Samsung Smiley - SGH-t359, Review

"The Smiley SGH-t359 is a slide type mobile phone from the mobile giant Samsung. It's apparent that it's meant to be used in heavy typing. Anyhow one of the most disappointing things about the phone is the poor camera (1.3 MPX). But the overall design and the physical appearance certainly looks beautiful."

As mentioned earlier the digital-camera is a 1.3 megapixel unit with a screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and a 2x zooming capacity. To take pictures you'll need to open the unit first. The 262k color depth does a good job and it seems the default color choice or the theme is optimized for "hiding" some of the colors that may jeopardize the "beauty" of the look n feel otherwise.

The Samsung Smiley SGH-t359 looks round and small until you slide it out. The QWERTY key pad looks good. But the apparent problem is the size. This again could be more of a personal problem but it would have been better if it was a bit larger. It also misses some shortcut keys too. But that being said it's not a bad choice when it to typing (especially if you have small and "slim" fingers - good news for girls!).

Its 3.92 inches long, 2.34 inches wide and .59 inches thick. The weight is around 3.98 ounces (well lets say 4 ounces). It's covered by a plastic skin and there are no multiple color choices either. This phone is a great looking device actually coupled with some nicely rounded corners.

The memory available is limited around 50 Megabytes which is pretty low considering the latest phones in today's market. But it can be expanded through the MicroSD slot in the future (up to 16GB). The contacts can hold up to 1000 user entries including address, e-mails, etc.

Samsung Smiley SGH-t359 also include other useful applications such as a calender, alarm clock, currency converter, etc. The Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi are included for wireless network solutions. But it lacks the popular 3G. This may not be much of a problem if you travel within hot-spots frequently, but it should have been there for more smooth Internet experience. Talking about the web, the included HTML browser ( web2go) performs well. There is also a zooming button for page-zooming. But it feels like the screen is pretty much wasted with the non-touch-sensitive surface and there is no space for utilities such as the Swype (a software which can be used to type fast on touch-screen phones). Yahoo, G-mail, AOL, etc - mail clients are supported by default. And Facebook and Twitter are also available through "Samsungs-Social-Buzz".

The call quality (including the clarity) is also very satisfying with this latest mobile phone. The speakers are capable of giving clear and loud audio outputs. The included network is the GSM operating at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequency levels.

The battery life of the phone is around 5.5 hours and the standby time is  300 hours or around 12-13 days. Anyway if you can cope with the absence of 3G and a small keyboard the Samsung Smiley SGH-t359 won't dissatisfy you. But if you want a phone with rich-wireless solutions and touch sensitive screens, etc (eg- Samsung Captivate - SGH-i897) then Samsung Smiley is not for you.

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