Samsung T249 T-Mobile Phone Review

Only last year we called the forerunner of the Samsung T249 (SGH-T249) with a retro design change for its big round navigation, slender body and vertical sliding surface. Even if mobile phone design has come a long way, this phone is easy to use and it can make calls and MMS cost for a handle. The T249 is also a lighter, slimmer version of its T-Mobile prepaid sibling, the Samsung SGH-T369, except for the dimensions, hardware and software features and price.


The Samsung T249 is not a lot of brawn or brain, but we will say this – it’s not bad looking phone. Shiny navy blue accents offset a glossy black face and matt black spines and support. There is also a sense of rejuvenation, which prevents the listener it look blocky. The T249 is 3.9 inches tall, 1.9 cm wide and 0.6 inches thick. His body is 3.2 ounces, but does not strike us as wispy. The T249′s 1.7-inch display has supported a 220×176-pixel resolution and 65,000 colors. The colors are bright and graphics and photos look quite sharp on the small screen, though text do not always sharp. Navigating the menu interface is easy in either list or grid style, and you can also personalize the electoral procedure font size and color, and the backlight time. Below the screen are two soft keys, the Talk and End keys and the delete button. There is a large round navigation array borders together by a central Select key, from a four-way rim.

The phone’s face slides up to reveal a numeric keypad. The keys are quite flat, which is typical for a vertical slider phone, but the disadvantage that they are hard to press. While the illuminated keys are separate, they are still too close to an effective choice with him. The slider mechanism itself is closed, but we can do it from side to side rocks, when the phone is open.

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On the right side of the spine is a dedicated camera button that protrudes from the side. Although it feels a bit cheap, it is easy to trigger the camera. There is also a common micro-USB charging port and headset jack. We usually such a combo with cell phones, music players, for the dual grounds that it requires an additional headset and adapter that you can not simultaneously charge your mobile phone when starting from melodies are frowning. On the left side of the spine are a volume rocker and a microSD card slot, a 16GB memory card that holds. On the back is a 1.3 megapixel camera plus camcorder.


The T249 fits 1000 address book contacts and additional 250 names can be stored on the SIM card .. There is room in each entry for multiple phone numbers, e-mail address, a note, and a group called ID. You can make a contact with a photo ID pair, and also with a polyphonic 20 ringtones, or with a variety of other music and sounds.

A simple pre-paid mobile phone is the T249 does not stray far on the basics. There is a calendar, an alarm clock, a to-do list, a notepad, a calculator and tip calculator, world clock, a currency converter, a timer and a stopwatch. There is also a voice recorder. Text messaging, audio postcards, photo messaging and instant messaging with AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger are the telephone communications tools.

Surfing the Internet comes in the form of a branded product Web2Go WAP browser. It is no surprise that surfing over slow 2.5G speeds, and the tiny screen and cramped, branded layout make browsing inconvenient. We would not exactly take this browser to ride a joy. On the multimedia side, there is a simple music player with songs you work on transmission, although there is no T-Mobile Music Store. You can enter up to ten playlists on the T249 and can use the shuffle option. Nor does the common micro-USB headset jack and charging port you need the phone with a separate adapter outfit, if you are playing tunes through headphones. A 1.3-megapixel camera can be single, mosaic and multishot modes in five resolutions (1,280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 800×600, 640×480, 320×240). There are three timer modes, five lighting presets and five color effects.

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They are three-timer sounds and various other settings. Photos are a bit blurry and unfocused, the now, what do you expect for a 1.3-megapixel camera. You get the job done. The camcorder records videos in three resolutions (176×144, 160×120;. 128×96) Optimize video for multimedia messages, they will take about 30 seconds, give or take. All other video settings are identical to the camera options. Video playback on the T369, which is expected for a 1.3-megapixel recorder cut off. It has 100 MB internal memory on board and then an option for 16 GB of expandable memory – eBay Motors need to buy your own. The T249 has three preinstalled Java games – two are demos. You can read more online at T-Mobile store, along with ring tones and other applications. As with other phones, you can further customize the T249 with wallpaper, a subject and a message when trying to boot the phone.


We tested the quad-band (GSM 850 /900/ 1800/ 1900) Samsung T249 in San Francisco with T-Mobile network. Call quality was all I could hope for is one. Votes came loud and clear, with strong tones and no crackling or other noise attenuation, echo or distortion. Our caller agreed, adding that it sounded as if we speak of a wired phone. Free speech was also very good, with strong volume and clarity for the function. We did not detect any hiss, blips, or other blurring.

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