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      12.08.2010 02:45

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      This mobile phone is a true classic. Expect the phone to appreciate in value over time!

      I bought this phone about 7 or 8 years ago and this has perhaps been my favourite phone of all time. Needless to say, I kept the handset for many years after I stopped using it to use a secondary phone whenever my other ones failed or had to be repaired.

      This Samsung was a major innovation as it was the first phone to have a proper screen on the front of the flip as well as having the main one on the inside. I still believe that this phone looks incredibly stylish, especially compared to modern-day big flat iPhone lookalikes. The bright blue display is very easy to look at and looks very good too!

      In terms of functionality, the phone is somewhat basic in comparison to its modern counterparts, but if your interest in a phone is limited to talking to people or using text messages, then this handset will be as good as anything else you can get on the market today. The external screen is useful as it shows the identity of any caller as well as the time, date and battery levels. The Samsung's battery lasts a lifetime in comparison to modern phones as you could go a week without having to recharge.

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      12.01.2004 02:43

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      The Samsung A300 is a reliable phone but with a rathr small amount of features. I like this phone because its easy to use, you dont even need a manual. I have had it as a spare phone and quite frankly it is more relible than my other phone which is an ericsson t39. I only use this phone for texting and phoning people and not for playing games on. Unfortunatel if you like games then dont get this phone because it hasnt got any games at all. I give thias

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      26.06.2003 19:04
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      The Samsung A300 is classed as being one of the more stylish phones on the market. People like the look of flip cover phones, and the brains at Samsung went that step further by placing a second screen on the front flip of the phone. The front screen has a blue tone, a calm one at that, whilst the inside has a standard green LCD display. Match the blue tone with the silver and grey housing of the phone and the contrast looks as cool as a cucumber. A disadvantage with the housing is that it is susceptible to scratches, although it is relatively tough. The aerial is probably the part most people would change about the appearance, as it protrudes greatly into the sky, much like the aerial of the classic ?House Brick? phones. However, it is possible to purchase a ?stubby? aerial in chrome plating for a small price, which drastically shortens the antenna. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------- The phone menu consists of the following headings: VODAFONE (this obviously only appears if you have a contract Vodafone phone.) This includes the network provider?s services, for example, Help, Leisure, Information, Answer phone, and phone services. CALL RECORDS From here the user can view numbers they have received calls from, they have dialled, they have missed, and also call time statistics. MESSAGES What person nowadays would not have a text messaging service on their phone? Of course the Samsung A300 does, and with T9 predictive text it is a lot easier to type long messages to your friends and family. SOUND SETTINGS Everyone likes to be original, so Samsung have tried their best to provide the A300 user with as much choice as possible. With 48 unique tones and one free slot to compose your own you can?t argue. Other options in this heading include minute minder, which sounds a beep for every minute you are on the phone
      to somebody, and other tone settings for messages and the like. PHONE SETTINGS It is from this heading you can choose to activate the Infra red function, which enables you to send information from one phone to another. Another feature of the A300 is the Active Flip mode. Basically, when another person calls you, you can set the phone to answer as soon as you lift the flip screen. Settings such as screen contrast, light settings and greeting message settings can also be found under this heading. ORGANISER ?does exactly what it says on the tin! The user is able to view a calendar and select specific dates i.e. a wedding and set an alarm for a time on that day. There is a ?To Do List? whereby one can enter important chores and the like, to view at a later date. A calculator can also be found in this heading, perfect for quick calculations on the move (seeing how many more pints of lager you can manage on your budget perhaps?). SECURITY Here you will find all the PIN settings you will need in order to keep your phone at bay from tea leafs. The settings include PIN check, phone lock, and SIM lock. NETWORK SERVICES A spin off from the Vodafone heading mentioned above, with a hint of phone settings if you like. Call diverts, call barring and network selection what you need? Then find it here, open all hours. WAP BROWSER The legendary WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). Ah the joy of pixelated text spewed across the tiny screen on your mobile. Nothing much to be desired for here but I must say it is useful for finding out sports scores and other bits of random information. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------- One for the women is this phone, a rather powerful vibration system is contained within the small shell of the A300. When I say small I mean the width is 4cm, length 10cm and depth 2cm. Small
      enough to fit in your handbag or pocket without it disturbing your movement. Sim free, this phone retails at around £150, with contract however it is available for free, depending on the tariff selected. Overall I would say it is a good beginners phone but does lack a bit in the software department. Nokia will take some beating?.

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        09.04.2003 23:14
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        I bought my Samsung a few months ago, i have had four mobiles and this is the worst i have had so far i am counting the days until my contract ends so i can get an upgrade. Like many people i brought this phone because it looked good, the dual screen thingy appealed to me. However the features on it are useless The predictive text function doesnt really predictive and doesnt have a full dictionary, also you cant get away with doing symbols like u coz etc, they are not recognised so you end up typing it out anyway also you cant add numbers at the same time as letters you have to fath around changing the case, typing the no and then change back again argh! I used to be speedy at txting know im more like a snail. Therefore i end up phoning people costing me more. Another strange function on this phone is that you cant have it on vibrate and sound at the same time, this is the only phone on the market that does this. This means that you miss loads of calls In store they advertise the phone with the slimline battery so it looks small and feels lightweight. However the slimline battery lasts for about 10 mins (not literally, on standby it lasts about a day) even less if you actually talk on it. The standard battery lasts the same length as the Nokia battery but it is really big and heavy. It makes the phone really bulky, exactly what i didnt want from a phone. Also there are no games facilities on the phone which u strangely miss when you havent got them. It has the usual WAP and dual band facilites, they both are ok but im not an expert as i dont really use them. The menus are o.k to use and you can find your way round pretty easily, although trying to find your own number is like trying to find a needle in a haystack (i am useless at remembering my own mob no) It seems pretty resistant i have dropped it a few times and there has been no damage done, however i would avoid doing this
        . The flip up screen looks good but i find myself using my teeth to try and flip it up when my hands are full which is pretty often. A Nokia is better because you can answer it with one hand. Overall the Samsung A300, is an awkard to use and bulky phone. I cant wait to get rid of it, it is so annoying especially the txt function, it makes you want to scream!

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          21.03.2003 01:37
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          I've had my samsung a300 for just over 6 months now and I can't wait to upgrade to something better. I, like many others, was instantly attracted to it's aesthetic qualities - on first site it appears to be a very sexy phone. The dual screens are useful in monitoring incoming calls, checking the time etc. Other than that though - there really isn't much to write home about. Here?s a list of some of the handset features: · Size: 81 x 42 x 22 mm · Weight: 83g · Battery standby: 80 hours · Battery talktime: 4 hours · Vibration alert · Dual band The Samsung A300 is a very stylish phone, with its silver case, flip design and blue backlit external display. The external screen shows you the name/number of anyone who calls, as well as the signal strength and battery level. The phone is also a ?flip? model so you won?t end up accidentally calling the first person in your phonebook when it?s in your back pocket or in the depths of your handbag. The phone also offers the following features:- · WAP · Large 6-line internal display plus external display · Predictive text messaging · 48 ringtones plus ringtone composer · Phone memory · Built-in infra-red modem · Caller display · Downloadable screensavers It is now possible to get the phone free with a contract with all network providers but to buy on pay as you go the price ranges from about £154.99 - £179.99. (pricing information taken from www.carphonewarehouse.com) In my opinion this is far to much money for a phone with so few advantages. The battery life, though advertised at 4 hours talktime, is nowhere near this and if you use the infra-red signal alert your battery will run down in no time. The WAP facilities are limited and also expensive unless you are fortunate enough to have WAP access included in any free talktime you may have. Also, despite all these features, there are no games - which to some people are
          a big selling factor with mobile phones and the menus aren't clear at all. Without reading the instructions in great detail I think it would be virtually impossible to work out how to add a telephone number to the phone book. The text message facilities are poor. There are no picture messages and no way to re-access a message after it has been sent unless you save it. Also - sending a message to multiple recipients is an absolute nightmare! The phone may look pretty but it lacks practicality. Stick with Nokia is my advice - I know I'll be changing back to them ASAP!

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            01.03.2003 22:12
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            Aggravating, abysmal, and an altogether annoying piece of... no I'm not talking about my Samsung A300, I'm describing my first ever mobile phone, a Nokia 3310. After 3 years of treating it like a juggling ball and naively charging the battery before it had run down, my view on the phone began to change. My once prized piece of technological genius had become nothing more than an unreliable annoyance. After deciding it was time to get a replacement, I had a good look around and spied the Samsung A300. With my previous phone being a Nokia n all, I though I'd give Samsung a try. As I opened the box and flicked through the instructions, I was certain that this phone would make up for all the problems I'd had with the old one. How wrong I was... ----~* The Features *~---- *Dual Band* This basically means that I can use my phone on holiday! Would probably be quite handy if I had actually gone anywhere with it... Most mobile phones now are dual band so not really anything special! *WAP* As most of you probably know, WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is the internet... in your phone. It may sound like a good idea in theory, but this phone doesn't really pull it off. The screen has six lines of text, compared to the Nokia 3310's four, so you can imagine how tiny the writing is. It is also very slow, and takes at least half a minute to connect. This may not sound that slow, but when you could be paying as much as 10p a minute, it quickly adds up! When I first bought the phone I got 300 free WAP minutes with it, but they've since run out and I don't dare use it anymore? Another problem with "phone internet" is that the number of websites you can actually access is very limited. Different phones can handle different ones, for example my brother's Siemens can download ringtones, and my boyfriend's even has porn! The Samsung A300 however, hasn't yet managed to lo
            ad a single one of the pages I've tried searching for. Grrr!! *Size and Weight * When I first got my Nokia 3310 it seemed pretty small compared to the other phones around at the time. Compared to the Samsung though, it's a bit of a brick. The A300's dimensions are: 81 x 42 x 22 mm. This is a lot smaller than several of the other phones currently available. One thing that bugs me though, is the aerial sticking out of the top right corner. It makes the phone hard to put in your pocket (unless you like having little pokey things sticking into your leg), and I always find myself unscrewing it or chewing on it without realising. The phone is nice and light though, weighing in at either 83g or 92g depending on which battery you use (yes, it comes with two, I'll explain in a minute). *Battery Life* Actually, I'll explain now. I should have seen it as a warning when I opened the box and discovered not one, but two batteries lying next to the phone. Now these aren't the kinda batteries that are put inside the phone, and then the cover goes on top. These batteries are part of the phone itself, and slot onto the back of the main part of the mobile. One of the batteries is the "Standard battery" and the other is a "Slim-line battery." Basically the slim-line one is... well, slim-line, and the standard one is big and makes the phone about twice as thick. The quoted battery life for this phone is 4 hours talk time, and 80 hours of standby time. Neither battery lives up to this though, as the slim-line one lasts for a maximum of 24 hours and the standard one sometimes makes it 48 at a push. This isn't because of my dodgy charging habits either, as I made myself a promise upon buying the phone that I would always wait until the battery had run down completely before recharging it, and I have stuck by this. However, it seems the batteries don't need any help to be the worst I&
            #39;ve ever seen. It isn't just my phone either. Everyone else I know with a Samsung A300 has experienced the same problem. I find it quite a disturbing thought that I could be out somewhere and get into some kind of trouble, only to have my mobile run out on me whilst calling for help. It kind of defeats the purpose, as this is one of the reasons I bought a mobile phone in the first place. Another problem is when you spend time away from home. The battery charger is quite bulky and it's a pain to have to keep plugging it in and charging the phone every single night. Fair enough, you could charge both batteries and carry a spare around with you, but the point is that you shouldn't have to! Possibly the most annoying thing about the short battery life though, is the noise the phone makes to let you know that it is running out (again!). It makes a horrific sound which can't really be described as a bleep (and foghorn would be going slightly over the top), and continues to make this noise every two or three minutes until the phone goes dead. It even does this when the phone is on silent. Which means it isn't silent at all. Dur! *Ringtones* As with most of the recent mobile phones that are currently on sale, the Samsung A300 comes with its own pre-programmed ringtones, (48 of them to be exact.) Unlike most phones though, they aren't very imaginative, and the majority of them are too similar to tell them apart. This isn't a major concern if you aren't particularly bothered about how your phone sounds. If you are though, you may find them a little disappointing. For the creative amongst you, there are two spaces for you to compose two of your own ringtones. This is much more complicated to do than with a Nokia though, and you also can't download them from the internet, because the Samsung A300 "doesn't recognise the format". I guess this is a good time to point out that you can'
            t download icons or logos either. *Vibration Alert* The first time my phone ever vibrated because someone was phoning me, it was in my jeans pocket, and a pain went down my entire leg. This is because the Samsung A300 has a very aggressive vibration alert (yeah I know what some of you are probably thinking...) so I wouldn't recommend putting the phone on a hard surface when you have it on silent, because of the noise it makes when it starts vibrating. The annoying thing regarding the vibration alert is that the phone doesn't vibrate when you receive text messages. This means that they can go unnoticed for a long time when your phone is set to silent. I wasn't aware that this was the case when I bought the phone, and probably would have looked at other mobiles instead if I had known! *Making/Receiving Phone-calls* Yay! Something the phone performs well at! Making a phone call is very quick and simple to do, you can access your phonebook at the press of a button, and you don't even have to bother cancelling the call, as flipping the phone shut does it for you!! (Good for lazy people like me!) Another bonus of having a flip-screen is that you can see who's calling you without actually opening the phone. This is because the Samsung A300 has dual screens. On the outside of the flip lid there is a cute little circular screen with a blue light - this displays either the time and date, a picture of an envelope if you have received a message, or a phone if you someone is ringing you. The little phone jumps about, whilst also displaying the name of the caller. This means that if for any reason you don't want to take the call, you can either ignore it or cancel it by holding down the two volume buttons on the side of the phone. The other advantage of course is that you can just generally see who is calling you before you answer. The other screen is inside the flip-lid; a "large interna
            l LCD with cool aqua-green backlighting." The colour is attractive and easy to read from, but quite hard to keep clean (I always tend to have fingerprints on mine!) *Text Messages* I always use predictive text to write messages, and the keys on this phone are laid out quite differently to the ones on the Nokia. This made writing messages quite tedious at first, as I kept pressing the wrong keys. This phone also has a "Cancel" key, with a big red icon on it, which is used to end calls. Unfortunately, if pressed when writing a message, it takes you back to the main screen and you lose everything you have written. Can't really say its much fun when this happens (as it has, several times...) Another problem you may find is that the predictive text isn't really as predictive as you would expect. Several common words aren't recognised by it, whereas strange non-words made by pressing the same combination of keys are. With most phones this isn't a problem, because once you add the word you were looking for, the phone remembers it the next time you want to use it. This is not the case with the Samsung though. Another thing worth complaining about (sorry that there are so many!!) is the memory space for messages. Most phones will let you hold at least 15 messages (some over 100!!) but the Samsung A300 will only let you have 10. When someone sends you a text but you have a full inbox, the phone makes a tiny, practically inaudible bleeping noise. If you actually hear it, and make room in your inbox, it often takes at least 20 minutes for the message to come through. Text message alerts. Hmmm, these aren't really any more inspiring than the ringtones. There's the single beep, the slightly louder, longer bleep, and a small range of rather pointless combinations of the two. And if you don't read the message straight away, the phone waits two minutes and makes the noise again. And then waits an
            other two minutes and does it again. And again. And again... ---~* Other Key Features *~--- *Phonebook memory* This is pretty good - you can have 100 names and numbers saved to your sim card, and 99 to your phone, making a grand total of 199. Can't really complain about that! *Calculator, Alarm etc.* I've never actually used the alarm on this phone, but the calculator comes in handy. Most phones have them though. *Calendar* This is also quite good, as the phone has a calendar for the years ahead (I'm not sure how many years, I've never checked, but I'm assuming it's a lot!) and with me being a forgetful person, it's handy being able to program reminders onto each day - people's birthdays for example. I don't actually use it mind, I have a diary for that, but it would be useful if I didn't! ----~* So basically, what I'm trying to say is...*~---- When I bought this phone, I wasn't aware of the performance it would give me. This was through no fault of my own - it didn't specify anywhere (on the box, in adverts, in the shop, etc.) the things that this phone was missing (e.g. battery life, vibrating alert for messages) and of course it wouldn't would it, because then nobody would buy it. If I'd known what this phone would be like before buying it, I would definitely not have considered getting it. In a way I feel like I've been conned, because Samsung have now launched the T100, which is basically the A300 but with the crappy stuff improved. Oh well, I can't un-buy the Samsung A300, but I would say to anyone else: if you only want looks and style in a mobile phone, then this is one of the best, but if things like battery life, efficiency and performance are important to you, look elsewhere!!!

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              16.01.2003 01:30
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              This is not an opinion, more a warning about the Samsung A300. There are many other opinions about how great this phone is, such as C Hagglers but this is just a thought to bring to your attention. This phone is incredibly susceptible to water damage. Most insurance companies charge extra for water damage insurance, so you think, well I'm not going to drop it into the bath or down the loo. However, this phone will take in water so easily from the rain. You use the phone in even light rain and it will take in water. The consequence, damage to the LCD display and the phone itself will not work. The phone will possibly be deemed a right off, or you shall be billed excessively. The answer is simple, but many have suffered without this information. Hindsight is wonderful is it not?!? Take out water damage insurance, and/or use a good phone cover. Sorry this is not an opinion but I just needed to warn the world! So now you can enjoy using your phone water free.:-)

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                13.01.2003 23:56
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                One thing to bear in mind when reading this review is that it is a personal opinion and your tastes may be different. It all started when my parents purchased a Simpsons facias, i found that it was for a 3310/3330 and my phone was 3210. My father sugested that he would purchase a second hand phone to fit the cover, getting my hopes up. I went for a quick browse around various shops to find the 3310 at an all time low (£69.99), my hopes high on getting a new phone i returned home to find that my father had returned the facias. :( Any way this sparked another interest in mobile phones and i started browsing again for a different phone (lets face it the 3310 wasnt going to be very popular for much longer, you can tell by the price) thats when i notice the A300. Sleek, stylish and down right gorgous. I WANT ONE. I researched into the phone and read all the reviews on this site. I knew that it did less than its newer models (a800,t100) but still craved one. I had my heart set on owning this phone. i tryed my local Argos as they had the phone cheap at £130, no luck sold out, my sister rang all local phone stores, sold out. Eventually i ended up wondering about 30 mile from my home village and spending 2 hours driving around looking for Argos. I had got one of the last 2 in the store. Any way what does the phone do i hear you ask. I got home and opened up the box. It contained two batteries, a wrist clip thingy, a hands free kit and a very very samll A300 (I had seen the phone when it was first released but a cant remember it being this small). -----BATTERIES----- Kindly Samsung give you two batteries, a normal and a slim line. The normal last about 2 days on standby and something like 8 hours while you talk, the slim line last about half but does take an incredible amount of weight off the phone. The batteries come ready charged but not to their full capacity (I put the slim line battery on and about 1.30 mins after findling with the menu it went
                down to 2 life). They dont take long to charge either. -----Screen----- Of course you know about the dual screen thing. Basicly the outer screen displays details like time, date, signal strength, battery life, other little icons e.g when in silent mode, and the callers name (if in address book) or number. -----Organiser----- This has a calendar, to do list, time date settings, calculator and other niddley items. -----Sound Settings----- You are given 48 ringtones and the ability to save 2 which you make on composer. There are 10 message tones and some other tones im not sure on. The composer is not like the one included in Nokia phones (personally it is much easier to use, but thats because i am pretty good with music) it is like a real stave and you put real notes on it. -----Address book----- This is v.good. You can store 99 name + numbers on the phone then how ever many your sim can store (mine stores 100, im on Virgin mobile). You can store a number by entering it then selecting save, you can even select a previous call and save the number from that (unless number was withheld). You have the option whether the number is stored on the sim card or on the phone and put into a group. Each group can have its own name and icon, which is displayed on the outer screen when rang. -----Wap----- You probably allready know what wap is. Very basic. I havent used this yet and probably will not because it costs too much ( it took 4p off me just while i was trying to connect). Over all i think this phone is brilliant. Cant top it. I does have a lack of downloadable ringtones (why download when you can just type in, its free), lack of games (if you really want to play games on the move then go and buy a Gameboy), no picture messages (well nothing to say apart from i am dissapointed about this) and no icons (again bit of a downer). But then this phone is meant as a classy item that attracts people when you
                walk with it. Its like marmite you either love it or you hate it. And people say Samsung are rubbish, well if i wanted a Nokia i would have got a Nokia.

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                  01.01.2003 00:33
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                  After furiously studying reviews on various sites to find and alternative to getting a Nokia (everyone has one, i like to be different) so i decided to buy a Samsung SGH-A300 on T-Mobile Pay as U Go The phone was beautifully constructed and felt like it belonged to you as if it was an extension to your body, but beneath the beatiful looks it had some issues which should have been dealt with before it was sold. A good example of this is that the vibration function is not powerful enough you can bearly feel it sometimes. I have read some reviews on this product and i have found that a lot of people had problems with turning of some features such as the service light, all i can say is that if they actually read the manual that came with the phone they would discover that almost all the things they are complaining about can be turned off or adjusted to suit their needs All together this a beautiful phone that has been let down by overcomplicated menus and poorly designed features, this could have been a great phone if they iron out all problems CONCLUSION This would have been a great if it didn't have those small problems which most people find annoying, but i would recommend this phone to anyone who DOESN'T want a Nokia and puts beauty over 'the trendy company' phones

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                    I recently got a contract Samsung A300e from Orange. It really isn't good enough for any purpose beyond that of a basic phone. It was free with an Orange contract. CONTAINS Phone Charger SIM card 2 Batteries (normal and slimline) Cord Instructions FUNCTIONS Infra red Phone Book WAP Information services Dual screen Text messaging Alarm (and other expected basics) I'll list some of the advantages and disadvantages: ADVANTAGES COMPACT It is compact given the flip lid and comfortable sits in any pocket. It's also got a cord so that you can hold it in your hand (makes snatching more difficult). FLIP LID The reason why I opted for this was because I kept dialling 999 from my Nokia in my pocket (even when you lock the keys, you can still dial 999). With the flip lid 'activated' you can use it to answer calls and it makes the phone very easy to use. The lid also makes the phone longer when you answer a call so that you hava e phone that can actually reach from the ear to the mouth - quite a novelty nowadays! It's quite comfortable too as the phone curves around your face. DUAL SCREEN The dual screen means that there is one on either side of the lid which is really handy to monitor who is calling before you answer the call (any work related calls can be immediately rejected). However, the only way of rejecting a call without answering it or waiting for the other side to hang up is to remove the battery (rather drastic, but if it's someone you really don't like...!). DESIGN The phone is well designed although there is the antenna which on most new phones is internal. This can catch when you're trying to answer the phone in a hurry! NAVIGATION For navigation there's a side toggle to move up and down and on the dial pad there's a 4-directional button to move up, down, left and right. This makes
                    moving through the menu screens easy. DISADVANTAGES BATTERY The two batteries this comes with have a low life and as such last about a maximum 2 days before requiring a recharge. There's the normal battery and a slim line version. The distinction's pretty useless as the slimline version doesn't make that much of a difference in terms of size but has a much shorter life (about a day). In the days of Nokia, where the battery life can be a week, this is useless. RECEPTION QUALITY The reception isn't as good as it could be, and certainly not as good as any Nokia phone I've had. I find it very difficult to get any reception in tall buildings. It seems that where I used to get a 1 or 2 'bar' reception on Nokia, I find it difficult to get a 1 'bar' with Samsung. Very often it cuts out. TEXTING For some reason, texting is not as easy with this phone as with Nokia, the symbols aren't easy to find. However, the predictive text does work quite well. INFORMATION The information service (for Sport/Lifestyle/Finance) is useful but expensive and hence I haven't used it much (It's the cost of a text message to receive the info.) WAP BROWSER The browser is of limited use in these days of multicolour phones and I would advise anyone who would use this service to get a more modern phone. OVERALL It's a good basic phone for just using as a normal phone. To use any of the other mobile services (eg WAP) I'd advise using more modern and versatile phones (some of the new Samsungs seem better at this).

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                      26.11.2002 23:07
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                      I upgraded to the A300 about 3 months ago now and it still looks as stylish as it did when I bought it, which unfortunately is one of the only good things about it. I live in the country and signal is pretty poor at the best of times, but my old Nokia's could cope with it, I could lie back on my bed and have a decent conversation, now I have to hang upside down out of the window! Another thing that annoys me is the text messaging - as other opinionators have mentioned the T9 texting is a bit poor, you have to flip out of the T9 view into normal text view to get an exclamation or question mark. If you want it lower case you have to press the * key, and it won't remember it if you turn your phone off! The fact that it doesn't remember words is another problem, as Nokia's do - plus the fact that it only holds 10 msgs and makes an annoying squeak when you have run out of space! The vibrating / melody function is a bit poo, it vibrates (if you can call it a vibrate!!) for about half an hour before the melody kicks in, which is absolutely useless coz the caller would have rung off by then. The Melodies - they are either really shrill and annoying or just plain annoying, sorry Samsung, not as good as the Nokia! The menu system is pretty simple and very much like the Nokia but does take a while to register. So, all in all, quite pretty but no stamina! Just like me really!

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                        21.11.2002 22:33
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                        Last Tuesday(at long last) I managed to get myself a new phone. Converting from my old brick phone to a brand new A300e. When you first get the phone out of its box, it slips together in a matter of seconds. Which is very useful for people like me who are not great with things like this. Also included in the box with the phone is a hands free kit, two batterys,charger,instructions and a little strap. The phone is very easy to use and you pick up how to use it quickly. It is very comfortable to hold whilst talking and is very stylish. On the outer shell of the phone you have a little screen, the Ariel, a service light, volume control, head phone socket and infrared port. This may sound like a lot but it is all quite nicely fitted around the phone. The main screen inside the phone is possible one of the largest mobile phone screens available. The image is clear and unlike Nokia phones has a very high Pixel level. On the outside of the phone (when its closed up) there is a little round screen. On this you can see how much reception you have, how much battery power and the time and date. Also if someone rings you and this person is in your address book you will be alerted that it is them calling via this screen. The phone has loads of features, but the two main ones are: To do list: A brilliant little list in which you can place things you need to do and want to do in the future. However it is not possible to alarm items on the to do list. Calendar: Here you can enter all the information you need on what you are doing in the coming months. However if you are like me you use it for short term things, like when a good TV program is on you put in in the calendar and set the alarm to alert you 5 minutes before the program starts! The phone is WAP enabled and is surprisingly good for WAP, I have used WAP on my friends nokia phones and found it tricky and not great, however this phone is much is
                        to handle whilst it is logged onto WAP, it is possible to get around the different sites quickly and has a favourites list. Text Messaging on the phone is easy and enjoyable, it holds loads of txt messages in its memory and has a entire archive where you can save amusing messages etc. The phone has Predictive text(you only have to press the relevant key once). Although for all those traditionalists out there you can switch of Predictive Text. The security on this phone is brilliant. There are loads of options, but to give you a idea, when my hone is switched off and someone else switches it on, they have to first unlock the phone and then enter the pin code. If they try to switch SIM cards, they will have to enter a simlock code and a unlock code. It is also possible top activate call barring, so you can barr outgoing calls, incoming calls, international calls etc. The phone has 48 intones all of which I have to say are fairly disappointing, however there is a ring tone composer and you can save two of your own ring tones to the phones memory. The phone also has a vibrator in it which if very firm and noticeable, however quite, so you can tell your phone is ringing when you don?t want anyone else to know. The clock on this phone is particularly good. You can have it in 12 or 24 hour format and it has a great alarm system, you can have a weekly alarm,a daily alarm or a once alarm, the icing on the cake for the alarm though is the snazzy sound the alarm makes! One of the things I love about this phone, is that you an see what the time is in all the different time zones across the world and it is possible to set these times when you are in that time zone. My only criticism of this phone is that it has no games to play, it may sound ridiculous but I always quite liked sitting on the bus playing snake! The battery power in the phone is good, however not as good as most other phones. You get about two and a half days u
                        se out of one charge. However the smart people have Samsung have supplied with two batteries and due to the fact the batteries are as small(although wider)as a credit card means you can slip one in your wallet for when you need it. The additional services you receive with the phone are great. There are loads of numbers you can call for free from your mobile from which you can find all the info you need. Also on the website you can set up even more diary alerts,e-mail and birthday reminders. The instructions that you receive with the phone are great and tell you everything you need to know, however I would have to say a little more detail would be nice in places. Overall I?m very pleased with my new phone and I think it is just as good as any nokia. I believe Samsung are going to become much bigger in the mobile phone industry now. Move over nokia here come Samsung!

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                          12.11.2002 20:46
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                          i LOVE this phone its so brilliant. i have it and i love it. The only thing that i dont like is that it doesnt have any games, picture messages or downloadable ringtones. But, the ringtone composer is really, really easy to use. The phonebook is really easy to use and it has a phonelock option to stop people from getting your phone blocked. All you have to do is press the number on the phone then change the rhytm. I think It looks really, really nice and is really easy to use. its really good and i love it.

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                            05.10.2002 18:55
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                            I can remember when I told anyone and everyone who was listening that I would never own a mobile phone, that they were a waste of money and that they looked like idiots walking down the street with one. That was nearly 3 years ago now - then I got my brick, its that much of an embarrassment to admit it that I've forgotten what make and model it was, all I know is that it was on a contract and it passed for a (albeit huge) mobile phone. Now over those past years I've gone through a few phones each of them getting smaller and smaller until I met dink - now dink is a pet-name for my Samsung A300E - mainly nick-named that was as its about as big as a cassette tape, if you cut a quarter of each of its sides off - that's how tiny it is. So why is it I love my dink, well its practical, easy to use, friends are jealous of me because of it and most importantly - dink has never gone down on me once (fnar! - first person to point out that that could be taken the wrong way will get slapped upside the head). * The Features * Dual Screens - what this basically means is because its a flip-phone, you don't have to open your phone to see who's calling - as there's a second screen on the cover which will tell you exactly who's on the phone (of course unless they 141'd you - then you're stuck), so if you don't want to talk to someone - you don't *have* to answer the phone. WAP - People used to say WAP was the next big thing, for those of you that don't know what WAP means its Wireless Application Protocol - basically a version of the internet on your phone, now imagine if you will - Ciao on a small screen (about 1 and a half inches either way), the screen has a green back-light and everything else is in black - that's all the typing , a few pictures here and there and that's about it. Now it's not a bad thing to have if you're desperate to get information and know ex
                            actly which WAP site to go to (not all sites are compatible with WAP), but it is slow - and remember with most packages you will be paying for your WAP time by the second - and it may be expensive - so it's something that you need to be careful about. Infrared - Now I've hardly used this, though my Infrared is turned on, now the only thing that this has done for me can be quite annoying at times, when I get a text message and I don't answer it - if I'm in the room with my phone it'll beep once every five minutes till I do answer it. Now I use my mobile as an alarm clock as well (more on that later) - so of course it's turned on overnight - well, most of the people who text me know not to bother at 2am (most I say not all eh Helen?), but when someone does bother - I will be awoken (eventually) by an incessant beeping until I open the phone and either delete the message or read it, very annoying!! Personal stuff - only a few of the basics here to be honest, so a quick list for you all with a couple of sentences on each: Calendar :- simple really, for the next lord only knows how many years there's a calendar on your phone - on each day you can leave a warning for what you're supposed to be doing on that day, as well as that you can set an alarm at any time in that day to actually remind you to get to it. Calculator :- A standard fare - nothing to shout home about. Alarm :- A life-saver for me, I'm not a mornings person, in fact waking up is a chore for me - but I still have to be awake each weekday morning around 7am - this means that I have to have an alarm that works - now my own clock does work and is quite loud, but I need a just in-case - and that's my dink, it'll play me a natty little tune all the way till I wake up - and eventually between the tag-team of my alarm clock and dink I'll be up. Standard Mobile Features - Texting and Phone-Calls, that's what p
                            eople really need their mobile phones for isn't it? Well Dink does quite well in both fields, phone-call wise it's very rare that you'll struggle to hear whoever it is you're talking to and almost everywhere you go there'll always be a signal (though that's more to do with Orange than it is dink). Text-Messaging wise it's still as good, though the small buttons do mean that occasionally you'll typo as you write out your message but what with the predictive texting that you get - it shouldn't be that big of a problem, as when you make a big typo - it just won't let you carry on till you've sorted it. However there is one problem I find with the Predictive Text - on many an occasion you'll find that the word you want to use isn't dink's first choice, so you?ve got to flip through each word till you find the one you want to know. Oh - there is another niggle, the memory for saved messages is crap - it'll only let you keep 10 messages, most phones let you have 15, this is sometimes a bit of a pain as when the phones been turned off for a while and you get several messages at once - the back-log can be a bit annoying, but nothing too bad. Names Memory - Easy, there'll be 90 saved on your sim-card and another 10 saved on the phone itself, in my time knowing people who use mobile phone's there's only one person I've known who wouldn't find this plenty enough, personally I'm nearing my limit, but I don't think I'll ever actually get there. Battery Life - Now this is something a bit special - you don't get one battery for your mobile, you get 2 - one slim-line one that will last you about 24 hours with 3 hours talk-time, and one regular sized battery that is double the size and double the power - so expect it to last 48 hours and have 6 hours talk-time. Now if you're like me and regularly spend days away from home its alway
                            s handy to have 2 batteries - one as a spare, and in total you'll have 3 days to go before you're really nearing trouble with your reserves of power and if you keep your charger with you as well - then you'll be even better placed to find at least one power outlet to charge your phone up at, then with it being a Lithium battery, it takes about 4 hours and before you know it - you're fully charged. Now from all that lot you'd probably think that dink is a pretty average phone, but I like it, its a bit special even if it did cost me £80.00 on a contract from Orange, and in 6 months time I will be scheduled to actually change my handset - you know what - I think I'll keep her.

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                              01.10.2002 18:38
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                              I 'bought' one of these around 3 months ago, just as Samsung had started giving them away for free with a contract. First impressions were good; the innovatively designed dual screen display makes for a very compact, quite flashy piece of kit. I walked out of the shop with a somewhat envious other half, who immediately wanted to swap for her Nokia 8210. I declined the trade, and anyway I could start playing with my new toy straight away as Samsung phones come with a precharged battery. Besides, I really didn't want the phone bill that would land if we did swap phones... The phone is packaged with a spare battery, mains charger, and a hands free kit, all you need to have a happy relationship with your new mobile. A plus for Samsung here is that the cover is silver, and is not changeable. Kudos for not succumbing to the rather underhand strategy of selling the model in say, a somewhat distasteful orange, thus pushing the consumer into spending yet more money to make their phone look normal. Of course with all these 'themed' covers about, finding a plain one can sometimes be a bit of a challenge! I read the manual, it looked easy enough, so I then needed to begin the task of entering a hundred or so numbers into the phone. I confess here that I cheated, and used a SIM card reader to transfer the data from my old mobile to my shiny new Samsung, so rather than wear out the buttons immediately, a couple of clicks of the mouse later I was finished. So, do my phone and I exist happily ever after now that I have a cutting edge piece of technology in my back pocket? Sadly not. In my opinion the Samsung does have several flaws. Read on to find out why it isn't quite the little package that first impressions promise. The Samsung is a small phone, and small phone means small battery. Small battery equals less talktime/standby time. Nokia appear to have successfully negotiated this problem, if used properly (
                              ie: fully discharged prior to each recharge), then the latest Nokias last the best part of a week. My Samsung shuts down after about 48 hours. The charger, with which I am now so familiar, plugs into a port which is normally covered by a small plastic stopper. The stopper is removed by a small tag at one end, or it used to be until it snapped off. Removal now takes around 20 seconds, an art which I have perfected with the use of a staple. Onto SMS messaging then. I don't send endless text messages, just the odd few here and there. The predictive text software somehow isn't quite as clairvoyant as my old Nokia, thus compiling even a simple message can be frustrating as sometimes the most common of words elude the capabilities of this phone. Good job I didn't have to enter all my friends and contacts details, as I would probably still be doing it now. I used to pick up football scores via text messages with my old phone, but it appears that to do this with the Samsung requires you to set up a service with a 'Footie on the Fone' feature. Fine, but I'm not twelve, and would like to press perhaps just a couple of buttons to see what the Premiership has to offer on any Saturday afternoon that I can't get near the television or a radio. As I have internet access at home, WAP technology doesn't really interest me. Good job really, as the few times that I have attempted to connect, out of interest, I get an error message. Not one to be outdone by technology, I had a quick peek at the manual, but it was far from obvious what the problem was. I got the vague impression that I needed to call somewhere and set an account up, but I haven't bothered to be honest. I couldn't put up with pressing all those fiddly buttons. The hands free kit was up for trial next. Another port covered by a plastic plug situated at the top of the phone offers this facility. Shame mine doesn't work, perhaps I have done someth
                              ing wrong, but again it isn't obvious. Extensive usage would probably make the plastic stopper fall off anyway so perhaps I shall leave it be. No voice dialling option would probably discourage me from using this in the car anyway. Maybe that is on a hidden menu with the games that don't appear to be accessible from any other area of the phone map. I do miss snake a little bit you know. So are there any redeeming features? I have given this phone a bit of a pasting, but as a mobile phone and not a home entertainment centre it performs more than adequately. If you remember to charge it every night and can live without all the extras that have suddenly become pre-requisites for the younger generation of mobile users, then it isn't a bad phone after all. The organiser/calendar function is up to the task of providing simple reminders too. The flip open style design ensures that you'll never make a call unknowingly again, and means that you'll be able to pop this into the smallest of pockets unobtrusively. To conclude, it looks great, and handles the basics, but I think that when this contract is up I shall be returning to Nokia, as they have clearly been spoiling me as far as on the move communications go.

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