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      10.08.2012 17:32

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      Ok phone for maybe an elderly person who just wants to be able to make a call.

      I had this phone a while back now in the pink version pictured which is actually a lit darker pink than the picture depicts. It's more of a hot pink colour. I got the phone when I was going through my pink phase lol. Everything I had was pink and I went through 4 different pink mobile phones during this time and one of them was the Samsung SGH C300.

      Released in 2006 it's nothing special, it's not a smartphone or anything like that. It just does your basic calling and texting. There's no camera and it has no MP3. It has the old polyphonic ring tones. It's very basic and easy to use but it also looks nice. It has a 1,000 entry phonebook records the last 20 dialed, 20 received and 20 missed calls and has 2MB of internal memory. Dimesions are 92 x 44 x 18.8 mm.

      It was an ok phone at the time, it did what I needed it to. It would be good for someone who isn't interested in all that technical stuff and just wants maybe a phone as backup in an emergency.

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      23.02.2012 12:45
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      A cracking little phone

      The SGH-300 is a mobile phone from Samsung which has been a mobile I've used as a pay as you go for about 5 years. The phone was bought as a spare in case my contract mobile suddenly gave up the ghost and has been in my bag for that period of time. The phone has been used every now and again when my other phone has run out of batteries, the phone is charged by a large insert at the base of the phone and I used to charge it every other weekend and leave the phone turned off when not in use.

      This mobile finally died on me only last week, I had used it a couple of times over Christmas and when packing my wife's hospital bag for her upcoming child birth we decided to put my spare mobile in her bag. So we charged it, turned it on and the phone decided to constantly turn itself on and the battery was only lasting hours rather than days. So after 5 years and sporadic use, the phone has made its last phone call and sent its last message. A sad day for all but it only cost £20 when I bought it and as I say I've always had a newer model.

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      The phone is a mobile which when it is first picked up comes as a two level phone, the front has the screen and it is approximately two inches long by an inch wide, the front can be pushed up to reveal the keyboard underneath. The screen is approximately an inch square and once the mobile is pushed up the mobile is activated.

      This is a classic mobile phone, I've been using a touch screen mobile for a few months and going back to one which isn't took some doing. The phone has the usual blue screen informing the user of incoming calls and texts and a set of buttons on the side of the mobile relating to the icons on the screen. Pressing the left hand sided green button activates the menu and the user has the normal options for messages, phone contacts, making a call, internet, calculator, etc. The right hand side of the phone has a red button which cancels any actions and returns the mobile to the blue screen.

      This feels like an old phone now but is only about 5 years old; the mobile fits comfortably in the hand, or in a trouser pocket and charging up was easy. It's sad now it's gone but for an old mobile I think a five year shelf life is reasonable. When you review it comparing it with my Ericsson ray then it looks like it's out of the stone age, however, it did the essentials such as phone calls and messaging and when you get down to it that's all you need in a phone!

      It did mean we had to go and buy a new cheap mobile and we paid the same amount as all those years ago, but the difference was amazing, twice as big, screen probably 4 times as big and the battery was paper thin compared to this mobiles chunky beast. Let's hope that one last's five years as well.

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      06.09.2010 13:57
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      On a budget? Not at all tech savvy? This could be the phone for you.

      The Samsung C300 is one of the most basic handsets available and looks great for what it is. The phone is affordable and doesn't come cluttred with features that you will never use (which is a problem with modern phones) and has no camera. So if you want a feature packed phone - this isn't for you at all. I had this phone (in Black) and it was the most reliable phone I have ever had.

      Its pretty durable and sturdy while offering features that you need on aday to day basis. I got this phone because I had no time for gizmos and wanted something basic, which makes it very simple and easy to use. The main menu is easy to navigate. The slider is good and the keypad is easy and intuitive to use with minimum fuss. Sound quality on calls is good but it only supports polyphonic rings tones and has limited internal storage space (doesn't save alot a messages).

      If your on a budget or not at all tech savvy then this could be the phone for you. Its also a good backup phone if you need it too, which is what I use it for.

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      18.06.2010 13:36
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      You get what you pay for.

      My Dad picked up this phone about a year ago when his broke. He paid £20; I think it was in Tesco. Anyway he got his fixed and I broke mine so I swiftly nabbed it. Yoink!
      The first thing I noticed once I had pilfered this little gem was that it was bright pink. Like beyond shocking. Personally I am not the type of girl who goes in for pink phones with little lip glosses hanging from them but desperate times call for desperate measures (you can imagine my dads face when he opened the box and realised he had picked up a pink handset and not a black one!). Once I had got over the initial shock it didn't bother me anymore.
      Let me say now that I don't know technical terms for technology. The phone is the most basic of basic handsets and does not have many special features; it's surprising it even has a colour screen. The screen itself is of poor quality but is adequate. As said it is coloured and the menus are attractive but the graphics are pretty rubbish for this day and age. That said if you are looking for quality technology you won't get it for £20.
      The phone does not have a camera on it so I was happily surprised that it actually received picture messages. The problem is that the screen quality is so poor that most pictures received are so pixelated that you can barely tell what they are. Unless the picture received is quite bold you won't have a clue what is on so it becomes a pointless activity. I think poor picture messaging service was the one thing I missed the most about using a budget phone and being able to receive poor quality pictures was eventually just frustrating.

      Aside from the basic phone and text functions there is not much more to this model. It does have a basic organiser which would be handy but I could never get the alarm on the appointments work so that eventually became useless. The alarm clock works though! God does it! The volume of the alarms/ring tones/ message tones is pretty impressive. With that in mind this simple model would be quite useful for anyone with hearing impairments.
      The phone also includes functions which I have never bothered with such as games and a WAP browser.
      The best feature of this phone is that it is durable. I have thrown this thing (unintentionally) across the room a million times and it is still in one piece. At one point I bent the battery cover and wouldn't you know it just bent back into place. It really is a hardwearing little thing, I am still amazed that my old fancy pants Nokia couldn't withstand a few drops of water yet this cheap and cheerful fella is powering on.
      In summary you get what you pay with this. It is exactly what I would expect for £20, absolutely fine for texting and calling but not much more. The bonus of this is its durability, for those of us with a habit of murdering our phones this is a handy little thing to have on stand-by.

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      08.12.2009 22:07
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      Great...until it breaks!

      I bought this phone for £20 off Virgin Mobile, after my last phone broke in an unfortunate swimming pool accident. I say that I paid £20 for it, they basically paid me to take it, as they gave me £11 credit, making the phone cost £9, and then gave me 1000 texts (250 for each month for 4 months), which came in very handy.

      As a Samsung phone, I expected it to be reliable and fast, due to it coming from such a renowned brand. Yet, this was not the case.

      It was very fast, you would push a button and immediately it would switch to that screen, with little delay, which was pleasing. This is why I have rewarded it with 4 stars for processing.

      As well as this, the phone was aesthetically pleasing. It is a slick slide phone, which goes up and down with just a flick, which is useful. On the back of the phone, there is an click in back to protect the battery and sim card. This has the word 'Samsung' written on it. At the bottom of the back of the phone, there is the web address 'samsungmobile.com', which is really useful, when the phone's internet is abysmal. This back also gets easily scratched by coins or keys, which ruins the looks a bit. On the front of the phone, it is dominated by the screen which is of a decent size and very scratch-resistant, and the buttons, all black with white lettering, to make them easy to read. The call button is green, and the end call button is red, as is normal for most phones. When you slide, the phone up, you get the traditional texting keypad. Another advantage with this keypad is that it is easy to read, as the numbers as large, which is pratical. To sum up the aesthetics, they are generally, good.

      I have given the SGH-C300 three stars for variety of features, even though the features are extremely basic. This is because it is a cheap phone and so, you don't expect much, yet the features it does have are of a good quality. For example, the alarm is effective and loud, and the calender will always come in useful, especially as it lets you put individual alarms for the days in your calender. One bad feature is the WAP-based internet, which probably shouldn't have even been included in this phone, as it can barely manage to open google, yet alone any other website, and it will definately not cope with the heavy-use social networking sites.

      The sound quality of this phone is poor if I'm totally honest. It comes with polyphonic ringtones, and text tones, and there is not one half-decent one, so it is best to keep the phone on vibrate. Well, you have no other option but to have it on vibrate, as this phone doesn't have a silent mode, strangely.

      The phone is very easy to use, with the text being large, and the numbers being larger, so it is suitable for those with poor eye-sight. However, the numbers are each in a random colour, and even though this is pleasing on the eye, they can sometimes be hard to read. Another negative regarding the ease of use for this phone is that its middle button sends you and connects you to the internet (costing you 30p a day on the Virgin Pay as you Go tariff). This is extremely irritating, and takes some getting used to as on most traditional phones, the middle button sends you to the menu screen.

      Now, on to the reliability, something which I was not too pleased about. On the first day which I had the phone, I recognised that you could move the front of the phone so that it was out of line with the rest of the phone and it would then, stay in this position until you moved it back. I was worried about this at first, thinking that surely the connection would break but it didn't so I carried on using the phone.

      After around 3 months of using this phone, on a daily basis may I add, it got what I would describe as the 'black screen of death'. It would have a bright black colour when switched on and when slid up, meaning that the phone was useless. On the odd occasion, it would work fine, and then, would get the black screen when I slid it halfway up or down. As I'm not an expert on the intracates of mobiles, I do not know what caused this, but at a guess, I would put it at bad electronical wiring causing a power loss or something. I don't know if other people had a similar problem with this phone, but my experience was not brilliant.

      It wasn't brilliant for the sole reason that it broke, after just a few months. Whilst it was working, it was a great phone which I liked, and turned out to miss after it broke. But for me, it can not warrant more than three stars, if it can't last more than three months. My favourite feature on this phone was probably the excellent predictive text system, which was extremely handy, after my previous phones lack of one. Overall, a great phone let down by a few poor features and an atrocious reliability.

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        12.10.2009 19:23
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        This is the one for someone who wants a good phone and isn't interested in extra features.

        I bought the Samsung c300 about 2 years ago for the Aggreeable price of £20. The phone was very stylish back then, but now it may have lost it's touch to the newer phones on the market. This doesn't make it a bad phone at all, it is packed with features and is easy to use. The phone is a good size for carrying around and isn't too bulky in your pocket.
        -The battery life is very good and it lasts a pretty decent amount of time.
        -When talking to people on the phone, it is clear and easy to understand.
        -With a screen resolution of 128 x 160, it is reasonable and fits what you need to veiw on the screen.
        -Supports polyphonic ringtones.
        -Has a very good organiser feature, which includes Multi alarms, Stop Watch, Calculator and currency converter, not to forget the usual Phone book.
        Over all I would say that this is an average phone. It is limited with it's features but it is targeted at people who want a phone, to phone and text and not interested in much more.
        The simple interface makes it easy to find what you are wanting.

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        30.08.2009 17:51
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        a reliable budget phone

        Bit of a technophobe, me, & the last thing I want is some complicated all-singing-all-dancing phone that takes me days to get to grips with.

        The C300 is basic but cheap, too, which is an added bonus: mine was £15 a few months ago.

        It's a medium-sized phone that fits snugly in the hand but does have the disadvantages of a slide phone: a scratched & smudged screen, & the risk of accidentally answering the ringing phone as you take it out of your pocket.

        It has no camera or radio, just phone, text & a game, which suits me nicely, & while there are no shortcut keys there are shortcuts on the home screen & the main menu is easy to navigate.

        I'm on the Orange network with it. I don't think I've ever had trouble getting a signal, & the sound quality is usually good & clear. It takes two hours to charge & that lasts for over a week: even one bar of power lasts two or three days so there's no urgency with recharging.

        I've never found any way of switching the text alert off so I can't leave the phone on vibrate in an important meeting; I have to switch the whole phone off or risk it going 'bing-bong!' when a text arrives.
        The text function is easy to use & the keys aren't too fiddly. My only complaint is that sending a new text seems to be quite a long process of getting from the message to the phonebook, selecting the recipient's number & getting back to the message again to send it.

        On the whole though, a straightforward phone that performs its limited functions well.

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        30.05.2009 14:05
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        A nice, cheap little Samsung mobile - did I mention it's cheap?

        After a tortuous life of being stashed away in a handbag for the best part of the day, my beautiful little Pebl U6 decided enough was enough so I was on the hunt for a new mobile. It was around this time when I was deliberating whether or not to get myself a contract with my network provider so I just wanted a cheap Pay As You Go phone to tie me over until I decided. As I'm still thinking long and hard about this, I thought I'd review the pros and cons of the Samsung C300, a phone which I paid a ridiculously meager price for as I got it from Argos for £20 back in December. I'm with Virgin Mobile (hehe funny name) and, although this particular model of phone is no longer available on their website you could purchase the Samsung C300 for as little as £12.99. I feel like I've been robbed!

        WHO ARE SAMSUNG AND WHAT ARE THE BASIC FEATURES OF THE C300?
        Samsung are a company that you will no doubt have at least heard of before, even if you've never used or purchased any of their products. Born from a tiny store in the early 1930s, Samsung are now one of the leading brands in all things electronics, from the said mobile phones to televisions, cameras and computers. Samsung are perhaps best known for their mobile phones, especially now-a-days when they are producing top of the range mobiles with features such as MSN becoming accessible whilst on the go.

        However, purchasing the C300 at such a meagre price, it would be unfair to expect it to have such fantastic features and something all potential buyers should keep in mind; you're not going to get a 3000 megapixel camera here (like you need one of those on your phone anyway) and you're certainly not going to be graced with the powers of instant messaging. But the phone really is the epitome of 'back to basics', boasting a number of simple features that perhaps would be more suitable for a first time mobile phone user.

        In theory.

        With the Samsung C300, there is very little to shout about; it looks pretty cheap and acts pretty cheap too. It is a phone (at least by today's standards) which is just a mobile phone that you can call people from and text message them by, with not a lot going on elsewhere. The main features of the phone include such oddities as predictive texting, multimedia messaging (like emails), downloading capabilities, 'office' features such as calendars, calculators and alarms, not to mention WAP, loudspeaker and 2MB memory storage.

        When you look at the list of features, it's difficult not to think back to the evolution of mobile phones from a couple of years ago when things like WAP and loudspeakers were becoming the 'must have' qualities on your new mobile. You can't complain because of the price being so darn good but things like a camera (of at least 1.3 megapixels for most people), Bluetooth accessibility and expandable memory will no doubt be features sorely missed if a lot of gadget freaks went out and bought this particular model of mobile phone.

        OK, SO THERE AREN'T MANY NEW AND EXCITING FEATURES BUT WHAT DO YOU GET WITH THE SAMSUNG C300?
        Obviously, you get the phone itself and it's quite a sweet little thing (yes all phones can be classed as either 'adorable', 'sweet' or 'cute'). The C300 fits comfortably into the palm of your hand and is a rectangular shape, mainly because it's a slider phone as opposed to a flip model that I had been used to. My version of the C300 is black but if you really, really don't like black, there is a very pretty pinky-red colour available for the same price although then you'd have the problem of matching all of your outfits to your new phone which is why it was just simpler to go with black.

        In the box with your new baby, you get the instruction manuals, a sim card and a mobile phone charger. The charger attaches itself to the bottom of the phone and the socket is snugly packed away behind some black plastic. Awww. The charger - like the phone - is black and one thing I do like about the charger is how compact it is; unlike some chargers I've had in the past which could be quite cumbersome, this one is neat and is easy to store away anywhere, which is always a bonus. Plus, it calls itself a 'travel charger' so if you are the type who always packs way too much whilst going on holiday, normally forgetting the essentials such as phone and MP3 chargers, well this one doesn't happen to take up too much room. But the charger can hardly be described as the phones saving grace, unfortunately although it is a nice size.

        The instruction manuals seem pretty much idiot-proof; they explain the basics of the phone, such as how to get set up although they are not extremely helpful when informing the buyer about how to switch that damned predictive texting off! As you can tell, I'm not a fan of predictive texting, and in many ways, the texting ability is one of the main things that lets this particular mobile phone down big style.

        THE PHONE IN USE: HOW EASY IS THE C300 TO USE?
        After being dependable on the Motorola Pebl for about two years, I did think it would be more of a struggle to get used to the Samsung C300. Of course the layout is different, such as which button accessed the menu and allowed me to text etcetera, but over the first few hours of usage, I was pleasantly surprised by this particular Samsung model as it was fairly easy to use and pick up the very basics.

        One of the best things about the C300 is its screen size; with a height of about 4cm and a width of just under 3cm, the colours on the screen are surprisingly vivid and I'm sure if you are a person with bad eyesight that you wouldn't struggle too much with this phone in terms of negotiating your way around the menus and different features. Once you arrive at the main menu of the phone, there are nine portals that you can enter, including the message section, phone settings and organisers. One of the things I do like about the phone is the fact that all of the sections are number co-ordinated. For example, if I want to check my text messaging inbox, I can either scroll to get to the messages section or press the number 5, which will take me to the message menu. Once you enter each of the phones different sections, you will find that all of the individual menus are number orientated but if you prefer the scroll and search method that is also doable.

        Making calls can be done without going into the menu which is another handy but hardly unique quality about the C300 but it is very easy to do as the phonebook is accessible without going into the main menu and you can also check to see who you last called and any phone calls you may have received or missed by simply pressing the green button. This button is also the one you press to answer the phone which again is fairly simplistic and in-keeping with many other mobile phones in terms of style.

        OK SO IN SOME RESPECTS THE C300 IS EASY TO USE, BUT...
        Don't get me wrong, the phone itself isn't too bad a quality but there are some aspects of the C300 which, if improved, would make the phone an overall better buy. For example, one of my biggest gripes is the ability to text. Now, it's not that I'm totally useless when it comes to all things technology based but it really annoys me when things don't work quickly or indeed very well. The Samsung C300 is at its most annoying when texting, for the following reasons (yes there will be numbered bullet points to express the full extent of my dissatisfaction...)

        1. The sliding part of the phone is a little bit in the way of the top keys, numbers one, two and three: I've never had a sliding phone before so it might just be me being slow at getting used to this concept that a phone doesn't have to flip to be a phone (still in love with the design of the Pebl...) Yet, pressing the buttons repeatedly seems to be a real chore; number two seems to be a little bit stuck and after pressing it the once, it doesn't always want to move on to another letter. It's bad enough trying to decipher my texts anyway, never mind the fact that I sometimes mistype them because of the silly sliding thingy and put As where Bs and Cs are meant to be!

        2. The predictive texting thing is really irksome; to my knowledge, there is nowhere on this phone that allows you to simply alter which style of texting you'd prefer to use on a regular basis, either manually or the said predictive texting. On the Pebl, it used to save this option automatically; however on the C300, you have to switch from predictive to manual texting each and every time you want to send a message, which leads me onto my next moan...

        3. So, when you do manage to switch from the predictive to manual setting, you next have to contend with the numbers feature; if you want to put the number one in your text, say you're meeting your friend at 1.40pm or something, then you have to switch to the numbers button - this is only necessary for numbers 1 and 0 because with the other keys, the numbers pop up after the three or four letters they represent. However, when you're trying to switch your phone back from the number texting, you go back to predictive texting to manual texting, which is fine, but once you arrive at the manual mode, you'll find that your letters are in capitals! I know this seems like a minor complaint but when you're texting someone in a bit of a hurry then it makes the whole texting thing seem even more long-winded than need be.

        Away from the texting, it has to be said that the buttons themselves can be a little unresponsive at times. Ok, I was used to this after the Pebl as the keys on that phone are flat too but with the C300, you can be in the middle of pressing them (especially whilst texting) and they will just stop, making you spell things very, very badly. They are quite hard buttons to make function at times so if you have arthritis in your hands or fingers, you might want to search for a phone with better quality buttons that are rubbery or as flat as they can be quite irksome and unresponsive on many occasions.

        OK, OK, SO THE TEXTING ISN'T A STRONG POINT FOR THE SAMSUNG C300 - HOW CAN YOU HAVE FUN WITH THE PHONE?
        If you call fun playing a couple of crappy, old skool graphic games and flicking between one rubbish ringtone to another, than the C300 is your man...or woman depending on which colour you decide to purchase...

        The not so aptly called 'FunBox' section on the C300 hosts a couple of interesting curios that are bound to amuse even the not-so-simplest of minds for a couple of minutes. Here, you will find the WAP browser, a feature which is accessible without even entering the menu by just hitting the 'i' button in the middle of the slider. The WAP doesn't take too long to dial up, possibly about half a minute in most scenarios and the homepage is the Virgin Bites feature. Here, you can find 'celebrity' updates as I unfortunately found out when 'I'm a (non) Celebrity...' was being shown on ITV right after I first purchased this phone. Whilst the WAP is quite good, it can be a little bit temperamental as to whether it will work efficiently or not although I accept my flat at Uni was possibly the worst place in the world to try and test this out as the signal in there was usually very poor indeed. However, it's fair to say that the WAP is the most technologically advanced this phone is ever likely to get, especially when taking into consideration the games featured on the C300.

        Don't get me wrong, I'm not usually a person who needs or even wants a lot of games on a mobile phone. However, they're always handy when you're stuck in the car and the radio is crap and your MP3 player has died - oh the shame! So, on this little Samsung, the games are a little bit of a subconscious essential and are in fact so subliminal you're likely to forget about them after one or two goes. Powered by Java, there is a rather seasonal game called the Snowball Fight which is impossibly difficult, in terms of manoeuvring the miniature ginger character, even if his aim in life is to whack some other poor kid with a ball of snow. Then there is Minesweeper, which I've never liked anyway as well as Sudoku. As luck would have it, the one game I do like on here - Tetris - is only available for one level and then you have to pay to download it to get the full game. Whilst there are a fair few games on the C300, none of them really grabbed my attention all that much but they're not bad considering they're just 'filler's for your mobile phone.

        Although you have to upload additional sounds and images yourself, it just wouldn't be a mobile phone review without mentioning the joys of the ringtones. In total, there are ten to choose from, with the best being 'Cynicism' (how appropriate, ay?) but they all boast the same bells and melodies so you're not getting a fantastically broad range of tones here. The different keypad tones are all of a similar calibre too and it seems a bit pointless messing about changing them anyway in my opinion.

        THERE ARE SOME DESIGN FAULTS WITH THE PHONE...
        One of the biggest of these faults is the confusion with the ringtone volume; I've been trying to search for a 'silent' option on this phone so that when I want to keep the phone on but not loud, it is still a possibility. However, Samsung have sloppily entitled this option as 'alert upon call' and they might as well have written this instruction in a distant foreign language as it would have made more sense to me! What happened to the good-old-days when you could go below one on the volume bar and a message would pop up informing you that your phone had been put onto the silent mode?

        Although the menu numbers feature that I was telling you about earlier is a good idea and means for a quicker functioning of your phone, some of the individual menus have a 'delete all' option that is accessed by pressing various number buttons upon entering each section. I've nearly lost all of the numbers on my phone because of this (on the 'Phonebook' menu, you can choose to 'delete all' by pressing the number 6) so it's a good idea to be a little cautious whilst using the phone, especially if you're in a bit of a hurry. However, sometimes you're denied of haste because of how clumsy the slider can be; in the past, the slider on my C300 seems to have gotten 'stuck' for a few seconds, during which time I couldn't move the slider up or down as easily as you'd normally expect. Although this is yet to be a major problem, with it seemingly being resolved promptly after a good few seconds, I do fear that the phone would be pretty useless if it did happen to 'lock' itself into a position that is neither closed nor opened.

        One comforting similarity between my much loved Pebl and the C300 is the fact that the screens are impossible to clean; they both always have finger prints etched all over them which is surely good for forensic scientists, but not very aesthetically pleasing for the English student!

        OVERALL: IS THE C300 THE DARK HORSE OF THE MOBILE PHONE WORLD?
        If your definition of 'dark horse' is confusing but bizarrely basic then yes, the Samsung C300 is the dark horse of the mobile phone world. Samsung it seems have been a bit careless with some of its design features, particularly with respects to the 'delete all' options and volume functions but whether this is an issue across their entire range of mobiles or not is something that I am yet to discover as I've never had a Samsung mobile before and in some ways, this phone tempted me to try others in their range - because of how easy the majority of the features are to use - but in other ways, it's put me off the brand a lot.

        One of the best things about this phone is its battery life; with a talk time of over 7 hours and a standby time of 325 hours, it's a phone that is very good for all of the simple stuff and the battery is pretty reliable if you want to stay connected with people. After getting a ridiculous amount of free texts from Virgin this past week, I've been text mad and after sending over fifty messages over the course of a couple of days, the battery had only just worn itself down to one bar (there are three battery bars in total). That to me is suitably impressive and undeniably one of the best features of the C300.

        Yet, in areas where there isn't a fantastic signal, the phone fails epically in allowing you to have a decent phone conversation. Sure, the Pebl had its moments where the signal wasn't at its best (man I'm making it sound like I'm an over excitable parent comparing their twins GCSE results!) but it seems to be quite an issue with the C300 where the sound quality just isn't up to the mark sometimes. Like the battery, the signal is measured in bars which go up to seven and even if it's at the maximum level of bars, the signal can be a little bit temperamental at times although this isn't always the case and the phone seems to thrive in areas where there is a lot of background noise, such as on buses and in crowded restaurants. In such scenarios, it's not too difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line and - dare I say it? - the C300 beats the Pebl by miles in this area.

        With the Samsung C300, it's certainly a case of 'what you see is what you get'; you're not going to be mesmerised by this phones features, simply put it because there are very few to brag about. However, if you're looking into buying your pre-teen their first phone, before they hit the dreaded age when they want everything with the best megapixel camera and video capabilities then this may be the phone you are looking for; it's a light, little mobile phone which is great for keeping in touch with one another by because of its first-rate battery life and efficient sound quality.

        Oh and if you go from a majorly blinged out phone - with all of the latest gadgets about novelties - will you be vying for those top of the range features if you buy the Samsung C300? Well, if you're anything like me then no because you'll be too busy trying to work out how to switch that silly predictive texting off to care!

        (Note: Previously displayed on Ciao.co.uk - written by moi and under the name of MizzMolko)

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          26.04.2009 13:48
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          Its just a basic phone for people who just want to call and text!

          Well I bought this phone a few months ago when the phone I had on contract got wet and broke, and my phone company wouldn't replace it until my new contract. So I thought I needed a cheap phone which would do for calling and texting, I went into the phone shop and this little cutie popped up. It was only £9.99 which isn't bad seeing as the prices of phones go up to around £200. And the phone was only to tide me over for a couple of months (until June!) for when my new contract could start!

          I got the phone, and I had mixed feelings on it: it has no camera, you can't put it on silent (only vibrate), the ringtones and message tones are rather annoying, the wallpapers are terrible, and the text message memory only holds 200 messages, and when your like me and my husband who text each other all night while he's at work, you get around 400 messages a night!! But for £10 I wasn't complaining!!

          The phone is small, its light, and the battery on it is amazing! I took it away with me for a week, and granted I only used it for one or two texts and a ciouple of short phone calls, the phone didn't die once, and I never turned it off, or charged it up. This is unlike my other phone which ran out of charge within 24 hours even when it wasn't been used!!!

          The phone comes in one of two colours, either black or silver, and is a slide phone, which means you can answer the phone while it's closed or open it up.

          The phone is very simple, its extremelly easy to use, and it doesn't have any added extras which you just won't use. There's a calender, a calculator, alarm (which you can have on even when the phone is off...as it automatically turns itself on at the set time), and a phone book.

          If all your looking for is a simple little phone, which calls and texts then this is your man! Its not special, its not got any wonderful extras, and I must say its annoying not having a camera at times, but as I always say, I have a digital camera for that!

          All in all, the phone is simple yet stylish, people won't look at it and think your back in 1999, its small and light, it fits in your pocket and does everything a telephone needs to do :-D

          Although I can't wait for my contract to come to an end so I can upgrade to a new LG!!!!!! :-D

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          14.12.2008 12:22

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          great cheap phone from samung

          My samsung sgh-c300 was on offer at virgin mega store.Its was 18 pounds with five pound airtime included.Its very simple to use , the menu it bright and colourful.And would suit someone who only needs a phone to text and phone people on.Maybe kids or older people.I only brought this phone because i've got virgin sim card and need a phone for it.Virgin alway give you two sims card, one for you and one for your friends .So that handed.Its not to heavy, has speaker phone which i love.Its design very nicely and comes in three different colours pink, sliver and black. I brought black very sleek and sexy. Its not a phone if you want a camera or mp3 player.As it doesn't have those features. But if you want a phone to ring and text. Thats easy to use then this is the phone for you. I like this phone so much I'm buying another one for my mum for wants a new phone.great phone buy samsung

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          04.12.2008 01:41
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          I hate samsung as a company due to the rubbish fridge and DVd I have but this is a stomping phone

          If I want to take a photo I use my digital camera. If I want to listen to music I use my Ipod. If I want to browse the internet I do is with my computer. If I want to send an email I use my blackberry or my laptop. If I want to make a phone call or send a text I like to use my mobile phone.. Call me crazy but that is just me.. My phone is small, it has simple to use keys and is stylish and compact. It has excellent reception, great volume, an alarm clock, calendar and other quite useful features. It cost me under £30 brand new!!! Mainly though it is a very useful mobile phone and I love it. It is a Samsung SGH-300. OK they make rubbish fridges and terrible DVDs (which have annoyingly loud fans in them) But by God they make the very, very best mobile phone. It costs under £30 and is robust, stylish and dependable with long battery life.

          Basically the SGH-300 basically takes up where the Nokia 3310 left off. Nokia made a huge mistake getting too clever. If you want a great mobile phone buy this and yu will not be disappointed. Gav....

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            03.12.2008 11:36
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            good for the price if you want a basic phone

            I bought this phone after my 3 year old motorola v3 gave up the ghost. First of all that was great was teh price £15 from argos,great buy,now i only wanted a phone to text and phone so i wanted as few features as possible.This only comes with internet via gprs,there is no camera,no bluetooth,no mp3 player.Its small and stylish and slides open,the keys are very easy to use and once inside the menu system its all very straight forward ( i didn't read the manual). I only have a few gripes with this phone,firstly the text system,when you recieve a text you do not get the option to view it as soon as it comes,you have to go through the on screen menu all in all about 5 button presses,instead of the usual open button on most phones.Another one is when sending a text to someone you have to press about 5 options just to send to that person.The final one is when you have the phone in your pocket it slides open if you are not careful although the phone is locked its not brilliant.All in all its a great phone for the price very basic has good tools like a calculator,calender,voice memo,to do list,alarm and currency convertor.Really pleased with this.Voice calls are very clear too.

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            04.10.2008 22:28
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            Very basic but a great simple mobile phone. Great as a back up!

            Well.... My mum (bless her heart) wanted a new phone for Christmas and the romantic that my dad is bought her a brand new one from the extremely glamorous a'la tesco supermarket. My mum previously had a Motorola which was pretty good but she lost her charger and decided she wanted a brand new phone! And this is what she got.......The Black Samsung C300.
            The Samsung C300 is a compact mobile phone which comes with good quality features. But it is very basic... no camera, no video, no Bluetooth etc.... But it does what a phone is supposed to do, make and receive good quality phone calls while looking good.

            The Samsung C300 is also known as the Samsung SGH-C300 & is available in silver or black. I am talking about the black version which provides a matt & glossy finish and is very attractive.
            The phone is neat & compact and the handset feels solid to hold & looks like a top end of the market mobile phone. It has an easy to use slider mechanism and is all very trendy, you would not know it does not have the top notch features, like the camera unless you actually looking for it.


            The C300 comes with 2 Mbytes of internal memory which allows you to save contact details, numbers, messages and other information. The fitted battery provides up to 7.6 hours of talk time or up to 493 hours of standby battery time. So you do not need to charge it all night every night like a lot of the new fancy phones!!
            Something very interesting about this phone and I have never actually known this before is something called a uTrack feature. It will alert a preset number if the phones SIM card is changed. The uTrack feature will help the user recover their mobile phone if it is lost or stolen by alerting the user of the location of the handset. The phone comes with a SOS message feature which will alert the users emergency contact numbers when the user is in need of help. The user simple presses a single button & the emergency contacts will receive a message which alerts them that the user is in need of help. It sounds pretty good in theory, but to be honest I have not managed to work out how to set it on my mum's phone. But it does sound like a great feature... if I can make sense of it!

            The C300 comes with an alarm clock feature, calculator, currency converter & a phone book which will store up to one thousand contacts at any one time. It also comes with already installed games... minesweeper and snowball fight. But you can download others from the phone...which you have to pay for. You get 16 Polyphonic Ring tones (which are not completely pants) and also speakerphone.
            My mum paid £39.99 for the phone, which I'm on the bench about in terms of value. It is a good basic phone, but I still think by adding another £20 or so she may have got the camera and the other added bits and pieces. But as the phone goes my mum gives it a lip smacking 8/10.

            (Also published on ciao under myself izzoh)

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            26.06.2008 19:43

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            cheap and cheerful phone ideal as maybe a childs first fone or of you just want a basic model for calls and texts,the only thing i didnt like about it is it doenst have a box for your sent text messages,if like me you are forgetfull.liked that it also comes in pink for the same money.

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            26.05.2008 16:55

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            well thi si s a sorry review i really like the phone only that the one i have o f this model was just stolen or you could say i picked it during a celebration though i never gave it to the owner even though i knew him.he was my friendjust looking for syle and survival.so i think because i have atleast told some one a bout this ,i have no problem with god -hopefully.if you need more of this story find me at waison Ex at gmail . com

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          This simple slider offers you a stylish mobile without the clutter of unnecessary extras. A semi-auto slide-up for the masses, the SGH-C300 is an affordable compact phone that is just what you want.