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      06.01.2010 10:11
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      very good value for money phone

      I've had this little phone for 3 or 4 years now and it's still going strong, despite being dropped multiple times and being put through the washing machine !

      When I first got the phone I remember the first thing that struck me was how comfortable it was too hold, fitting perfectly in my hand and putting my thumb in a good position for texting ! Another thing I noticed about this phone is that it is brilliantly simple to use, you just turn it on and go to one of the basic menu's that you want.

      A key thing of this phone though is the camera, which is ok for a phone that's four years old but compared to phones on the market now many people would say it was appalling.

      There are a couple of negative features about this phone though, such as how long it takes to start up and the fact it doesn't have any fancy features like gps. But for a phone you can now get for about £20 off ebay it really is worth it !

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        16.11.2009 01:49

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        I enjoyed using this phone for ages, and it's a shame it finally gave up on me.

        I had this phone for 3 and a half years before it gave up on me (pretty impressive, compared to the reliability of most phones), and I enjoyed it for the whole time. The keypad was easy to use, the menus were easy to navigate. It was the first phone I'd had with a camera and bluetooth - certainly these were great to start with though I guess they are standard now. Texting was easy, the T9 system was reliable. I had a problem with the phone whereby I wasn't receiving delivery reports, but ascertained that this was in fact a problem with the network provider through basic troubleshooting. Unfortunately the network provider (O2) were reluctant to help, but since I didn't particularly want to use delivery reports I wasn't too bothered.

        I bought this phone on the TalkTalk brand, though it was unlocked so I quickly moved to using O2 (I preferred their service generally, and I couldn't get TalkTalk signal well in my house).

        If it was still on general sale as it was when I bought it, I would have no problem recommending this phone.

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        30.08.2009 15:06

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        Handy phone for everyone!

        I owned this phone for just around a year and a half, and it didn't show and problems right up to the last minute, when the connection between my charger and phone no longer worked and therefore I couldn't charge my phone, leaving me not able to use it.
        This problem became apparent a couple of weeks before the connection was lost altogether, as when I put it on charge, a slight movement would cause the phone to stop charging and you would have to nudge it back in order for it to charge again.

        However, apart from this, the phone survived many drops and falls without a scratch, and only the colour on the edge of the keys began to wear off and around the edge of the phone, though I expected this with a plastic casing after many hours of use.

        The 1.3 megapixel camera with 5x zoom allowed for great pictures and videos, and the 40 MB memory never once became full even with hundreds of pictures and many games and videos.

        The phone is small and attractive, coming in 6 different colours, and the hidden keyboard proved to be very easy to use and the buttons were perfect for use, not sticking out and not too close together.

        Alongside these features, the phone had an excellent music player, bluetooth, download features and installations, and the internet had a speedy connection.

        Altogether, this phone became my best friend over the time I had it!

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        17.05.2009 14:45
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        Good Phone

        I have had this phone for over two years and it has never failed me ever! I got it on the orange network but just a few pounds and it was unlocked to any network i like. Unlike other phones it is incredibly small and easy to lose but the keypad is still big and easy to use. There are several colours which this phone comes in but i chose black as it went well. Its screen is small therefore gaming is recommended as many apps just go off screen rendering them unplayable. This phone is basically the little version of the very popular D500 therefore any apps that are available for that phone will work on this phone although it may go off screen. It comes with a decent camera and I have printed quite a few off and unless you look close you cannot see the difference between a digital camera and this.

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          15.05.2009 15:34

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          A good phone if you're only using it for calls and texts

          I've had my Samsung E370 for about 2 years now, and I have to say it is a pretty nice little phone.

          The phone features a good quality screen which slides up to reveal a hidden keypad. By default the phone makes a noise when you do this, which gets pretty annoying after a while. However it's easy to turn this off in the phone settings menu.

          I was initially concerned about having the screen exposed as I thought it might get scratched (I'd only ever had a flip phone before), but to my delight, the screen is as good now as the day I bought it!

          The sound quality of calls is mostly pretty good - it has the odd time when it's difficult to hear what the other person is saying, but that could be down to the network (O2 in my case) or where abouts you are in the country.

          The phone does have an integrated camera that can be used for photos and video, but to be honest it's not great. Internet access is pretty useless too!

          However, if you use a phone purely for calls and texts, you can't really go wrong!

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          05.02.2009 12:04
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          Good robust, basic phone

          I have had this phone for about 3 years now and have had no problems whatsoever. I actually have the red version but that's the only difference between the one I have and the one pictured below.

          I really only ever want a basic phone - I only really use it for the odd phone call and for texting. For this it is perfect. I have a few songs on it - but as I rarely go anywhere without my i-pod I don't use that function much.

          It can take reasonable photo's to keep on the phone - but if you try to download them I find them a bit indistinct if I try to make them a reasonable size.

          The slider mechanism is smooth and prevents the phone calling out in you bag or pocket - though I have had a couple of instances wheresomething has lent on the power button and switched it off.

          My only gripe with this phone is that it doesn't have a screen saver - my previous Samsung used to show the time so I could tell that when it was on and when it had gone flat. The only indication that the screen is blank because the phone is dead is when you slide it up and nothing is displayed - quite annoying especially if you just grab the phone as you are rushing to leave for work!!

          I have found that the battery life is ok - but I don't tend to be an excessive user. Also it is fairly robust - I have dropped it on the floor a few times and bo real damage above a few scratches has been done-I don't think this phone is sold anymore but if you see one available on E-bay and want a cheap standard phone it is worth checking out.

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          31.01.2009 12:05
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          A nice little phone.

          I bought this phone well over a year ago now, always sticking to the Samsung brand, as I lost my old phone. Recently my mum's phone broke, and as she isn't that good with technology, I decided to give her this one, and buy myself a new one. The Samsung SGH-E370 is a nice little practical phone, easy to use, and pretty durable.
          *THE LOOK*

          The Samsung SGH-E370 is all black, front and back, with just a silver trim around the main function buttons and on the buttons at the side. It's small and compact, and really light. It has a slide function, which when pushed up and down is oh so smooth. The buttons are easy to press, but won't get knocked too easily. I love texting with the phone as it just seems to easy and effortless, whereas with other phones i've had my hand has started to ache.
          *BUTTONS*

          On the main face of the phone (without it being slid up), there is the menu and contacts buttons situated at the top left and right, these also unlock the phone, without the need to slide it up. In the middle is the main operation buttons, the up, down, left and right and the 'ok' button. Also on the front is the accept call (green button) and end call (red button) and also the cancel/delete button which is used for backspace on text messages. Apart from the cancel button the rest of them are fully functional without needing to slide the phone up.
          When the phone is slid up, the usual text and number keys are there.
          There is a camera button on the side of the phone which can be held in to take a quick picture without navigating through the menu. At the opposite side of the phone are the volume buttons.
          *FUNCTIONS*

          On the menu there are:
          Call records
          Phonebook
          Applications - Music player, voice recorder, java world, world time, alarm, calculator, converter, timer and stopwatch
          Browser
          Messages
          File Manager - Images, videos, music, sounds, other files, memory status
          Calendar
          Camera
          Settings

          *MORE IN-DEPTH*
          The phone is MP3 format, and has a nice crisp sound, not tinny like you can find in some phones.

          The voice recorder on it is quite good and picks up low sounds, and once again doesn't sound too tinny.
          The camera is 1.3 megapixel, with 5x digital zoom and LED flash. The picture quality on this little phone is great, i think it's alot better than my new phone, and that's meant to have a better camera on it. The pictures taken are clear and even if not in a well lit room they are still good quality photos. And plus also with this camera when you press the 'take' button it actually takes the photo at that point, whereas with some phones you press the button and it doesn't take it straight away and if you slightly move it the picture is blurred, but not with this phone.
          The zoom function isn't great, it kind of distorts the picture, but whatever camera i use i never use the zoom function so that doesn't bother me.

          The only problems with this phone for me are the video function and the battery life. Whenever i take a video, the lips are never in sync to the sound, the picture is clear enough, but it's never done any in sync. The battery life on this phone isn't too great, it hardly ever keeps full battery for long, and my mum doesn't sit around playing the games or listening to music off it, she only ever uses it to make/recieve a call or send the odd text message, so that isn't great.
          The phone is MP3, but doesn't have alot of room to store them, with the average amount of photos and videos on the phone. For the purpose of this review i visited the Samsung website and it says the phone has 40mb of user memory, and the phone keeps saying it's got no memory left, and there isn't much stuff on the phone.

          There are three java games on this phone -
          Forgotten Warrior - 7/10 pretty much this boy fighting to find a girl through different levels

          Freekick - 6/10 does what it says on the tin, pretty much trying to score a goal/hit a target, does get pretty repetitive
          Arch Angel - not really played this, never really appealed to me, some sort of flying and shooting game

          *BITS AND BOBS*
          You can store upto 200 messages in the inbox, which is pretty much standard for the usual phone.
          1000 Phonebook entries.
          It is Bluetooth and Email activated.
          The phone comes with a usb cable and file manager, so you can store you pictures/music/videos/mms and sms onto your computer(get some of that much needed memory back), or put your MP3 songs onto your phone.
          There is also the caller photo ID option, where when someone is ringing you, you can have a picture of them flash up on the phone.
          The phone comes with 40 polyphonic ringtones as well if you don't like your MP3, or for use of text messages/alarms etc.

          *SPECS*
          Display Type : 65,536 colours TFT screen
          Resolution : 128 x 160 Pixels

          Size:
          Weight : 85 g
          Dimension : 86 x 43 x 20 mm
          Battery:
          Talk Time : up to 7.5 h
          Standby : up to 315 hrs (questionable)

          Tri-Band
          All in all the Samsung SGH-E370 is a nice little practical phone. It's compact, lightweight, so easy to fit in a pocket or bag. It is very durable, it doesn't just break apart when dropped like some phones. The sound levels are nice and loud so you'll be able to hear it in a busy shopping center. Very functional, with a great sliding motion and ever so easy to use.

          Thank you for reading.

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          04.01.2008 22:07
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          A lovely little phone

          The first mobile phone I ever had was a Nokia 3210 - a bit of a brick in comparison with the dinky wee things you get nowadays. No camera, no polyphonic ringtones and definitely no video or mp3 players. However, I found the cost of the contract was more than the calls I was making so, after the compulsory year, I switched to a Pay As You Talk Siemens A60. It was a very nice phone but, after a year or so, I coveted my daughter's cute, pink, clamshell flip phone so I made the disastrous move of selling the Siemens to my sister and buying a Sendo flip phone which, although nice for a while, turned out to be cheap and nasty, the buttons kept sticking - a real irritant when trying to quickly send a text message - and negotiating the menu was excruciatingly awkward.

          I wanted a flip phone but I wasn't fussed about ringtones or a camera. I carry a digital camera and a 35mm so what on earth would I want with a camera phone? I really only use a mobile phone to communicate with my children by text or make an occasional quick call so a contract wasn't viable. Also, because of the rather restrictive area in which I live, it had to use the Vodafone network. I quite liked the look of the coloured Motorola Pebl but when I saw it 'in the flesh' so to speak, I really didn't like the Rolf Harris Stylophone keypad. I scoured the shelves of phone shops and supermarkets for the right one but they were cheap and plasticky or beyond my financial range or the design wasn't quite what I wanted.

          Then my brother handed me his phone to speak to my sister and I discovered the slider phone. Now these may have been around for yonks but bear in mind I live in the back of beyond - yes it really exists.
          At the same time, I received the usual junk mail letter from a catalogue I had just about given up on. They were begging me to buy from them and I could have 35% off any purchase so I got on the internet and ordered myself a Samsung E370. There are adverts on TV and magazine inserts just now for the Samsung D900 - it looks very similar to that one. At the tim, the purchase price was £169.99 but, with the generous catalogue discount, comes down to £110 then take away the usual commission, the phone should eventually cost me about £99 give or take a few. Please bear in mind that this was a year ago. While I was waiting for this to arrive, I happened to be in Inverness and popped into the Vodafone shop. The same phone was in there (and in Argos) for £149 (and even cheaper on the internet) but, secured to the wall-shelf as it was, it felt a bit light and plasticky.

          The phone arrived by courier post and was well-packaged in a good firm cardboard box. Despite my limited needs, the box reveals that this phone has video messaging, flash camera, mp3 player, Bluetooth and tri-band. Yes, it even makes phone calls! The box is sealed with a sticker which advises you not to accept the package if the seal is broken or to inspect it in the presence of the delivery agent. When I opened the box, all I needed to do was insert the battery which is incorporated into the back cover of the phone. The box also contains a carry strap (which I haven't used) and headphones. The headphone wire seemed to be grossly uneven until my daughter explained that you put one side in one ear then wrap the wire around the back of your neck and into your other ear. Hm. The modern world is so complicated.

          Right. The phone, then, which is described on the box as ebony black. Despite my fears after visiting the Vodafone shop, the 85g weight of the phone is satisfyingly substantial in the hand. I'm from the old school of thought that light equals cheap. The phone slides smoothly open and closed with a very pleasing clunk.

          Above the screen is the Samsung name which, when moved around, reflects pretty rainbow colours and below there are five buttons plus a central navigation and OK/i button.
          On the menu screen there are nine dinky little icons with a whole host of what my auntie calls thingamabobs which are pretty self-explanatory and run as follows:-

          1. CALL RECORDS - Recent contacts, Missed calls, Dialled calls, Received calls, Delete all, Call time.
          2. PHONEBOOK - Contact list, Add new contact, Group, Speed dial, My name card, Own number, Management.
          3. APPLICATIONS - Music player, Voice recorder, Java world, World time, Alarm, Calculator, Converter, Timer, Stopwatch.
          4. BROWSER (WAP 2.0) - Home, Bookmarks, Go to URL, Clear cache, Profile settings, Current profile.
          5. MESSAGES - Create new message, My messages, Templates, Delete all, Settings, Broadcast messages, Memory Status.
          6. FILE MANAGER - Images, Videos, Music, Sounds, Other files, Memory status,
          7. CALENDAR - View mode (Day/Week view), Create (Schedule, Anniversary, Miscellaneous, To do), Go to (Today/Date), Sort by (Schedule, Anniversary, Miscellaneous, To do), Delete (Selected, Periods, This month, All), Missed alarm, Memory status.
          8. CAMERA - Record video, Shooting mode, Effects, Frames, Flash, Timer, Go to photos, Settings, Camera short cuts.
          9. SETTINGS - Time & Date, Phone settings, Display settings, Sound settings, Light settings, Network services, Bluetooth, Security, Memory status, Reset settings.
          Each of these has its own little standard menu too.

          Okay some specs then. The weight of the phone is 85g and it measures a cute 86 x 43.1 x 20.4mm when it's closed. The length, when slid open, is approx 120mm. The 65k colour display screen is 128 x 160 pixels and measures 34 x 26mm. The camera has 1.3 mega pixels which I believe is pretty decent for a camera phone. I hope this is making sense to someone out there. The camera has a flash available and you can also take sound and colour videos which I love. I've never had a video camera and, while I love taking photos of the kids growing up, being able to video them, albeit a little jerky, and record their voices too is great. On the right hand side of the phone is a small silver button which allows instant access to the camera without having to go through menus. Just above this is a covered slot for your headphones.

          I really like the sound on this phone. With 40 polyphonic ringtone channels, mp3 player and vibration, the sound is more musical and less tinny than previous phones. With two soothing and three lively alarm tones to choose from, you can select which days of the week you want the alarm to go off. I've permanently set mine to go off every morning from Monday to Friday but I also have the option to add two more alarms, as a one-off or permanent, and an on/off option for the alarm to ring when the phone is switched off. There is also the option of melody alone, melody plus vibration, vibration alone or none of the above. There is a very handy volume adjuster slider on the left hand side of the phone which enables you to quickly adjust the volume yet is not so obtrusive that you might do so inadvertently.

          The phone does not have infrared but it does have Bluetooth v2.0 - a new discovery for me and a handy wee thing for transferring photos, ringtones etc between my phone and my daughter's. She has the gubbins to transfer photos from her phone to the laptop. Unfortunately, the Samsung doesn't come with a USB phone-to-PC cable.

          My old phone seemed to be constantly in need of a recharge (bit like meself) but this one could be on Duracells - it just keeps going and going. It isn't Duracell though. The battery which, as I said, is incorporated into the back cover of the phone, is Standard battery, Li-Ion 800 mAh. Can I just add at this point that I'm not constantly yabbering on the mobile phone - I save that for the landline. LOL. I use it for sending text messages and occasionally to phone home if I'm travelling about. With this phone you can send SMS, MMS and e-mail. The talktime is up to 3 hours and standby time is up to a massive 320 hours. That's over 13 days! I confess, here, that I don't really understand this next bit of info but it may be useful for someone who is more au-fait with technology. This phone has GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) technology. The GPRS is Class 10. [shrug! dunno, sorry]

          The 40mb internal memory is huge compared to my other phones. The phonebook has a 1000 entry capacity and holds 20 dialled, 20 received and 20 missed calls.

          The Java World games include Forgotten Warrior (climbing up ladders to different levels while being shot at by sinister wee beasties), Freekick (a quite boring football game where you just take shots at goal) and Arch Angel (jet planes shooting at each other). You can download other games if you wish.

          This smashing wee phone is available in other colours - pearl white, pink, blue green, noble blue, deep blue and wine red. I think I'll stick with my classy ebony black. Also in the package is a 97-page instruction book. Don't be thrown by this. The book is only 16½ x 9cm so it's quite small, well-indexed and is very easy to read.
          I have only one bugbear, however. The manual does not explain how to access the T9 predictive text which was driving me mad because that's where you access the all-important apostrophe. You have to hold down the * key until it changes to T9. Now, don't get me wrong. I know how to use predictive text. I just couldn't work out how to get to it on this phone.

          If anyone out there is looking for a new mobile phone, I would definitely recommend this one.

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            14.01.2007 15:56
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            Lovely but could do with more memory to use all features.

            A very small, light, compact phone, that looks very cool. Sliding lock so no need to fiddle with lock buttons.
            It is advertised as MP3 player yet no way of adding more memory to the 40 Mb, so that is not many songs if you want any space for photos.
            Lovely clear photos, good enough to print.
            No USB cable provided, but you can buy them cheaply from ebay. Software free to download from samsung website.
            Bluetooth which is handy.
            Good for money, but not an MP3 player in my opinion. Earphones are provided though!

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