Samsung Steel review
|Review: September 2008|
Last updated May 2009
In a nutshell: The Steel is a Vodafone-exclusive handset with premium looks.
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The Samsung Steel is a Vodafone-exclusive phone. It looks like a premium phone, with its steel body and smart appearance, but actually it's priced in the entry-level category and is available free on contract for as low as £15. The Steel gives you the looks of the Samsung Soul at a fraction of the cost! The Steel isn't a touchscreen-operated device like the Soul, but is a conventional slider with a nice solid feel and an easy-to-use conventional keypad. The display is a generous 2.2 inches across, making it one of the biggest displays in this type of phone.
The Steel has some great features, including high-speed HSDPA giving 7.2 Mbps download speeds over the 3G network. A front-facing camera enables video calling, whilst the main rear-mounted camera is better than you'd expect in this price range: it's a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, although it's lacking a flash. There's a music player, and an FM radio too. The 30 Mbytes of internal memory lets you store around half a dozen MP3 tracks, but you can add a memory card of up to 8 GB capacity.
Vodafone are quoting a battery life of 23 days, but this is an absurd figure. In reality the Steel doesn't have a particularly good battery life: most users will have to charge every other day we would guess.
In summary, the Samsung Steel has the looks of a high-end phone, mid-range features and an entry-level price point. If you can live with the battery life and the lack of a camera flash, then it's a great buy. Just one further addition - several of our users have complained that the Steel freezes or randomly switches off, so take this into consideration before buying. The new Samsung S7330 may be a better choice, although it's exclusive to 3, and the Samsung Soul is worth a look now that its price has come down considerably.
Samsung Steel features include:
- 3G with video calling and 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
- 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and 3x digital zoom
- Video recording
- Second video camera for video calling
- Display: TFT, 262K colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.2 inches)
- Music player
- FM radio
- 64-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Integrated handsfree speakerphone
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 30 Mbytes plus MicroSD memory card slot (expandable to 8 GB)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB
- WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10, EDGE, 3G HSDPA
- Triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) plus 3G (UMTS)
- Size: 104 x 49 x 14 mm
- Weight: 109g
- Talktime: 296 minutes
- Battery standby: 568 hours
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Samsung Steel user reviews
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Average rating from 94 reviews:
Reviewed by John from England on 25th Nov 2011
I think it's fantastic. I've had it for three years and still fine. Although has a tendency to call random people, and battery life isn't great. I would recomend it though
Reviewed by kayleigh from uk on 17th Sep 2011
i've had 3 of these phones now and they all ended up breaking. i dont use it often, as it is always switched off when im at work 5 days a week. on the 1st phone the speaker broke, i couldnt hear anybody during calls, and the top keypad became unresponsive. i sent it back and got it fixed. then the screen started blanking, or showing strange coloured lines when it was flipped up or down. as it was past a year, i couldnt get it fixed so got a new one instead. after a year or so, the screen broke again, completely blacking out when flipped up or down. i really like the way this phone works, the feel and the look of it, so i decided to get another 1. ive had this 1 less than 2 months now, and the screen has once again started blacking out. i dont think it is a coincidence that all 3 phones have had the exact same problem. its a shame, because if it wasnt for that unbearable fault, it would be an excellent phone.
Reviewed by ALEX BWALYA CHANGAMWIBWE from ZAMBIA on
3rd Apr 2011
ITS A VERY SMART PHONE,FAST TO DOWNLOAD THINGS FROM THE NET AND EASY TO OPERATE,FOR INTERNET LOVERZ I THINK ITS JUST THE IDEAL PHONE.BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE BATTERY AND FREEZIN.
Reviewed by debra from uk on 6th Mar 2011
I've had this phone for well over 2 years now, I made a mistake of taking it in the bathromm with me one one moring about 3 months ago and it stopped working, the fact that I had wet fingers when I touched it didn't help. I have had it just sitting a the drawer, as I didn't want to throw it away as I loved using it, just a simple easy phone to use, well except in the sunlight :-) when you can't see the screen, but any way I got it out of the draw today and decided to try it once more - guess what the battery has charged and it is working woo hoo:-) so I have a spare now as I am using my husbands old one as we bought him a new one. I feel like I have just found an old friend - Morale of the story don't be too hasty in getting rid of your old phones!!
Reviewed by ashley from uk on 14th Dec 2010
I have had this phone for around 2 years and I am in love with it and still use it today.Whilst there are a view anoying things like the low battery life and the such small memory and slooow internet.Not to mention the how I have to search for symbols when I want to text. But I do like the reflective screen as it can be used as a mirror! O yes im a guy
Reviewed by Alex from Germany on 25th Nov 2010
I have this phone for about two years now. It just froze once, when Opera started Java. Apart from that is just runs for months without any problem. Battery still works for a week in standby, even though, I drive by train every day. One thing, that could be better is the calendar. I used it as a notebook modem for a while in holiday, using UMTS connection, and this worked fantastic.
Reviewed by Karen from England on 10th Nov 2010
Ive had this phone on contract with Vodafone for about 15mth..Great little phone, serves its purpose. But last couple of months tho, if i turn it off i cant get it back on, screen fuzzy, black lines, takes numerous attempts to get it back on. Once its on, cant switch it of incase i cant get it back on again.Scratches very easy.Does go to limited service at least once a week, but i put that down to a poor signal area.No spare fone to get it fixed via Vodafone and they wont give me a temp one unless i pay !!. So wait til contracts up, if it lasts that long .
Reviewed by matt from england on 6th Jul 2010
Have had the Samsung Steel for nearly 2 years now. Never had any problems. The camera is good when the environment is bright enough and samsung's software is great for this type of phone. Also, it features lots of handy shortcut keys and menu's which mean you dont have to fiddle your way though the menu's. The only cons are that the back plate tends to scratch easily and there is no camera flash. The other comments on this page about the phone breaking are obviously due to the owners not taking care of it. All in all, if your not looking for a smart phone, the samsung steel is a good phone for an even better price
Reviewed by Simon Adams from England on 7th Jun
I've had this phone for 2 years and never had a single problem with it (even dropped it in a puddle once and it is still working fine). The battery still lasts a good week if nothing is done with it or about 4 days if used for internet. The only problem I have had is with the memory (which is rarely great on mobile phones) but that can at least be upgraded using SD (though apparently not SDHC cards as I recently found out despite a forum saying they did work).
Reviewed by Naomi from UK on 15th May 2010
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. I've had it for a year. It's broken 3 times and I've got it fixed and now it's just broken again, for a fourth time. It scratches far too easily and the battery life is shocking. Having sent it back to get it fixed for a third time, it came back with a dodgey slider and has just broken again, this time within about 3 weeks! Seriously, get a more reliable phone, this one is truely awful
Reviewed by Maria from uk on 7th May 2010
my broke 12 month in my concart keep turn self off black lines down my phone
Reviewed by rachel from england on 23rd Mar 2010
this phone is really good looking basic phone, love how you can personalise it throughout with colour schemes and themes. camera is ok but could do with a flash sometimes. had it 10 months and the only prob i have had is the screen has broken randomly while sending a text but vodafone say it will be repaired free as within a year. taking it in tomorrow so will post when its fixed. also the reflective screen is handy as a litte mirror!!
Reviewed by craig maccallum from scotland on 13th
this phone is guff screen always goes black sometimes when i slide it u, or even in the middle of a text which is the most annoying thing, dont buy one!!
Reviewed by Ilani from England on 12th Mar 2010
My Samsung Steel goes into 'limited service' mode about twice a day where I cannot send or receive calls or texts, I have to turn the phone off and back on again then it's fine. This is a hassle as you keep having to check whether it's in recieve mode or not.
Reviewed by anth from england on 15th Feb 2010
well i have had my steel replaced 4 times already after about 5-6 weeks of having each 1 replaced the same problem occurs the screen goes fuzzy with black lines.i have had a mobile phone 4 15 years or more and never ever had 2 exchange it and this fone ive had 2 exchange 4 times and as i speak it will be 5 times DONT BUY THIS PHONE
Reviewed by Dana from England on 15th Feb 2010
I have this phone and havnt had any problems so far. The camera is good although no flash. Texting quite is quite easy. Very good phone :)
Reviewed by Sean from Scotland on 28th Dec 2009
This phone is rubbish, i've had mine for around 5 months. It wasnt charging and now it only chrages when its switched off. Also the screen keeps on cutting out or going dark. Not a good phone!
Reviewed by Debra Roberts from United Kingdom on
13th Dec 2009
I love this phone but hate the fact it stores your 3 most used numbers, can be a bit dodgey when texting!!!
Reviewed by Lucy B from UK on 30th Nov 2009
i have this phone, it is good but quite simple. It would be better if it had a flash. The battery is good, it lasts between 1 and 3 days with it on permanately. i have had it for almost a year and recently it has started turning off when im sending a long text message or a text message to 3 or more people. However it has a good music player. Also though, the camera stopped working about 2 and a half months ago which is soooo annoying. when i go onto the camera my phone freezes and then turns off.
Reviewed by Kara-lee Read from England on 16th
I have had the Samsung Steel for 9 months in this time swapped twice for calling itself (?) and then for a message that read demsbl boot loader ver 5.32 which didnt allow any actions on the phone at all. this i had to send of to be fixed awaiting outcome as i write. other than that a lovely phone good memory and quick navigation. nice shiny screen like a mirror (ladies)
Reviewed by Anon from UK on 15th Oct 2009
had it for lesd than a year and i now cant make out going calls, it calls the persons phone but neither me nor the person can hear anything and i can not hear it ringing on the other end. It has also hung up while i was in the middle of a conversation, twice. It scratches really easily and the slide is starting to become stiff.
Reviewed by anon from UK on 15th Oct 2009
battery life is appauling
Reviewed by Anonymous from UK on 29th Sep 2009
Really flimsy phone, scratches really easily, and the keys are starting to become more and more unresponsive. I also know someone else with the same phone, and they have had exactly the same problem. Also, the side of the camera bit scratches the paint off of itself just by opening the phone, if there is the slightest bit of dust in it. Dont get me wrong its not bad for software etc, and the cameras good, but it will not last. bought it at easter, and trying to change it by august.
Reviewed by carl from UK on 23rd Aug 2009
Went wromg 4 times in the end vodafone refused to fix so left with no phone, they also lied about the problem as it was looked at by a pro and there was no sign damage to the board as they stated vodafone are rubbish
Reviewed by grace from philippines on 17th Aug
it was been easily damage the flex that is only the problem to my mobile they bought there in england,,my problem not easily find the damage or the flex used thats its not working affected the screen..
Reviewed by hermione from uk on 15th Aug 2009
Reviewed by Anthony from England on 13th Aug 2009
The Samsung Steel isn't that good, mine has completely let me down, i bought it and it was fine, a few months later the microphone went bust, it is a very tempramental phone as sometimes it works, others nobody can hear a word of what i'm saying, if i sent it back to samsung and it worked they'd charge me for wasting their time but if it didn't work they'd fix it no problem and send it back to me in fully working order.
Reviewed by John from UK on 12th Aug 2009
Such a mixed bunch of reviews makes me wonder whether some people haven't read the instructions properly or some of the phones do actually have a fault. I have had mine for about three months and I would agree that the battery needs charging about every three days but not really a problem. The camera is excellent with good picture quality - lack of flash doesn't really bother me. Never had problem texting or with the phone freezing or turning itself off.A good but as far as I am concerned. Give it only 4 stars because of the battery life.
Reviewed by Chrissie from UK on 8th Aug 2009
I was impressed with the Steel - no problem with battery, but then I tried to download photos onto my Mac! PC software, USB doesn't work, can't get bluetooth working either. Manual hopelessly inadequate. Vodafone shop assistants not much use either - they advised me to get it, and weren't much help sine. Aah, think I've made the wrong choice.
Reviewed by John from U.S.A on 30th Jul 2009
I Bought this phone a few days ago and to be honest its really nice phone. it is quite rare and i can't imagine why. The lovely feel of the phone and the looks are amazing. But as a business man i was dissapointed. The battery life was a shocker and the phone is really unreliable,, it tends to freeze every few hours and switches off when i play videos. The texting was almost impossible as it doesn't show any recieved or sended messages. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone **. Now i have bought the Nokia 6500 slide, looks very similair and much more reliable *****.
Reviewed by Angie from UK on 26th Jul 2009
I upgraded to this phone almost a year ago, chose it because Samsung are easy to use and have been reliable. The good features of this phone are: decent camera, apart from lack of flash; good battery life (I charge it once a week); indoors it's a very good screen, large and easy to see, but outside it's impossible to read a text due to the reflections; strong and hardy (I've dropped it several times, trodden on it, thrown it etc and it still worked afterwards). The only problem I've had is that within a few days of having it, the screen just stopped working and nothing I did helped, I had to return it. A few months ago, the phone wouldn't receive texts, which was very annoying as I text more than I call, so again I had to return it.
Reviewed by Martin from England on 26th Jul 2009
Not a good phone: -Hard to navigate menus/controls. -Controls are slow - i keep sending blank messages trying to reply to people. -Screen is v reflective -**NO VIBRATE FEATURE** - VERY FRUSTRATING when have phone on silent in pocket and miss calls/texts -Camera lacks flash -Heavy and fair large
Reviewed by lauren from uk on 26th Jul 2009
iv have the samsung steel sins last year and iv had probloms with it my phones screen use to go fuzzy evry time you put it on but its fixt ny and now my earpice for my samsung steel has go a bit low.but i can still hear i bit of its bin fine sins i brott it untill now can some one help me how to fix it
Reviewed by Gaz from uk on 26th Jul 2009
was really good at first then after 2 months or so it stops working the screen is mirrored so cant see it too good in daylight scratches very very easliy had to have it sent back to be repaired because screen stopped working it came back 2 weeks after screen has gone again very dissapointed never again will i buy a samsung ive had three so far all gone wrong my advice dont buy it
Reviewed by nicole from uk on 18th Jul 2009
my mum has this fone iy's ok but not good
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 1st Jul 2009
Had this phone for about 5/6 months and haven't had the problems people complain about. Yea sure it scrathes a little and the greasy marks show, but what phone doesn't have those problems? Battery life is great, music player will happily do 2 days solid, and easily lasts a week or so normally. Only battery killer is the bluetooth, best to turn that off most of the time. Camera isn't great, but its good enough, just be sure to get a memory card with it. Texting is different to other phones and you have to get used to holding it, as the weight is distributed differently to SE's and nokia's etc, once you get used to it becomes second nature as it does with any other phone. Liked the large screen which many people seem to think makes the phone to big, but I'm not a fan of the little phones most people like. For the price its an excellent buy!
Reviewed by tom from England on 28th Jun 2009
changing the message tone is a real poblem what you have to do is go to menu-settings-phone settings-phone profiles-options-edit-go right-choose your message alert-make sure you select it-then options-then save. A good phone easy to use apart from that havent had any problems as of yet.
Reviewed by ross from england on 28th Jun 2009
got the phone yesterday, i think it is a brilliant buy, looks like the Samsung soul, good phone:)
Reviewed by angie d from uk on 20th Jun 2009
yes its a great phone, can't realy complain, BUT, how do you change the incoming text alerts. I've been through every menu but can I find it. Any help would be appreciated
Reviewed by Craig Fulton from Scotland on 20th
Best phone i have ever had all talk of battery life and the phone locking seem nonsense as far as i am cocerned!SD card capability is fantastic.
Reviewed by big mo from broomhall on 10th Jun
this phone is amazing i love it as much as my home dogs
Reviewed by JohnH from UK on 24th May 2009
Had the phone for about a month. The microSD capability is great. Also I like the Volume Control feature and placement on the side of the phone. One problem was with camera. Kept getting "Capture Failed" messages. This was cleared by switching phone off/on.
Reviewed by Pete Tomlin from England on 14th May
I recently upgraded to the Steel but, for the 1st time ever, I sent it back within a day. I'm very unfussy but I just didn't like this phone. It's bigger & chunkier than I expected, the camera isn't great but, worst of all, the screen is EXTREMELY reflective. I had real problems reading anything on the screen when I was outside! I've now gone for the Tocco Ultra which is superb!
Reviewed by Ice Maiden from UK on 11th May 2009
I had this phone for under a month before it stopped working. For the short time it did work , i t was pretty annoying - due to the mirrored fascia, it was inpossible to do anything when outdoors as it just reflected back. Would not reccomend this phone at all ! If I could, I would give it a 0 rating.
Reviewed by Robert from Glasgow, Scotland on 1st
I have had my Samsung Steel now for approximately 3 months and think that it is a brilliant piece of kit. I am quite in to photography and wanted a phone that could take decent pix at times when a camera wasn't available. The 3.2 MP developed pix are perfectly good enough for an album and are surprisingly difficult to determine from conventional 6mp camera developed pictures. OK so there is no flash but I very rarely takepix in dimmly lit conditions anyway. The screen is huge and very clear, particularly whilst viewing pix on slide-show using the wide-screen horizontal viewing option. Probably the best feature about this phone is the huge 8MB micro SD card that can be installed easily. I bought one from the internet for less than £15.00and it has transformed the steel in to nothing short of an in-depth multimedia entertainment system. I have over 80 full mp3 music albums on file as well as numerous pictures, videos and podcasts. This feature is just awesome,particularly in view of having the digital radio which is crystal clear on the off chance that I can not find a track to fit the moment. The homescreen picture slide show is another feature worth mentioning which was a great surprise. I have a number of my family photos revolving on the standard screen idle display, which is great. I could go on and on about all the great features that this phone has. I have read a vast number of reviews for the steel and can find very little to agree with in relation to negative points. If there is a functional problem mentioned I could almost always tell that the person writing the review has not read the instruction manual correctly....mind you with the amount of functions available, it takes a while. Before I go, it is also worth mentioning that I paid £80 for this phone. With this purchase I unexpectedly received a "free" digital frame viewer (worth £40) and £20 top up voucher, so I effectively paid £20 for this amazing piece of technology! Not bad eh...
Reviewed by debs from West Lancs, England on 26th
I have had my phone for about 10 months. The screen shows every greasy mark fingerprints etc and the slide does seem a bit flimsy I did intend this phone for my husband but it just feels as if it could break easily and he is always dropping his so I kept it for myself. I am still looking for one that bounces for my husband :-) The battery on this phone lasts at for at least 5 days, which is very good. The volume on the phone is great = no missing any calls. The alarm can be a problem - if I am setting it for just one day rather than my normal daily alarm, you have to remember to put in the day of the week for the alarm to go off. My phone also switches itself off when I am driving (if I leave it in the centre console) especially on bumpy roads, which isn't a bad thing when driving but to get it to work again I have to take the back cover off take the battery out and then put them back in again. but all in all this is a great phone
Reviewed by Caraa from UK on 25th Apr 2009
Good phoneee :)
Reviewed by David from England on 19th Apr 2009
I just got my phone about 2 days ago, I love it, the camera's got good quality, music player: quite loud and i love the way it looks almost resembles the Samsung Soul. Surfing the internet is very fast with HSPDA And 3G!. Overall this phone is highly the best i've had so far, another good product from Samsung. 5 Stars! a must have phone.
Reviewed by ?? from ??? on 9th Apr 2009
OK phone, but it sctratches easily and feels a bit flimsy when slid down. Good camera quality but no flash Memory isn't great, but thats because I didn't buy a memory card. Often turns on and off when in my pocket because even though it locks when slid down, if some buttons are held in long enough they will operate. Overall not bad
Reviewed by Tesni from United Kingdom on 7th Apr
Yes the Samsung Steel does not have a flash which can be inconvenient but the battery life is fine. I probably charge mine every 3 days but I do use the FM radio a lot. Otherwise, the phone is attractive and has many great features such as the camera which is good at 3.2 megapixels. At first, the menu was bright colours and looked quite childish but you can change that to whatever suits you. I chose black as I thought it looked better with the rest of the phone. Overall, I have had this phone Christmas and I have had no problems with it at all. This is a good phone to buy if you want something sleek, simple, isn't touchscreen operated and has a lot of cool little features. This is an allrounded phone.
Reviewed by Lou from uk on 3rd Apr 2009
i got this phone about 10 months ago and in that time i have had it sent off once to be fixed after all my software went missing :/ and since then 2 new phones as mine just kept on breaking (buttons broke, camera broke). Very unhappy with this phone was great at first but with the slightest of ware it just breaks. And to top it off the battery life is awful i had to stop using the music player even though it's extremely good as after a few hours it would be dead. I have never had this problem with samsung before (my last samsung was also a slide and had no problems) hope that i have just had some bad luck as samsung are an amazing brand
Reviewed by richenda from uk on 1st Apr 2009
i recently purchest this phone and so far i am finding it very easy to get on with. i am likeing the fetures on it, the only down side is the battery life. but i can deal will frequant charging. it is very smart looking and has easy button plates. i am very happy with the phone and samsung as it is my first samsung phone as well.
Reviewed by Margy from UK on 27th Mar 2009
I recently bought this phone. Many of the reviews I read beforehand weren't necessarily positive however, I think it's a great phone. It looks very sleek, it takes good photos and is good for making phone calls! As that's what I was looking for it's perfect. There are loads of other features on it too and I've had no problems so far.
Reviewed by Jayne from UK on 22nd Mar 2009
I bought this phone mainly because I had read that it was rated highly as an internet phone. However,I can usually only get onto the net on this phone in about 1 attempt out of 10 - most of the time I just get an onscreen message saying 'invalid response'. As I am in my 14 day grace period, I am considering sending the phone back.It is also worth noting if you are looking for a good camera phone, this is not the best. The photos in most cases tend to be blurred even with a steady hand and there is no flash. As mentioned in previous reviews, the battery life is also poor(absolute max you can get by without charging is 2 days) and there are no texting emoticons. On the plus side, it is sleek and stylish to look at and reasonably priced. I have had no problems whatsoever calling and texting on the phone,and it has good radio reception.
Reviewed by vicky from england on 21st Mar 2009
it freezes and you have to take the battery out of the phone to reboot it and when your on the phone it switchs its self off and back on again DO NOT RECONMEND BUYING THIS PHONE AS IT ANY THING GOES WRONG THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND THEY DON'T REPLACE IT EITHER, GOOD FOR TEENAGES THAT WANT TO GET OUT OF BEING LATE HOME AS CAN'T GET TIME PHONE OFF AND CAN'T PUT IT BACK ON AGAIN.
Reviewed by Doug from Hampshire on 10th Mar 2009
Wife bought this phone a fortnight ago, I am also going to buy it as it's a great little mobile, only downside is diabolical battery life (back to the drawing board on this Samsung!!) would have had five stars if battery life was better.
Reviewed by StaR from UK on 9th Mar 2009
i'm so angry with the phone.. the screen messes up afta a few months :-(
Reviewed by Ellen from Scotland on 3rd Mar 2009
This phone is magiiik!! totaly love it, it slides brilliantaly, very durable although prone to chips and scratches on its stainless steel back. Mine has been thrown on the ground loads and still works!! Could do with a flash but apart from that the camera is fabulous but i must say that i am dissapointed with the video quality. Overall worth the money though.
Reviewed by Al from Scotland on 27th Feb 2009
My first Samsung after years of SE`s. Good value for money, but one question...with the slider shut and the screen blank do you have to open the slider to do anything? Other Samsungs seem to have the option to press any external key then manually unlock, but not the Steel
Reviewed by Mark from Northern Ireland on 24th
Yes just got my samsung steel, new to samsung, phone looks good, easy to use. But Battery life poor iff making and reciving calls two days, just on standby three days. calls bit tinny, will it last me eaighteen months on contract with out problems?????
Reviewed by Jav from England - London on 23rd
This phone is allrigh i dont mind it .. its got good features n all that but the one thing that annoys me about this phone is that the stupid scraches u get wen you put it on your pocket or if u drop it that pafetic but other than that its good all around
Reviewed by danna from uk on 11th Feb 2009
no little when texting (emotions)disapointed!looks arnt everthing.If you can get the D900i great phone. steel 2 big
Reviewed by dude from uk on 5th Feb 2009
for one the description is lying it ent 3.2 its 3 mp when i got this phone i thought it wud be gud but den suddenly realised it sucks,my cameras playing up wot a waste of money i cba with it anymre next phone i get al look into it before
Reviewed by Alex from Englan on 5th Feb 2009
The samsung steel is a very reliable phone and must be very strong bein as i have droped it tones of times.The touchpad is ok it is a bit hard to use, i would rate the pad 6 out of 10. The phone is very stylish and has a sleek shiny shell. This phone comes with even more like, a music player, java games,only 109g in weight, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a lot more.overall i would rate this phone 9 out of ten. i took away this extra star because the touchpad is a bit of a let down if u compare it to the rest of the phone and its quality.
Reviewed by Jack from U k on 30th Jan 2009
This phone is average at best the slider is wobbly and it is very tall when open features are basic one of the worse phones i have had and not surprised its only exclusive on vodafone certainly not one of samsungs better phones so dont waste your money on this awful phone
Reviewed by sarah from uk on 27th Jan 2009
Thee phone is alrytttt .. it looks kinda small in pics buhh it actually BIG i dnt relly lyk itt ...
Reviewed by abby from finland on 27th Jan 2009
i bought this phone and i hate it. its a bad knock off of the Samsung soul. if u r going to buy this phone i recommend to look at the soul x
Reviewed by john from uk on 25th Jan 2009
i hate ths phone i want my nokia N81 that is a good phone
Reviewed by André from Portugal on 25th Jan 2009
Reviewed by Trace from uk on 24th Jan 2009
Seen it used it and what a dissapointment.want my G600 back, which was a truely excellent phone
Reviewed by rich from uk on 22nd Jan 2009
if you are looking for a phone that turns itself off on a regular basis and chooses when it wants to connect to your car kit, with bonus features like - the pace of a drunken snail when scrolling through menus or contacts, and sounding like you're at the bottom of the ocean when using your handsfree. anyone who has two plastic cups connected by a piece of string let me know and i'll swap now, (dont try and call it will probably have shut down)
Reviewed by Carl from Cheshire on 20th Jan 2009
Got this phone for xmas,and havent looked back since. The phone look and design are both stylish and sleek,it's a good looker. Had no problems with it's functions, music player is great, camera is fine but lacks a flash! Battery life so far has been fine. I would recommend this phone, worth every penny! Go and get one!
Reviewed by Abby from London on 12th Jan 2009
i think this phone has a good side and a bad side. i wouldnt reccomend it to a first time buyer but for teenagers to show it off it is perfect. i would say that this phone did freeze a couple of times so i am giving it 4 stars
Reviewed by JESS from uk on 11th Jan 2009
I bought this phone and LOVE IT but unfortunately it is locked to the vodaphone network, anyone know how to unlock it?? Apart from that, AWESOME phone!
Reviewed by MM from Merseyside on 8th Jan 2009
Wouldnt recommend this to my worst enemy. Like other users find the texting function badly organised and awkward, and also like other users the slide function has given up the ghost 2 months in - so im now left with a blank screen and cant send texts anyway!
Reviewed by LAURA from MIDLANDS on 3rd Jan 2009
this phone is the best ive owned so far. Did not need to use software supplied as windows media player picks it up and allows you to download music using wma format easyly. Battery life is better than expected charged last sunday and still 2 bars showing even as ive listened to loads of music. The phone is so easy to use and get around and the sound is great. Only problem is that it advised a dab radio built in but only getting FM. Camera not bad but no flash but i did not buy for that reason. This phone gets the thumbs up and at only £80 great buy
Reviewed by RYAN JONES from Wales on 29th Dec
this is the best phones i have ever had.the mp3 player is top of the line and the design and layout of the phone is second to none.Only one problem is that i like to listen to music on the go so the earpieces had to be important the one that come with the steel are pretty much rubbish so i bout noise reduction earpieces they are much better
Reviewed by matty32 from england on 12th Dec 2008
really good phone!!! probably my best yet. the mp3 player is really good and the camera is awsome. only problem is that the camera has no flash but i still recomend it
Reviewed by william from england on 10th Dec 2008
this is the greatest phone i have ever had. the 3 mp camera does its job brilliantly and the lovely lokks of the phone makes you want to be seen with it..... it has a good mp3 player. i would get this phone if i were you
Reviewed by Adrian from Jamaica on 28th Nov 2008
I bought this phone unlocked and its working great here in Jamaica, based on reviews I thought it was bulky but I think its slim a bit tall but its design is great.Great display, good camera average battery and as kathryn said below the earphones are uncomfortable and hurts the ear.Overall great phone when compared to some other expensive phone from other brands great job samsung
Reviewed by kathryn (14) from England on 28th
This phone is pure amazing. For starters its alot smaller then pictures shown on the internet, the design is really nice and sleek and the mirrored screen does not get in the way with seeing features. The screen is bright and crystal clear. The phone is really easy to get from one place to another, and very nice. The camera is actually brillient, and comes with lots of handy features. Love it! Only probelm is the headphones hurt after a while. other then that amazing.
Reviewed by Susy from UK on 19th Nov 2008
I read as much as I could before buying a phone and decided on the Samsung Steel. I have had it three days and am sorry to say but I am sending it back. It looks brilliant, for a cheaper end of the market phone is looks expensive however, there are too many annoyances. Firstly, my main phone usage is sending texts. The space bar on this is far right (Nokia is usually central) of the keypad. If you are left handed that is perfect, but being right handed you have to really bend your thumb to get to the spacebar that is not only very uncomfortable but slow and painful. Also, it has slide movements to get to any operation which I find slow and irritating. Finally, it is top heavy when open which again makes texting hard work.
Reviewed by Hannah from uk on 16th Nov 2008
i've had this phone for about 4 months and its been really good i have dropped it a few times and it hasn't broken the music player is quite loud and it's a really nice phone. but recently when i turn the phone on it loads up as normal then as the screen turn dark it either turns off of the phone is still on but the screen doesn't work so if anyone knows how to fix this please help!! thanks :)
Reviewed by Anna from United Kingdom on 13th Nov
i've never had a samsung before only Nokias and Sony Ericssons.The Steel is a lovely phone though and I couldn't fault it for design and features. Experienced Samsung users could you please snswer two questions for me tho. 1)Is it usual to have no smileys on the phone and 2) is it usual for it to reverse your simcard contacts so the last word or 'surname' appears first? I know these are only trivial matters but they do get under my skin! Many thanks!
Reviewed by hey from ho on 2nd Nov 2008
this is an amazing phone loved it I wanna Steel another 1!!! lol
Reviewed by Victoria from Manchester on 26th Oct
Its a really good phone, nice looking and easy to navigate. Everyone keeps saying its heavy when they feel it but I personally don't notice. Music players good, and speakers loud, apart from in loud groups but what can you expect being a 15 yr old with her friends. I managed to change the settings so the music player can go on the background which is good too. Easy to get files onto and big space for memory. The only thing that is bad is that it has no flash but other than that everything else is excellent and I would recommend it.
Reviewed by Adam from Northamptonshire on 6th
Outstanding phone, very robust good music player and camera. easy to navigate, batterey is good 4-5 days between charges, not one thing gone wrong. great phone!!
Reviewed by z from livepool on 5th Oct 2008
love this phone
Reviewed by Barbie from UK on 27th Sep 2008
I've had tis phone for about 3 weeks now and have had no problems at all. I's easy to use, easy to read and navigate. Camera and music player are ok for a phone. I have a camera and ipod if I need anything better. Battery lasts 4-5 days. It seems fairly robust I've dropped it several times already!! But no damage to phone. It came 'free' as an upgrade so I'm pretty pleased with it. If you want more you have to pay for it so for what it is it's perfect
Reviewed by sarah from uk on 25th Sep 2008
i brought this phone on contract from vodafone and i have had this phone for 3 weeks, what i can tell you about this phone is very reliable and smart, and easy to use, the camera is very good for taking pics. it does have a very good volume which is quite good and the battery life only last for 3 days once fully charged.i have not experience any problem with this phone, i would recommend this phone to anyone who are looking for a good reliable and strong solid phone.
Reviewed by Nicholas from UK on 19th Sep 2008
i have had this phone for over 6 weeks now and it has been brilliant the phone is so easy to use and the keypad is very user friendly. the phone itself has a very solid feel to it and the design is very classy indeed, one of the perks about this phone is that you can create yor own themes for the phone the camera is good apart from no flash the music player is excellent i just wish samsung would include some decent earphones with there phones battery life is good phone last 4 days once fully charged, and download speed is very quick .all in all i would recommend this phone to anyone who wants a goodlooking reliable phone with good features for a very reasonable price.
Reviewed by Russell from UK on 18th Sep 2008
Everyone either has an over the top review, or just slags the phone off but I personally like this phone it is a very good looking phone that has all of the features that im after. I read this review before purchasing the phone but I was pleased to find that battery life was better than the review described, my phone last 3-4 days and I regularly use the phone for texting, there is no way the phone could get 568 hours stand by though. There were no surprises when I got the phone but it does everything very well. The only issues I had with the phone was the the slider design seems to be a bit loose and tacky, there is a gap about 1 mm between the keypad (when closed) and the back of the display, so I can look through it. Also when texting I found there was a little bit of delay, which sometimes caused me to make mistakes. Overall I would recommend this phone to anyone.
Reviewed by Julie from Scotland on 10th Sep 2008
Nice looking phone, easy to navigate. I have been a loyal Nokia user until now, but I wish I had not changed as after 3 weeks the keypad on the navigation keys cracked (and no it was not dropped) then two weeks later after a few texts, the slide mechanism gave up the ghost leaving a blank screen unless you hold the slide over the keypad - not much use, so its off back to the manufacturer for repair! If it does it again its for the bin!
Reviewed by KARL from SCOTLAND on 3rd Sep 2008
THIS IS A LOVELY PHONE, IT'S BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED AND HAS A GOOD SOLID FEEL TO IT WITH A SMOOTH SLIDING ACTION. IT PLAYS MUSIC CLEARLY EVEN AT ITS LOUDEST. I HAVE NOT HAD IT LONG ENOUGH TO FIND ANY FAULTS OTHER THAN UNFORTUNATELY IT DOES NOT HAVE A FLASH FOR THE CAMERA SO I AM GOING TO HAVE TO SEND IT BACK.