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Samsung A300 review

 Review: July 2003  
 

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: A stylish and compact basic phone.



 

Review

The Samsung A300 is quite a few years old now, but was a very stylish phone in its time, with its silver case, flip design and external display. The external screen shows you the name/number of anyone who calls, as well as the signal strength and battery level. The A300 does lack features that newer phones have, such as polyphonic ringtones, colour display, etc. and the battery life is poor. However, the phone is user-friendly, "feels" good in the palm, and still looks good!


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Reviewed by Nik from Uk on 15th Jul 2017
Had this phone back in the day one of the best phones around at the time,remember the spair slim battery that would easy fit in pocket good idea back then.
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Reviewed by Adam from India on 5th Jun 2017
Had this fone 4 abt 2 years, actually dis was gift from my mom and i still have it , other thing is now i dont use it but i have lot of memories with this mobile , whenever i see this mobile i remember my GF(ASH).
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Reviewed by Robin from North Yorkdhire, UK on 10th Mar 2012
I have had an A300 for 8 - 10 years now and it still function 100%. I keep it as an emergency back up and it still never lets me down. It's. Only fault as far as i can see is the front screen id glad and it broke within a few weeks of buying. But hey it still works it is truly snap outstanding cell phone
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Reviewed by Robin Arnold from UK on 13th Oct 2011
Good phone, still working in 2011 after probably 11 years of use. Be careful not to drop it whilst the charging socket is plugged in, but other than that it seems fairly indestructible.
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Reviewed by James from UK on 13th Jul 2011
I got my A300 when they were first launched in the UK and it's still a good phone. So I think we can safely say apart from the flimsy supports that hold the battery on, it's quite durable. Would give it more stars but the battery life is terrible. it never managed 80h standby even when new. The talk time is quite good though, and the sound quality is the best out of any phone i've used, even includig landline phones. if you can find one of these on an auction web site, at a car boot sale, or in a drawer, snap it up.
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Reply by C.angus34gmail.com from Midlands on 31st Dec 2016
Still got one in mint condition with to battery

Reviewed by jatt from UK on 29th Jan 2011
this was my longest mobile i had till the screen cracked one day,,battery was rubbish and also the voice wasnt very good quality either but still i loved the phone i still think it was was ahead of its time esp its looks
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Reviewed by Richard from UK on 24th Dec 2010
I found this phone quite awkward to use. Always seemed to delete my messages while I was typing them. But I wish they still made phones that looked this good. I use an iPhone now, and while it's a very useful phone, it doesn't have the character and charm as the a300 I've ended up on this website whilst searching to buy another a300 to use in the evenings and weekends. Hope I can still find one.
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Reviewed by pooky from UK on 29th May 2010
I love this phone, love the silver and blue, love the fact that it is still so small compared to the later phones, people love the #4 ringtone when they hear it, I've had mine for 10 years, very robust, still works just as well. I use a smartphone in conjunction that's all.
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Reviewed by darren from UK on 22nd Jan 2010
Wow, beautiful. I will always remember this phone. waking up on dark mornings to that blue hue from the front screen and those angelic alarm tones. V. cool, reliable phone. suprisingly small for an old phone and the reception was actually good. Battery was rubbish though and limited conectivity. Still cool though!
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Reviewed by viley from UK on 20th Jan 2010
best phone ever! If i could find a brand new one i would use it rather than my iphone.
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Reviewed by Vince from UK on 31st Oct 2009
So basically, gathering from all the negative comments we end up with: No games. Plus most of them I can expect to be naive children who think Cameras, colour screens etc mean a good phone. They are the standard for today but a phone is a phone. You use it to make calls and texts. Its a nice design, revolutionary make and reliable. Fair enough the battery wasn't good enough but cmon.. You'd rather pick up on no games. Kids nowadays.
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Reviewed by ashraf from UK on 3rd Sep 2009
just bought it off ebay for my phone collection. i owned this phobe a few good years ago and was excellent, this is def my best hall of fame phone alongside my ericsson T28
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Reviewed by richard / dik from UK on 10th Jun 2009
it very good
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Reviewed by Hideaki from UK on 15th Dec 2008
I still have this phone. because I like this size. but where can i buy Battery?
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Reviewed by Katie from UK on 21st Nov 2008
I had this phone when I was about 14/15 and absolutely loved it!!! It was very modern at the time and i've stuck with Samsung ever since!
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 28th Aug 2008
this is the strongest phone and most reliable phone ever. I have dropped it loads of times. ( off climbing frames mostly which are more than 6ft high) It has never broken and i doubt it will. it is really compact especially if you get the stubby aerials off ebay!!!
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Reviewed by daniel from UK on 4th Jun 2008
this phone sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 24th Feb 2008
VERY outdated now...but the round external display is so pretty!
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Reviewed by dana from UK on 17th Nov 2007
holy cow this is the best phone ever-mainly because it is indestructable. i have even tried to break this armour like phone but nothing happens. i only use the samsung a300 as a back up phone because times have moved on and my sony erricson w300i is and awesome phone-of course that is now broken and getting repaired. my samsung a300 is a second hand phone everything about it is almost flawless, the texting is a bit slow but the predictive text is as good as that of a sony ericcson. this phone is pretty basic, having no games but i have fun using the melody composer, i have not experienced quiet ringtones like so many other people. my advice to anyone with not much money or wanting a reliable back up phone this is the one to buy. i agree battery life is a bit naff but iv got two batterys for it and that seems to do the trick. while all other phone will break and become faulty this will not, as i have just thrown it down my stairs again and it is still perfectly fine. im not one for writing reviews but i couldnt help my slef
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 9th Nov 2007
Think I did a review a couple of years ago on this site (so long ago cant remember) And the phone is still going strong even after dropping it off a halfpipe at my local park!!!
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Reviewed by andy from UK on 5th Nov 2007
its an old phone... but arnt we all. Its still a fab phone and probably will be for a long time to come.
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Reviewed by idr from UK on 18th Oct 2007
I've had mine for six years and it is still going strong. It is a very robust unit, though now some of the softer plastics, such as those used to cover the headphone socket, are beginning to split. It has survived years in my pocket with keys to scratch, and considering this it doesn't look bad. It's dimensions still rivel modern clamshells in everything but slimness. Any gripes? Well yes. It is difficult and time consuming to text on this phone. I've never, ever, found a use for infered. The reception can be a bit dodgy at times. And the battery life isn't fantastic. But despite all this I'm very fond of it and only now am I thinking of finding a replacement. If you want a simple (and tiny) phone for texting and calls - then it's great.
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Reviewed by AK from UK on 5th Sep 2007
First phone i ever had...was a legend in its time. even now its smaller than most phones.
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Reviewed by J from UK on 2nd Jun 2007
Very good. For people who want a phone that's a phone.
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Reviewed by ?? from UK on 30th May 2007
really bad
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Reviewed by cvb from Sweden on 17th Apr 2007
For me this phone should go in the hall of fame of phones. It is even today for me the most beautiful and charismatic phone ever made. It is like those old classic cars that almost become more beautiful over time. When it came out it had an almost revolutionary design and still today looks modern. I have had it for 5 years now and it has worked PERFECTLY. I want to keep it for 5 more just to see if it breaks...I doubt it will.
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Reviewed by EST from EST on 28th Mar 2007
I still like it!
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Reviewed by hazel from north yorkshire on 22nd Feb 2007
personally i really dont like it
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Reviewed by Chris from Wilson on 19th Jan 2007
I remember when i first got the phone when it came out, it cost me 300 at the time and i loved it. I was browsing through ebay and found a brand new Samsung A300 NEW! costing me 34.99 and 4.99 for post & packaging. Im excited in getting the phone back!
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Reviewed by Oliver from Switzerland on 11th Jan 2007
The A300 (we called it "Washmachine" because of the round external display) was my phone from 2002 to 2004, and except for the poor battery life i liked it very much: sometimes, i even miss it! :-)
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Reviewed by KB from England on 22nd Dec 2006
I have owned the A300 for about 3 years and after experimenting with a modern Sagem model and the Samsung T100 (which I also liked) I am using it once more. Some points raised by previous reviewers are true (eg poor/average battery life) but this phone feels good and is easy to use, is robust, and performs all I want of a phone. It has real charisma and I would not be surprised if it is still in use in one or two years time.
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Reviewed by kitty from uk on 26th Nov 2006
i thought its not an appealing phone as mine snapped the other day...all i did was opened it and the top bit fell of..It has no games and it does my head in with the ringtones!!kittyxxx
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Reviewed by KP from England on 3rd Oct 2006
Funny how people from developing countries don't appear to like this phone, they must have very high expectations! The other negative reviews here appear to be from children who want all the gadgets and have the ability to communicate only in text speak! Anyway, the A300. It's an excellent little phone, solid reliable and small. Battery standby is good but calls knock the life down a fair bit which is the only negative point. You can get a larger battery which is about 2mm thicker but has double the life so not a great problem really! I've had mine about 4 years and have since had 2 upgrades to all singing and dancing Nokias but I have gone back to using this phone. I think that says a lot, don't you?
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Reviewed by tin balangue from philippines on 17th Aug 2006
i had this phone since xmas 2001, i must admit that the only downside of this phone was its battery....but hey, that is the reason why this phones comes with 2 batteries..right?!?!, but beside that, i must admit that almost everyone is right about how great this phone is, it is very durable and stylish....not to mention the fact that it is very user friendly.
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Reviewed by xxemxx from uk on 2nd Mar 2006
i ahd this fone 4 bout a year ! and all tones are usless ! and it odnt have carma or anything the batterey wel...is just dead !! and thats all i can say ! but it is qiuet a cute phone !but doesnt work very well ! love ya
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Reviewed by mickel from uk on 16th Feb 2006
wow what a great phone had it 2 years now n its still going strong. for those who complain about charging their phone all the time i only have to charge once a week with heavy use!!!! ROCK ON SAMSUNG
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Reviewed by Mashruf from Bangladesh on 1st Feb 2006
In the age of color mobile you may think this phone suks! But in real, this is the standard phone what mobile phones are made for. And worried about battery? Ok, then are you going the travell the whole world with your mobile with one charge!? It's display is crystal clear and the small bluish display on the flip cover looks too sexy!But one thing is to say its keypad is a bit hard to push. But where it is the matter of style then you should compromise it? And for your kind information I have been using the phone for 5 years with a little trouble and still admiring! mashrufz@gmail.com
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Reviewed by Ramzi from England on 10th Jan 2006
This is the best phone i have ever had. Ive had it for four years now and not once has it let me down. ive dropped it so many times and it still works like brand new. Great Phone!
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Reviewed by Russell from Scotland on 19th Dec 2005
Fantastic phone, does exactly what you'd want and expect it to do. Mine has lasted though the winter weather, getting run over by a truck and falling in a bucket of plaster. Assuming you want a basic phone, I'd recommend this.
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Reviewed by vicky from england on 28th Nov 2005
Good fone, wish it had games though. makes a good present for first timers. I like all the ringtones and it's small and stylish.
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Reviewed by Karl from Botswana on 30th Aug 2005
THE WORST PHONE U CAN EVER BUY. I BOUT THIS PHONE AND SOLD IT AFTER A WEEK AT A 60% LOSS. SELLING IT FELT BETTER THAN THE FEELING I HAD WEN BUYING IT. "IF U BUY THIS PHONE, U WILL REGRET UR DECISION" SIMPLE AS THAT!!!! THE BATERY LASTS 12 HOURS, IF UR LUCKY. THE KEYS ARE HARD AND SMALL-MADE FOR THOSE KOREANS WHO WANT KUNG-FU HARD FINGERS.THE NAVIGATION KEY ROTATES 360 DEGREES,VERY EMBARASSING TONES THAT ALL SOUND ALIKE. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY, IF UR READING HAVING BOUGHT ONE I SUGESST U GET RID OF IT!!
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Reviewed by Viper from UK on 28th Aug 2005
Great little phone. Had it 3 n half years, used it for work so i dont care ifit gets damaged. Still works like it was new even after its been dropped many times. Oviously nothing compared to the latest handsets but you shouldnt expect it to be.
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Reviewed by Liam from England on 16th Aug 2005
This fone is so cool. its lite and it is really reliable.
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Reviewed by Louisa from England on 16th Aug 2005
I had this fone given 2 me a week ago for tempary. it is so easy 2 use and it looks fab. it was made 4 years ago and it looks even more stylish than my d500 wat i had iable witch went wrtong on the second day of having it. it so far is realiable and who needs a camera. a fone is for calling and texting people.
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Reviewed by Attumi from Libya on 1st Aug 2005
It is my frist mobile phone. I like its style and size and its simplesty. It does every thing that \i want to do
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Reviewed by Darmik from UK on 28th Jul 2005
My A300 has just expired after 3 years, Its been a really good phone, Its been well abused due to the nature of my work. The only drawback is the ringtones could be a bit louder
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Reviewed by John from England on 10th Jul 2005
This is the first mobile phone that I've had and it's just fine. It does what I want it to do without anything too complicated for my 20th century electromagical abilities. Can someone tell me what language is being used by "Lewis" from Scotland?
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Reviewed by Nick from UK on 23rd Jun 2005
This is a very cute little phone, and, given that it's few years old, who could ask for more? It is very easy to use, the 4 directional buttons (which all Nokias appear to lack) are very intuitive if a little fiddly. good clear display, very robust. The only real problem was that mine couldn't do vibrate AND sound - only one or the other, despite claiming to be able to! Anyone else have this problem, or was mine just faulty? I've now managed to kill the display with an unlucky drop. I must have dropped it countless times and it's always been fine, but not this time! I'm impressed by how much punishment it took, very robust, but it finally died. I think people who say it's rubbish for not having mp3, bluetooth, colour display, camera, teleport etc are completely missing the point. Judge a phone on what it CAN do and how well it does it, not what it CAN'T do. After all, no-one would say a TV is rubbish for not being able to download mp3s - it's just not what it's designed for!
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Reviewed by lewis from scotland!!! on 15th Jun 2005
dis fone SUKS!! i ad it ages ago nd it was useless!! PLZZ don buy dis fone!!! ul onli regret it!!
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Reviewed by Andy from England on 11th Jun 2005
This phone sums up wat a mobile phone should be! Able to text and ring people with minimum fuss and reliable enough 2 last years! This phone is small and good looking enough to compete with the modern phones. A great buy and you could probs pik 1 up from ebay for about 10!! Fantastic
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Reviewed by Jake from England on 4th Jun 2005
This phone is rubbish
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Reviewed by jools from uk on 24th May 2005
Had this phone for 3 years. Never let me down. Small enough to forget its been in your pocket all day. Now getting a bit long in the tooth so it will have to go. But for a basic small phone its hard to beat.
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Reviewed by Lesley from UK on 18th May 2005
I have had the A300 now for about 3years. But just recently i find my reception is awful. It never use to be like this. Also i am finding i am receiving txts a day late or a few hours late. Also just recently it is taking at least 10 attempts to send a message. Whether the phone is just worn out now i dont know, but i have looked after it well and are unsure why it is doing this. It's not great to receive a txt a day late, because it could be important and the time has passed. Anyone else expereinced any of these problem?
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Reviewed by Matthew from England on 16th May 2005
My Mum had this phone about 2 years ago and back then it was top of the range. But if you just want a basic clamshell phone then this is the one to get.
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Reviewed by Jordan from England on 10th May 2005
I think this is a great phone, which is what it is, it serves its purpose, calling and texting.It's not a Video, Bluetooth, mp3,fancy piece of junk. I chose it because it looks stylish,and its cheap.Its battery life isnt long enough though.
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Reviewed by Jordan from Brough on 8th May 2005
I bought mine for 25.00 from ebay 3 months ago, and I've never had any problems with it. Its very durable, having dropped it a countless nimber of times. Its light, stylish, good looking. It does'nt have games, or camera, or polyphonic ringtones, but you don't really need these things in a phone. A
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Reviewed by betty from uk on 28th Apr 2005
im sorry to say but this phone is not all that good. it has no games or anything like that.it is just a standard old phone which breaks really easy,ive had to repair it a few times so sorry but a 1 out of 10
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Reviewed by eve from Kenya on 28th Apr 2005
This is the worst phone ever to be made. Samsung should be sued just for thinking it up. Wish i had read the reviews before i bought it.
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Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 26th Apr 2005
Great phone - very reliable. Very robust (I dropped mine from a first floor window and it's still fine!)
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Reviewed by ella from england on 16th Apr 2005
not very good, a horrible box design and the antenna.no! the price of this phone is still too high for what you are getting.
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Reviewed by GH from on 14th Apr 2005
I had this phone about 3 years ago and it was my frist pay montly phone on one 2 one (t-mobile) i found it the best phone and the only problems i had was IRDA
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Reviewed by gaz from uk on 12th Apr 2005
bad
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Reviewed by sander from netherlands on 7th Apr 2005
i have this phone for 2 years and i think its excellent. Only a little slow on the txt msg's.
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Reviewed by buddy from scotland on 24th Mar 2005
rubbish phone i had mine for 3 weeks and go rid of it it was so bad dont recomend it
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Reviewed by ryan from northern ireland on 10th Mar 2005
i have had the samsung a300 for a week and it is a very good phone. the only thing bad about this phone is that has no camera
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Reviewed by Hayley Porter from UK on 5th Mar 2005
I absolutely love this phone. It was stolen from me a week ago and I am still really upset. It was great. I chucked it out of a window (accidently) and it survived!! It never gave up and was so so cool. I didn't mind that it didn't have a camera or video or even any games. I bought a moto V220 and it broke on me within 30mins!! This phone is amazing and if I could I would still be using it. One of a kind.
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Reviewed by vicki from england on 22nd Feb 2005
personally, i wouldnt get this phone myself, as i prefer newer models. but my mum has had dis 4 about 4 years and although there isnt much entertainment on it, it always has gr8 signal, its cute and dinky and useful. if alls u need it 4 is calling and txting ppl then u can have a phone 2 suit u and it luks gud. its also very cheap now so if dats all u want it 4, my advise is GET IT!! 4 all u hu complain about there being nothing on it, then y did u get it? u should have found out about the fone b4, so u'd no wot its lyk!!
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Reviewed by Charlotte from England on 17th Feb 2005
This is the best phone I have ever had ever! I got it for christmas and I love it to bits. It is so cool even though it doesn't have a camara or colour or games it is so nifty and compact the stylish design means you can show it off and not be embarrassed. For anyone who is put off getting this phone because it is old whatever you are made off plastic. Cos this phone is for real people with real lives who know that being up to date isn't everything. I love this phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by mark from uk on 29th Jan 2005
cant complain about this phone, it has been in the family since its launch think about three or four years ago, my dad had it on contract and only recentley upgraded to a samsung d400 he gave it to me becouse my mobile died and i didnt want to waste hundreds of pounds on a new one, it has never given him or myself any problems at all it realy is a good little phone.
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Reviewed by The Daddy from UK on 22nd Jan 2005
Unbeatable. Mine's been going strong nearly three years now. Out running in the rain one night it fell out of my pocket in front of me and I skated on it for two metres along the pavement. It survived. Nowadays the outside screen's cracked, the bodywork's ruined and half the time it won't charge properly. But I love it. I've spent a boring morning looking at modern phones only to come back to this phone's review pages in the vain hope I might find another one. Wish me luck.
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Reviewed by mutaweh from bahrain on 22nd Jan 2005
see i will tell u somethin,this phone is good for people who work in offices coz it have spectacular options for banking home pages and other things.It really donot have pic. msg and all that but if u want to have a carrer life take this phone
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Reviewed by tara from eire on 7th Jan 2005
this fone is a very cool fone!! with no camera - people are lost and dont want this fone but if u want a camera go and get one in the shop because they're cheaper!! its very stylish. even tho im gettin a new fone doesnt mean i will never ever use this one!! its in good tip top condition and even tho its nothing special(like brand new/top of da range) type of fone - its a very good fone that will never break or anything!! if u want my opinion - this fone is cheap and u know why? cuz its a few years old and it doesn't hav a camera!! well f**k all those people lookin for a CAMERA FONE!! this fone is one of da best to be honest!! thats why iv given this fone 5 stars cus its a fone that rings, texts, calls other people and quite stylish- THATS ALL U NEED!!! xxx love all u sensible peeps out der!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ur friend
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Reviewed by Sam from England on 10th Dec 2004
I think that it was great!! But there r no games :( i love my phone
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Reviewed by JonnyD from Wales, UK on 24th Nov 2004
I can have no complaints about this Samsung 'veteren'. I bought it nearly 3 years ago now, and have had no problems whatsoever with it. Ok, it may not have the gizmos and gadgets of its more recent counterparts, but it STILL looks cool, even when its been dropped and banged as much as mine. It has travelled to the other side of the world and back and survived. It shall be with a tinge of sadness this Xmas when I part with mine to upgrade to the E700, which will have alot to live up to!!
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Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 21st Nov 2004
Load of junk guyz, worth for a cool scientific experiment if ur a techie!! dont buy it if ur usage is for anythn else, bye!
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Reviewed by cat from ireland on 10th Nov 2004
I had this phone for just over 2 years, and have recently updated to an o2 x2 (which sucks.) I miss this little phone. I never had any problems with it. It is stylish and small, it has a very handy red flashing light, it doesn't have many features but does the job for which it was intended very well, it has never failed me. Ok, so the battery life wasn't great. But while my new phones getting fixed I have happily reverted back to using this one!
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Reviewed by anna from england on 8th Nov 2004
this phone is my baby!!! i love it to bits, i've had it for 2 and a half years now and it is time to get a camera phone, but i will be gutted to give it up :-( the best thing about it is, its indestructible! the amount of times it has been dropped, it should have broken by now! i even walked into a wall (drunk!) with the phone in my pocket...the battery got dented but it still worked! lol. the only bad things are the fact that you can only store 10 texts, which is annoying if you have friends who send about 3 messages at once, because then you have to delete some and wait aaaggges for the others to come through. also, it does scratch very easily...dont take it on a beach as the sand will wreck it! but as long as you are careful it would be okay. when i first got the phone, everyone was amazed that i could fit it into my purse...now everyone and their dog has a silver flip phone so the novelty has worn off a bit...i liked being the only one! okay, so this phone is a bit old now, but who cares...it still looks brilliant and it will never break. if samsung brought it out again (only with a camera this time), i would definitely buy it again!
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Reviewed by from on 7th Nov 2004
this phone is a rubbish phone, it had hard any things 2 do in it, lik games you hav u go on the internet 2 play games so tht costs money. i really perefer my old nokia fone so if i wer u i wouldnt buy it ( take my advice)
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Reviewed by Ben from England on 31st Oct 2004
had this fone 4 three yrs. beginning to start not working, but for 2 and 1/2 years neva stopped working. easy to use, easy to navigate, easy to text. even tho small amount of textin space, nt that hard to jus write another text. like the look, very classy, helped me pull a few chicks!!! if ur lookin 4 a cheap, easy to use, stylish fone, go for this little baby...
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Reviewed by Ryan from London England on 18th Oct 2004
Recently got this phone off my dad as he was having a clear out and gave me all his jnnk lol and so far i think this phone is cool. Its small and light. It was a nit awkard to get used to teting as I'm used to pressing 0 for a space and not # but am getting used to it. Will probably keep until until i upgrade my contract next april.
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Reviewed by danielle lee from england on 10th Oct 2004
i think it is rubbish because you cant play games and only have 150 words to write a message it is rubbish because of the ringtones and can only make two and are hard to find a melody composer page on the internet
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Reviewed by Sarah from Australia on 13th Sep 2004
I don't know about all the negative reviews... BUT... this phone has been with me for nearly 4 yrs. No problem at all!!! I dropped a lot of times, no problem either! About the signal reception... its the best! I think the people with signal reception problem should deal with the erm.. people who sell u the sim card (eg: Vodafone). Yeah i agree though.. the annoying messaging... But i don't care much. What's the fuss by clicking a few button to open a new message window?
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Reviewed by Katie from England on 5th Sep 2004
this phone was very annoying everytime i sent a text the report came back and i didnt know how to get it off! it was really rubbish and it was so quite aswell i was actually embrassed about it as my friend had a colour and camera phone omar who has sent a report aswell on the sharp gx1. it was really ssslllooowww
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Reviewed by Anne from Scotland on 16th Aug 2004
This is a brilliant wee phone - does the job perfectly if all you want to do is talk 'n' text. Had mine for about 18 months now - wouldn't change it for anything (well - maybe a Ferrari!)
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Reviewed by Becky from UK on 7th Jul 2004
I have had this phone since Dec 2002. I've dropped it a couple of times and it's still going. Ok, so it's not colour and it doesn't have polyphonic ring tones or games or a camera, but do we really need these things? A mobile is for phoning people and texting people. It does me fine! Girls, it's also small enough to fit in your handbag on a sat night out, along with purse, fags, lipgloss, keys etc.. Definately a girlie phone. And it has been set up so a very simple 'lover' graphic comes up when the bloke rings. VERY reliable and the slim battery life isn't too bad either. I would highly recommend this phone if you're a female, looking for something simple and it doesn't look too bad. Just try not to scratch it, that would help it look better for longer!
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Reviewed by Elise from UK on 24th Jun 2004
I've had this phone now for about 18 months now and on the whole, it's a dinky little phone that looks good and doesn't feel like a house brick. However, there are some notable problems with this phone, especially the battery life and reception. My battery lasts about 2 days before I need to recharge it and if I forget to recharge it, I'm usually woken up at 3am by a very loud and annoying "low battery life" tone. I don't like the fact that you can't switch off these warning tones. For some reason my phone switches itself off when it feels like it - I think it's due to the battery connection and yes, there are 2 batteries but there is no difference when I change them. And reception is quite bad in some areas and if my phone loses all reception, it switches itself off!!! Apart from this, I like the phone. I don't use predictive text although I would like to be able to change it so it automatically goes to small letters, rather than predictive text when you open "Write Message." There aren't any games on this phone but I didn't buy it for the games. I think the ringtones need to be louder because I can't hear it when it rings but I like the red light flashing when you receive a text or a call (if the phone's on silent). I'm not sure if I would buy this phone again because it loses reception and battery life too much but if you just need a phone, just a phone without tons of features, I'd recommend it. If you want an "all-singing all-dancing" phone then choose a Nokia.
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Reviewed by Jade from England on 22nd Jun 2004
i had this fone 4 bout 3 wks nd i found it cr8p! after bout 2 wks the stylish fone tend to become the ugly fone. the ringtones are rubbish and the battery life is not long enuf. i wud recommend this 2 all people: DO NOT BUY THIS FONE!!!!
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Reviewed by Ant from England on 20th Apr 2004
If you have to have games, photo-messaging, and pretentious ring tones don't buy this phone. But if you want a phone with a good design, which is easy to navigate and does everything a mobile needs to do, then I thoroughly recommend the A300. I've had it for over a year now and don't really see the point in upgrading to anything else. It's a little bit scratched now so I wouldn't mind another one - if they still make them.
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Reviewed by Chris from England on 4th Apr 2004
I don't care what anybody says about this phone. I bought a sony ericsson t610 at christmas and to be honest, it was an amazing phone, but I never used the camera or other gadgets on it. I sold it about a week ago and for 50 i bought the a300. It is light, small, sexy and just nifty. It doesn't have any games but who needs 'em...really?? It has a very handy light on the outside so you can see if you have a message ( if you didn't hear the tone). The predictive text is a bit on the downside, but normal texting is perfect. This is a cheap, sexy phone, and trust me, the girls give you a second look once they've seen your phone! Go and buy it, it rox!
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Reviewed by andy from england on 3rd Apr 2004
i bought the samsung a300 about 6 months ago and i have had no problems eith it so far. it doesnt have any games, wich doesnt bother me tho, seeing as i never have time to play them anyway! I go out nearly all the time witrh my mates and girls who se u wiv the fone out always start to tlk 2 u and in the end u end up giving ur number to bout 10 girls. i strongly recommend this phone to young people even tho the 9 hr battery life isnt the best and the reception isnt fantastic and the ring tones arent great. but trust me u will b scoring with the hot girls wiv this fone about with u!
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Reviewed by chris from wales on 3rd Apr 2004
It is a good phone but all the ringtones u can get r old ones there are no new updated ringtones on samsunga300ringtones.com if u know any websites with updated ringtones for the a300 put a reveiw in saying the website plzzzz thnx
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 1st Mar 2004
an alltogether good phone but there should be a shortcut straight to names
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Reviewed by craig from uk on 8th Feb 2004
I got this phone 2 years ago then upgraded to a nokia 3510i but came back to it having given it away to my sister in law whilst a bit well on! Have no regrets though cos although this phone doesnt have load of features, I find it really straightforward, 110% reliable and small enough to carry about in my pocket. There are some extremely handy things about it. Firstly, the flashing light on the corner turns red when a message arrives so it catches your eye if you've missed the tone. Secondly you can alter the shortcut keys meaning that I've got the very handy calculator, todo list and diary at the touch of one button. Thirdly, unlike a Nokia, it stays clear of fluff and dirt and you never have to take it apart to clean it. Battery life is not great but I charge it when I go to bed so I never have a prob. I would have liked the diary to have been more effective. It has very little memory and only one memo per day. The wap stuff is slow and not very good and there are no games b ut in all honesty, it saves me fiddling about with the phone everyday instead of doing any work!
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Reviewed by joanna from U K on 19th Jan 2004
Ive had mine for 12 months and think its an exelent little phone does what a phone needs to do, i dont need a phone with games ( gotta gameboy!) dont need a camera (Got one!)I always had nokias and theses little darlings beat them hands down!! I am totaly happy with mine
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Reviewed by Robbie from England on 14th Jan 2004
Probably god's biggest mistake to bring this phone out. A Unreliable 9 hour battery supply. There are no games on it and even the Nokia 3310 which is way cheaper than the A300 has some. Its value for money is bad and the only feature is Infra-red. No colour screen, nothing- looks nice but you might as well carry your home telephone around!!!! moral of the story-DO NOT BUY IT
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Reviewed by gary from uk on 13th Jan 2004
a good fone apart from texting its so annoying
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Reviewed by Alex from Scotland on 11th Jan 2004
When u go to buy a phone i must say u are looking for a phone that suits u and your needs. Why is it then that a number of people who buy a phone complain about the missing features they would like such as games or more number 2 use in txts etc. This is a lovely little standard phone and it does the job a phone should. If its games u seek then why not venture in buying a phone that has such features linking to this. I love this phone ive had it a long time now and unlike my old nokia phone it has never once stoped working or just died. The Samsung A300 is just a phone that does the job required and if u bought it for the wrong reasons then its u to blame not the phone, capeesh!!!!
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Reviewed by JAMES from UK on 29th Dec 2003
this phone is great. there is nothing wrong with it. all these people are just moaning. it is small stylish and easy to use. if u want game on a phone then buy the n-gage, its a phone not a bloody gameboy!!! i believe that this is a good, and practical phone. i have had it for 4 months and i have dropped it in a lake, skidded it across aroad, and left it on a car roof and have not had one problem. my advice is to buy this phone and keep it for a while. caus eit is bloody great!!!:)
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Reviewed by Amanda from England on 26th Dec 2003
This is quite a good phone but I wasn't very pleased with it. It doesn't really have much to offer. No colour screen, no camera, no polyphonic ringtones, no picture messages. It's quite a boring phone really. With the text messages, you can only fit up to 160 characters into one text, whereas, with Nokia's you can have up to double that ammount. The maximum ammount of messages you can store in your inbox is 15 (that's including your outbox aswell) so that's not a lot at all. Whenever you switch the phone on, a series of tones are played, which, to start with is quite cute and sweet but after a while, when you can't stop it from going off, it starts to get on your nerves. It's also not very useful if you want to turn your phone on without anyone knowing, like in school! The key pad feels quite nice, but when you press the keys, the clicking sound is soooooooo loud. The navigational keys are the only quiet ones and that's not much use for trying to text someone without being noticed. I've noticed that, should you drop this phone on a hard surface, the battery tents to come unattached and it scratches so easily you'd be better off wrapping it up in bubble wrap. The inner screen has a backlight which is a horrible bright green colour, in my opinion it should be changed to match the outer screen, which is a nice bright blue colour. When you put the phone on vibrate mode, you would expect there to be no 'low battery beeps' when the battery is low, but with not this phone, when the battery is low, it will make sure you know about, even on vibrate mode! There are hardly any websites where you can find decent ringtones for this phone. When I FINALLY found a site and saved it to favourites, The computer went wrong and I lost everything and I couldn't find the site ever again! There are 4 items on the menu that I've never used before (I've had the phone over a year!) Them being: Network Services, Wap Browser, Vodafone and Security. I would've used security but I don't feel the need to set a PIN code or anything. The phone looks really cute because it's small and that, but looks aren't everything! (Unless you're a man!) Over all, if I was to offer someone some advise on this phone, the only thing that would be is: DON'T BUY IT!!! Although it looks as though I despise this phone, I actually QUITE like it!
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Reviewed by Paul from Eng on 18th Dec 2003
Had this phone for almost a year now and am upgrading to the new Samsung E700. The A300 is, well, steady away as my mate would say. It won't set the world on fire but it is a good little phone for people who want just that, a phone. It doesn't have any games and the ringtones are, unimaginative shall i say. I find the txt composer a bit awkward to use, having to change case and that myself, but you do get used to it. If you have the choice look at the A800 or E700. However, its not a bad phone, but not awesome either. Just...well, steady away!
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