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I have had this phone now for just over a year and whilst it has produced some minor issues, it is an all round solid and reliable phone, as well as stylish and fun...
Mobile phones have no become such a part of our modern life that most people rarely go out of the house without one. In fact, I go around the house with mine on me! When you are spending so much time looking at and using something, you want it to be of the best standard for the price you paid, and this little model really is. Available in pink, grey or black (I opted for the non-standout black version, it looked the best to me), the phone, aesthetically, is great; it's very attractive and looks elegant.
The thing that drew me to this phone was the mini touch screen underneath the main screen. The glowing arrows and characters that act as the main source of controls glow attractively, and is a stylish addition to the Samsung range. Quite often on mobile phone models which involve a touch screen, especially at the cheaper end of the market, the screen is clumsy and slow to respond, and you might even have to use an irritating and lose-able stylus pen. This mini touch screen allows you to feel as if you are using a very modern phone but without the drawbacks of a large, clumsy touch screen. And those of us who still appreciate the use of a traditional keypad to call or text will be pleased at the presence of such a keypad. The phone is a 'slide up' which reveals the key pad, which like most Samsung models is well spaced out and with ease of use in mind. For some reason the photo here only shows the back of the phone, which is odd, because the front is what is so appealing...
Here are some main specifications of the phone
-3 megapixel camera which records videos as well
-internet access with 3G software (comes out of credit/bill)
-240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches main display screen
-7 hours battery talk time
-350 hours standby
The phone came in a stylish box from 3 (as this specific model is only available with a contract from 3, or on pay as you go from 3) which had the usual array of leaflets and small print booklets. A sim card, battery pack and charger also came with it. The instructions booklet is a bit useless, it looks outdated and as if it were made in the 90's, with minimal helpful information. Most users will be able to work out the phone themselves though, so not a major issue. Also inside the box was a disk which allows you to sync your phone with a computer.
The nice addition of a set of headphones was a welcome surprise, and they are quite a good set. They come in two parts, one regular set of headphones and the wire which connects them to the phone. This means that the in-ear headphone can be played on most devices. I actually use them for my iPod when I've lost my main set of headphones, but without the extra lead leading to the phone, they are very short!
The phone is very fun to use. The touch screen is just sensitive enough, and reacts to heat instead of pressure, which is always efficient. The batter life is fantastic, I only have to charge it fully about twice a week (of course this changes depending on how much I use it).
The camera is high quality and produces some great snaps, however the very low memory (just 20 mb!) means you won't be catching many. This can be combated with a memory card which is sold seperately. The video function is satisfactory, the picture is quite pixely and the sound is terrible. It's clear that the camera is meant for photos and not films. I recently tried filming some footage at a gig and the artist is nearly unrecognisable! The camera at the front, just above the screen, is for video calls. This is fun but costly if you are on pay as you go, which I am, so this function is really only used to make sure I don't have anything on my face when I am being paranoid!
The display is always great. The menu is simple and easy to use, set out in big text and bold colours. The personal themes are great to create, ad you can personalise almost any menu you want with your own photo, colour scheme and font. Texting is easy, with both normal and predictive text (which makes texting so much faster) available.
The internet function is brilliant because of the great display screen, which is always very bright if the battery is anywhere except at zero bars. The battery character flashes and a repetitive warning comes up heralding the phone's giving up, followed by an entrance into some sort of power saving mode where the screen is duller which is helpful if you are trying to save battery.
Durability is a bit of an issue. The back of my phone is about 60 per cent scratch off now, with the stylish black giving way to silver metal. This makes my phone look much older than it is, and it can't be from rough use because I am generally very careful with it. I have dropped it from wait height onto concrete before and the first time it remained in perfect condition, but the second time it completely wiped out the vibrate function. This is a huge pain for me, because the moderately low speaker volume means that the vibrate function was often the only way I knew I was receiving a call or had got a message. As a deep sleeper the vibrate also woke me up when the phones alarm didn't. Although this was likely the result of the dropping, it is still a show of the durability of the phone, and if you know it's going to get a beat beaten around it probably isn't the way to go.
However, if you are very careful about not dropping it, it most likely won't let you down. The great camera capabilities (although not video) and the stylish aesthetics make this a great phone for careful users. And easy interface and controls mean that even the most technology illiterate will be able to easily use it, if they aren't daunted by the touch screen.
The model is quite old now in phone terms, being almost two years, so is available quite cheap on a number of sites. It's more expensive (but not by too much) counterpart the Samsung Soul is now cheaper than this model was in the first place, so I would recommend checking that out before making any decisions.
I have this phone in silver and i have had it for a while now i needed a cheap good looking phone so i got this.
So i turned it on see what it was like it was very easy to use had a lot of features on it.
It has shortcuts, Example you press 1 and it goes straight to contacts or the internet and other stuff like that, This is very useful because its faster than going on the menu and trying to find contacts.
Also it has a camera which is always useful to capture you favourite moments on it with a picture or video, Now the picture of the video is fairly clear but the thing what sucks about it normal phones can record over 5 mins the most i have reached is 3 minutes that i think is the limit time of the recording, This is what i hate about the phone the most.
Another bad thing about this phone is the speaker's the highest volume on this phone is utterly rubbish you going to miss a lot of calls if you dont have it on vibrate, Like i miss alot of calls which i get annoyed about, It just does really suck its one main reason to not buy the phone.
What i like you can get many colour's for this Like i have seen Black, Pink, Silver, There could be many more which i havent seen.
Battery life is fairly ok just like many phones.
I got this phone for £50 Ages ago i think it is lower in price maybe £20.
I dont think any one would bye this phone now because Its too old and there are many better phones at the same price.
I was offered the option to upgrade my phone on my contract to the Samsung S7300 - the best bit is that it is pink! I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived as it was better than I expected. It is a slide phone with a small touch pad for easy navigation. You can set the touch pad to open certain menu items, or perform certain tasks. For example, mine is set to start writing a new text message, open my messages folder, open my address book and change the phone settings i.e. from normal to silent etc
It comes with a 3 megapixel camera, which gives very clear results. My only issue with the camera (and the reason I don't use it that often) is that it seems to delay for a couple of seconds after you press the shutter button before actually taking the photo. When you're trying to take pictures of a toddler you've got no chance!
I've enjoyed using this phone, and think it is a good one - it does however seem to have a lower battery life than others I have used, meaning it needs charging more often.
I own the Samsung S7330 in silver, and though it isn't the most up to date phone on the market, I think it manages to look quite trendy and modern. This is a relatively cheap phone for people who don't want to spend a fortune buying the latest iphone, but want a bit more functionality than the cheapest phones on the market provide.
Positives include a half decent camera (1.3 megapixels, I think), and video capture. This phone is Bluetooth enabled, can connect to the internet, and can store media files such as mp3 and video. They keyboard can be extended or hidden using the slide mechanism, which makes the phone really compact and light to carry. It has a big, colour screen, and user friendly keys. It provides easy access to the features you use most often, for example, at the press of one button you can access your contacts. The slide mechanism also provides function by allowing you to answer or end a call simply by sliding up or down.
Negatives - I found it really annoying that the phone did not come with a media cable to connect it to my computer for uploading photos. You have to buy the cable separately, and this just seems really stingy on the part of Samsung, since most phones do come with a cable. Fortunately, you can also upload using a bluetooth enabled computer.
I also find it irritating that the alarm clock only works about 50-60% of the time, for reasons which I cannot determine! Other than these small issues, I have been perfectly happy with this phone.
I chose this phone on contract awhile back and I have to say it is a very good phone and easy to use. It comes in pink or black/gray so it can be for both girls and boys. The touch pad can also be put on to a vibrate so when you are touching it you can feel the vibration or if you don't like it you have the choice to have it on or off. I like how it has a touch sensitive pad above the buttons where you can use this to surf around your phone. The numbers and letters are buttons below with either side of the touch pad the receive call button and end call button so you won't have troubles with accidentally ending a call during one where as if it was touch. I also use the touch pad as a mirror when I quickly need one! this is where it comes in handy (especially for girls) The camera on this phone is very good at 3 Mega pixel it produces very clear and focused pictures.
I'd say the memory isn't too good so I recommend a micro SD would be useful and this can be any size up to 8GB. This can be slotted into the side of the phone. It is also an advantage having a memory card as it is easier to get to your pictures/videos/music which you can put on or take off on to your PC by identifying the phone card from my computer on your computer. The phone is fairly light nor heavy. The sound is good quality and loud enough just like any standard phone and can be heard well when ringing and a text message is received.
I received this phone towards the tail end of last year and i must admit it is very good. Being a traditional Nokia user, i expecterd teething problems getting to grip with it, but it is very easy to use. The radio is excellent and overall it is very reliable. A downside to this phone has to be the video quality. Picture wise it is very good but it tends to be very poor at picking up sound without distorting it. I don't think the microphone is very good. This is not a huge deal for me as i rarely use teh video. As far as memory, reliability and ease of use is concerned it is highly recommended. I have had this phone for months now and i am still noticing fancy new things that it can do.(such as group messaging). if you do buyt his phone a piece of advice. When you first start to take the back cover off be patient. It can be rather stiff to begin with, but loosens up after the first few times.
My new mobile phone :) The Samsung S7330 Pink (also available in black/grey)
I got this phone just before Christmas but have only just got around to writing my review!
This phone was brand new out when I bought it; it's the newer and cheaper version of a Samsung Soul.
I'm a very girly girl and so of course this phone is girly; pink and lilac to be precise.
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I'll start with the basic spec of technical details:
* Battery life: Standby- 350 hours, Talk time- 420 minutes.
* 3 mega pixel camera; 2 cameras (one on the front, one on the back) and a video camera.
* Touch screen for basic functions.
* 20MB phone memory, memory card compatible.
* Size: 13.7mm deep, 104.8mm high, 49mm wide and it weighs 110g.
* FM radio and MP3 player.
* MP3 ringtones.
What you get in the box
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One phone, one battery, battery charger (the phone has a mini USB port to plug the charger into) head phones, head phone adaptor cable so they fits into the mini USB, Samsung PC Studio disc for editing photos etc, instructions booklet.
The earphones are a good quality, my fiancé bought the Samsung Soul at the same time I bought my S7330 and my earphones are better than his :)
The instructions booklet is quite useless; I figured everything out myself as it doesn't give any guidance as to what to press to perform certain functions.
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Aesthetically this phone is very pleasing. For some reason the picture on here is the back view, I didn't request Dooyoo to add this one but you can view the front view if you search for it on Google.
There is a lilac part around the generous sized screen which has a crosshatch effect to add interest; the pale pink parts on the rest of the phone are plain metallic.
The phone slides open, below the main screen is a little square silver screen; this is the touch screen. When the phone is open, the touch screen lights up with 5 symbols; an envelope, a phone with a musical note, a phonebook, a G and in the middle of these four 9 little squares arranged into a square.
By touching these you access 'write message' 'phone profile' 'view phonebook' 'google search' and the middle square accesses the main menu.
You can change the sensitivity of the touch screen so it is easier/harder to activate. I love this control.
It has a 'haptic feedback' feature which means the phone vibrates a tiny bit everytime you press the touch screen so you know if it has registered your touch.
The keys are all pale pink too, they are quite spaced out so easy to press the right ones.
It's really slim and light and fits easily in the pocket of my tightest jeans and the tiniest clutch bag for a night out.
Its easy to text, you can choose from normal input or predictive text which I use; there were no instructions on how to scroll through the words it predicted so just incase anyone needs to know (same for a Soul) it's the 0 key.
Making phone calls is simple, the phonebook is easy to access and once you're on the phone the earpiece volume is very loud but clear, I have mine on the lowest setting otherwise everyone can hear what the person you're speaking to is saying!
The camera is only 3 mega pixels (one of the reasons its cheaper than the 5MP Soul) but the pictures are really clear, the phone also has a feature which stops blurring. So if you take a picture and the person you're photographing moves this corrects that motion blur.
It also has face detection technology so it focuses on the faces and changes the exposure until its picture perfect.... apparently.
The camera has a built in flash which is useful on night-time photo opportunities.
You can personalise every part of the phone's display; the colour of the touch keys, the icon size/colour, menu set-up.... absolutely everything.
The only downside I can find is the battery, it lasts a good few days maybe 4 or 5 at normal use but when it tells you your battery is low it switches off five minutes later, not much warning! This is the same with the Samsung Soul, so my fiancé tells me.
It's available free on contracts with 3 from as little as £15. The phone itself on pay as you go would cost around £140.
All in all I think this is a great little phone, it does everything you could need it to plus a hell of a lot more!
It looks great and functions fantastically.