Samsung E390 Review
In a nutshell: The E390 takes the extremely popular slider design
that Samsung have virtually perfected now, and provides all of the most
popular features that users expect from a phone in 2007 - a decent camera,
an MP3 player, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and an expandable memory.
It's very lightweight and compact (although not ultraslim) and is priced
very competitively. If you like Samsung's slide design and are in the
market for a mid-range phone, then this is the one.
Review: June 2007.
The E390 is the follow-up to the very successful E370.
This mid-priced range of slider phones from Samsung just keeps on getting
better. Each Summer, Samsung introduces a new one with the same basic
design but enhanced features. The E350
was the first in 2005, followed by the E370
in 2006, and now in summer 2007 comes the E390. The E350 was rated 5
stars by our users and the E370 was rated 4 stars, although we rated
it 5 stars ourselves. So you can see that everything bodes well for
the E390, and it doesn't disappoint.
The E390 is a classic slide design phone. Samsung have really cornered
the market in sliders and have had plenty of time to perfect the design.
The E390 glides smoothly up and down, and is a perfect example of why
the slide design is so successful: 1) it's great fun; 2) it makes for
a very compact phone with a large screen; and 3) it's just so easy to
use, since you can unlock the keypad or answer a call just by flicking
the phone open. The E390 is perhaps perfectly sized too - it's not ultrathin,
but is a good size to hold in your palm, and is not as wide as the ultra-slim
range, so it's much easier to hold. It's extremely lightweight too (just
84g) and has a lovely ergonomic keypad.
The display is an improvement over the E370. It's a bright TFT screen
that's easy to read. It doesn't offer the 262k colours or high-resolution
of the more expensive Samsungs, but for the price it's acceptable. The
camera is also definitely not a high-end device, offering 1.3 megapixels
with a digital zoom but no autofocus. It takes pictures that are good
enough for viewing on the phone or maybe for printing if you've got
good lighting conditions and a steady hand, but it won't replace a dedicated
digital camera. It can also take reasonable quality video clips.
The E390 has a music player that is quite well featured, with support
for playlists. Once again, we have to point out that this is not up
to iPod standards, and audio quality through the speakers is a bit tinny,
but with a pair of stereo headphones audio quality is good enough. A
wireless Bluetooth stereo headset is available as an optional accessory.
One of the key improvements over the E370 is that the E390 supports
MicroSD memory cards, so you can expand the phone's memory to
enable storage of 100's of songs if you like. Memory cards are pretty
cheap - a 1 Gybte card costs under a tenner.
The E390 offers most other features that a typical user might want,
e.g. mp3 ringtones, Java games, a speakerphone, fast EDGE internet access,
multimedia messaging, email, flight mode and quadband. Battery life
is good too. There's really nothing not to like about the E390.
We recommend the Samsung E390 if you like the slide design and are
looking to spend under £150 on a phone. Before buying you should
also consider the Sony Ericsson K550i,
which is a conventionally-shaped phone but offers more for your money.
Features of the Samsung E390 include:
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video camera
- Display: TFT LCD, 65,536 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- Music player (MP3, ACC, ACC+ formats)
- 64-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Voice memo recorder
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email (POP3 / SMTP
- Java games
- Personal organiser functions
- Phonebook (,000 Phone book entries)
- Caller ID (Text/Photo)
- WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10, EDGE
- Memory: 12 Mbytes plus MicroSD memory card slot
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 1.1
- Flight mode
- Size: 94 x 47 x 16.8 mm
- Weight: 84g
- Talk time: 6 hours
- Battery standby: 395 hours
Samsung E390 User Reviews
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Average rating from 47 reviews:
Reviewed by Megan from Wales on 2nd Nov 2010
The camera was not the best but i found it was easy to send messages
and phoning people. Some of the keypads have snapped in half but you
can still use them . There is not much memory on the phone at all!!!
I don't like the look of it at all, there is something gone wrong with
the back of the phone. It has not had anything wrong with it etc bad
enough to take to the phone shop recommended for just texting and phoning!!
Reviewed by Jon M from UK on 3rd Apr 2010
Had this phone for 3 years now, everything still works as it should
and the battery is still strong
Reviewed by noob from not telling on 27th Jan
i love this phone it is simple but does every thing you want it to do.the
memory is good enough without the memory card (unless you like to get
loads of music) it looks cool aswell
Reviewed by Austin 316 from England on 25th Mar
This Phone is The Great the only bad thing is it forgets that there
is a memory card in it you have to restart and then you will find your
things there again. ha ha ha
Reviewed by Craig from UK on 11th Oct 2008
Well designed, well made phone other than one problem with the firmware.
The memory card can be read and written to, but only for the first 30
seconds of the phone being turned on, however it will know the memory
card is there after that thirty seconds, and the only way to put files
onto the card is to transfer them using a pc card reader. There is a
work around for the MP3 player, but being the lazy bum i am, i cba to
type it out Firmware update please samsung???
Reviewed by brian from yemen on 11th Jul 2008
WHY CAN I NOT TAKE THE BACK OFF MY PHONE!!!!!!! ITS TOO DIFFICULT!
Reviewed by gwyneth from wales on 5th May 2008
not very impressed with this phone. when I try to set up incoming caller
ringtone all it ever gives is the message 'memory full' even though
I have a memory card which I had to pay extra for. Keeps displaying
message limited service for no good reason as far as I or any of my
friends can work out. No help available in the book either. Photos not
too good and when I have taken one have to move it to memory card before
I can think of taking another. Problems playing games on it. Not impressed.All
in all a rubbish purchase. Will never purchase another samsung!!
Reviewed by ANNOYMOUS from IRELAND on 9th Mar
I THINK THE PHONE IS GOOD, CAMERA OK BATTERY VERY GOOD. LOOKS GORGEOUS.
I HAVE HAD IT FOR A YEAR AND NO PROBLEMS. COOL GAMES. BUY IT
Reviewed by Andrew from Austalia on 11th Feb 2008
This fone is da bomb buy this
Reviewed by TREVOR from UK on 5th Feb 2008
I like my new phone but the only problem is getting new ring tones for
e.mail messages.(Still not found how to down load any new tones for
in comming messages) Camera very good great pictures. But there was
no cable with the phone to down load them on to computer. BUT OTHER
THEN THAT A VERY GOOD PHONE.
Reviewed by Anon from UK on 28th Jan 2008
I dont really like this phone its not for me the camera quality is quite
bad as i have a family member who ones this and its not great she can
only fir 3 songs on the phone at a time and thats WITH THE MEMORY card
dont buy it
Reviewed by Ivan from Greece on 18th Jan 2008
I went to the store last week with desire to buy an under 100E phone
for basic needs,like sms and calls.I was looking for a second phone
(for dirty works:)).It took me like a second to decide taking it.Now
it is going to be the main phone i'll use.For it's prise it have very
good camera and mp3 player.And the design is something.Put more stars
on site.Five is not enough.
Reviewed by joshua from northern ireland on 12th
i hav had this phone for 4 months and i hav liked the features on it.
It is a slim phone that does not stick out off ur pocket. The thing
i dont like about it is that the music does not play in the background
wen ur doin something else. The camera has been reasonably good but
it takes ages for it to zoom in and wen u take a picture u cant view
them fullscreen. I hav been happy with this phone and if i was changing
it i would get another samsung.
Reviewed by anna from wolverhampton on 24th Dec
i like this phone
Reviewed by Soph from Wolves, England on 5th Dec
I've had this phone since around June-ish, & I must say It is absolutly
phenominal, really! Bought it and expected something abit rubbish cause
It's cheap and that, something I'd get bored of after a few weeks but
no, definatly not Must be the first phone i actually haven't got bored
of, hahaha. Seriously though, go and buy one, they're mint. Oh and don't
buy one from Argos, they'm too expensive, go to an Orange shop and they're
getting cheaper + cheaper! x
Reviewed by joseph miguel from Philippines on
2nd Dec 2007
I had dis phone since sept and so far i am not having any problems with
it..As a matter of fact i already dropped it 2 twice but still.. its
still workin well..I think this phone is good and tough on its class..Its
also sleek and its black color is nice on its class too..My first slide
up phone and i rate it good as it is..Features is excellent..actually
i bought 2 gig card and tried on it and it worked..U try it urself my
friend..im sure u will enjoy it as i am enjoying it now..tThanx samsung..U
did a good job on this phone unit..I salute u samsung guys..More power..!!!!
Reviewed by Dule Zasev from Macedonia on 23rd
Reviewed by Jill from UK on 14th Nov 2007
Have this for a month now. It's a nice compact phone with good features
for the price. One thing i dont like is that the mp3 player does not
work in the background or if it does i havent been able to work it out.
Also you cannot view pictures fullscreen after you have taken them with
the camera. Shame though cos otherwise it would have been perfect.
Reviewed by Michael from Ireland on 4th Nov 2007
I bought the E390 after deciding that a) I only needed a phone to do
the basis: talk and text, no fancy stuff, and b) I didn't want to spend
over ¤100. I suppose the two are closely linked, although you can get
S/E phones with bundles of features for cheap, I wanted something that
with a flip/slide action. I was able to select my spiderman ringtone
(sad, i know) in minutes after installing the phone software and bluetoothing
it from my laptop. It txts and calls ppl just fine, though as mentioned
by others, the keypad is tricky to use one-handed. Other negatives include
its use of cheap plastics and awkward sliding mechanism, but for a budget-priced
phone you can't really complain.
Reviewed by jackie jobling from england on 22nd
I absolutely looooooooove my 390. My friends joke about me never being
without it. And I am always saying "I love my phone" (sad or what!)
but there is nothing about it I dont like.... its wonderful.
Reviewed by wasim from pakistan on 19th Oct 2007
very ugly phone i dont like it
Reviewed by silviu from italy on 18th Oct 2007
bad cell. i can't instal the games.
Reviewed by Alex from Scotland on 1st Oct 2007
Got one on the strength of this review. Had it over the weekend and
so far am impressed. Bit awkward to send texts with the 8, 9, 0 and
# keys awkward for big thumbs and the method for selecting a recipient
is long (there may be a shorter way but I haven't found it yet). So
far so good...
Reviewed by ed from uk on 30th Sep 2007
Got this just a week ago. Have to say i'm very impressed with it so
far. Could be cos i wasn't expecting much for £70 but the camera takes
clear pictures, the music player is easy to use, it has bluetooth and
card slot and most of all, calls are very clear and get good reception.
Nice one samsung.
Reviewed by Jess from Uk on 12th Sep 2007
Awsome phone! Had NO probablems so far! Great Phone!
Reviewed by matthew from uk on 8th Sep 2007
I love this phone it is the best mobile i ever had
Reviewed by mathew from zambia on 2nd Sep 2007
i love all mobile phones on this site.in general i like the sumsung
E390.my review is totaly positive.I FEEL THIS PHONE MEN
Reviewed by wayneisere from england on 23rd Aug
its a good phone.easy to use my last phone was a motarola but this one
blits that one by miles only gripe i have is it doesnot come with leads
for puter conextions
Reviewed by ass from africa on 21st Aug 2007
REALLY BAD PHONE !! dnt get it
Reviewed by BETTY from SOUTH AFRICA on 2nd Aug
AOWSOME PHONE I LOVE IT
Reviewed by muhamed from iraqe on 1st Aug 2007
brilliant lov it its my first phone and i lov it to bits its so easi
Reviewed by nathan o'hare from england on 31st
iv recently bought this model phone an i think it is an amazing phone
so do buy it youll b suprised
Reviewed by Edward from uk on 31st Jul 2007
Good phone but wouldnt sujest it ti the younger teenages very boring!
Reviewed by mayanka from india on 27th Jul 2007
Reviewed by Conor F from Ireland on 21st Jul 2007
I am very impressed with this phone, build quality is very high, with
a great amount of features, well done Samsung full marks.
Reviewed by James from Iraq on 19th Jul 2007
Bad Phone, it broke when i tryed to slide it, it came of the brackets
Reviewed by thomas from uk on 17th Jul 2007
its a bit naff wud not recomend u to buy it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by ickle e from U.K on 16th Jul 2007
This the first phone that I have ever bought, and I have to say that
I am really disappointed with it. Yes, it looks very stylish and is
very small and compact but that's about as far as it goes. It has a
very limited selection of ringtones and messages tones. BE AWARE you
can download new tunes for ringtones, BUT you cannot use these for message
tones. This is very naughty as it doesn't say this!!!! I will be ditching
this phone as soon as I possible can.
Reviewed by hattie from uk on 12th Jul 2007
my friend has one and she says the camera could be better... i like
the design though
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 11th Jul 2007
I just got this phone today and I have to say that it was more than
I expected. Outstanding
Reviewed by Agness from ZAMBIA on 11th Jul 2007
I trust samsung products. MY television is samsung,my fridge is also
samsung. I can proudly say i have had no problems with any samsung products.i
have the phone now and must say its a wonderful product.good job.
Reviewed by sam from uk on 5th Jul 2007
this phone is exellent as it is stylish and easy to use. I would reccomend
to others in considering buying this phone
Reviewed by Fiona from Lithuania on 4th Jul 2007
Bad phone. Ugly too. Broke after 1 day. GRR.
Reviewed by wagwan from uk on 1st Jul 2007
its a gud fone, but it wud b better wiv a beta camera mayb a 2mp one
Reviewed by sara from england on 24th Jun 2007
this phones ok but the camera could be a bit better
Reviewed by alexandra from montenegro on 18th
This phone is small and nice.It is easy to use and just one thing isn't
good-its camera.Camera has 1.3 megapixel,but if she has 2 or 3 megapixel
this phone will be perfect.
Reviewed by conor from Ireland on 11th Jun 2007
I lurve this fone its so stylish easy to use and smart and it did not
cost me a fortune buy it now