Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Not too shabby!
Samsung GT S5230
Member Name: laazrook
Samsung GT S5230
Advantages: Superb music playback quality, smooth design and functionality
Disadvantages: Camera was abysmal
I'm currently using this phone until I manage to gather the fund for a smartphone and I've been using it for the last 2 years. Honestly speaking if you want a low price mobile and are not that fussed over the state of the art smartphones, you can do a lot worse than this model.
Design wise, it's certainly attractive with a slim thickness and silver and white frame. The functional buttons are well positioned on the front of the phone and down the left and right edges. To insert the sim and sd cards is foolproof as on removing the back there are diagrams and pointers how to.
The functioning of the phone is pretty smooth with an attractive menu setup and slick touchscreen options on an approx 3.5" by 2" screen. Due to the touchscreen format however you will want to make sure the keypad lock is on before you put it in your pocket or you'll pick it back out to find the screen looking like a minefield of apps.
The quality of the mp3 player on the phone is certainly one of the selling points for me. The quality of sound is solid (providing you have samsung headphones) and the functionality is excellent.
The internet obviously isn't as developed as it is on smartphones but it still gets the job done if you want to get basic access to websites and has a user friendly layout and clear resolution.
The one thing that grinds my gears about the phone is that the picture quality on taking pictures and video is really quite abysmal. It says it's 3.2 megapixels but on taking a picture or video, the file will be shown back to me with a grainy look and faint white lines running like a grid over the shot. I can't fathom whether I damaged the lens very early on to cause this or whether it's the nature of this phone. Either way it's certainly disappointing.
This made me render the camera useless and I had to use someone else's phone to take pictures/video.
All in all, if you want a phone with solid calling quality, music playing and standard non smart phone internet access and you're not too bothered about never having a camera for use, then this phone certainly fits the bill.
Summary: A decent phone, does the job with everything but picture taking
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