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I'm not much of a phone nut, and I'm happy to have my phone just for calls and texts - but I do like an easy to use camera, for those fun little shots you'd otherwise miss. I saw the Samsung SGH-E590 on the Carphone Warehouse website for £30 back in 2007, with £15 cashback via the Quidco website. So I got it for £15 and three years on it's still going strong!
I have the silver version of the phone and it's almost as new three years later. It's certainly hard wearing! The phone is on the o2 network but as with all phones from the Carphone Warehouse is actually unlocked.
The box contains:
The battery, a rechargable Li-Ion 800 mAh
Stereo headphones / mic
It is easy to set up and it needs a good 12 hour charge before first use. The basic specs are:
Size 94 x 42 x 13.5 mm
Weight 65 g
Screen TFT, 256K colours, 220 x 220 pixels, 1.8 inches
Battery Stand-by Up to 300 h
Talk time Up to 4 h
The phone has Bluetooth, it is not a 3G phone so it has no front facing camera but the camera it does have is 3.15mpx which is a fantastic spec for such a cheap phone and it gives brilliant results. The camera even has a macro mode. You can hold the phone to the side and use it as a digital camera, it works very well and over the years I have had some brilliant shots with it - OK it is not going to replace your actual digital camera but I've used it out and about for both photo and video and it's been far higher than expectation.
The phone is so easy to use - it has a basic web browser with GPRS which is good for checking the news, google etc, it is not really something you'd use often but when you're out and about and need to check say an address or something it is handy. The SMS and MMS features are excellent. The ringtones are full mp3 quality and the phone itself has an auto scan radio, calculator, mp3 player, java games, and even a document viewer for word, PDF and excel files.
The phone itself has space for a micro SD card, you can pick these up for a few pounds, mine has a gig of storage for photos and mp3 files.
Sound quality is excellent, on receiving and making calls, listening to mp3s and radio and for video playback. All the features on this phone are of a high quality and there is no cheap feeling to this phone despite the price.
It's a few years old now but I would still highly recommend the Samsung SGH-E590, it's features are still high quality enough to beat any of the budget phones out there hands down and I'm sure there are years left in mine! Sometimes my husband and I are driving through the country - his iphone will lose signal and cut out - my faithful little Samsung will have three bars and be clear as a bell - so it's also great for people who don't have the best signal strength in their area or travel a lot too. I have used this phone in about five different countries and even the middle of the med - it's outperformed phones at double and triple the cost.
The only downside is the browser which is a little clunky and basic. But if all you are wanting is a phone for calling, texting, taking decent photos, listening to mp3s, and a few other bits and bobs, you really cannot go wrong and I still highly recommend it. If you can pick it up cheaply I would go for it.
This phone is simple yet effective - it does a job plain and simple.
If you want a phone that is easy to text on, can hold plenty of messages and names/numbers without having all the rubbish you get on Sony Ericssons or the rubbish clunky software you get on LG's and Nokia's these days then definitely get this phone!
I got it on an Orange contract for free, in sleek black, and even having dropped it more than once on the pavement it still looks bloody good! The camera is good but not great, but then again I have a camera for taking pics so that doesn't really bother me.
The best thing about it is that it is tiny, you can put in the pocket of your jeans and you'll genuinely forget it's there! Also it takes a microSD card so you can fill it up with MP3's or whatever to use with the headphones that come it in the box.
The only minor (very minor) gripe that people have with some Samsung's is that you can only set the text tone to one of four fixed ones. Doesn't bother me to much though as the vibrate is solid and suffices.
Lastly the battery is amazing, 5 days on vibrate or 3 on loud.
After years of positive experience using Samsung phones I was not at all disappointed by this phone. The main appeal lies in the phones compactness and ease of use, although its size may hinder those with larger fingers, as the keys are quite small. The main menu is well laid out and easy to scroll through, changeable shortcut keys make it even quicker. The camera and music player are both adequate for the phones value and size but a camera flash would be useful. The phone has all the basic but useful features like FM radio, alarm, calendar, world clock, converter, calculator, timer and stopwatch and also has two games (Forgotten Warrior and Cannonball) with the option to download more. Having had this phone for over 6 months there has been no problems with it at all and I have found the battery to last several days at a time even when sending up to 20 texts a day. The phone is most suited to someone who needs a compact reliable phone with the basic features at a very reasonable price.
Having clung to my Motorola V300 for what seems an eternity, I was excited when my partner informed me that we were both having new phones (usually this means that I have her phone, while SHE gets a new phone). Nevertheless I spent a while looking for a phone that would (a) not be too expensive, (b) have enough features to make it worthwhile and (c) allow me to stay with T-Mobile (as I like my 3p texts).
Having found the Samsung E590 I was quietly excited. For under £40 this phone had loads of features, and many more, that I was after.
The phone itself is tiny and, believe me, I have small hands. It is extremely compact and sits easily in my pocket without leaving a strange-looking and hard-to-explain bulge that my aged Motorola did. Yet despite being a tiny phone it has loads of impressive features. The menus on the phone are, in addition, easy to navigate through.
The phone has an in-built MP3 player (which I think you can use as ringtones, too), and having tested it out, I can say the sound quality is superb. Considering my last phone couldn't play MP3s, I was really surprised at the quality of the sound on the Samsung. My only gripe is with the earphones that come with the phone. They feel quite uncomfortable, but this may because I am used to listening to music with the new in-ear style earphones.
In addition, the phone has an FM radio. At the minute I'm listening to a football game on a local radio station, and the sound quality is again flawless. The reception is superb and I can see that the radio feature is something that I'm going to be using regularly.
In terms of games - which I'm not usually mad on - there are a few, but they do have to be downloaded via the WAP on the mobile phone. Speaking of the internet, my early impressions of it are very good. Loading up the internet is done simply by pressing the scroll button in the middle of the phone, and you are able to access the internet within seconds.
The Samsung E590 also features a digital camera. With 3.0 megapixels, this camera isn't going to give you fantastic and clear photos and recorded videos, what it does give you though is a handy little piece of kit which provides half-decent pictures and videos. If you're after a phone with a very good camera then this won't be the phone for you. If you're after a phone, like me, where taking photos isn't that essential, then the E590 is ideal.
Before buying this phone I read reviews that slated the control/scrolling stick that is used to navigate the menus on the E590. One review said the control stick was like handling a razorblade. However, I personally haven't had any problem with it at all and, thankfully, it feels nothing like a razorblade!
So far, I am really impressed with this phone. It is excellent value at under £40, and for that price you will get a stylish phone with excellent features such as a built-in MP3 player, FM radio and over 80mb of free space to start with. If you are looking for a phone with a really good digital camera and video-capture ability, then this won't be it. But if you're after a cheap and good-looking phone with some excellent features, then I can highly recommend the Samsung E590.