more so she has found it easy to use being a bit of a technophobe.
I had to buy an additional micro SD card so that she could select a range of music from those stored on out PC. This can be played either through the phones built in speaker (which is really quite good considering some of the phone quality out there) or through the supplied earphones which are also of pretty good quality. The earphones are also required should she wish to listen to radio on the move, since the earphone cable is used as the antenna. Again the radio quality of sound is pretty good although sometimes getting a signal is not as easy as it probably should be.
The slide portion of the phone is quite tight which I think is an advantage and stops it being slid open accidentally. Its not over tight just tight enough to require a little force to slide it. On sliding the keypad is revealed, and automatically illuminated for ease of use. There is a good tactile feel to the keypad, which means you know when you've pressed a key.
The screen is probably considered small nowadays, but the graphics and the set-up and layout are easy to see and really quite clear considering. The phone is as expected these days for none tough screen phones menu driven. In this respect the menu system is pretty logically laid out so there is not a problem trying to find any specific feature. The colours are quite vivid are very good for the size of screen. The inbuilt 3-mega-pixel camera takes god pictures, which can be saved onto the Micro SD card and subsequently put on PC.
The phone has Bluetooth functionality and this can obviously also be used for the movement of pictures and other bits and bobs. The Internet option of the phone is quite quick although I do feel that the small screen is of a disadvantage here, this said browsing is easy as. A built in Calendar allows the setting of appointments and Birthdays and such so as you do not forget that important date.
A very handy voice recorder is also available, and fairly lengthy pieces can be recorded especially when the micro SD card is installed. I have found that for some reason this seems to drain the usually efficient battery a bit quicker than other applications available. There is a built in Facebook app which is I guess handy for those who frequent their Facebook page to catch up on all the meaningless little quotes and notes which appear on such sites. Just joking if you like Facebook fair enough I just find it pretty pointless, except for some of the games, which are addictive.
Call reception is pretty good and it is unlocked so she can use any network she wishes. It certainly hasn't got all the features of modern phones but is has a decent range of useful tools. Battery life is way better than her previos phone and a once a week charge or top up keeps it at full power.
I should have paid £55 for this phone, but was prepare to spend more on a better one. My wife got the phone she wanted which is the most important fact. As it was I had the option to upgrade so it only cost me £35 so I put the rest on as credit. This is going to be enough for my wife for years LOL. She seldom uses a mobile, perhaps once a week tops, but I have noticed she is using this more than the last on she had so perhaps she likes it more or finds it easier to use, I find it a simple effective and functional unit which does pretty much most will require from a mobile phone.
I have to say this phone is a great cheap phone for just texting and messaging because the buttons are good for people with big fingers like myself and if you want a cheap phone just for contacting people or emergencies then this is the phone for you, you will never be dissappointed with this cheap but good phone. When i had this phone i was never dissappointed with it because i always knew how much it costs and even for a cheap phone it does come with some games already installed by the manufacturer.
I only have good things to say about this excellant mobile phone except for the camera isn't all that good but you can't complain for the price you pay for this mobile phone. I know some people that have these mobiles as a spair phone for when their original phone breaks or something, they have never been dissappointed with this phone.
All i can say for this phone is you can't go wrong with this asstounding mobile especialy since you can buy this mobile from around £18 from most places now days such as amazon.co.uk or other places like this.
The texting is always easy on this mobile even if the user of this mobile has big fingers they can still type as well as everyone else.
The reception on this phone was always high for me and im an 02 customer and i found it boosted my reception higher even in places that always have low reception.
I hope this review has helped you with your decision on buying this mobile phone.
A good phone for a reasonable price. The phrase 'does the job' has never been more appropriate. I don't buy a phone to manage my life's work on, therefore at around £40 this has all the basic functions and simplicity that a man who still treats a phone like just a phone needs. Very reliable, had it for over a year now and must've dropped it about 50 times without any breakage or cracks in the screen. Has a very impressive battery life, sometimes lasting for over 4 days without charge. Has a neat sliding mechanism, easily removable shell, 1.3mega camera, bluetooth, and you can access the internet but browsing is quite primitive and slow. If you're looking for a phone which can take good quality pictures/films then do not buy this, the camera is one of only a couple of flaws. Buttons click smoothly and texting is very swift and easy but a minor flaw is its limited SMS storage - you can only store a maximum of 300 texts at a time (including all received and sent messages) which I have found to be a small inconvenience.
In todays world where it is all about smartphones, Iphones and Blackberrys it means expensive contracts or spending hundreads just for a handset. but what about those who are after something that does a standard job with a bit of music, take a few snaps or even just a replacement/back up phone? Well The Samsung GT E2550 does just that.
To begin with I purchased the phone from Phones4u on PAYG for £24.95 plus £10 airtime (paid by debit card, paying by cash results in £20 airtime). The phone was already unlocked so i gave the sim away and stuck in my contract sim.
The phone comes in a small box with just the handset, charger, handsfree/headphones kit and a manual. I ordered a usb cable and headphone adapter from ebay for cheap. The adapter was needed because the headphones are standard quality and uses a samsung connection rather than the 3.5mm jack.
The build on the phone is ok, pretty soild, dropped it a few times didnt suffer and damages apart from a scruff. The slider is ok after 2 months use so no problems there.
The phones does its basic duties as in calls and texts with call quality loud and has a speaker. It has a bluetooth connection for those want to use a bluetooth headset or any other accessories. FM radio works when the headphones are connected. Camera quality is 1.3 MP so while it is not the best compared to todays market, the picture comes out decent for the odd pictures however there is no flash so for night pictures make sure you are in a room where there is bright lighting.
The mp3 player on the phone is ok, and its only ok because you cannot minimise the player while you are listening to songs.
The phone has internet but it is nothing like smartphones, just basic mobile web with edge speeds, no 3G.
The phone comes with a facebook app, but I have not used used it because to its internet limitations.
Other features included are alarm, calender, stopwatch, timer, world clock and organiser.
A benefit of this phone is that you can set a password on anything from phonebook, filemanager even text messages.
Battery life is good too, I charge my phone once every two days and that is with moderate to heavy use.
Overall this phone is good as it has all the features anyone would need, may not be of high specification but its there and for the price I can't complain and would recommended to anyone.
When the sound on my Nokia started dying and I wasn't due a new contract I wanted a back up phone that wasn't going to cost too much. Looking around my local Tesco I found this phone on offer at £34.99 and even the full price was only £39.99. I was happy that this was a good buy as Samsung is a brand that I trust.
In the box there was the phone and charger along with 3 booklets, the user manual, the warranty booklet and a booklet telling you all about vodaphone pay as you go.
The phone itself is small and slim with a push up front, it is dual banded with an MP3 player and a 1.3mp camera and you can also take films aswell as photos. The screen of the phone is around 2 inches and has a very clear picture even when displaying photos, the screen did come covered with a protective film which was actually very sturdy and not flimsy like on most phones.
The phone has got bluetooth for connectivity and has a mobile tracker on it which when set means that if someone inserts a new sim into the phone it will automatically send the number to the recipient that you have specified.
The phone also has the usual basics on it, alarm clock, stopwatch and calculator. For a low budget phone I would recommend this and after seeing the phone and having a try my uncle has gone and purchased one aswell.