Samsung Comeback T559 Review
You can operate and navigate through the phone using either screens – with more functions allowed to be completed through the internal one. The home screen is set up with five icons: inbox, web2go, apps, my account, and music. Getting into the main menu will present you a rotating carousel of animated icons whenever one is selected. There isn't much to change when it comes to personalizing the phone - you'll have either a black or white theme to choose from. We preferred the black one because it gave the external PMOLED that Tron-like look. It's fairly simple to navigate through the phone and there was no indication of any sluggish performance.
There's nothing to it when attempting to create a contact for your phonebook. Like other basic phones, you'll have the option to place information such as phone numbers, email addresses, screen names, home addresses, and birthdays for each individual. The Samsung Comeback T559 is able to hold up to 1,000 contacts directly on the phone.
The focus of the Comeback is its messaging capabilities. You can access most of the messaging applications by pressing the dedicated buttons on the QWERTY or keypad. Sending a text message is done in the same fashion as other basic devices with the ability to attach a photo to make it an MMS. There's even an option to send an audio postcard that places a border around an image and sound clip to it. For the most part, it was an effortless procedure to send a message to someone.
There's nothing like chatting with a friend in real time with the IM client powered by Oz. You'll have the option of selecting AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo for your instant messaging needs. It'll continue to run in the background if you do exit back to the home screen. We were pleased with the email client as well with it's ability to set up any email – it'll require an incoming/outgoing server address if you're using a specific provider not found on the default list.
We're a bit taken back with the lack of software offerings on the Samsung Comeback T559. There are a total of only three apps (TeleNav GPS Navigator, Need for Speed Undercover, Monopoly Here & Now) available out of the box – with two of them being demo games. The TeleNav Navigator is your typical turn-by-turn location based software to give you directions to specific locations. Your standard set of organizer tools like the calendar, calculator, memo, world clock, converter, timer, stopwatch, RSS reader, alarm, and voice recognition are found on the Comeback.
Taking photos with the 2-megapixel camera on the Comeback with automatic mode produced mostly images that were decent in detail. Colors for the most part looked accurate in images taken in good lighting conditions. You receive blurry looking photos with plenty of detail lost when shooting indoors though. Running the uncluttered photo application can be accomplished using either screens – we prefer using the internal one to get a better look of what you're taking. There are some options like white balance, resolution, color mode, and others to modify when accessing the photo menu. Photo lovers will enjoy the depth of options that the Comeback has to offer. Although it produced mediocre images, modifying the settings may result in better quality in any condition.
Video quality was rather good despite its maximum resolution of 320x240. It resulted in a smooth and somewhat detailed running video with no slowdown during quick movements. At first we were expecting pixelated videos, but it was not as prominent as we thought it would be. Captured audio though sounded muffled without any noticeable background noise. On top of using it for MMS use, we found it rather usable for any conditions.
music player is found on the Samsung Comeback T559 – it has a rather boring look with the usual layout. It'll display the album cover, artist, track name, and time remaining as the song is being played. The on-screen commands are linked to the d-pad so you'll be able to play/pause, reverse, stop, or forward a song. The music will continue to play even when you exit back to the home screen, but there are no playback shortcuts that appear – requiring you to run the player again to change it. Sound from the rear speakerphone was good at the medium level while the highest setting strained and crackled during heavy tones.
Using the internal screen is your only option to watch videos. Running movie trailers in MPEG4 320x240 and H.264 320x136 formats proved to be no problem. They ran smoothly with no hint of choppiness during playback. Colors and detail looked extremely good on the Comeback – definitely worthy of viewing videos. Just like the experience we got with music playback, sound during the video was audible except for some crackling on the highest volume being evident.
If you're going to be using the phone for its media features, you'll need to get yourself a microSD card for storage. It will accept cards of up to 16GB in size.
Using the device internationally is the same with most of T-Mobile's lineup – it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz) handset with 3G connectivity in the US thanks to the dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 Mhz).
The NetFront browser is used to load up web sites on the Comeback. It managed to load up complex sites like ours and displayed it in a desktop view - there's a smart-fit option that rearranges it for a column view. Overall it looked fairly accurate, scrolling proved to be slow, and images had a slight delay in loading as you scroll extensively. There's no page overview option but you can adjust the zoom – it does it fairly quickly. We like how the browser works and found it tolerable to use for most of our web surfing needs.
1. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
This phone looks too ugly and its too thick for my taste.
2. Wifey_Ma (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Aug 2009)
I played around with this phone at the mall today, and the buttons inside the phone are wayyy to small and im a female i have small fingers, what the heck is up samsung?!!
3. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
its ugly i admit but the screen (internal) is really nice
4. Joey B. (unregistered)
This phone's keys are really not that much of an inconvenience. I'm a very tall man, and I have very large hands, and large fingers, but the keys have never given me any trouble. It's an excellent phone, and I recommend it to anybody. The only con I can find is the way the battery pops right out every time the phone falls.