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Samsung Marcel S3500 review

 Review: April 2009  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The Samsung S3500 is a low to mid-range slide phone with a smart metallic finish. Features include a 2 megapixel camera with flash, a music player and FM radio, and Bluetooth.



 

Review

The Samsung S3500 (nicknamed the "Marcel") is a low-end slider from Samsung, with a Soul-inspired design and smart metallic looks. The features that you get with this phone are typical for the sub-£100 price bracket. The Marcel does come with some extra "safety" features, including a "fake call" facility which is intended to get you out of trouble, and an SOS feature that sends an emergency call. Apart from these features, it's a pretty standard phone, and rather expensive for what you get. But it does look nice.

The older Samsung G600 or Nokia 6300 seem to offer better value for money.


Samsung Marcel S3500 features include:

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Reviewed by aditya from india on 6th Jan 2012
MY S3500 IS DEAD NOW IN JUST 3 YEAR !!!SLIDER SUCKXXXXXXXXX
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Reviewed by albert from zimbabwe on 4th Dec 2011
the phone looks good but the battery do not last long particulary if u are on internet. It doesnt allow u to play videos whilst on internet.
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Reviewed by Caty Rickshire from England on 4th Aug 2011
It's tough, I'll give it that. I dropped it on tiles and it wasn't damaged at all. It sometimes takes time to do what you want it to and the phone sometimes does not turn on. It deleted some of my pictures and videos when I didn't want it to. The bluetooth is good. I was a bit disappointed when all these other phones came out because all my friends had LG Towns and Blackberrys. :( I've had it about a year and I'm already wanting another one. It charges fast but my battery goes quick.
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Reviewed by Rukia from Kenya on 4th Aug 2011
A nice handset but it is giving me problems now. The fibre is like finished or dead. I can not operate it with the slide up. Very disappointed. Network connection is also very slow. My S3500 is like dead now, as i can not make use of the center button with the slide up.
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Reviewed by from India on 24th Jul 2011
Basically two problems- slide related and sometimes the phone itself does not turn on.
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Reviewed by BadMan Umman from England on 20th Jan 2011
Dis Phone Iz Tuu Sikk Nothing Iz Rong Wiv It
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Reviewed by Deanna from England on 28th Dec 2010
well i have had this phone for 3 years and i fell in love with it then all the new phones came out and i was disappointing :( i love it the internet is very very very slow but easy to use and the price was amazing :)
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Reviewed by Alison from UK on 13th Dec 2010
What are you all doing with your phones?! I've had mine 18 months. It's quick to charge, and takes about 5 days for it to run out of battery. It's fantastic, easy to use. No issues with it.
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Reviewed by rashi from india on 24th Oct 2010
bad battery back up
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Reviewed by padma from india on 21st Sep 2010
hi ,ihave samsung s3500 mobile. but recently iam unable to hear other vioce when a call .but they r hearing my voice but iam hearing their vioce we my speaker is on . so give me that w to do with my phone
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Reviewed by Hasan from Pakistan on 6th Aug 2010
Brilliant display and colours.. nice metallic effect at front.. Easy to use user interface. Cool theme creator.. A few drawbacks but not major are.. - a bit fat than usual.. - texting not so easy when holding the phone.. maybe cuz my fingers are long.. - plastic back makes it vulnerable to dents.. - Very difficult to install Java apps and games.. - No flash on camera.. however good quality for a 2 MP camera in daylight. I am Happy with my buy for what i paid (29) in simple words :)
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Reviewed by Ramesh kashyap from india on 13th Jul 2010
samsung 3500 this mobile phone look gud but it give error during install the application.camera quality so gud......
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Reviewed by BOB NICHOLS from UNNAMED on 4th Jul 2010
VERY GOOD FONE HOWEVER VERY VERY VERY SLOW!! TOOK 20MINUTES TO LOADM ONE FOTO ON FBOOK ONCE, DONT BUY THE FONE IF YOU HAVE COMMENSENSE!!
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Reviewed by AMD Athlon from India on 30th Jun 2010
I don't know why all people blame this phone for its battery backup, but mine one is super. Battery backup is 3 days although I listen too much music, display is superb, sound clarity is superb. I'm using this phone for 2&a half years my one had never gone for repaire.
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Reviewed by KASHIF from INDIA on 28th Jun 2010
The Best Thing In This Phone Is U Can Create Ur Own Themes In Setting Section Although The Screen Clearity Is Superb, Sound Is Normal , I Will Give 9/10 To Camera Clearity Otherwise All Is normal ...
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Reviewed by RAMAN from INDIA on 6th Jun 2010
VERY POOR PERFORMANCE FOR INTERNET .YOU CANT DOWNLOAD THEME+JAVAGAME,SOFTWARE MORE THAN 500KB.IF YOU COPY ANY SOFTWARE FROM PC YA ANOTHER MOBILE IN YOUR PHONE IT SHOWING LOCKED.IF YOU DOWNLOAD MORE THAN 500KB JAR YA JAD FILE IT SHOWING FILE TOO LARGE CANOT SAVE WHILE PHONE+MEMORY CARD MEMORY EMPTY. PLEASE DONT BUY IT
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Reviewed by alisha from poland on 11th May 2010
very good fone excellent reception alltho faulty back nd touch sensitive keyboard apart from that good fone,overall i would rate the fone 7/10
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Reviewed by selva from India on 30th Apr 2010
I bought this phone 6 months back......Its simply superb......excellent clarity,music and look too.........drawbacks are sms delivering is taking time and themes cannot be applied..
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Reviewed by avril from bagdad on 16th Apr 2010
good fone but verry faulty bak fell off AS did the screen took 34 days 2 repair disappointed!
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Reviewed by Ryan Summers from England on 9th Mar 2010
By far one of the best phones I ever owned! It did go wrong just after the 28 day replacement warranty ran out and took 2 weeks to repair, but apart from that superb! had excellent sound quality, built superbly (withstood 10 months of solid abuse!)really easy to use. Would recommend this phone to anybody! Only broke due to my stupidity! Loved that phone (:
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Reviewed by Bharath from India on 3rd Mar 2010
i guess the problems are majorly faced by the people of UK.... cause my phone works fine and gives a battery back up of 2days and except no downloadable themes and jar file can't be installed above 500kb everything is excellent... I guess the phone isn't designed for UK users :(
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Reviewed by eve from united kingdom on 27th Feb 2010
Its a good phone but i wouldnt recommend it as it has a faulty screen and the back keeps falling off
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Reviewed by Michelle from UK on 25th Feb 2010
Bought this phone last Monday and charged the battery as instructed. I didnt use it for music or anything major but the battery is nearly empty even before the day ends. Went back to ask for another battery and was given another one. Unfortunately Im still getting the same problem. I think the battery let it down so bad that i am thinking about getting another brand. VERY disappointed!
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Reviewed by sam from england on 14th Feb 2010
this phone is a bit to expensive for what you get. my one is constantely freezing and always resets the profile stuff so i can never hear my messages >:( !! am disapointed samsung
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Reviewed by Bill W from England on 9th Feb 2010
I have the same problem as Alan (18/11/2009): the phone sometimes modifies it's profile so that there is no sound on receipt of text. The txt profile also drops back to default alert tone, default alert type and alert repetition. Samsung have suggested a complete s/w reload, which is VERY inconvenient, and they haven't a clue if it will fix the problem. THIS IS A SERIOUS FAULT if you rely on texts...
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Reviewed by bean from india on 23rd Jan 2010
love it
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Reviewed by krishnendu singha from india on 12th Jan 2010
i m useing the fone fom last6 month .........i dint face any problem.... the sound of the headfone is excellent ,..........
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Reviewed by sonia from india on 27th Dec 2009
i just love this phone.. its been 4 months.. n i dnt face any problem... the only problem s themes r not availble,,,[:)]
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Reviewed by Anonymous from none of your business on 23rd Dec 2009
It is an awesome phone
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Reviewed by Shiv from India on 22nd Dec 2009
Liked the looks. But new phone failed to work right at the store after purchase. Store refunded the money in full. Am looking for another brand.
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Reviewed by paresh from india on 8th Dec 2009
the phone is good but 0 battery backup charge it in night night and morning the phone is off and very bad customer service within a week the customer has to give the phone for repairs
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Reviewed by Clair from England on 2nd Dec 2009
The battery does not hold a charge for long at all, with just normal call/text useage I am re-charging every day. It has real signal problems (tried a different sim card and still no good) User manual that comes with the mobile is as useful as a chocolate teapot. Settings are very limited. I am very disappointed with the phone, the ONLY thing I like about it, is how it looks. Wish I hadn't wasted my money.
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Reviewed by poornaonly@gmail.com from INDIA on 20th Nov 2009
HAPPY BUT MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT THERE
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Reviewed by alan from england on 18th Nov 2009
had to exchange my phone 3 times on O2, profile on txt message keeps defaulting to melody but with no sound! very disapointed don't waste your money on this phone, it looks good but has a serious problem no one has been able to sort it now the 3rd one has the same fault.
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Reviewed by Asna from India on 2nd Nov 2009
Well i bought this phone quite very recently and i really love it! Yeah the battery backup is poor, cannot stay more than 1 day, if used some features like calling, texting, song listening and video playback moderately. But the phone looks extremely beautiful, like a twin of Nokia 6500 slide but way too cheap than this. In 1 month of usage, i didnt got any problem of freezing or phone getting switched off itself, or any display problem, network coverage is quite good and it is built quite sturdily. Though if we could download some download able themes, that could have been a nice thing otherwise it seems to take a lot of time in creating themes and making it look good through phone. The volume of the phone is too loud, but only one problem i find here, if i keep the keypad volume off, the whole phone's volume becomes silent i.e. i cannot hear camera shutter tones or some other tones, yet the annoying service tone after calling or texting cannot be silenced. Otherwise i love this phone a lot, it has a decent 2 mega pixel camera with nice features. Excellent!!
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Reviewed by Alex from U.K on 25th Oct 2009
I bought thid phone on May this year,bril little little phone. Its good for people who like to keep phones small,not too expensive and sylish. The battery life is qutie good, texting easy to do, as I do that alot. I would say buy this phone, its a bargain!
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Reviewed by Dave from uk on 24th Oct 2009
We decided to purchase a S3500 from our local Vodafone shop. the phone would not receive text and the display froze after a few minutes. we took it back to the shop and they gave us another. this was the same. third time lucky we thought after an argument with the sales assistant, he tried to tell us mobile phones were not covered by the sale of goods act. he replaces it with a third phone. this phone also froze. We then purchased a Nokia 3600. Not at all happy with the S3500
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Reviewed by Ryan from England on 17th Sep 2009
I wrote a review on the 11th August about this phone, and i have been impressed with the phone, up until today... when i turned the phone off it came back on and it came up with the startup wizard. It kept repeating this so the phone has now gone off to be repaired for two weeks. Not impressed! Samsung you have let me down again with your software.
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Reviewed by Carol from Wales on 13th Sep 2009
First Samsung I have bought and sorry I bothered. If signal goes when trying to use functions the fone turns itself off; battery needed charging again after less than 24 hours; not receiving messages. All in all its useless!!!!
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Reviewed by Chetan from India on 12th Sep 2009
Wish it could record the active conversation at a push of button rather than going thru Menu Applications V/R (same as Radio) Also, why is Voice recording only for 5 minutes especially when radio can be recorded on & on ...
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Reviewed by m.d from england on 1st Sep 2009
i love this phone, the pictures and video are great, its loud, i got usb cable with mine, no probs with sd card.it holds the info i want. so yes 5 stars, love it!!!!!
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Reviewed by Austin from Britain on 27th Aug 2009
For a low-end phone, this feels quite solidy build. The basic phone functions are good, but the Calendar is a joke! Your calendar entries can only have 16 character titles, and only 100 character descriptions. It doesn't understand dates before 1/Jan/2008 so people's birthdays get mangled. The "New PC Studio" sync software is appalling: it crashes often, and can't sync to Outlook properly: I ended up with a whole calendar full of (truncated) duplicate entries in my Outlook. The calendar memory is limit to a handful of entries, so you can't sync more than a month or two into the future. Nokia might be boring, but they know how to sync calendars! My Nokia 6124 and 6300 both did way better than this. Don't get this phone if you care about your calendar.
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Reviewed by srikanth from india on 21st Aug 2009
good
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Reviewed by rachel from england on 17th Aug 2009
just bought this phone, loving it apart from no usb cable. anyone know where you can buy one cheap?
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Reviewed by Ryan from England on 11th Aug 2009
Just got the phone today, so far so good. Everything works fine (not sure about the micro sd slot yet!) For what I paid for it i'm impressed, although dissapointed it doesnt come with a USB cable. Good display, nice and loud, what more could you ask for!
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Reviewed by Kim from England on 11th Aug 2009
I just vought the Samsung S3500, great phone, basic but suits my needs. One problem, the micro memory sc slot doesnt appear to work, cant get the card in, hole seems to be too small. Anyone else have this problem thanks Kim
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Reviewed by PS from India on 8th Aug 2009
Just got the phone and find that there is a serious issue with the date. When I need to store a birthday or anniversary it does not let me set any date before Jan 2008. So all b'days appear toooo recent. Imagine my dad's b'day is also coming as 2008! Does anyone else have this problem? Do I need to update or something? And yes the battery seems to be draining rather soon.
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Reviewed by Don from UK on 7th Aug 2009
I love this cheap-ish phone. It is heavy, solid and well made, just the ticket, at least you feel safe holding it. Texting is a doddle, good loud ringtone, excellent music player, though could do with a bit less treble and more bass. Has to be bargain of the year. Some reviewers are twisting on that camera is not very good. Jeez, you bought a phone, not a camera, what do you expect you fools. Buy a Canon if you want good pictures, ha! then try and phone someone on it.
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Reviewed by jarrell age 12 from london on 6th Aug 2009
this phone it one of the best phones ive ever had this isa my first samsung phone i had i will be buying more it can record the radio and other cool stuff like that very loud there is a down sider though cant make it ring and vibrate payed 70 pound dor it wsouldent change it loove the look so cool all my freinds love it soo cooll would buy another one iff it broke
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Reviewed by Emma from Wales on 31st Jul 2009
This Is Not A Rubbish Phone Its Really Cool And Easy To Use I Would Recomend This Phone To Anyone
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Reviewed by Ashley Martin from Wales on 27th Jul 2009
Bought The Phone Coz I Broke My Other One Has Very Cool Features On It Like The Fake Call Thats The Best Have Fun When The Girlfreind Is Shoutin At Me For Something Would Recomend It To ALOT Of People.
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Reviewed by JIM from ENGLAND on 26th Jul 2009
SAMSUNG S3500 IS WORST MOBILE I HAVE EVER SEEN IF YOU WANT TO WASTE MONEY ON IT THEN ONLY BUY IT
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Reviewed by kelsey from america on 21st Jul 2009
this phone is a load of rubbish you have to keep charging it like every day and if were you i would go for the j700 since that is just way better than the samsung s3500. trust me on this one the keys kept fallin out when i brought it so dont waste you time.
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Reviewed by mia from england on 15th Jul 2009
i like this phone and it helped me with my texts but the other side of it is the bad side its keys broke when i first got it so i had to replace them and i had to buy my own sim
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Reviewed by paul from england on 13th Jul 2009
The S3500 is a good value phone with good features from samsung loud speaker for the music,but after a week i had to change to a different phone due to the very poor battery performance from the phone,i was was only getting a day from it with medium use,very dissapointed about this because liked the phone,so would say get phone if you dont mind charging every day,i have gone back to a j700 which i had before,and managed to find another before they stopped making them,the j700 stats on batt were supposed to not be as good as s3500 but in reality it is much better and last bout 5 days before needs charging
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Reviewed by Gambler from UK on 12th Jul 2009
Bought this on PAYG from Dialaphone as a first phone for daughters eleventh birthday. Two days it was fine then the display just went black. Phone could still receive calls etc. but you couldn't see anything. And dialaphone can't be contacted via phone.
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Reviewed by praveen from india on 12th Jul 2009
this phone sucks to the core
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Reviewed by katie Price from Peter on 9th Jul 2009
LUVLAY!!!!
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Reviewed by Shikharr from India on 6th Jul 2009
Nice phone but provides a very bad sound after sending a message and does not provide a memory card with it......
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Reviewed by prakash from india on 2nd Jul 2009
this mobile looking very good
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Reviewed by SAHIL from INDIA on 20th Jun 2009
I LOVE THIS MOBILE
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Reviewed by zafar from pakistan on 10th Jun 2009
its really exellent mobile phone of samsung. i really like it.
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Reviewed by sam from england on 1st Jun 2009
i like this phone it cool
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Reviewed by Jon from England on 27th May 2009
Fantastic phone, love it.. apart from one thing.. when you have ended an outgoing call, up pops your credit followed by a loud horrible chime, tried everything to turn it off, but no joy.
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Reviewed by zanele from south africa on 21st May 2009
I like this cell very much but I don`t like the colour of it. I wish there was another colour like black.
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Reviewed by leah from london on 21st May 2009
ive just got this phone in pink and i absoutley love it the music is loud ringtones are loud camera is great considering there's no flash i got it on virgin mobile so i got msn free for 6 months which is great i can chat to my friends without having to go on he pc love the phone would recommend it :)
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Reviewed by Jim from England on 15th May 2009
i have just got this phone as an upgrade from a bog standard vodafone own brand and so far so good. there are a couple of minor things that are different but i really like this phone. it looks good and feels good and is a good deal for 68.50 from phones 4 u.
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Reviewed by Pauline from Uk on 1st May 2009
I really like this phone, BUT I dont seem to be able to find how to turn the flash on? can anyone help?
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Reply by natt from UK on 17th May 2009
there is no flash

Reviewed by grant from uk on 30th Apr 2009
I have just got this phone and think it's great, easy to use and good features. I was looking for a phone that was not to much of a gimmick like a lot of them now, and this one is spot on,people complain about the battery if you use the music functions then its not going to be great same for most phones,use it as a phone then its perfectly ok.
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Reviewed by p from nowhere on 20th Apr 2009
good phone. Very cheap on vodafone. good camera and music player is ok.
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Reviewed by ca from uk on 16th Apr 2009
it does good
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Reviewed by Janine Pearce from UK on 14th Apr 2009
This phone's speed dial function did not work, and when charging it beeped when the battery was full........which woke me up during the night. I was highly disaapointed with this phone, as i generally love samsungs.
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Reviewed by diane from neath on 24th Mar 2009
had this phone for a month now and cant fault it i was looking for a cheapie phone on payg found it in vodafone for 70quid its virtually the same as my sisters soul which i dont really like but its a lot louder in the ringtone department its well made and the battery isnt that bad depending on what functions you are using ive put a memory card in mine and have got loads of tunes downloaded which is another thing thats simple to do to i dont normally go for samsung but im impressed with this one and will be keeping it for a while
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Reviewed by si from uk on 23rd Mar 2009
this is a good bit of kit, the phone feels well made for a start, good key pad, fast movement between applications and great security features such as, phone tracker, and fake call! who cares about battery life, thats why we have a charger in the box!! great browser too!!!
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Reviewed by Clare from U.K. on 16th Mar 2009
Just got this phone and it really is nice. The good points are: it has a theme creator, it holds 500 text messages plus 50 on your sim, the calendar and tasks have a memory of 100 each (100 characters) and you can save them onto the memory card (16GB!!) You can change the font size, has an excellent display. It is very fast. You can save your inbox text messages to the calendar or memo. You can change your text message to your own tune. It has a good slider as well. The bad bits are: in the sent box, it does not display the time and date when you sent it, but it gets recorded in the call log (like the U600). And the battery is poor. But it's still a cute phone for the price.
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