The Samsung s5600 was my first venture into the touch-screen world, at first I was very impressed however, as time went on and phones around me developed rapidly; disappointment started to creep in. I got the phone free with 3 and with that i got unlimited texts & internet and 300 minutes. On a side note i believe that 3 is one of the best mobile network companies and some of the deals they offer are very hard to turn down.
The screen was a fair size but crucially was very clear. I had it in and out of pockets for a year and a half and the screen showed no signs of ware and tear.
If your looking for selection of applications for a phone, then maybe this isn't the phone for you. There was no direct app store, so you would have to go through the 3 network to find them. And when you did finally them there was a scarce selection. However it did have good basic apps such as facebook, twitter, email and a radio. (I have a blackberry now, and the one thing i crave from it is a radio that doesn't eat up my internet usage data. The Samsung did have a radio that was free!! :D)
Well this phone went through the mill. Being in the hands of and 18 year old its been dropped, kicked, wet, thrown and it still worked brilliantly. Towards the end of its time though it did begin to slow down considerably. The touch-screen also began to become abit dim, selecting keys that weren't pressed and not scrolling on pages. The texting system was THE most frustrating thing about the phone though, the predictive text was very very dim, recommending words that weren't in the flow or didn't even exist!!
The phone was perfectly weighted, not heavy at all, however not so light that you wouldn't know you had it in your hand.
***Value for money***
Like i have said in a few of my reviews, you get what you pay for, if you pay the lower end of the price bracket then you should be willing to lower your standards. For the price, this product is brilliant value. It does what you want from a phone, however, don't expect it to be amazing.
Hello there, my partner got me this phone a little while ago now. I have found it so easy to use. I mostly text on mine which I do tend to text fast and Ive had no problems with letters sticking or freezing, unlike my other touch screen phone which is more up to date, and constantly freezing. As my other phone is on contract in thinking of taking my sim out and putting it in this Samsung phone. I have also found the camera to be great as well, Ive managed to take many many pictures of family etc and print them out clear also taken pictures of items I have wanted to sell on ebay and they have turned out fine too. The size and look of this phone is good too, small enough to fit in your pocket but the screen is a good enough size to read everything clearly.
I have had this phone for a while now and I do still like it. This is mainly due to its appearance which I feel is great. It is my 2nd touch screen phone and is so easy to use compared to the last one and has never had a single problem with it. I have to say though that I am not a massive fan of technology and literally use my phone for calling and texting if you want more from a phone as so many do take note - the camera is terrible, I have photographs of my dogs and I cannot tell which is which! The music player is average compared to other phones on the market so dont choose this is you are looking for a multi purpose product. The maximum talk volume is fairly low and i have often struggled when out and about or in a car etc. Another main benefit of the phone is the side menu where you can basically keep all your favourites adding to it's ease of use. I think With all the competition now this phone entirely suits someone like me who wants a nice looking and easy to use phone.
I got this phone about a year ago as my first contract phone, I chose this particular one because it was free on my contract and I wanted a touch screen, the touch screen on this is very responsive. It also comes in a nice girly pink which is great as my brother has the same one in black. It's a nice looking phone with rounded edges and a large screen, it is also quite durable I have dropped it a lot but it is still working fine.
The battery life is very good it lasts for days sometimes even weeks before I need to charge it - this depends on your usage if you have the back light on for a long time then it wont last as long.
I find this phone a very simple one to use, on the menu everything is in sensible easy to find places and I didn't need to read the manual at all.
This comes with a cable and disk for connecting to the computer this is for the transfer of files - photos and music mostly, this is very easy to use and has a tutorial on screen. The memory on the phone isn't great, you can't use it as an mp3 player just store the song your using as a ringtone. You can't use it as a digital camera either, the camera is okay quality but not fabulous and as mentioned before there isn't much memory so it is fine for sending picture messages if you don't want to store the pictures.
There are some apps available for this phone but not many, you can also download games for it there are some provided but most just have a trial time and they are all quite rubbish.
I also chose this phone because I wanted to be able to go onto the internet easily and update my facebook etc, it is very good for that there is a social network app on it already which enables you to access all your social network feeds (Facebook, twitter, bebo, myspace etc) in one place. But on some web sites you cannot use predictive text which is very frustrating.
The alarms on this phone are fantastic, I often struggle to get up for work but you can set many multiple alarms for different times. I have had up to ten set, I don't know if there is a limit but if there is it is a high one. You can also set them to be very loud.
If you are looking for a phone which is good at being a phone, for ringing and texting people then this is a great one with the added bonus of easy internet access. But if you want it to also be a digital camera, mp3 player and computer then you probably want an iphone.
In December last year, I decided to bite the bullet and go on a contract phone, simply because I use my phone fairly regularly and pay as you go was becoming more and more expensive. Nowadays, you can find great deals for decent phones, and I decided to go for this phone - the Samsung S5600 Preston.
It is a bar phone, and has sleek rounded edges. I own the mobile phone in the simple black colour, although it is available in pink, as well as white. It is a fairly light phone which only weights 96g, meaning it is easy to transport around with you. If you are interested, the dimensions of the S5600 are 102.8 x 54.8 x 12.9mm.
It is a complete touch screen phone, and you only need to tap on the screen to access all areas of the phone. There are however three buttons that you can click at the bottom, and these are to answer and hang up the phone, as well as go back. I had never before purchased a touch screen phone, and to begin with it took me a little while to get used to it. The sensitivity of the touch is not as great as that of the iPhone for example, however it is fairly easy to use once you have grasped it, and now I completely prefer touch screen in comparison to buttons.
Battery life is fairly important to me, as I often either forget to charge up my phone or find that my charger is unavailable when needed. The standby battery life of this phone is 350 hours, and the talk time is around 3.5 hours. This isn't excellent battery life, however I only need to charge it up about three times a week which is decent, therefore I can't complain.
The main reason in which I use my mobile phone is to send text messages, and this phone makes it very easy to do so. It is not set out in a QWERTY keyboard like some phones are, however it is instead laid out as buttons would normally be. When sending an SMS you are able to use T9 predictive text. Unfortunately, you will find that you have to add in a number of words as the dictionary is not particularly large. There is also the ability to send MMS messages and to set up your e-mail account on to this phone. Another great feature is SOS messaging, which is where you can automatically send a text to an allocated person when in an emergency by pressing the volume button down four times.
I am also aware that camera and video are important aspects of a mobile phone to many people, and although the image and video quality are fair with this phone, I do think that they are not great features that are brought with this phone. The camera is 3.2MP which is not particularly high, but the images do come out clearly and I have had no problems with these. The camera also includes a flash which is excellent for making pictures clearer, however do not use this on close up shots because it is extremely bright, and can hurt your eyes quite a bit. When taking images, you have the ability to take a normal photo, a smile shot, a continuous number of photos and finally a panoramic shot. Video recording is standard, and does include microphone also.
If you are interested in music, this phone has a built in FM radio and music player, therefore you can simply upload your own music, as well as set your own MP3 ringtones. When using the music player, songs are seperated by artist, song title and genre making it easy to find the songs in which you are after. The sound quality is great with this phones, and listening to songs are not a problem what so ever. Furthermore, there is also a built in 'find music' application, therefore if you are listening to a song and would like to know who the artist is and what the song title is, you just record a ten second snippet of the song, and leave the phone to do the rest of the work for you. Simple.
When purchasing this phone, you do get a few free demo games, however these run out within about two minutes of playing, so are not particularly worth it. Games do come out clear on the phone, therefore you can just download your own ones and put them on to your phone. I have noticed that when playing games, the battery life does decrease a considerable amount, so that is something to bear in mind.
A fabulous little feature of this phone is its widgets. Widgets are located on the front page of the phone, and you have the ability to choose which widgets you want on your front screen. A widget is simply a shortcut to your most used applications as opposed to going through the menu to find it. For example, on my widgets there is sending a message and access to the internet making it quicker and easier for me. Further widgets you can add include calendar, music player, silent profile and bluetooth, as well as other handy things such as the date and birthday reminders.
Internet browsing is simple with this phone, and I often regularly check up on my Facebook page, as well as various other websites. Admittedly, it is not the fastest phone for web browsing, however if you are just wanting to check web pages every so often, it is fine. You are also able to save bookmarks, so that you do not have to continue typing in the webpage.
Further applications which are included with this phone are great little organisers such as a calendar, memos, tasks, a world clock, a calculator, convertor and an alarm. The alarm is also a feature I use often, and I have had no problems with it what so ever, and it works very well.There is also a voice recorder for if you are wanting to record sound clips, as well as a timer and stopwatch which may well come in handy.
This phone has various points of connectivity including bluetooth, WAP, USB and Internet HTML browsing. I regularly use the bluetooth and I have found it very fast at transferring items from phone to phone. If you are wanting to connect items from your phone to PC or vice versa, you receive a disc to upload Samsung Studio to your PC, as well as a USB which will then transfer these from one to other efficiently.
Finally, the last thing that needs to be addressed with this phone is the memory. Generally, I am not very happy with the memory as it is only a mere 80 megabytes, which is not a considerable amount, therefore I would definitely recommend you purchasing a memory card as well as the phone, as there is no way you could store a number of photos or music items with this memory.
If you are interested in purchasing this phone, it is available widely on contract with Orange and 3 Mobile and you can get a decent deal for around the £25 mark. To buy this phone on pay as you go, the price will vary as it is constantly changing. However, it is not a particularly expensive phone, and is instead very affordable for the features in which you get.
Personally, I am very happy with this phone as it delivers all that I need within a phone for a very fair price. I have not had many problems with it, apart from the fact that it freezes every so often which can be a bit of a nuisance, so just watch out for this. I would definitely recommend this phone for people who are looking for a budget phone which has it all. Thanks for reading and I hope I have helped.