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Samsung SGH-T349 Review

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Now here's the good news about the software found on the Samsung SGH-T349 – it's simple, straightforward, and quick. It's almost reminiscent of the Sidekick because there are few menu options to go through and without all the clutter of getting lost. At first you'll have you myFaves on the home screen, but you can change it in the options if you prefer not to have it. Furthermore, there are some personalization settings you can change such as menu styles, themes, and sounds. Once the main menu is loaded, you'll be given the choice of five rotating icons to choose from – people, messaging, media, settings, and organizer.


Adding contacts was a painless procedure with you having to input the traditional set of information for each. You can store a bunch of numbers, an email address, write a note, or assign a ringtone. Even with all the items, you can store up to 1,000 contacts.

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Adding a new contact - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Samsung SGH-T349 Review

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Adding a new contact

 


This phone was built for its messaging capabilities; and it definitely shines in that aspect. Once you've mastered predictive texting, you can easily send out an SMS or MMS with the press of the messaging key. There are also a decent amount of templates for both if you want to really send out something quickly. Another feature added is the audio postcard which is basically a MMS template and does what it says.

Typing a message on the Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Typing a message on the Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review

Typing a message on the Samsung SGH-T349



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IM

Don't expect to find a really robust email application on the T349. However, it provides a simple set up of specific providers by inputting the address and password. From there, you'll be able start doing your normal thing with emails. Providers like Yahoo, AIM, Gmail, and others are already named on the list. If you don't see your specific provider on the list, you can select the “other address” option to get it. We proceeded to add another account by providing the incoming/outgoing server addresses. Amazingly it worked and we were soon able to receive and send messages.

One of the best thing about having the half QWERTY is the speed typing you'll be doing while using an IM client. The choices are limited to AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo Messenger with only allowing one client being used at a time. Fortunately, you can still go back to the home screen without the worry of being signed off.

Snapping quick shots is basically what the 1.3 megapixel camera was meant to do. The interface isn't complicated at all; with the user capable of changing settings like white balance, color effects, and automatic timing. Results were mix with the color representation varying for each lighting condition with a lack of fine detail in all shots (max resolution of 1280 x 1024).

Outdoor photos shot with Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Outdoor photos shot with Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Outdoor photos shot with Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Outdoor photos shot with Samsung SGH-T349 - Samsung SGH-T349 Review

Outdoor photos shot with Samsung SGH-T349


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One of the weak points of the T349 is its low quality video capture; definitely not a highlight. The grainy looking video was meant for only one thing – MMS messaging. Granted the audio capture and frame rate were pretty decent, the 176 x 144 video was pixelated enough to notice blocks.

Music player - Samsung SGH-T349 Review

Music player

Video player - Samsung SGH-T349 Review

Video player

Nothing too fancy with the music player – it'll display the artist, song title, and album cover. The directional pad will correspond to the on screen functions so you can pause, stop, forward, reverse, or repeat. Finally, playlists can be created to give you a fresh sound each time. We were quite impressed with the sound quality from the single speaker. It was loud enough to hear and had a very strong tone to it; bass was definitely pumping.

If you plan on watching videos on here, you're most likely not going to find it. We were unable to play any of our test files in H.263 or MPEG4 format, the only one to work was the one we used to take a video earlier. Finally, it also would not play a YouTube video as well. Just a bit disappointing, but could you blame a messaging device for it?

It'll connect here domestically through T-Mobile with its tri-band GSM capabilities (850/1800/1900 MHz). Just don't expect any 3G speeds on here.

Load times while on EDGE was pretty lengthy, but nonetheless nice to see complex sites like ours come up. Everything looked as it would on a computer while scrolling with the d-pad or volume rocker came naturally. You can also use the smart-fit view to eliminate the need for horizontal scrolling. Although the download speed may be too slow, it ran pretty well afterwards and provides for a decent experience.

Saving items to the T349's available 50 MB memory may seem minuscule to heavy media users, but that can be fixed with microSD support for up to 4 GB cards.

Browsing the web - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Browsing the web - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Browsing the web - Samsung SGH-T349 Review
Browsing the web - Samsung SGH-T349 Review

Browsing the web


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Display2.2 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.49 x 1.97 x 0.53 inches
(114 x 50 x 13 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery800 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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