Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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I do miss my old phone.
Samsung GT S5600
Member Name: charmlesslass
Samsung GT S5600
Advantages: easy to navigate, customise widgets, touch screen, other extras
Disadvantages: touch screen was a pain in the rain
I have no idea how I walked out of the phone shop with this phone, at the time, it was probably the coolest phone I had owned. I don't really see the attraction of owning the lastest technologies and phones and brand them around like a fashion statement, but since owning the phone, I saw the phone everywhere, with several close mates getting the phone on their next upgrade. When I first had this phone (about 2 years ago) it retailed at around £100, but I got it free with my contract. I'm sure it sells for a lot less now, with prices on ebay for about £30.
The phone was lightweight, and touch screen, which I was a bit sceptical about getting used to seeing as I had never used it before, but within the day pressing buttons seemed like a distant memory. The screen reacted quickly to a touch, however, relied on the heat of your fingers, so buying a stylus wouldn't have worked. The phone was easy to navigate around, and allowed you to customise the widgets you had on screen, to taylor the phone to our own use. You could also scroll through three background screens, which allowed you to have several widgets available for quick access without making the screen look overcrowded.
The phone also came with a camera, which lacked zoom (unless I never figured it out, as I didn't actually take many pictures) and had a flash, which some similar phones lacked. The phone also had bluetooth connectivity and came with a USB to connect to your computer, as well as internet, although I didn't make use of this as costs weren't included in my contract. There was also FM radio, which was handy when your ipod dies on you, but you had to ensure you had the headphones with you. The charger was also different to other similar phones, as I once found out by leaving it at uni when coming home for the weekend. I asked several people I knew with similar phones, but none of their chargers were the same, which was very annoying. The phone locked easily with the touch of a button on the side, and other button allowed your to bring up the camera function quickly.
The phone also had a function where you could feign ringing yourself, however, this often set itself off, which I have heard many people got very confused by, assuming they had a stalker.
My favourite thing about this phone was how durable it was. I am a very clumsy person, and the man in the shop told me not to drop the phone as it could stop it functioning. As careful as I was, it was never quite enough. However, besides a few scratches, the phone remained functioning. I eventually managed to crack the screen when it landed awkwardly on the ground, but the phone continued the function as well as it ever did, despite the cracked screen. The touch screen function was unaffected (although I wouldn't recommend trying it, I may have just been lucky.)
The only down side to touch screen is trying to use the phone in the rain. However, texting was a lot quiter than with a phone with buttons, and you had the option of the screen vibrating on touch, which allowed you to text without really looking at the screen, being assured that your touch had registered.
Sadly, after about 18 months of having the phone, it was stolen, and I wasn't willing to pay £70 to have it replaced, and opted for a cheaper phone instead.
Summary: A great phone at the time
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