Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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Member Name: sheel33
Date: 27/10/01, updated on 27/10/01 (1839 review reads)
Advantages: WAP, dual screens, small, light, compact, excellent menu
Disadvantages: No changable fascias, poor battery life, no vibrating alert when you recieve a text message
The Samsung A300 has everything any mobile phone user would want. Firstly, it’s small and light. It’s dimensions are just 81mm x 42mm x 22mm, and it weighs just 83g (it weighs 83g with the slim battery – see below).
<~ DUAL SCREEN ~>
The phone is similar to any Motorola Wings phone, in the way that it flips out. But the Samsung A300 is not like any other flip-out phone. This phone has a dual screen – in other words, it has two screens – one on the outside, and on the inside. The one on the outside is in a stunning blue colour, and looks amazing. It is there so you don’t have to flip open the phone just to see who is calling you. Instead, you just look on the front of the phone and you can reject or take the call from there. This outside screen also shows the date and time on it. The main inside screen is much bigger – it shows 5 lines of text, compared to the average 4 lines of text for other phones. Unfortunately, it is not a blue backlit screen, but it is very big, so surfing the web on it is very good.
<~ WAP ~>
The Samsung A300 also has a WAP browser. WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol¸ and basically means mobile internet. Connection to the internet is very fast on this phone, and I have had no problems when using it. The only problem with WAP is that price – it costs about 10p on most UK networs; however, if you have a Genie chip, you get free WAP access, so you can check the news, latest sports results, weather, cinema listing and more using just your phone.
<~ BATTERY ~>
This phone comes with two batteries – a normal one and a slim one. Obviously, the slim one is less powerful than the normal one, but it is lighter and thinner than the normal one. But even the normal battery has a poor battery life. You have to charge it for 2 hours for a full charge, and it’s standby time is just 80 hours, compared to the Nokia 3330’s 220 hours. It
217;s talktime is not very bad, at 4 hours, which is above average.
<~ RINGTONES ~>
There are 48 ringtones already available on the phone when you get it, and you can also compose your own ringtones, by pressing the numbers, and changing the tempo. You can just go to ringtone websites and just get the numbers to key in for the tunes of real songs, or even TV shows. You can compose up to two of your own ringtones, but unfortunately, most websites do not give Samsung ringtones, and I have searched for ages for a decent one but have failed L.
<~ MEMORY ~>
The phone can store up to 100 names in it’s phonebook, and up to 10 text messages. There is no notebook or to do list like the Nokia 8310, but that’s something you’ll just have to cope with if you buy this phone.
<~ MENU ~>
The menu is very simple to operate, and this is a huge advantage over any other phones. It shows the options as a list on the 5 line text screen, so it is very easy to navigate. Surfing the web is excellent too, as it is easier than most phones to navigate.
<~ OTHER FEATURES ~>
The Samsung A300 has a vibrating alert, so when you get a call, the phone vibrates – very handy when you are in a quiet place and your phone is on silent. Unfortunately, the phone does not have changeable fascias like most new Nokia phones, so you can not customize the way it looks. It does, however have predictive text input, so you can send text messages quickly.
<~ OVERALL ~>
Overall, the Samsung A300 is an excellent phone, and only has a few minor flaws, such as no vibrating alert when you get a text message and poor battery life. But if you want style and size, go for this phone as you won’t regret it. You can buy this phone for £79.99 on contract (you choose which contract you want but you must pay a certain amount for at least 12 months), or you can buy it offline for about £300 (offline means it coems with
no simcard, so you can just put your Pay As You Go simcard in there).