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      21.09.2009 18:51
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      Nice little compact phone and camera

      I bought my SGH-E330 nearly six years ago and have used it constantly for business as well as pleasure. I have dropped it in mud and even water, and I had dried it out it worked. It is still has the same battery and still takes pictures.
      The beauty of this model is that it is small slim and rounded, so it doesn't dig into your thighs when you put it in your pocket.
      I found a small leather holder which I clip onto my belt, which makes it easier to find. Sometimes if you are like me and hold a lot in your pockets, you can never find it when it rings and when you fumble around you can set off the camera and you end up having dark and blank pictures. You have to watch out for this, because if you want to take a picture in a hurry, you may get the "Memory Full!" signal and miss a photo shoot.
      Besides the tendency to activate the camera shoot, I also find the finish a bit worn but over 5-6 years what can one expect.
      As a writer and artist it is easy to take with you for photographs, and although it might not get the clarity of the professional photographer it is a god- send when you come across an event or occasion when you haven't got your camera with you. We all know that one saying "I wish I had my camera!"
      Years ago I went down to Stamford Bridge to see a football match and realised I used all my film in my other camera. Luck should have it; I had my friend (SGH-330) to catch those happy memories and hopefully to eventually download onto my computer.
      I had to purchase a Data Suite USB DATA CABLE and DISC, which cost me nearly £20. I downloaded it onto my computer but, after following the instructions the PIMS and File manager wouldn't load up and the internet access programme wouldn't take my internet address. So until I get this resolved the problem I have to cherish those moments on my phone for now.

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        04.05.2009 08:52
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        Reliable, easy to use, quick charger

        I've been using the E330 for business use for the last three and a half years, and it's lasting well.

        The battery still holds its charge, it's been dropped a few times, but still works fine.

        I find a couple of minor issues though -

        1. it's finsihed in silvered grey, and it doesn't hold the finish very well. In my case, it gets thrown into briefcase, cubby holes in the car, and rolls around in my pocket all day long, and it's now looking quite battle-scarred - a case of the silvered finish wearing away and leaving bare grey plastic.

        2. I found a few annoying 'dead-ends' in the menu navigation, the most annoying of which is the way that it only seems to take one picture at a time - navigate the menu to 'photos' - 'take photos', then press the shutter release to take a photo. My next instinct is to press the shutter release to take another photo - but no, the phone insists on me going back through the menu to photos again, and pressing the release for just one more photo.......

        Reliable.
        Easy to Use.
        Charges quickly.

        I'd buy another.

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          25.01.2009 17:19
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          a good if basic buy

          I was attracted to this phone by its shape initially. I saw it on a huge poster and thought what a nice looking phone it was, it reminded me of a pebble. I did already have a phone at the time so thought nothing more of it. However a year or two later, after problems with my current phone at the time I decided to buy a new phone. I think I paid about £60 at the time (roughly two years ago) but this was a while ago so the price must be very low by now. I don't think you would find it in any phone stores now as it's too old, I think you would have to go to ebay or an electrical discount store.
          It's quite a small clamshell phone, with rounded edges, no injuries there ;-) There is a display in the middle of the screen with the date and time, which indicates a text message, or call when someone contacts you. The menu inside is prety simple, 9 pictures idicate different things eg. an envelope for text messages or a calendar for your list of organiser options. Navigation is fairly straight-forward and the keys are of a resonable size. The camera quality is a disappointing but obviously this is old technology. One of the most annoying things about this phone is the quiet rigning volume, i often miss calls when my phone is in my handbag. Battery life is quite satisfactory.
          Overall, this is a nice phone and easy to use and sufficient for the average user. However, bearing in mind its age, don't expect too many fancy features.

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          16.04.2008 19:44
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          I'll probably keep mine for another year yet.

          The Samsung E330 is a bit old fashioned these days as it was released three or four years ago now. I'm still using mine from three years ago though which has to say something about the durability of it. I got mine from o2 free with my contract but you can buy it as a pay as you go phone for about £90 these days which I think is too expensive. Alternatively, girls might like the pink version for £150 though you can get much nicer girly phones at half the price in my opinion.


          I've kept this phone for three years now because of how easy and convenient it is to use. To answer a call I just flip open the clam shell designed handset and it's answered automatically. To make calls, I can access my phonebook through a button at the top of my phone or I can use one of ten speed dial numbers by presetting them and holding the corresponding number down when I want to use it. I can also use a shortcut to get to text messages, camera function, calendar or internet.


          I'm not too sure about how good the text messaging is on this phone really as my old Nokia used to show me the times and dates I sent my texts, this phone doesn't do that. It's annoying if you send a text to someone then they say they haven't got it because you can't even tell them for sure when you sent it. Or it can be annoying if you're wondering why you haven't heard back from someone but can't remember how long ago you text them, of course, you can't check either.


          The internet connection on this phone is okay as far internet phones go. You can look up the lottery results or the weather etc but it can't really handle anything more complex than that. It takes ages to load up the pages and navigate around them too. Also, this phone doesn't have bluetooth and that really annoys me. It means that if I want to keep a picture I've taken on my phone, I have to email it to myself using the email function and that costs me about 50p a time on the tariff I'm on.


          The extra functions are really handy on this phone, especially the calendar though it's annoying you can only save about 20 memos at a time. That means you can set alarms for important things like parties or work functions but you have to spend time deleting them one by one when you've reached your maximum allowance. At least you can set an alarm though which you can't do on all phones. I also find the calculator on this phone quite handy and user friendly. There are two games on my handset but they're both too small for me to see what on earth they are!


          The picture quality of the camera is really quite good and the pictures transfer onto computer relatively well (even if they are expensive). I try not to use my camera function too often because of the expense but at least I have it there in case of emergency or a special event. I think it's handy to have a camera just in case. There's a major problem with this camera though and that's that it has a shortcut button on the side of the phone. This means that it's easy to wind up taking pictures of the inside of your pocket or bag. I get a bit annoyed sometimes at having to go through deleting all the black pictures!


          The sound quality of the calls has always been very good for me using this phone. I've nearly always had reception too though I don't know how much of that is the phone and how much of that is down to local coverage. Either way, it's good that I've had very few problems making and receiving calls on this phone. I do recommend this certainly though I'm not sure it's worth the price given how much more you can get for your money from a slightly more modern phone.

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            17.09.2007 12:34
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            A trusty old companion.

            After managing to water damage my beautiful Walkman phone beyond repair I simply could not warrant spending a fortune on a replacement. Especially since I am only eight months into an eighteen month Vodafone contract. This meant that I had to find a cheap and cheerful new home for my sim card and at under a tenner on eBay, the Samsung SGH-E330 seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

            Appearance wise, this is a decent looking phone for its age. Mine is a curved oval, clamshell with a silver and blue case. I have never had a clamshell phone before as I tend to find them a bit feminine for my tastes, but this phone, perhaps due to its age, is quite bulky and fits into my hand nicely. The main advantage with this, as with all clamshell phones is inherent to the design. The main screen when you flip upon the phone remains completely scratch free as it is protected by the casing. Flipping open the case is also very straightforward as I slide my finger under the case and flip it open with one hand.

            A major concern for me, due to my clumsy nature is also about the durability of the phone. Fortunately, this seems to be of sound build and I have dropped it several times without a scratch. The phone feels solid and weighty in your hand and this adds to its aura of durability.

            Using the phone is also easy with a key pad, control panel and "hot keys" hidden underneath the clamshell. Keys are very solid and need a good press but I like that in a phone. It makes it more difficult to misdial or mistype numbers and words, none of this touch screen or touch-type crap. The phones interface is a straightforward menu and the majority of the major functions such as phonebook, messaging and calendar can be accessed in a single key press thanks to shortcut keys. The phonebook has a decent capacity of two hundred numbers and you are able to assign them groups such as friends or family as well as personalising them with ring tones, photos and put them on speed dial.

            Being a clamshell phone there are advantages and disadvantages to making and receiving calls with this phone. Receiving calls is great. The small front screen illustrates the number and picture of the person ringing and the ring volume is loud enough to hear. However, a minor irritant is that if you put the phone on vibrate as well often people hang up before the ring tone kicks in as it takes too long for ringing to start. Simply opening the phone answers it and I like the idea of being able to screen my calls before answering! Making calls has the disadvantage of having to open the phone first although dialling is very easy and the speed dial function does the job well. Speaker volume is very good and I can hear and be heard with no effort although there is no speakerphone function which would have been nice.

            Texts are a bit of annoyance for me as the phone simply does not remember on start up that I use T9 predictive text messaging. This means every time I ruddy well start the phone I have to set it to T9. The actual texting itself is fine with it very easy to switch between numbers, letters and symbols. There are also a number of little "EMS" pictures you can send for free which add another text on but cost nothing. I like these as sending an MMS on my contract costs more.

            Now as this is an old phone nowadays, it certainly lacks the standard features of many of the phones on today's market. There is no Bluetooth, no MP3 player, 3G or mobile TV to be found here. However, considering I paid a tenner, there are more features than I imagined.
            The camera is only of VGA quality but is easy to access and take pictures with thanks to a side button. Pictures are quite crisp too if a little dark and you are able to take a self portrait with the phone closed thanks to the front screen. There are numerous polyphonic ring tones although since there is no Bluetooth you are unlikely to be bothered to get more, especially in these days of real tones. Four java games are pre-installed "Bubblesmile"- a repetitive puzzle game, "Golf"- which is woeful and impossible to play, "Pipelink"- addictive but simple puzzle game and "MobileChess"- which is good but far too easy to beat. The main problem with all the games are that the volume comes blaring out on activation and you have to turn it off as there is no lower options. There is also a lag between your button key presses and the games responding meaning you are unlikely to persevere with any of them.

            Naturally you are able to personalise your phone with inbuilt ring tones, wallpapers and screensavers but again without Bluetooth you are unlikely to gain any new ones so their limits to this. Also, as this is a clamshell design you cannot customise the exterior by changing covers although why you would want to do this I cannot imagine.

            Battery life on the SGH-E330 is good. I can charge my phone overnight and it can last two or three days providing I do not play games. The signal strength also always seems to be strong, although this may be due to my network rather than the phone itself. So, as you can see this is not a phone that will make a fashion statement, neither is it one packed with all the modern features. However, if you want a cheap, average phone that is effective as a phone then this might be for you.

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              13.05.2007 16:17
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              Great child or older persons first phone, but don't buy if you want the latest features.

              This phone is several years old now, and its beginning to show. It is a clamshell, which is one of the reasons I bought it, its nice and round and fits in your pocket nicely. Also I think the roundness of it really helps it bounce, I have dropped this phone so many times it is dented and scratches everywhere, but it is not cracked and works perfectly.

              The camera on it is OK on a small screen, and in fact the photos show extremely well on my iPod nano, but don't be expecting to print them off to show your friends, there aren't enough coulours, and the low resolution always makes them look blurred.

              Unfortunately there in no infa-red or bluetooth on it, which means pictures and ringtone, have to be sent to each other, which turns out to be quite expensive.

              It supports polyphonic and realtone, which sound OK, and are quite loud, unlike some new phones where you can't hear them.

              it has the internet, which I have used a couple of time to find phone number of closing times, it is slightly hard to navigate, but it saves time, and wasn't too expensive. In general though it is quite easy to find you way around the features of the phone.

              The most annoying thing about this phone is the camera button on the side, that takes photos when knocked. It means you have to go through and delete tens of black photos.

              Some people say the battery life is terrible on this, but I have found that if you leave it charging overnight it will last a week easily. If you take it off when it says it is finished, it will not last that long.

              You can pick this phone up fairly cheaply now, and I would recommend it for a child or older persons first phone, as there is lots to play with, its simple to use, and very robust.

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              07.01.2006 17:04
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              cool, small, easy to use!

              I received this mobile phone for my 13th birthday last year and still have it now, which means it lasts for a while and never tires!. the camera on the phone takes great looking pictures which can be edited and framed to make them look better. The menu is easy to understand, and the overall exterior of the phone looks great. Not a phone to be ashamed of, and I would happily recommend to anyone looking for a new moby!

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                03.11.2005 22:49
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                Compact, user friendly and just luurrrvly!

                Samsung phones- I just love 'em!. I've had this phone for about six months now, and I just love it. Where can I start- it's a 'lil cutie silver thing that fits in those little pockets you get in handbags these days (sorry all the blokes out there, but these things matter to a girl!) It has no outside ariel poking up, so as looks go it's sleek.

                It's available on most networks free on contract; t-mobile offer it free for example on their freetime 750 plan (750 free mins off peak and 50 texts for £15 approx per month); to buy it's about £120-£150.

                It's extremely user friendly- the buttons are well spaced, with no danger of hitting the wrong one with dyslexic fingers. It has a centre menu button that allows you to shortcut to camera, messages,contacts, internet, and media, or you can set it to access two of your favourites via the soft keys at the top. It's very reactive for texting- no waiting for the phone to catch up with your fingers, so all the rapid texters out there would have no problem!! It has a camera with great picture quality- I've uploaded onto my pc, (pc uplink cable available to buy approx £20-£30),and even enlarged images are good quality. Even though the phone is compact, the screen is pretty big- 3cmx3.5cm- bigger than some other clam phones. Although it doesn't have bluetooth, the speaker phone can be turned up quite high for hands free, and clarity is great. It's also quite robust - dropped it a few times, (and that's with no cover on) and it's still living!!
                Battery power and talk time are better than other nokia's I've had, and I was always of the opinion that they were the best. Tunes are quite funky, but could maybe do with a few more. It also has all the usual- alarm, planner, memo, calculator, timer and even a converter for currency, weights, and measures!! (handy if you're a........ chef, builder, or nuclear physicist!!)
                Ok, ok, so it doesn't have bluetooth, radio, mp3, videos etc etc, but it is a PHONE - I personally use my cd player to listen to music like they did in'th olden days, an I use mi phone fer talkin'!!

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                  05.05.2005 12:32
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                  This phone in my opinion is the best ive had! it has a great camera, maybe not the best in existance, but if you just want to capture something funny etc its ideal! small and compact it has loadz of cool features, you can download games, polyphonic ringtones etc! Its clamshell shape makes it cute n compact and a nice size to fit in your pocket but not too small you loose it! eay to use with colour screen i love this phone to bits. If you want the most modern phone but you dont need those phones with all the gadgets like mp3 player etc GET THIS PHONE! i can be bought for about £129 and possible less if you buy from ebay! a great colour phone with unique design.

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                    27.03.2005 14:26
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                    Samsung E330

                    You can buy this phone for around £120 or get it for free on a contract.

                    Pay as you go
                    O2 £129.99 *
                    Orange £129.99 *
                    Virgin Mobile £129.99 *

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                    I suggest you shop around because there are a lot of offers around on this phone.

                    Features

                    Phonebook (1,000 entries) - displays photos of incoming callers

                    Memory: 9 Mbytes (1.5 Mbytes available for Java games)

                    VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels) with LED flash, 4x digital zoom, night mode and picture effects

                    Wap capable

                    Dual Band

                    40-voice polyphonic ringtones plus recordable ringtones

                    Messaging: SMS (with learning T9 support), EMS, MMS

                    Organiser: calendar, scheduler, to do list, clock, worldtime, alarm (daily alarm, once alarm, weekly alarm, auto switch on), currency converter, calculator, memo book, stopwatch, countdown timer

                    The phonebook holds 1000 entries which I’ll doubt you will use up but as I know all my friends keep switching from number to number, it’s nice to know that you will have enough spaces to store all their numbers.

                    Memory isn’t really enough if you take a lot of pictures and download a lot of games and ringtones but it’s acceptable for just the average users.

                    The camera is of quite a good quality. Of course, it’s not going to be like a digital camera but for the silly pictures that people take with it, it’s perfect.

                    There’s an easy button to get the WAP straight away. The blue I button in the middle of the circle of arrows. I haven’t used it much so I can’t really say much on this feature.

                    Dual Band. That means that you can’t use it in the USA as I found out when I went to San Francisco with my phone and it didn’t work. If you got to USA a lot and want to use your phone, this is not the phone for you. I suggest you find a tri-band phone that works in the USA.

                    40 Polyphonic Ringtones. They are really jazzy and you can download many more through the Samsung website or other places. (They will be saved under ‘My sounds’ instead of default melodies.)

                    Messaging. It’s very easy. The only thing is that you have to keep putting it on T9 mode instead of it automatically staying on it, which is annoying to remember.

                    Organiser. It’s brilliant. The alarm has 5 different tunes for you to wake up to plus you can set to different times on different days.

                    The clock on the front is useful. You can have it digital or 2 different clock faces.

                    There's a button on the left side of the phone for ring volume. On the right side, there's button for taking pictures with the camera and if you close your phone and press the button long enough, the window where the clock normally is shows you want your taking a picture of.

                    Charging the battery. I have to charge my battery every 3 days but I do call and receive a lot of text messages a day. The longest my phone has gone without charging is 6 days.

                    All in all, this phone is great. It’s a flip phone, which is the new trend these days. It’s easy to use, it’s compact, has no aerial and has a multitude of features, which are all simple to use.

                    * Prices taken on 27/3/2005 from the websites of the mobile networks mentioned


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