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      20.12.2011 21:01

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      Great Phone For A Photographer, Not A Texter

      The Samsung Pixon is a phone specifically made to be used as a camera. It has an 8mp camera with shutters that open when you go on the camera and shuts when you come off of it. It has a decent size screen (3.2") with three buttons at the bottom; an answer call button, a hang up button, and a back button. It feels quite chunky when you hold it because it is quite thick.

      It functions quite well with a user friendly menu and touch screen. It is the same as all samsungs really, but it is very responsive and quick. The main problem with using this phone everyday is that it is slow at texting. It definitely is not a phone for an avid texter. The sound quality is quite good as well as the amazing picture quality. Aside from the texting problem, it is actually a very good phone. It was very good value for money, of course, they don't sell them new anymore.

      Being a Samsung, it is very reliable. I accidentally left it in my pocket and it went through the washing machine and still worked perfectly. It is very strong as well, and after the many times it has been dropped, it still is in quite good condition.

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      05.09.2011 00:16

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      good for offer price but wouldnt pay full price again

      Now usually I go for phones with i keypad but this time i decided to go for the samsung M8800 Pixon....
      Ive found it has a good battery life unlike some of the other phones i have had in the past, I can browse on the internet for ages and battery life is still good although when viewing videos or playing music it doesnt seem to last as long but that i find is to be expected with most of the newer phones available as they do alot more these days than simply text / call functions, I usually charge mine about every few days which isnt that bad as i text alot and use internet alot.
      The camera is quite good can take clear pictures 98% of the time but sometimes they do come out a bit blurred camera settings include different modes effects and face detection, picture editer.
      Calling people from the call logs are simple allthough ive found calling people from the phonebook to be somewhat annoying at times as ive rang the wrong person by accident on more than one occasion so i wouldnt recommened for people with big fingers unless they plan on using the stylus.
      Texting is quite easy as the letters on the touchscreen are quite big and you can also turn it on its side for a qwerty keyboard which can be quite useful.
      Quite a loud phone when ringing (even i can hear it when the kids are shouting lol).
      on the main screen there is a widget bar which can be useful sometimes as its quicker than going through all the menu for things such as internet, checking your emails, calendar etc.another bad point is that it is somtime slow on opening applications.
      At the moment this phone is on offer fo £79.99 in Argos which i think is a great price for this phone with all the features it has to offer compared to some of the similar priced models but i paid around £200 for this phone but to be honest i personally wouldnt buy the same phone again for the price i paid

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      03.09.2011 17:50
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      Good Camera and Design, that's all that is good.

      I owned this phone for around 6 months and the experience if I am honest was, well, not the most enjoyable experience.
      Why?
      Well, where do I start?

      I found the phone's screen to be very un-responsive due to the 'resistive display' this is the sought of display used in low-end phones, the thing is when release this wasn't a low-end phone, it was a high end.
      The 'resistive display' is different to the 'Capacative display' found in various phones such as the iPhone, the difference being the responsiveness. I found the Samsung Pixon's screen to be very un-responsive and this was particularly noticeable when texting, making texting a very unpleasant experience.

      The Phone however wasn't all bad, it had an excellent camera. The Camera on the Samsung Pixon is 8 Mega-pixel's and is THE best Camera I have ever used on a phone, the pictures it produced were excellent and it had a nice little feature of automatically opening the camera lens when the camera application was opened/closed - just like a digital camera does. I have owned a Sony Ericsson Cybershot C905 since and the pictures product from that phone were not comparable. I now own a Samsung Galaxy S, although this phone is 100x better than the two previously mentioned I do miss the camera on those 2 phones.

      To Conclude, the phone may look good on paper with it's 8mp Camera and 3.2" touch-screen display however, the design and camera are the only things good about this phone.
      The screen is very unresponsive and I have also experienced the common problem of the phone screen becoming frozen and totally unresponsive.

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        11.06.2011 10:07
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        A camera phone that will allow you to keep in touch, have fun and stay organised

        It's always an exciting occasion when the time comes for you to renew your phone and you have the pick of the bunch because it's free with your contract. I always feel like a kid in a candy shop, albeit a slightly confused kid, because there is so much choice. I always choose a pink phone but after that I am stumped. Eventually, and after much mind changing, I chose the Samsung Pixon 8 mobile phone in baby pink. That was almost two years ago and it's still going strong.

        When I chose this phone, it was just before the empire of the Iphone and the Blackberry began and took over the world, so I have been a little left out of that phenomenon. Having my contract frozen when I went travelling means that I am now way over the 18 months that I signed up for and although I feel like I'm falling behind with the technology a little bit, my 'Raspberry' as it fondly known to me, has remained my faithful companion.

        What does it look like?
        Although it is also available in black, I chose to purchase mine in a beautiful powder pink colour. The phone is quite large without being chunky or inconvenient, measuring about 108mm in length, 55mm in width and it has a depth of 14mm. It feels quite heavy and weighs around 122 grams.

        One of the most eye catching things about this phone is how large the screen is, as it takes of almost the whole of the front cover meaning you can see everything in great detail. Beneath the screen, there are two oblong buttons. One button is to answer calls, the other is to end them and one small circle button, which allows you to cancel an action.

        On the right side are three buttons. One of them activates the camera and takes the pictures while the large oblong button controls the zoom function or when it's not in camera mode, it controls the phone volume. The play button between the other buttons, brings up any photos that you've previously taken.

        On the left, there are two buttons. One locks and unlocks the phone, while the other quickly brings up the menu. There is also a slot for a memory card which is covered by a pink piece of plastic. The bottom has two little holes onto which can be attached a phone charm and at the top, there is a button to push down on in order to remove the back and a covered slot for the charger. On the back is the giant camera lens that takes up just under half of the back cover. Beside that, is a little bulb which acts as the flash.

        The phone has a LCD 3.2 inch colour display and the background can be changed. You can either use one of the installed options or one your own photographs. You have four icons at the bottom for super fast access to your address book or messages etc and you can change the icons to suit your needs. Every other function is in a list down the left hand side of the phone although this can be hidden. At the top, there are icons to show you your battery level, signal level, the time and whether your alarm is switched on, amongst other things.

        Phone calling and messaging
        The phone is simple to use and you have an address book in which you can store all your contacts and locate them quickly. You can store up to 2000 contacts on the phone and 2000 contacts on your Sim Card but I haven't stored anywhere near that amount.

        It stores all your missed, received and dialed calls and it is even quicker to find your regular contacts that way. Each caller can be designated a different ringtone so you'll know who it is without looking. Sound quality is perfect and I never have trouble hearing anyone properly. The phone also has a speakerphone which is really handy but not as clear as it could be. You can also make video calls.

        According to Samsung you have 7 hours of talk time before the battery dies. I'm not sure if I agree with that as my battery seems to be used up very quickly with any prolonged activity. This is especially true if you have the vibrate function on and the phone also vibrates a little bit every single time that you press a key. When the phone is left alone completely, it should last for 310 hours. Again, I'd say that's optimistic.

        You can use the phone to send both text messages and emails. It stores your received messages, sent messages and draft messages. You can chose your own message tone and choose whether to have the phone on vibrate or not. The cutest thing about the messaging is that you can chose your own font and I've got a lovely curly girly font which I love. You can also adjust the size of the font by simply pushing the volume button.

        Features
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        The phone functions with a touch screen and you're given a little pen to use with the phone. Unfortunately there is nowhere to store the pen other than to clip it onto the hole intended for the mobile charm and it just gets annoying. I felt a little silly using the pen anyway so that never really got used but using my fingers has always been fine.

        Camera
        The 8 megapixel camera is one of the main selling points of this phone. It takes incredibly clear and detailed images that can easily be viewed on the lovely big screen. The photos are so good that I stopped taking my camera with me on days out and used this instead. The flash is very bright and I've used it as torch before during a power cut. Despite this fact, it doesn't take fantastic pictures in the dark and so I only use the camera on this phone in the day time. You can also use the camera to film things and the quality is clear and the sound is fine providing there isn't too much background noise.

        The camera is simple to use and pushing the button with the picture of a camera on it, activates the function. It focuses automatically, has a x16 digital zoom function and you can change the light exposure and switch off the flash when it's not needed. The phone has smile and face recognition and you can tag people in the pictures and all of their photos will automatically get sent to their own individual album.

        You can view the photos both vertically or horizontally and the photos flip as you move the phone onto its side and upright. If you tilt the phone accidently, all your photos go running across the screen quickly which can be frustrating as when you try to correct it, they then go running the other way! It brings a whole new meaning to a slide show, which by the way, this phone is also able to perform, but in the usual way.

        Media Album
        The phone has an album where all of your music, videos and photos are stored. The phone supports MP3 formats so it can be used as an MP3 player but you'll need to get a memory card because without one, it won't let you hold many songs as its memory without one is only 200mb. The sound is crystal clear and the volume goes up quite loud. You can chose your own songs to be used as ringtones or chose from the ones that have already been installed into the phone. You can assign each person a different ringtone and even choose your own ringtone for the alarm.

        Applications
        The phone has access to FM radio but you need to use the headphones which come with the phone in order to pick it up. The headphones are snazzy white ones though, which are comfortable to wear, so I didn't mind doing that. The phone has a browser and you can use the phone to go online and it has 3G capability. It also has GPRS so it can be used as a map when you are lost.

        There are functions to edit the videos that you have recorded and a drawing application to create your own works of Art. It also has a voice recorder so you can make notes so that you don't forget things, and there is both a timer and a stopwatch which has suprisingly come in useful. The phone also has bluetooth so it can be linked up to other phones and data can be swapped.

        Organiser
        The organiser has everything you need to prevent you from forgetting things and to make sure your on time. It comes with a calendar, memo pad, task folder, a calculator, a time zone clock for around the world, an alarm clock and a converter for things like money and distance. I've used everything in this folder on more than one occasion and found it all really helpful in keeping me organised.

        Problems
        I've only had a few problems with this phone and when you think I've used it constantly for nearly two years, you'd expect a few problems. Firstly I find the back is really difficult to remove. If you have long nails, you feel like your nail will snap when you push the button and if you don't have long nails, then you'll need to find some long and thin to push the button in.

        The cover for the camera lense has jammed which usually closes automatically when the camera is not in use meaning the lense is no longer protected. This only happened recently however and I have this phone juggling around in my bag with goodness knows what else and I almost judge it for not jamming sooner.

        After about 16 months, I started to have problems with the charger. This only started when I took the phone abroad and it refused to charge, and it still wouldn't charge even when I got back home. I assumed it had just got old so I purchased a new charger but when I went abroad again, the same thing happened. Maybe I've been unlucky or maybe the charger can't cope with the change, I'm not sure.

        And finally and most importantly, I could never get the installation disk to load. I tried it on three different computers and it wouldn't recognise my phone. This meant that I couldn't upload music or download the photos I'd taken. I combated this by using a memory card which slotted into a memory stick but it was a big disappointment as it made the process too much bother.

        Apart from those problems everything is fine. I can't tell you how resilient this phone. I have dropped on the floor more times that I care to remember, dropped liquid on it, stood on it, and it has only bared a few scratches from the trauma. The phone is simple and fun to use with all the functions that I need to use day to day and no fancy useless ones clogging up the phone.

        The phone costs around £130 so it has kept its value really well. As the phone has been out for a couple of years, the price is likely to vary a lot so it's well worth shopping around to get a better deal. This is an attractive, well working piece of equipment that is still going strong. Who needs a Blackberry when you have a Raspberry!

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          22.03.2011 21:44
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          Brilliant camera phone, but sadly that is about it.

          i originally bought this phone on a contract deal as i was really attracted by the very impressive camera incorporated within it (8 megapixels)

          Im not the keenest of photographers, but the picture quality provided by the camera was amazing, especially on nights out and for action shots. with 8 megapixels it was a good as cameras you could by for hundreds of pounds!
          The build quality of this phone is also very immpresive. I dropped my phone countless times, but although the casing may have become scratched, it did not effect the quality of the phone's mechanisms.

          however i also bought the phone, with the promise of a very good 3G internet connection. This turned out not to be the case. the internet connection was slow and could open specially adapted websites for the phone.
          also i bought the phone as i fancied having a touchscreen phone with the qwerty keyboard to use for texting. this happened to be a massive mistake. the touchscreen speed and precision was terrible. i could write a whole message while the phone froze and caught up with me 30 seconds later. i'd like to point out this happened with the first time i ever use it and onwards, not from when i has dropped it!

          so you've taken amazing photos and you want to upload them to you pc, for sociall networking ect. This turned out to be impossible. the hardware for upload which came with the phone was a nightmare to upload and half the time didnt work!

          The phone nowadays is worth around £150 from Argos, and is compatible with a range of networks. Contracts from these networks are still available.

          I have an iphone for around 6 months now and the difference in quality is mind-blowing! ok ive lost around 6 megapixels in camera quality but the internet, touchscreen and uploading capabilities are much better.

          For those looking for a mediocre phone with an amazing camera, this is the phone for you!

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          16.02.2011 01:49

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          Definitely worth the money! Stylish, functional, fantastic!

          I recently received the Pixon from a friend as a replacement when I broke my Blackberry! The Blackberry is used for business use. I have found the Pixon to be a fantastic replacement - perfectly acceptable for proffesional as well as private use. Very pleasing to the eye - pretty much full frontal touch screen which is very responsive. And to the back, a large camera lense - fantastic picture quality at 8.0 megapixels - Quite literally as good as many digital cameras.

          A fantastic feature is that of the full typing key board - Improves speed of texting and email composing.

          Battery life is also sufficient! I have used for frequent use - texts, phone calls, web access and using the camera for a full day and it lasts.

          The only downside I have experienced is that on occassion the phone seems to 'freeze' whereby the touch screen seems to disable. However, this does seem to correct itself in the space of thirty or so seconds!

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          15.02.2011 00:51
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          Buy the phone if you want a really great camera and a fast efficient touch screen

          Have you ever taken a photo on your mobile phone, thought it was a super shot, uploaded it on your PC to feel nothing other than disapointment due to the terrible picture quality? or gave up taking a photo on your phone as the subjects couldn't stay still for just five minutes (particularly children)? This is 2011 after all- I want my phone to not only look good but do everything else- radio, music, photos, videos, internet oh yeah and make calls. But how good does the Wave meet these expectations? I hope the following helps you to decide the answer to that question..
          Ok, the phone is not particularly light, also not heavy; for me this is a decent size. If you are used to having a smaller phone then this may feel odd at first but you WILL get used to it fast. Considering the phone has such an amzing camera (which we will get to later) it is really not that chunky and designed to fit into any size hand comfortably.
          This is not THE most attractive phone you'll ever see; purfect for those not aiming to make too much of a statement. But people won't look twice at it (until you show them the camera) so really not a phone for the fashion focused or a bling bling type.
          The fact that there is not a slide down key pad and the whole phone is operated completely on touch screen is really only a benefit. (I find that the ones where you can do both can be confusing and lead to all sorts of accidental dialing errors.) The touch screen is not the most sensitive pad out there and you do need to press quite pruposefully, however this is not too problematic. If you are nervous about using a touch screen- don't be! You will get used to it fast. You lock the phone by pressing a button on the side so don't worry about accidentally dialing your ex-boyf.
          The Camera is probobly one of the best out there (for the price) and the phone comes with a memory card in which you can store tuns of shots, there is a flash, a range of photo quality adjustable features and to be honest this is the best thing about the phone. Of course there is a radio and all the other extras, but if your going to buy this phone- then you should be the kind of person who wants to make use of the amazing camera. There are other phones out there that are cheaper and just as good if your not interested in this. Having a great camera on the phone, especially when you have kids, is a fab benefit!
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            14.02.2011 03:31
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            Better than smartphones for photos but not much else.

            I have owned this phone for nearly a year and could not be happier with it. Its features are outstanding; it's stylish and easy to use. Most important of all, it is much cheaper than its nearest competitor.

            Firstly, the high resolution touch screen of the Pixon is vivid and great for watching videos on. It displays the menus clearly and due to its small size a screen any larger would not be necessary. The touch screen works extremely well with the stylus, although I tend to opt for using my finger instead; there's just something about a stylus which makes you feel like you are interacting less with your technology. The touch screen does not utilise multi-touch technology, a great downfall in the features of this phone as it is this technology which the iPhone uses in its image zoom and gaming processes.

            In terms of weight, the Pixon is just right, it doesn't feel too heavy to be an annoyance or too light to feel flimsy and cheap. The build quality is also up to scratch, as the touch outer casing survives bumps very well, the screen seems to have a thin waxy coating as well which deflects all but the deepest of scratches.

            As a phone designed around the photograph the camera is where the Pixon comes in to its own. The camera comes in 2 lens varieties; 8MP and 12MP, the former is the choice I opted for, and I'm glad I did. Ultimately it is not about how many million pixels your phone camera can output; you need a minimum standard for clarity but let's face it, the pictures taken on this are mostly for Facebook or displaying on your television anyway. In any case, the camera does take a decent snap, but will not be able to rival the compact camera market anytime soon. The buttons around the phone are clearly designed for picture taking, with zoom in and out as well as a take picture button.

            The Phone has a decent internet browser capable of displaying Youtube at very good quality over 3G, a helpful feature also when network signal is low. In terms of menus and interface, all of this is of very high standard; intuitive and fun to use at times, although you may find yourself reverting to the button controls instead of the touch for scrolling. Music playback over the speakers is crisp and the converter to regular headphones produces great results varying dependent on the quality of your buds.

            In conclusion, the phone does all of the things a regular phone does extremely well, whilst also trying to enter the fringe of the smartphone market. If you want a camera phone, this beats the iPhone hands down, due to it's great lens. Just don't expect this to replace your iPod or Camera for their primary functions.

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              17.01.2011 14:02
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              A fab phone

              This is my previous phone, I have since had an upgrade.

              I had always wanted a Samsung mobile because my friends have had them in the past and said how reliable and sleek looking they are. After looking at various different models I chose this one. And I was very happy when it arrived.

              The only downside with this was that it is slightly bulkier than what the picture looks like on the internet. I was expecting it to be slim built but this was not the case. It is also quite heavy.

              The great thing about this is the large screen. I was able to browse the internet with ease and also had a full size keyboard when typing text messages. This took a bit of getting used to as I was so used to having a mobile where the keys where on the phone. After sending about 20 messages I soon got used to it.

              The great thing I loved about this phone was the two cameras it had. I was able to take photos like you would with a normal camera but there was also the option of using the front built camera if I ever wanted to take pictures of myself. Not something you get with most mobiles. So this option made it quite unique. The camera is of a very high standard and produced some amazing pictures which I could upload on to the computer. The pictures were better than some quite expensive digital cameras. The camera would also auto focus if I got the picture ready before pressing the button to take the picture.

              This phone has FM radio built in which can be used via the earphones which act as an antenna. I woul listen to the radio on the way to work and was of excellent quality with no distortion.

              The menu is easy to navigate and everything works by touching the screen. The charge goes very quickly and I was having to charge this every evening over night. I was not overly using the phone and I can guess that someone who uses this phone on a high usage would need to charge the phone sooner.

              I had this phone for 18 months and did not have one fault with it. Was very happy.

              My friends liked my phone and a couple of people since went out and purchased this. I would highly recommend and in particular the camera.

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                05.11.2010 11:48
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                great all round phone with great features

                The Samsung GT M8800 Pixon was my previous handset before I had an upgrade a few months ago. I was a bit reluctant to let it go.

                I had this in black (also comes in Pink from orange) - however I dropped it from about ankle height and it hit a stone - there was a slight mark on the screen from this - but because its touchscreen the whole thing wouldnt work!

                Anway the insurance bought me a new one the next day and it was fab from that day on!

                Let me tell you a bit about the Handset itself. It has an FM Radio, 2 cameras (one for video calling). The camera is 8 Megapixel - I got it for this reason as at the time this was the best out! It also has video recordng and a built in voice recorder and the uaual internet and email!

                The memory on this phone was fantastic with a Phone Book Capacity 2000 names & numbers and also Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD . Its Dimensions are (WxDxH) 55 mm x 14 mm x 108 mm and its Weight is 118 g.

                There is also a few fun things (my neice loved it) = you can sake the dice on your phone and the phone vibrates and makes the noise as if you really are shaking dice! Also there is a pain option to draw pictures and put stamps on them etc.

                This is an alround great reliable phone! - Even the touchscreen was easy to get the hang of!!

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                23.09.2010 13:25
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                i would not recommend this product

                I purchased this phone on a 24 month contract last October and am seriously starting to regret it!

                When I received the phone, I was very happy with the size (I need a big phone or I would lose it) and the features. At 8mp the camera is brilliant and I have found my self taking more photos than I would before owning the phone. Also, the phone's music player plays very loud on speaker, compared to the phone I have previously.
                However, whilst exploring the phone, I realized that there were no permanent built in games. You receive approximately 5 free trials of 3 games and then have to purchase the games for further play. Despite this, I was very happy with the phone.

                I have now had the phone for just under a year and it has already been sent for repair once. This was due to the screen constantly freezing, meaning I could not access any features or open text messages. Also, the phone is now very slow and delays opening features and when writing text messages.
                Furthermore, I now have to calibrate the phone atleast once a week as the calibration seems to keep going slightly to the left. Again, this means that I struggle to use the phone as I cannot write text messages or open features. Also, the calibration problems seem to be a warning sign that the touchscreen is going to freeze.

                I would not recommend anyone purchases this phone. Before purchasing I spoke to a few people who already had the phone, they all highly recommended it. However, when speaking to them recently, they say they wish they had never purchased it. I have another year left with this phone before I can upgrade and am 99% sure it will not last this long!

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                16.08.2010 15:15
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                A good enough phone for everything you need

                There was a time when ' big ' phones weren't looked upon very fondly but with times changing you will find more and more bigger phones out on the market now. They are becoming more popular because of what they actually offer the user in terms of features which small phones simply can't keep up with. This phone is a good looking big phone which is jam packed with good featues for users to enjoy.

                Price

                The price of this phone was over the £190 mark which for a phone that offers a 8mp camera and a sleek look you have to take an interest to it. Now the price is down to around £150-£160 it makes it even more desirable for someone to purchase. Even now I think you would struggle to find that many better than this one for the price.

                Features

                As stated earlier this phone comes with a 8mp camera which is more than enough to take excellent quality photos. The internet is also a good feature on this phone as it has a bigger screen so it gives you better viewing than what a small phone would give. Other features include an alarm, calculator and fully functioning Qwerty keyboard.

                Usability

                I think any user who purchases this phone will find it really easy to use. Unlike some smartphones which are a bit more difficult to get your head around this one will take you literally a few minutes. The buttons are very simple and you also shouldn't find any problem with navigating around the menu.

                Battery Life

                The battery life on this phone is better than what I first expected. If the phone is fully charged I would estimate that it would last for around a day or 2 which is good going compared to phones these days. One thing though is when it is running out you won't get much of a warning as it will most likely last a few minutes after so make sure you keep it charged.

                Overall

                For someone looking for a nice stylish phone with good enough features this is definatley one to look at. For the price as I said earlier you won't get many phones which can actually beat it. This is a phone for everyone and just for a specific audience. Easy to use and would definatley recommend to anyone who is interested in purchasing it.

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                20.07.2010 18:05

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                Dont buy this if you want a reliable phone.

                I have this phone currently on contract and am i glad its nearly over!! Within 6 months of owning this phone the problems began, screen continually freezing, switching iitself off, press the number 6 and 2 pops up on the screen. Had to take this phone back several times for repair,it has a mind of its own and its not in a very good mood! The phone quality itself i cant complain, nice to have a phone with no cheap rubber case it looks and feels very stylish, titanium battery cover. just wish it would its job properly.Nice size in your hand, The shutter on camera will sometimes open, sometimes it has tobe opened manually so if you looking to capture the moment, it aint going to happen. Battery life is ok, normal with touch screen phone. The camera is good specs but on the camcorder i think the sound quality is poor.Maybe i just got the " dodgy batch" but if your looking for a reliable phone, i would look elsewhere.

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                13.07.2010 13:59
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                A brilliant phone

                I have had this phone for around about 18 months now. It is one of the best phones i have had. It is so simple to use, most touch screens can be a bit complicated, but this is very simple.
                The camera on the phone is excellent, it is 8mp and takes excellent pictures, when you have this phone you dont really need a digital camera as this takes such good photos and has effects, and a flash.
                It stores a lot on the phone aswell which is good, and you can also buy a memory card for a few pound to hold even more stuff such as music, videos, and lots of images.
                I love this phone, and will be keeping it for a while longer as most phones nowadays are very complicated to use. Slim phone so fits nicely in pocket/handbag. Comes in a range of colours too.
                I would recommend getting a plastic cover to go over the screen as it can scratch easily in a handbag, or if its dropped.

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                05.07.2010 23:22
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                The best phone that I have ever had.

                I had this phone for 18 months (well one for 12 months then it got stolen and got a replacement for the last 6 months of my contract) so I cannot really judge how long the phone "lasts" for but I can say it was still going strong at 12 months.

                Appearance:
                This was one of the prettiest phones that I have had (on par with my new HTC Desire) with a large screen so no squinting to read a text or scrolling for hours to get through a menu. Most phones seem to hate being used in the sun, they make seeing the screen virtually impossible. This was not the case, I could still use my phone in sunlight unlike the reflective LG Shine that I had previously.

                Processing / Quality:
                This phone ran fast, I didn't get any freezing or anything even as the phone was getting "old".

                Reliability:
                I never had any problems with this phone, it always did what I wanted it to do. The only thing that I could complain about if that when it gets to "low battery" it last 5 warnings (10 minutes) and then dies. If you are like me and don't really check your battery this is a bit of a pain and you are regularly left phoneless.

                Ease of Use:
                Once you get used to the idea of touch screen as opposed to pressing buttons it is very easy to use. The touch screen is so sensitive that you can just tap it gently with your nail and that clicks the buttons (you also get a stylus in case you don't have nails). Whereas other touch screen devices I have used are less sensitive eg Ipod Touch (you need to punch it with your finger to click anything) and HTC Desire (you need to press with your finger, your nail is not enough therefore less precise).

                Sound Quality:
                I cannot comment much on this as I never played music through it, and I was too lazy to even add new ringtones to it. But it rang and I could hear it, which is my main concern when it comes to sound quality on a phone. If I wanted portable music then I would have an mp3 player ... right?

                Variety of Features:
                The features are endless (not as endless as a smartphone though) so I will just discuss some of my most used / favourite features:
                - Alarm: Worked every time, I used to have my phone on vibrate yet my alarm would still go off as a ring which was good as I would probably have forgot to change the phone from volume to vibrate and back everyday.
                - Calculator: The phone has a scientific calculator which was useful as I was doing an accounting and finance course and constantly forgot my actual calculator.
                - QWERTY Keyboard: You could have regular keyboard if you desire by holding your phone the regular way, but if you tip it on its side then you have a qwerty keyboard, which I preferred as it is a lot easier to punctuate.
                - Internet: I had to pay for my internet so I didn't use it all that often but the couple of times I did (when I had to search for postcodes for idiot taxi drivers) it loaded quickly and due to the large screen viewing web pages wasn't an unpleasant experience. I was on the orange network by the way.
                - Camera: This phone has a 8 megapixel camera, however I did not use it all that much as I have a 10 megapixel digital camera. However, it did take great quality pictures and had an inbuilt photo editor where you could edit the colours, brightness, contrast etc to make the photo look better and in my case, make my complexion nicer.

                I only changed phone because my contract was at its end and I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to get a brand new phone for really cheap. However, I had kept this phone as a back-up partly because I love it and partly I learnt from getting my phone stolen and not having a back up that I cannot live without a phone.

                I would definitely recommend this phone to someone who wants a modern phone, but doesn't want a smartphone.

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