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I've had this phone for about 18 months. It's pretty robust - I've dropped it a few times by accident, and there's still barely a scratch on it. It looks smart in shiney black, is small, and has a great battery life: lasts a few days between charges. It's reliable and fine for the basics of texting and calling.
The internet is slow and the screen is small, making it a pain to use. I only use the internet if I'm stuck somewhere and really need to check my webmail.
A few niggling issues: as mentioned by another reviewer, it's really easy to accidently cancel an incoming call when it rings which is frustrating (because then you have to ring them back, and it uses up your minutes instead of theirs!). Also, I occasionally accidently activated the 'fake call' function when I'm walking and it's in my pocket. I don't even know how I do this. It's frustrating to fish it out of your pocket when it's ringing only to find a fake call.
I've tried all the games, wasn't particularly gripped by any of them. I don't use them anymore.
The alarm function is reliable, however it only works if you leave the phone on.
The camera is ok, what you'd expect for a low-end phone camera.
The predictive text is a bit clunky. It intermittently forgets the new words you've added. Like my name :(
This phone is very easy to slide up to use the keys below, they are a good size and you don't hit the key beside by mistake which can happen with some other phones. The only problem I have found is if I put the phone in my jeans back pocket I can accidently cancel an incoming call by hitting the centre menu button while trying to get the phone out. The screen is a good size, clear and does not seem to scratch easily. I have even dropped it on a few occassions and it has only been marked slightly on one corner. Facebook and Google are easily accessed from the main home screen. The phone's built in memory can store up to 300 text messages and you can buy an SD card which will expand the memory to store any photos taken by the good 1.3 mega pixel camera.
I've never really been big on phones: this is my second, bought as an upgrade for the awful LG I'd had for years, and it's certainly an improvement. The phone feels solid and the sliding mechanism is robust and satisfying to use. The display is pretty decent considering the price and while the 1.3MP camera is rubbish compared to most modern phones, it's fine for when I'm not carrying my digital camera; at least the pictures are. If you're after decent video, look elsewhere - the footage is grainy and sluggish, even in the tiny resolution this camera shoots in.
It's got everything you'd expect from a phone in this price range - bluetooth, an mp3 player, a simple web browser & assorted java applications, none of which are particularly useful. If you want something more than calls and texts, then it's worth spending a bit more to get a fully featured device. But if you just want something to keep in touch with friends and family, then this'll certainly do the job; and for a reasonable price.
I bought the black version for 49.99 (but was able to use a 16.00 voucher on this), a neat, good-looking device, which felt comfortable in the hand in the shop. It is still my main phone six-months on, but I wouldn't choose it again.
Initially, the battery life was short, a few days at the very most (certainly not the 12+ promised in the guide). I abandoned the phone in a drawer and started using it again recently, and the battery life has improved.
The menus are annoying at times, with laborious sequences of clicks to get to a desired photo, for example. Photos cannot be displayed full-screen, which is a shame.
On the plus side, the inbuilt applications are good, as is the sound quality. The FM radio is particularly good. The download display is excellent and informative.
The slide action is a little too loose, and the buttons easy to depress, so I don't find it the best phone to have in my jeans pocket. Having said all this, I don't plane to change it as it does the main job well - keeping me in touch, browsing the web and listening to the radio, so overall, a qualified 'yes', but could do better for less money.
I have the pink version of this phone and really enjoyed using it.
It looks smart, is small and compact, packs in some hefty features like Bluetooth, decent screen resolution, Internet access with shortcuts to social networking, expandable memory and a decent music player so you can store lots of music. It also has a camera and video camera.
The only negative things about this phone is that the camera is not brilliant but good enough for a phone camera.
The wallpapers and ringtones can be customised but the message tone can only be picked from a selection of pre loaded tones (this seems to be standard with some samsung phones, not sure why). It also comes with a few games to keep you occupied on the train or bus!
All in all you can't go wrong with this phone, it has all the features you would expect from a mobile phone and more.
This phone strongly resembles the Samsung U600 but sadly in my opinion isnt as nice. Apart from the fact that this is slightly chunkier, the U600 has more touch sensitive buttons.
The actual handset isnt too bad physically, not particularly small but still compact enough to fit into your pocket. The model I have in front of me is a white model which personally I think looks cheap and nasty as well as obviously after some usage would develop some visable marks on the white finish.
One thing about Samsung is, if you can use one, its a general rule you can use another. This is no different. In terms of ease of use it is excellent. The front isn't over croweded with various buttons just the Centre menu button, the call and disconnect buttons, and the select and back buttons which also double up as short cuts. When pressing the menu button it brings up a icon illustrated menu, whichm when the icon is highlighted is explained in text at the top - so you cant really go wrong. Menu features, Call log, phonebook, Music, My files, Messages, Camera, Organiser, WAP, Settings, Alarms, Applications and Communities. Communites include MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Flicker, Photo Bucket.
The camera has a goos 1.3 Megapixel Camera which captures a fairly good photo, which isnt bad for the price. It also has a fairly good selection of games, yes they're only on demo but they give you the option to buy.
Overall, despite its not very appealing appearance its a very good phone with a good battery life!
I brought this because it was on special offer and i really needed to get a phone then and there. I was not expecting amazing things because i figured that there was a reason that it was cheap. Whatever that was, i haven'f found it yet.
The phone is a nice shape, colour and design. I am pleased with the way it opens although it is a shame that i have to get finger prints on teh screen to open it.
It is very east to use, i did not need the instructions, only ten minutes fiddling with it. Having said that, i have not managed to get it to connect to Facebook or MySpace yet.
The battery lasts forever, i think about 8 days assuming that i dont telk on it all the time.
I have dropped it several times without any ill effects, not even a mark. This is a sturdy bit of kit!
If you're not mega bothered about how trendy you are but want a good reliable phone then this is definately the one for you.
I recently bought this phone from Tesco. It was for sale for less than £40 on a PayAsYouGo O2 tarrif. The phone is very easy to use and in less than an hour I was using the phone as if I had had it for years. The design is simple, and stylish and fits nicely into my pocket. You can customise nearly everything on the Samsung GT S3100 including the menu, wallpaper, fonts etc. The buttons are not too small and are easy to use when writing SMS messages. The camera on teh phone is 1.3 Mega pixels and takes a good photo. I have also used teh bluetooth connection and paired it with my handsfree kit that works great. One negative point - I still have not worked out how to change the tone for the message to a custom tone. I would recommend this phone to anybody looking for a cheap reliable phone that has everything that you need. For £40 you cant go wrong!
I originally had this phone before upgrading to an iPhone but I was very pleased with it whilst I had it. I even recommended it to my mum and she bought one and so did my dad and they are both very pleased with the product. They even got better deals than I did at the start - just £39.99 for each at Argos providing you top up by at least £10.
They obviously only wanted the phone for the basic functions of calling people, storing contacts in the phone book and the occasional text message and for this phone it does all 3 brilliantly for them, so if you are looking for just a basic phone to do the main things then this is it.
On the other hand if your are looking for something more and a bit more flashy then I suggest a top of the range one (although a lot more expensive than this one). To it's benefit however it is a quadband phone unlike a lot of the cheaper ones out there so you can use it in hundreds of countries around the world including the main tourist ones & another big benefit is that it suppors FM radio which I did enjoy listening to.
On the downside though - especially for me - was the camera only being 1.3 mega pixels which means I couldn't take a decent photo that would look good when I put it on the computer. So if more functions and a better camera are your thing then I would suggest a better range phone ie touch screens etc.
I bought this phone recently on O2 Pay As You Go for £50 (although I got it £36 with £14 off as an existing O2 customer discount). The phone itself appears to be very reliable for a basic, good-looking quad band phone.
The 1.3 megapixel camera takes good photos with very little blur, unlike some phone cameras of a similar standard. The phone comes with some handy features such as a fake call feature which can be used to get out of awkward conversations (although I'd imagine that this would also require guts and good acting skills!)
This mobile supports a microSD card to increase the amount of storage. It also has a good mp3 player/radio and comes with headphones and speaker that both have excellent sound quality.
The only problem that I have so far encountered is that the internet tends to be a little slow and is not as easy to use as some others (such as the LG KS360). Another problem is that there is a lack of ringtones as it is expected that the user will download mp3s to the phone - so at the moment I am still stuck with the original Samsung ringtone until I get round to downloading something else!
Overall, I have found this phone to be very reliable and a good buy for anyone who is looking for a good phone on a budget. I would definitely recommend it to others.
I just got this phone because I wanted a cheap quadband phone. I bought it at Carphone warehouse for only £39.99 and then I had to top up £10. I thought it was a pretty good deal so wasnt expecting much from the phone. Think it was only on this price for some networks though.
The phone is great. The camera is not very good - 1.3mp, but the functioning of the phone is very good. It has all the usal functions of alarm, notes, etc. But is also has an fm radio and music.
The phone doesnt compete with all the new super phones available - no super camera, no touch screen, etc. but at this price it cannot be expected to. If all you need is a sleek phone at an affordable price I would not hesitate in recommending this model. There is internet and social networking included also.