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      14.02.2014 10:49
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      A lovely starter phone

      The phone is very pretty to look at. It is a lovely shiny pink colour and so it is definitely a 'girlie' phone. Don't worry though boys, or non-girlie girls, as there is a black version available. Although, I much prefer my pink version as not only is it just girlie, but it is also unique and stands out. I'm proud to show it off. The phone is very light which means that it is great to carry around in your pocket as it doesn't way a ton.

      This phone is very basic; it's not a smart phone and nothing like a smartphone; it's more for people who just want a basic phone for calling and texting. It does have 'up to date' features such as predictive text and a camera though as well a few games which to be honest, I never play. Although it is good to know that they are on there if you are bored.

      The phone is very easy to use and is pretty much self explanatory. For example, if you just click on the menu option then it brings up everything you may need; messaging, calls, phonebook, calculator etc. So it's pretty simple to use as you just follow the basic steps on the screen. I also love the fact that the phone is a 'slide phone' which means that to 'close it' you have to slide the keys up which keeps them covered when you are not using the phone; this is great as it means that there is no accidental dialling.

      Compared to modern phones, the screen is quite small and I do find myself squinting at times to see what is on the screen. That is probably one of the only downsides with this phone.

      The quality of 'calls' on this phone is really good. The sound is clear, so clear that you feel as though the person you are speaking to is actually next to you as the sound is so good and clear.

      Texting is fairly straightforward. The phone uses the old method of where you have to press the 'number 1' three times to get a 'C' and so on. The phone does have predictive text which to be honest I find to be more of a pain than help, so I switch it off. It's also good that the keys light up so that you can see to text in the dark.

      The camera isn't that great. I remember now why I used to take my digital camera with me everywhere I went - as the camera wasn't that great (compared to my smart phone now, the camera is amazing). Yes, it takes pictures, but they are quite blurry and not clear. Not as amazing as the clear photos you can take on smart phones.

      All in all, I would recommend this phone if you are after a nice basic and non-complicated phone. It's good for perhaps someone who wants a 'cool phone' but is not very good with technology as this phone is a good starter one.

      The battery, once fully charged can last for a good couple of days, so that's good as it means that you don't have to keep charging it all the time.

      Thanks for reading!
      February 2014
      Xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xd-o-n-z-x on Ciao)

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        07.10.2013 06:43

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        If you want a basic phone, this one is a great choice.

        I have owned this for several years as a second phone. It performs well as per what you would expect from a mobile phone. The camera is not great but usable, the sound is not perfect but tolerable. It is small enough that you can fit it on your jeans pocket without any problems unlike the massive phones we have now. The fact that it is not touch screen is also a plus as I am not a big fan of touch screens even now even though I have now progressed to touch screens to keep up with the technology.

        I would recommend this phone to anyone who doesn't anything more than just a mobile phone. It is small, reliable, great battery life and the alarm function on it has never failed me once. It is a good old trustworthy mobile phone as much as it doesn't have the high tech functionality as most phones have these days. Memory capacity is not brilliant either but then it is what you can expect from this phone.

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        06.04.2013 15:45
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        A good little uncomplicated handset,would be ideal for a beginner.

        I bought this phone about five years ago and it is still going strong and as good today as it was when i bought it.Mine is a metallic pink and very feminine.It is slimline and sleek and its colour makes it stand out.It is extremely easy to use with no complicated buttons and would suit a new mobile phone user.The menu has just the right amount of options and although the built in camera only has 1.3 mega pixels it has been sufficient for the purpose i use it for, which is to take photos of family and friends and to capture scenic sights whilst out and about,the colours of the photos are bright and clear.The phone fits snuggly in the palm of my hand and is quite lightweight.I would recommend this phone to all age groups and especially to people who do not like handsets with too many functions,and of course Samsung are a quality make.

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        17.09.2012 08:30
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        Good and reliable phone

        This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. The Samsung J700 is a phone that I bought just around two years ago for £60 - £70 which was a good price. The network is very good with Vodafone and O2 and it is very easy to use with a great durability and lots of features. It also has internet which you have to pay for out of your credit. The phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera which has lots of settings such as black and white and camcorder; it also takes average photos, not the best quality but good. When slided down the phone measures to 9.1cm x 4.5cm so you can easily fit it in your pocket. It is also a mp3 player if you purchase the SanDisk 2gb micro sd card for it as on its own it can hold only a couple of songs. It comes along with headphones, charger, usb cord and the software to put music on to the phone.

        ===Look and feel===

        The phone looks good and has a good feel as you can easily slide it up and down to answer or end a call. The phone it's self is not to big so you can easily fit it in your pocket and it does not look to old or to out of date like a brick phone because it is a slide up phone. On the front there is the answer call button, end call button, the button to delete characters on text's and the button to get to different things on the phone. The speaker is at the front of the phone and it quite loud with and without headphones and the headphone and micro SD card slot's are found and each side of the phone. The back of the phone is easy to take of but won't come of if you drop it if you need to the sim or the battery of the phone. Overall I give the look and feel of the phone an 8/10.

        ===Durability===

        The durability of the Samsung J700 is excellent as any drop can not do much damage. I have dropped this phone on many different terrains such as concrete and gravel with barely any damage being done so that means that this phone is very strong. I have never needed a screen protector as the screen is very strong and does not have many visible scratches to it. As i said earlier the back of the phone will not come of when dropped so the sim card and battery will not be harmed. In my opinion the Samsung J700 is the strongest phone I have ever come across. Overall i give the durability of this phone a 10/10.
        ===Camera===

        Most good phones now come with good cameras with around 2 megapixels but this phone only has 1.3 remembering I got it two years ago this was good for a phone and took average photos. On the camera you can either take pictures of record videos. The camera has many settings as well different picture qualities, scene program, Exposure metering, and zoom. You can also edit photos you have already taken on your phone. The only down fall is that there is no flash and the picture quality is not good when there is lot's of sun if you are taking pictures outside. Overall i give the camera on this phone a 6.5/10.

        ===Range of Features===

        The phone has a good range of features including Bluetooth and internet. The internet is not the best on this phone but it is still good. You can listen to fm radio from the Samsung SGH-J700 and there is a music player, voice recorder and calculator. Other features of this phone are Converter of currency, length, weight, volume, area and temperature, world clock, alarm, calendar, memo, timer, stopwatch and you can but games to play but there are already demo's of games on the phone.

        ===Reception Quality===

        The reception quality of this phone is great with Vodafone and O2 and there is great connection with both of these company's and in my opinion they are the best companies with most phones. I have never seen this phone with other companies so overall the reception quality of this phone is great and better than other companies such as T-mobile and Orange. I give the reception quality of this phone a 9/10.

        ===Ease to use===

        The Samsung SGH-J700 is very easy to use as everything is categorised into nine different categories and then in to different sub categories. Main things such as Bluetooth, internet, music and Messages are very easy to find and use. The camera is very easy to use and it is easy to change the settings of the camera and phone it's self as there is a whole category for settings with it containing things such as Phone settings, Display settings and call settings. You can easily browse through your contacts or add new one's as there is also a whole category for phonebook. Despite these point's it might not be the easiest to use phones if it is your first phone. Overall, I give the ease to use of this phone a 7/10.

        ===Summary===

        The Samsung SGH-J700 is a great phone with good camera, great range of features, is very durable and is easy to use. Because of this £70 is definitely makes this phone great value for money and I would definitely recommend this phone to others with the Vodafone and O2 definitely because of the great reception quality and that overall Samsung is a well trusted and good make of electronics. I am very happy with this phone.

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          19.06.2012 01:30

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          Good for those who want a basic cheap phone with no extra features.

          This was one of the first phones I ever got, back in 2008. Back then, I wasn't interested in a phone having lots of features such as apps and video calling, and all of that fancy stuff. Back then, I just cared about it making and receiving calls and SMS messages. And it does both of those very well. Voice clarity is very clear on both ends, and the screen makes reading texts and all round navigating the menus on the phone a delight. As I said before, it is very lacking in features, and is a basic phone.

          It does have a camera, a 1.3 megapixel one. Let's just say you won't be taking many family shots with it!

          The phone uses Java, which was still the standard for many phones back then, and it comes with a few built in games. Adding some more of your own is a painfully slow experience, to say the least. It definitely wasn't designed for those looking for entertainment on the go in mind!

          The design of the phone is very nice. It is very sleek, and the keypad is hidden until you slide the phone upwards, which also is the unlocking mechanism. This also makes the phone take up less space in your pocket.

          In conclusion, if you are looking for a phone to just act as a basic phone should, then this is the one for you. They are extremely cheap (many supermarkets sell them for under £20!) and they don't make you look like you are stuck in the dark ages of mobile phones!

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          26.10.2010 13:55

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          Ok phone for children

          I got this phone for my birthday last year and it has been really good, it hasn't been anything special, but I got it when it was really popular.

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          This phone isn't really cool now but it is good as a spare or for a child. There is a better version of this phone the 'Samsung SGH-J700i' which is faster than this one, making it better.

          The Phone

          The phone is great, easy to use and useful. It has good sound quality but it sometimes does sound very slightly crackley, but normally doesn't. Also texting is easy with the stylish keys and smooth feel. Although it is smooth it doesn't make it harder to text.

          The features

          This phone has bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Radio, the bluetooth work well but it takes a while to get the hang of setting it up, but after you get the hang of it it's easy. The Wi-Fi doesn't always work but occasionally it does, it's not the best feature by any means but it does work. The radio I don't think actually works but it said it did.

          In conclusion, this isn't the best phone ever for features but it work well as a phone, so it would make a good childs present or little gift.

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          24.07.2010 22:48
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          perfect phone that will last ages

          I have owned a Samsung SGH-J700 for 2 years now, this was an upgrade from a Sony Ericsson I previously had, and, OK, I admit, I am not a tech geek, and do not succumb to having to need the latest gadgets around, so this was my first mobile phone with a camera.

          It was bought as a gift for me and I believe the price at that time to be around £65? but as a gift I do not know the exact amount. I desperately needed a new phone though, and my only requests at that time was that it be with T-mobile (so I could use my exisiting PAYG sim) and also that it had a camera phone (in my attempt to move myself out of the dark ages)...and voila, the Samsung SGH-J700 became my new best friend.

          I do not have users manual and all that to bore you with all the system requirements and added extras etc, but will tell you what I think to be useful.

          Firstly, very simple and easy to use (well it had to be for me to get to grips with it).

          A first glance of phone you get prompted with 2 options, menu or contacts, contacts speak for itself, and anyone you have added in your address book will be here, so let's look at menu. Basic settings, comes up with 9 options, you can choose:

          call log - will list missed calls, recent contacts etc
          phonebook - your contacts -
          applicationssuch as music player, bluetooth etc
          t-zones - connect to the web
          messages - your texts etc
          my files - your photos, videos, music etc
          planner- alarms, calendar, calculator, memo etc
          camera - yay...take pics of you and friends
          settings - can amend display, phone settings etc

          I use mobiles primarily for texting, and that is real simple on this phone, i do like predictive text which it features, my only flaw on that though is that it does not seem to save all words you enter and I find myself from time to time having to spell out words I know I have added, but then that might be a fault with the phone due to it being drowned which I will come to later.

          My other interest was being able to take pictures, this phone has a built in 1.3 mp camera, great, however, not much memory space, so would advise on getting a micro SD memory card. The pictures themselves though or of great quality, have used often and downloaded to likes of ebay and facebook.

          Another item I have been using more of lately is the t-zones and internet access, due to being on the T-mobile PAYG scheme, where you get unlimited texts and internet access if you top up £10 a month. Have used it for facebook mostly, also to look at ebay, however, the screen is not really designed to show as a PC would, so, find it hard to look at, for this reason would not recommend for lots of internet usage, it is just ok if bored and on the go. It does seem to use a lot of battery life to use internet so may find yourself having to charge it more.

          OK, as mentioned at beginning of review, this phone was bought as a gift 2 years ago, love love love this phone, lovely pink phone, with slide design to show keys underneath, clear screen, battery is greate, for my usage of texting now and then, the battery life was excellent, lasted a long time, however, as it got a little older, and also had the odd mishap, i find I have to charge more often these days.

          After owning phone for 12 months, of which it proved to be an excellent phone, it decided to go for a swimming lesson, unfortunately it found it could not swim and I had to rescue it from bottom of sink, never fear, was given tips to dry out sim, battery and phone, so after taking apart and leaving in radiator (which I had to put on in middle of summer for this purpose) it did recover from it's near fatal drowning. A few night of drying it out on the radiotor (not 24 hours each day) soon made it in perfect health and was using it in the normal way again, was amazed by how well it bounced back. Now another year later though I fear it is telling me it does not want to continue much longer, the noise levels have become distorted, i get a few seconds at beginning of ring or message tone, then i lose sound, it still does however, work, and do receive calls, texts etc with no problem, just sound is going.

          I do feel that under the circumstances of near fatal drowning that is has worked extrememly well, and had it not decided to go for a swim think it will still be serving as a fully functional phone. I do need to now consider replacing it, but it has been such a good phone, I would be quite happy to replace with same phone if that happens.

          Have been very pleased with the usage of this phone, the ease of use, and the durabiklity of this, I woudl gladly recommend to anyone.

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            13.07.2010 00:59
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            It's like a modern version of the 'brick phone' - perfect for me!

            I've had this phone on Orange for two years now (and before that had the very similar Samsung D900) and it hasn't failed me yet. I've always been a fan of Nokia's (which seems to be the opinion of a lot of people going for this phone), but this phone is pretty much perfect for me. I'm a bit of tech-geek, but at the same time, I like all but my computers as basic as it gets.

            This phone is just that, extremely basic. The storage is pretty poor, but the memory card capacity resolves that - I keep music and pictures on a 2GB card. I've always had a camera so have never really cared for the quality of phone cameras, hence my happiness in having this 1.3mp camera. However, the picture quality is actually alright if you have a really steady hand. It's a real bargain phone, about £50 on average, and is a fair weight - though I'll admit I'm no fan of the pink version of this phone.

            The message capacity is at about 200 messages, which is good if you're a real uncool texts-from-the-boyfriend hoarder like me and the keys are easy to type on. The music player is also a good feature - offering you four 30 song play lists and a decent set of headphones with it (though it's only useful if you have a memory card). One important thing though! If you're listening to music through your headphones and you receive a text, the music will automatically start to play out of your phone instead of your headphones, which is surprisingly hard to notice... and also pretty embarrassing when 'jamming' to Enrique Iglesias in the bus line.

            The screen display is actually pretty decent and you can have pictures from your computer as the background quite easily. It has clear sound (good for alarms) and a good vibrate for those like myself who never have a ring tone. It also has all the basic features, an easy to use calendar, calculator, world clock, sound recorder (though playback isn't great quality) and converter and all are decent. The battery life is fair, but after two years of the occasional half charge before leaving the house, the battery is giving out on me, and lasts sometimes one day, sometimes three.

            The radio is pretty decent but you have to have headphones plugged in for it to work and the Bluetooth is good. The internet is fair, but you can get much, much better on other phones. The games are fairly poor to be honest, though I do occaisionally find myself playing the Pong style game 'Cannonball'. The phone has worn a bit, but I have bashed it about a bit. It's really not the flashest thing, but it's great for just texting and phoning; which is exactly what I like for.

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              27.05.2010 17:43

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              A great phone, especially if you are easily confused by technology!

              Almost two years ago I decided it was time to stop battling with my frustrating and confusing Nokia and I bought this phone.

              I soon encountered a small problem - the back WOULD NOT come off, and I couldn't get my simcard in. After most members of my very large extended family made efforts to take the back off, I had to go back to the phone shop, where they straight away took it off - they said this happens a lot with Samsung phones.

              However, once I actually got my simcard into the phone, I loved it. I am not good with phones - when someone lends me their phone, I usually take about five minutes to figure out how to unlock it, and another five or more to figure out how to create a message. But I could instantly use this phone, everything is very clear and easy to do. It takes reasonably good pictures, has a radio and has quite a large screen. As you can see from the picture, it's a slidey phone, which for me never gets old. You can use it to go on the internet, which again is quite user-friendly.

              Last year, when I moved to the UK, I had to get a UK phone. I didn't hesitate in choosing to get the exact same phone as I already owned - I really like it that much. (I did, however, have enormous problems getting the back off.) Now I have two of these phones (one pink and one black), and I couldn't be happier.

              The battery life is great - even my old one lasts up to a week when not roaming.

              All in all, I would recommend this phone. I <3 it. It even looks so smooth and sleek! Just make sure you get them to take off the back in the shop before you leave!

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              22.05.2010 21:39
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              A great phone - easy to use

              I have had this phone for almost two years and it has always been perfect. It is very simple to use and has never let me down. The memory is not amazing but it can hold quite a few pictures and videos. When I first got it, I was amazed at how small and light it is. As it was my first phone, I wasn't sure what to compare it with and as it was a gift to me, I hadn't known much about it before. However, the sound system is great and the camera is quite good as well. Internet is quite expensive for me, but this can obviously be varied based on the sim card you get. Samsung is a very reliable make, as there has never been anything wrong with this phone for me.

              You can connect to bluetooth on the phone, this is good because it means that you can exchange files with friends.

              My Samsung has been dropped quite a few times because I'm quite clumsy with it, but it has only ever got a couple of scratches. It is quite a hard-wearing phone and never fails to work.

              Overall, I strongly suggest it as a practical phone, especially for older children.

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                05.05.2010 22:39
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                This is the phone i turn to time and time again when my damn blackberry is playing up

                This phone is a great choice if you're looking for something easy to use for every day. It is very durable and had a nice quality screen. If you're looking for incredible quality sound and pictures go for something else but as an evry day basic phone you cannot fail with this one. Samsung is a well trusted brand, the layout is well designed and the keys are easy to type. Good message layouts etc and takes a good pretty good picture too. Stylish and very sleek design with slide function and easy access volume keys. Nothing complicated and confusing with this one. Much less to go wrong with this sort of phone that most newer more fancy styles. The battery life of this was fantastic. Admittedly i didn't use it all that much but you could easily go three or four days without having to even think about the charging the battery. This is my go-to phone whyn my blackberry is playing up

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                20.02.2010 18:48
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                Great basic phone for me

                The Samsung J700 is a phone for both boys and girls. Its a really nice slide phone with a 1.3mp camera which is good baring in mind how much the phone costs. It also has an Mp3 and some internal memory so you can download your songs on to it. You can get it in black and pink, silver and just black. It has very long battery life which can last up to one week. It comes with some games. You can download lots of apps for it. I bought mine for £30 from carphoneware house. This would be a great emergancy phone because it has great battery life so you can just leave it in your pocket. Its a samsung mobile so you know you are buying a good brand. Mine i have had for two whole years and there is nothing wrong with it. I have kept the plastic on in so it in mint conditions. I love my Samsung J700 because it cheap and affordable

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                27.01.2010 21:43

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                a good phone all in all

                a fantastic little phone iv had mine for over a year and its still working well, mine is used evry day for work and has lasted well, easy to use and looks good it has a nice slide unlike some phones iv had. just like all samsungs the menu is easy to use too, it does have a camera even if it is a bit basic compared to more newer models but it does work, the radio works well with the supplied ear phones and the battery seems to last for ages, you can insert your own ringtones and message tones to give your phone the personal touch, now the down fall and its a major one, the text messaging is awful and takes far to long to do, you write your text then select options, then send ( or send and save or draft etc), then options again, then phonebook or recent recipitents etc, select person or persons, options again, select add, back to the number your going to text, then options,then finally send, it is a bit long winded so if your unpatient it is not for you, it also does not save texts unless you select the send and save option

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                06.01.2010 00:54
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                A simple, stylish, sensibly-priced phone, for anyone who wants, well, that!

                You have to be honest and think, 'it doesn't look that bad, looks pretty good in fact; I'd say about £100?'. It's a bargain buy from Samsung, and a very popular one too.

                As someone that works in retail I know this is a popular phone because of the number of people that come into my shop with these phones going off all the time! With so many people investing in them though, they can't be that bad can they?

                I bought myself one at the end of summer 2008 after my old Motorola's screen got smashed. I purchased the charcoal model from Tesco at about £60, and was very happy with my buy; it looked good, did everything I wanted it to.

                It was New Year's Day 2010, at five minutes past midnight that I realised half the keys had suddenly stopped working. Great for when you're trying to reply to 'Happy New Year' messages! It had been coming in all honesty, with the left navigation button becoming slightly unreliable in the past weeks.

                However, you can't take too much away from the product as a whole; it's done me proud for nearly 18 months. Bought for the simple purpose of texting and calling (as phones should be used for in my opinion), it did the job very well. The interface is very easy to get to grips with, and the navigation is very much customisable. The menu is clear, and most settings are easy to find your way into adjusting.

                The phone comes with all the basic features such as Bluetooth, a Music Player, Voice Recorder and an FM Radio (which requires the headphones which come with the phone). There is also a 1.3MP camera, which is fairly awful, but it was never meant to be anything special.

                The features are also very customisable; I liked the fact that you could set up up to five alarms, a feature especially useful for me as I like to stagger my wake up process! Profiles are also easily customisable, and in terms of audio as a whole, it's a very simple process getting the phone to sound just right for you.

                The phone also supports Micro-SD, which allows memory expansion for your songs, video, images etc. to be stored on. The phones internal memory is quite limited, with a maximum of 200 messages able to stored on the phone alone (the internal memory is 10mb).

                In terms of messaging, it's a mixed picture; it's a very easy process, as you expect it to be, and I found sending messages to be a very quick process. However, as one that always uses predictive, it can be a tiring phone to use. Perhaps due to the low internal memory, the phone quickly forgets words you add to the dictionary, and not just ones you haven't used for a while, but even the ones you may use every day. Furthermore, it doesn't remember how often you use certain words, and so will not bring forward words in the list of predictions. Finally, whist a Sent Box appears in the 'Messaging' section, it doesn't save your sent messages. I thought it might just be me, but my friend who also uses this model has the same issue.

                Whilst these problems may be small, they are rather annoying, and it's up to you whether you think you can put up with them.

                Finally, in terms of design, you've got to love it. It's tiny at 99.5 x 48 x 14.8 mm, but never feels to small that you think you're going to drop it. Saying that, you might not even realising it's in your hand as it weighs a meagre 92 grams.

                Overall, I think this a great value phone, and perfect for a light to medium-weight phone user. It's got all the basic features, and even if it is nothing exemplary in many respects, you've just got to remember how much you paid for it! It looks great, feels great, and forgetting a few little niggles, this a real gem from Samsung.

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                05.01.2010 17:42
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                Great value for money, easy to use and looks good.

                I have to be the world worst person when it comes to looking after a mobile phone; I have a tendency to lose them or have them stolen and more often than not rack up a ridiculously high monthly bill. After my last episode with a not too friendly teenage thug at a gig who decided to do a runner with my iphone, I decided to ditch the contract and buy a cheap(ish) pay as you go handset.

                I bought the Samsung as, SGH J700 for the simple fact I'd had a few Samsung phones before and knew how to operate the buttons quickly. I also wanted a phone that had a fairly decent camera (this has 1.3 mega pixels and takes pretty average pictures). I'd prevously owned the older model years ago and at the time it was the latest bit of kit.

                Not much has changed, the graphics are more up to date and the screen is alot bigger. Its is really easy to operate; it has a clear menu displaying easy to recognise icons such as phonebook, settings and calendar etc. Each icon brings up a menu and the circular dial allows you to scroll up and down and select.

                It has a fairly limited range of ring tones and only a couple that are loud enough to hear when the phones in your bag, however I have a 10 year old daughter who sent several new ones via bluetooth - a feature that consequently works well.

                I'm sure like many people I use only a small percentage of mobile phones features. For me, it's the address book, calendar, alarm, Bluetooth and of course making calls! All these facilities work well on this phone and as it's so easy to navigate your way around it's practically idiot proof!

                It feels light without being flimsy; it has a slick slide action and the black glossy finish add to the overall look.

                This is great value for money and I've saved an absolute fortune moving from a contract to pay as you go. Okay so this is not quite the iphone however having paid just £50 for this phone several months ago, (Which coincidentally was what I was paying for my basic tariff without calls!) I now have a smaller, functional phone without the cost of a contract. Better still if a teenage thug attempts to nab this phone it's cheap enough to replace!

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              • Product Details

                The SGH-J700 offers a premium style that is sleek and stylish with its reflective surface and slide-up slim style. This mobile offers the perfect package: trend-setting style and well-rounded features.