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Samsung E530 review

 Review: August 2005  
 

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In a nutshell: Compact clamshell phone with 1 megapixel camera, video camera, music player & Bluetooth.

 

Looking at the petite size and lavender pink colour scheme of the Samsung E530, it doesn't take long to realise that this is a girly phone! Samsung's marketing blurb suggests that the E530 is the perfect shopping companion. We don't know about that, but it's certainly a lot less trouble than trying to drag a bloke into a clothes shop!

Despite its girly image, this is a high-spec camera phone that can almost match the Samsung D500 for features. The phone is equipped with a megapixel camera with an integrated flash and zoom, that can also record video (at lower resolution). The quality of the screen is high - a bright active matrix display that can easily be seen in daylight, with 262,000 colours and high resolution. There's a built-in MP3 player (with stereo output to headphones), MP3 ringtones, and a selection of games. There's even an exclusive set of "lifestyle features" with intriguing names such as "Fragrance Type" and "Pink Schedule". We have no idea what these are for or whether women really want that kind of stuff, but the E530 has got them.

Getting back to safer technical ground, the E530 comes with a generous 92 Mbytes of memory (no memory card though), and excellent connectivity including both USB and wireless Bluetooth connections. Battery life is nothing special, but in a phone this small it's all you can expect.

All things considered, the E530 is a good all-rounder in a tiny clamshell design. And, of course, it's pink! (Also available in blue.)

Samsung E530 features include:

  • Megapixel camera (1152 x 864 pixels) with 4x digital zoom, flash and photo effects
  • Video camera
  • Internal display: TFT LCD, 176 x 220 pixels, 262,144 colours
  • External display: OLED LCD, 80 x 64 pixels, 65,536 colours
  • MP3 player
  • 64-voice polyphonic ringtones
  • Messaging: SMS (with learning T9), EMS, MMS, E-Mail (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP)
  • Games: Bobby Carrot, Airship Racing, Arch Angel, Freekick plus downloadable Java games
  • Wallpaper & animations
  • Lifestyle features: Fragrance Type, Biorhythm, Height/Weight ratio, Calories Counter, Pink Schedule, Shopping list
  • Phonebook (max 1,000 entries) with caller ID (text/photo)
  • Personal Information Management: Calendar, Scheduler, To do list, Short cut, Clock / Worldtime, Alarm, Currency converter, Calculator, Memo book, Stop watch, Count down timer
  • Memory: 92 Mbytes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 1.0, SnycML
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10
  • Dual band
  • Size: 86 x 43 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 85g
  • Talktime: up to 5.5 hours
  • Battery standby: 200 hours

Samsung E530 user reviews

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Reviewed by Christine Lock from UK on 21st Nov 2009
Love this phone, the best ever! Had to but another phone after my beloved Samsung fell on the floor, It still works but i have no display. Is it repairable?
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Reviewed by Shauna from UK on 30th Mar 2009
this has to be the best phone in the entire world! iv had this phone for nearly four years and never had a days trouble with it ! its fallen soooo many times down stairs,nights out ended up in many places and still it works like new! the battery lasts for ages,camera is brill i cant find a fault i love it!
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Reviewed by kerry miller from UK on 18th Feb 2009
i really love the phone
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Reviewed by Natalie from UK on 14th Jan 2009
I got the Samsung E530 a few days back and i think its brilliant,well dispite i got it off a bloke who thought it was cool untill he noticed it was for girls.But depending on here you get it from,this phone doesn't arrive with a USB cable.well mine never....BUT dispite that,,THIS PHONE is brilliant for girls
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 4th Jan 2009
I loved this phone until someone stole it on new years day :( I had it for 3 years
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Reviewed by milly from UK on 23rd Nov 2008
I have had this phone for 3 years and up until recently I have had no problems with it what so ever and have found it to be a reliable, hard wearing phone. However recently, say about the past 3 months) its functions have randomly stopped working such as my phone doesn't always ring but will tell me I have missed the call; the text message vibrate setting doesn't vibrate and my phone alert for text messaging doesn't always beep. I have also found that the volume button has stopped working now. Overall I think, despite my criticisms, this is a good phone and that for me its problems are due to me being careless with how I handle it.
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Reviewed by rommie from UK on 13th Nov 2008
it was my favourite samsung mobile phone
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 19th Oct 2008
An amazing phone!! It was my very first phone and I reccomend it to everyone! The video light is very usefull. The memory is ok. I could fit on 100s of videos and nealy 300 photos, but only a few songs. If you have a seperate ipod or mp3 player then this is a great phone for you! The design is great! So cute! The key pad is so easy to use. Everything is great!! Also, The contacts list is so easy to use - you can have a seperate file per person so you can add as many numbers as you like and know who the numbers are for. You can also have a different ring tone for each contact (there are 62 ring tones and you can even record your own!) if you dont want to desterb anyone around you then dont worry, for each ring tone you can put on vibation which vibrates to the beat of the music so you will know who is calling without making a sound! GREAT PHONE!!
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Reviewed by Rachael , SCOTLAND! from UK on 6th Oct 2008
Amazzzzzzzzzing phone! i had it for 3 years !!!
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Reviewed by Zainab from UK on 14th Sep 2008
Hey, i have got a E530 and I love it, it really looks cute when you hold it and looks as if it is the new thing out, the best phone ever!
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Reviewed by Annna from UK on 2nd Sep 2008
I really like this phone, I think the camera is brilliant for what the phone is. The only thing I had a problem with was connecting it to the computer, I had some pictures on the phone and I was desperate to have them on my computer! And just couldn't! But from asking in many different shops I ended up with a bluetooth dongle which is brilliant. I have got a different phone now though, because I really wanted more songs and this phone just didn't have enough memory, it should be able to have a memory card! I would really recomend this phone as its easy to use and very good.
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Reviewed by Sasha from UK on 26th Aug 2008
I am going yo get the Samsung E530 in September 2008. from the look i like it and always dreamed of having one at my young age. I have compared it to different phones and said that E530 is better. Hope you like it to
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Reviewed by Bozo from UK on 5th Aug 2008
Girly phone?err why?..this phone is qulity! has everythin u want!and it aint girly..i love the phone,and its a bargain to buy
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Reviewed by saima from UK on 5th Aug 2008
its a great mobile with reasonable price and handsfree is totally aweosome.in the end this is a great mobile to buy but there is 2 problems with this mobile there is neither fm radio with it nor datacable. althrough its a great mobile.
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 4th Jun 2008
I've had this phone for 2 years now and i've never had any problems with it at all! It's really good and easy to use, nice design, and I think the memory's fine, mine's only half full. If you can still get it, buy it!
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Reviewed by Holly from UK on 5th May 2008
This phone is amazing, the only downfall is the email system, but apart from that GREAT! I've had this phone for about a year, and it's really reliable. It's small and light weight, lovely colours, fabulous quality. Everything you want in a phone!
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Reviewed by Stacy from UK on 30th Apr 2008
i have had this phone for 2 years now i am very impressed
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Reviewed by Kate from UK on 27th Apr 2008
I can't understand as to why I can't download the music from a computer to my mp3 phone facilities. This is the lost option for me as I am not going to download music directly from the mobile phone internet facilities as suggested by a mobile phone shop staff. Also the dictaphone facilities are not very satisfying as the recorded sound can't be heard unles you put your phone to your ear.
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Reviewed by gabby johansen from UK on 20th Apr 2008
very good dropped it loads of times and barely scatched (indistructable)very loud ringtone.cute little phone very good mp3 player takes excellent pictures great flash love this phone.nice choice of colours, dropped it down a school staircase and it survived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Michelle from UK on 17th Apr 2008
Is a cute little phone, though i found that the battery last not long at all. Not sure if I got a dud battery, but lasted only a few hours. Surely thats not right. Yes I was setting up a few things, but have done the same with their phones without the battery going dead. Batteries are easier enough to buy at moment though. Pictures seem quite good. Buttons are really soft and easy to press. Phone tends to freeze for a few seconds thoughm not sure if its when i become in an out of range area, but have read reviews with this happening to other people. Also having issues trying to get the usb cable to connect and be recogonised to my computer. Still, great little phone
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Reviewed by Amber from UK on 30th Mar 2008
I Love This Phone. The screen quality is amazing. Also its really good as it acts like a torch as you can just put flash on permanent. The bluetooth is great aswell. I recomend it. Especially young girls as they will like the design and colour.
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Reviewed by :) from UK on 19th Mar 2008
I Really Like The Look Of This Phone And Everything It Looks Lush & I Like The Fact That Its Curved & A Flip Up, Most Phones These Days Are All Square And Slide Ups. :| The Only Bad Thing Is It Doesnt Have Very Good Memory, Unlike Most Sony Ericsons Have 1Gb.. Ect. I Want Them To Make A New Phone That Looks Similar To This But Has Better Features & More Megapixels On The Camera & Then I Would Deffo Buy It =) x
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Reviewed by Annie from UK on 13th Feb 2008
This phone is great i have had it for about a year now and its still brilliant! BUY IT!!
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Reviewed by Em :] from UK on 12th Feb 2008
This is really truly the best phone I will probably ever have. It's so easy to use, it looks great, and it has lasted me nearly three years. I don't think I will ever find another phone like it! I definately recommend buying it!
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Reviewed by sarrrrrrah from UK on 7th Jan 2008
This phone is INDESTRUCTIBLE!!! No joke, I LOVED this phone for the 3 years I had it (I lost it in the end...) And I've never been more attached to a phone before! My samsung E350 had been through: - The washing machine (several times) - A huge puddle (luckily it was on vibrate so when i rang it I saw the ripples in the pool and found it) - A fall from a second floor window - A battering when I dropped it at a gig, it got stepped on and kicked around and I found it in the corner, covered in dust and scratches but working fine! - Dishwasher (wanted to see if it would clean it and it did!) - Falling down the stairs - Sat on in my back pocket Now for someone like me who is quite clumsy with their phone, this phone stood by me through everything! I especially like the camera, which is suprisingly good for a phone that doesn't boast it's camera quality, and the way you can have videos as your background. Samsung! That was genius! Make your other phones able to do that and I'll never leave samsung for anyone else! Overall VERY impressed, loved that phone ALOT! I'm gonna get me a samsung G600 now, see if that can compare to this one. I somehow doubt any phone can!
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Reviewed by SALZ from UK on 5th Jan 2008
EXCELLENT MOBILE GUD MEMORY EXCELLENT STYLE AND GROOVY COLOUR
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Reviewed by michelle from UK on 5th Dec 2007
Dont like it you dont get many letters per txt using alot off texts up when normally you get about 160 letters per txt
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Reviewed by Belinda from UK on 4th Dec 2007
great phone just got it off ebay for my daughter lovely features great camara would reccomand for any pink lover!!
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Reviewed by Nicole from UK on 1st Dec 2007
This is a fantastic phone! I have had it for about 3 years and still love it. Despite looking really girly, it's very tough to break! My mum run it over by accident when I droppped it in the driveway and it STILL WORKS! But, because it was in the rain all day the display is broken :(
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Reviewed by lizzy from UK on 24th Nov 2007
mine got stollen and i loved my phone and ever since it got stolen i've been wantin it. i've bidded on ebay for it . but its an excellent phone people should get it.
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Reviewed by soph from UK on 13th Nov 2007
i have an e530 in the valentine pink and i got it as a christmas present in 2005, so my plan is nearly over. i just had to have it when i first saw it because it was so adorable being pink! BUT this phone has been nothing but trouble since day 1 ... the camera was really slow, the display on the front of the phone sporadically didnt come on, it would randomly restart itself, internet has never worked properly on it and it has no resistance to being dropped etc.. im afraid a bit of a let down
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Reviewed by marija from UK on 11th Nov 2007
hi! i had this phone and i have to say i really loved it! but what i didnt like is the fact that this phone cant ring and vibrate at the same time! and second thing is when you have missed call it doesnt show at the external display!!!! but the god thing is that it never been broken. but now im buying another samsung mobile.by!!!!!
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Reviewed by Jennifer from UK on 3rd Nov 2007
I just lurve my mobile..
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Reviewed by joe from UK on 31st Oct 2007
the best phone u can get
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Reviewed by kizzy from UK on 16th Oct 2007
hey, i think this phone is really is really gd, ive had it for jst ova 2yrs and it hasnt broken even though ive dropped it down 42 concreat steps and had my horse step on it . it has done everyhing i want it to but the only downside is the memory , i would reallyy recomend byuing it , i know i didnt make a mistake x.x
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Reviewed by Zoe Jones from UK on 30th Sep 2007
I love this phone it is amazing! as i a girl and its pink it makes it ten times better. my favour bit is the small clock on the shamm screen !! Love it!
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Reviewed by sophiii.f from UK on 24th Sep 2007
this phone is amazein its good for memory it looks good and the camera has bin good for what i need it for it like amazein
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Reviewed by bjg from UK on 23rd Sep 2007
have had phone for almost 2 yrs, and not had a single prob wiv it. It's size means i can carry it anywhere wivout it takin up too much space in my handbag and, it's so light and easy too use. Still finding features on it that i never knew existed - didn't read hanbook - went into labour on the day i got it!!!!!
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Reviewed by Paige from UK on 12th Sep 2007
iv had this phone for ages i always get compliments off my friends its the best phone ive ever had! it takes great photos and videos and the sound for playing music is really good the only bad thing is that iv put it thru a fair bit so it now doesnt make noise wen i recive messages or set alarms and for a while now its been hanging up in the middle of my calls... my sister also has this phone but in purple (mine is pink) and her lcd screen has gone super dull and it often doesnt send messages when the phone says it does... but otherwise its really good i dont kno if these are defects of just my phone or what... i dont care its still good =]
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Reviewed by soph from UK on 9th Sep 2007
ive had my fone 4 ova a yr nw n it is still goin gr8! it has everyfink a girl could wish 4 including a shopping list, and a pink scedual! its a fab fone and da bestest ive had yet!
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Reviewed by crhshs from UK on 7th Sep 2007
READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW REALLY TOUGH THIS LITTLE PHONE IS! Absoloutly fantastic phone! I never had any trouble with it, and it has lasted me about 2 years maybe slighlty less. I'd still have it now if it wasn't for the fact that I lost it... And for the first time I really genuinly miss my phone! I'll tell you what it's been through: - a few times in the washing machine - it has been dropped from many a great height - I dropped it on a busy concrete street and it got kicked about a great deal - dropped in a huge puddle, found it because it was on vibrate and when I rang it I saw the ripples - I painted and coloured it in - Spilled coke all over it. - Spent a night on the street in the rain, when it was found by the SECOND HAND PHONE SALESMAN and he was decent enough to return it :) Now your thinking I do not know how to look after a phone. but this phone looks after itself I can tell you now! Although, this phone is designed for women, and I'd adive men not to get it as it is very much a femanine phone. it is amazing, the best phone I've ever encountered.
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Reviewed by mary from UK on 30th Aug 2007
this phone is awesome, the battery life is fine, takes awesome pics, has extra stuff that other phones dont have. only let down is that is doesnt have a memory card slot. a reliable awesome phone.
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Reviewed by katarina from UK on 17th Aug 2007
extraaa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Miss Cheese from UK on 16th Aug 2007
it is amazing and no other phone can beat it
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Reviewed by Ryan from UK on 14th Aug 2007
Not A Bad Fone! They Should Bring Out More Colours For It. The Memory Is Brilliant And Camera Quality Isnt That Bad. Ive Given A 4 Star
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Reviewed by sharon from UK on 10th Aug 2007
fantastic mobile. always reliable, mine is on all the time, and wonder if the battery will ever run out. very easy to use. best samsung i've ever bought x
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Reviewed by kim from UK on 5th Aug 2007
i had this phone since july last year and at first it was great, i thought wow a nice little phone, great features and very girly, but as the months went by i realised its not so great anymore as everything keeps going wrong with it,the camera quick button on the side of the phone no longer works, its got very poor signal or sometimes no signal at all, i can no longer send mms or video as it just comes up with unsupported media, every so often the pictures i have downloaded onto the phone keeps looking scrambled or a funny colour and if i send a text that goes into 2 messages people don't recieve my texts. im now in the middle of looking for a new phone which is a shame really cos it is a nice looking phone, but i have to have one that works probaly
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Reviewed by hannah from UK on 31st Jul 2007
when i first got this phone last year, i had a couple of probs, bu now it's 100% perfect!
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Reviewed by Jessica from UK on 26th Jul 2007
i had the motorola v220 b4 this fone i absaloutly hated it so much it was the worst fone i had eva had but i swapped it for the Samsung E530 it is the bst fone i have eva gt in my life i would reccomend this fone to anybdy BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT
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Reviewed by Ellen from UK on 27th Jun 2007
Amazin phone! Never ever let me down! love the style definately recomend it to evryone!!
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Reviewed by nikita from UK on 25th Jun 2007
i have that phone and it is wicked but i can only hold 15 songs on it but it is still wicked
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 21st Jun 2007
its not just a girly phone. ive got one. and im 13. and male. so devo. great phone
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Reviewed by aimee from UK on 21st Jun 2007
I Have Got this phone at the moment i fin it a very good phone the only problem is it doesnt have speaker when you call someone
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Reviewed by Amy from UK on 19th Jun 2007
I bought this phone about a year and a half ago, and when I went on to contract was offered an upgrade, selling my little samsung online. I can honestly say that it is one of my greatest regrets. This is a brilliant little phone - it's pink, stlyish and you dont have to worry about it getting wrecked! Buy this phone!
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Reviewed by sanam from UK on 14th Jun 2007
I think these phones are great & hve a great offer on the latest phones
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Reviewed by daisie from UK on 9th Jun 2007
this phone is the bst one i have had i've had it for bout a year and hasnt crashed on me once. i payed about 120.00 for it and it reli was worth it.
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Reviewed by joe from UK on 6th Jun 2007
nice phone, had it for two years and never had a problem with it! except the 8 key doesn't work anymore, due to the face the keypad is curved. :)
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Reviewed by ellie from UK on 31st May 2007
amazin i just bought it fo 30 and love it!"!!!!!!!it's the best phone i ever had and i hose this over the sony erricson walkman w300i
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Reviewed by hasfan from UK on 31st May 2007
I hate it!
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Reviewed by amy from UK on 27th May 2007
love it bt its too quiet
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Reviewed by lauren from UK on 26th May 2007
could do better...the connection when calling is bad...neat phone though...but not one i would totally recomend now that all the sony ericsson fones are out now! xxx
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Reviewed by Cat from UK on 20th May 2007
I have had this phone for over a year now and it's excellent! =D I only find two problems on it which is that the analyse clock doesn't stay on for more than 3 seconds and when you want to listen to a recording, it comes out really quiet. Don't listen to people who have said the signal is rubbish because it's great! I love this phone and I don't really mind about the two problems! The pink is cute and girly (which I love!) ****BuY tHiS pHoNe!!!**** =D =D =D
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Reviewed by Ellie from UK on 8th May 2007
ive got this phone and its great it's got really cool features on it ..x
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Reviewed by cj baboony!! =+] from UK on 4th May 2007
i have had this fone for 2 yearz! and i love love love love it!! its soo amazing! its cute and little and all different colours and the keys are so easy to text with! its just FABBY fone! buy it buy it buy it BUY IT NOWW!!get it from o2.co.uk (best network!)i little prob is that the mp3 only stores bout 10 songs but otherwise am absolutly amazing fone!! xxxxxxxxx 10 starz! go samsung!! x
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Reviewed by Gemma from UK on 28th Apr 2007
the samsung e530 is a fantastic phone its really easy to use and i would recommend it to anybody, thats looking for a nice easy phone to use
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Reviewed by Sophia from UK on 28th Apr 2007
This phone is perfect choice and I adore it!
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Reviewed by XX sara XX from UK on 27th Apr 2007
I found it a very good mobile phone ! I won't change it. This is the best mobile I ever had!!! Get this phone bcauce it is very worth it ! I love it !!!!!
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Reviewed by debbie from UK on 23rd Apr 2007
ive had this phone for going on 16 months, and i ahve to say its a great little mobile, plenty of memory, takes good quality pictures and videos, has an mp3 player and is nice and compact. i love this phone!!
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Reviewed by roxy from UK on 23rd Apr 2007
this is a great phone i just got this to borrow and i think it great i lost my phone and i am borrowin it
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Reviewed by liem-b from UK on 20th Apr 2007
a very good phone every1 ibrake i gt exact same 1coz dere so good wish day wer cheepa doo amazin phones every jst listen n av 1 day amazin whaaaaaaaay biggin up da chathaaam beiiiz x
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Reviewed by Rachel from UK on 11th Apr 2007
Luv it!!! MWAH
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Reviewed by Saba from UK on 6th Apr 2007
Grat phone but quite slow at times and multimedia messaging settings hard to correct i also found that it had bas reception at times and the buttons often jammed and there was no usb cable included but good design of phone nice and small but not too fond of the colour choices.
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Reviewed by lubaina from UK on 6th Apr 2007
it is a good cellto hold but it doesnt have real player and the sound quality is worst.but let me tell u if u see this mobile in the hands of a man suerly he is a GAY.
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Reviewed by kate from UK on 5th Apr 2007
still have this fone turned dwn many upgrades competly love it!!
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Reviewed by lovliue from UK on 24th Mar 2007
i Love this phone its a drem come true
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Reviewed by suga from UK on 24th Mar 2007
perfect for every lady
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Reviewed by Megan from UK on 21st Mar 2007
i loved this phone before it got stolen but i recormend this to any girl
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Reviewed by Louby from UK on 12th Mar 2007
I've had my E530 for 18 months now and can't wait to change it. The T9 predictive text is fine except that it refuses to save new words in the dictionary. I've checked the T9 website & T9 does allow you to add words to it's dictionary, but warns that not all phones have that functionality. Clearly the E530 doesn't. I also find the camera appalling. No matter how steadily I hold the handset, I invariably get blurred images. I also find that the image you think you've captured when you hear the shutter sound isn't the image that then appears on screen - there seems to be a bit of a delay so you end up not capturing what you wanted to. I'm not keen on the calendar scheduling features either. It's a lovely looking compact phone and nice and light, but the features I used most on it were poor.
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Reviewed by Emily from UK on 11th Mar 2007
it was a really good phone to start with! but ive had it over a year and all of a sudden i can't hear anyone when they ring me. is this a problem with anyone else?
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Reviewed by lil bekki from UK on 4th Mar 2007
i have this phone and i think its great i would recomend this to anyone i like it tht much im gettin the one up the e540 is even better so i say if you want it GET IT !! x
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Reviewed by baby zee from UK on 2nd Mar 2007
dis fone is quite gd but annoyin coz da voice reccording is REALLY rubbish u can hardly hear it not sure if i wood recomend it but its pretty gd
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Reviewed by sylv from UK on 2nd Mar 2007
i had the phone for 6 months and the battery was as good as dead needed charging every day and didn't use anything on it to run battery down in my mind its the best phone i had but not worth the money i now cant switch my phone on and this has been playing up too since it was 6 months old and car phone ware house have been less than helpfull and it cost us nearly 200 pounds new never again
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Reviewed by Rebecca Lines from UK on 22nd Feb 2007
This phone is fab! i got it new today, the only thing i don't understand is how 2 txt
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Reviewed by mwahaha from UK on 21st Feb 2007
i love it, may not store every sms word but i will be very sad to see it go. cutest fone ever
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Reviewed by Ellz from UK on 20th Feb 2007
I LOVED this phone till it got nickd tha best phone ive had & i dunno whata have tht wil folllow it, it was amain x x x x
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Reviewed by 3llii3 from UK on 18th Feb 2007
Ii g0t thiis ph0ne last year siimply because iit was cute. Iin fact Ii l0ve iit n0w f0r iits features. The camera iis excellent qualiity as iis the viide0. 0ne d0wnsiide iis y0u have t0 keep iit 0pen t0 liisten t0 musiic, but thats n0t a maj0r d0wnfall. Iits easy t0 use f0r textiing. Iits very much a giirls ph0ne, wiith the m0nthly extras l0l. Alt0gether Ii w0uld rec0mmend thiis ph0ne.
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Reviewed by amy from UK on 18th Feb 2007
personally i do not like this phone, the settings are good, the camera is okay. however battery life is poor and no usb cabel. i have had my phone for around 6 months and i have had no problems with it, except i find it old fashioned and will be getting a sony erricson phone this time. get this phone if you just want a phone, if you are looking for special features look else where. like i said this is a very basic phone and it's cute. it's okay, i quite like it =]
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Reviewed by ellie from UK on 17th Feb 2007
i had this phone in orange and it was the best mobile ive ever had i would definatly recomend anybody to buy it and it also comes with a hand strap to whip it out if your bag with !!!
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Reviewed by kool girl from UK on 17th Feb 2007
this fone is amazing also its dead cheap!!! LOL must buy 4 girlies!!!
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Reviewed by Lucie from UK on 16th Feb 2007
I've had this phone for about a year and I can't wait to get rid of it. It looks good (although I'm not sure about the blocky look of the keypad) but, as others have already said, the reception is absolutely apalling. I rarely have signal good enough to for both myself and the person on the other end to hear eachother properly.
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Reviewed by Vick from UK on 16th Feb 2007
Well, I have had this phone for 18 months now and I am glad to be replacing it with a Sony Ericsson W850i. This phone is one of the only top phones on the market for which you cannot have customized themes, or games sent to via bluetooth. Another downfall, in my opinion, of the Samsung phones in general is the inability to set a MP3 file as the message alert or alarm. The main problem I have had with this phone is that sometimes it decides not to let me receive txts, it vibrates and when you click open, no txt appears. This is only remedied when the phone is turned off and on again, very annoying as you can imagine. On the whole, this phone has been reliable and has never had a technical fault. My own opinion is that Sony Ericsson phones are the ones to have and the best available on the market. I would never own a Samsung again. It's a nice size and weight however, with a attractive design like the other Samsungs. My advice: BUY A SONY ERICSSON! Hope that helped.
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Reviewed by Vicki Hart from UK on 12th Feb 2007
I love this SGH- E530. you can take good quality pictures and videos but the most gutting thing about my E530 is that i lost it last wednesday and i miss it so much. In my media class we made adverts and my phone was in one of the adverts and just seeing my phone on telly nearly made me cry because i love it so much
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Reviewed by Ana Lizzie from UK on 6th Feb 2007
This has got to be the worst mobile phone I have ever had. For the first two weeks I loved it, I still love the look of it, but I have been mega unlucky with the functionality. At first I had to go through about 10 hours of set up time with the Vodafone team to get picture messaging. Then the battery stopped taking charge and it was dying in the space of 1 hour. I had that one replaced by Vodafone (thanks!) but then I had to go through the 10 hours set up time for picture messaging again. My latest dilemma is that the phone will not hold a conversation. It doesn't switch off, but just cuts off. Apparently all I can do is get it repaired, and I am stuck with it for another 11 months. The menu is good, text msging you can get used to, but no nokia, and i love the extras such as 'pink calendar'. The camera is ok pixel wise, but the video is ace. Especially when you transfer it to the computer. However... either I have been really unlucky, or Samsung still have some dev elopment testing to do. ps. signal receiver is rubbish!
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Reviewed by Shelagh from UK on 1st Feb 2007
I know this is an oldie, but its also a goodie! If you just want a cute mobile that's easy to use with good reception then this could be for you, its also becomming more rare as its retired. I had this little mobile when it first came out, I do like Samsung mobiles and have had quite a few in my time including the E900 and D900 and although this is tecnically less able it is small easy to use and pretty!! I think I've just got fed up with the black Samsungs and the black or white skins, so I've returned to my valentine pink cutie!!
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Reviewed by Kellie from UK on 31st Jan 2007
I cannot complain about this phone. It's been down a toilet and still works - thats what i call a good phone! Also when ive dropped phones before thats it, this is still strong! Great camera, easy to use, easy to txt from and call from, sometimes hard with signal, but i got a signal booster and all that changed so i was happy - excellent amazing phone
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Reviewed by Tiffany from UK on 31st Jan 2007
i got this phone 4 months ago and it is brilliant dropped it several times now once in a bucket of water and it still works perfectly although i wouldnt recommend 2 any 1 2 try it!!! The only let down is the signal. I am on Orange at the momet and so is my mum and she has a different phone 2 me and she seems 2 beable 2 get al least 1 bar of signal in most places in my house and i can get vertually none. The only place i can get signal is in my bed which isnt useful as i dont do much texting at 10 oclock at night when i am actually in bed!!!
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Reviewed by Sarah from UK on 21st Jan 2007
Got this fone in sept 06, it was nothing but trouble from the start, poor signal,kept getting limited signal come up, phone call after phone call to orange and samsung nothing has changed. Have gone back to my old faithful nokia. DO NOT BUY THIS FONE.
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Reviewed by shazzy from UK on 18th Jan 2007
I am a phonaholic!! and have had loads of mobiles over the years, my phone, previous to this one was a samsung d500 which I think is one of the best phones ever by the way!!but a bit of a blokey phone, so i got an e530 off of e-bay and I have to say it is really good, it has pretty much the same stuff as the d500 but not slide obviously!! and its well girly! so far had no probs with reception, or quality of sound, every thing seems to be working as it should!! i do think that the fragrance thingy and period thingy are a bit pointless but the phone overall is excellant!!!!
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Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 16th Jan 2007
OMG!! I really do LOVE this phone!!!!! nothing wrong and when im bored i reach for my phone and low and behold im no longer bored!! get this phone!!!! girls only !!!! Hann xx
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Reviewed by Marlyn from UK on 13th Jan 2007
ok phone ... had it for about a year didnt break once. Good for texting and its memory is quite good.
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