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Samsung SGH-T609 Review

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Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review


The T609 has a simple yet elegant and comfortable design. At first glance the user can notice the neat layout of keys and functions. The phone feels very firm and pleasant when being held due to it being made primarily out of plastic which creates a light weight at approximately 83 grams. In addition the phone has a thickness of about 0.88 inches, and length - 3.59 inches. It is small so when closed, it buries in your hand, and when opened, it is very comfortable to use as it's stable and there are no annoying sounds or movement. The antenna is internal so the phone can easily fit into any pocket without filling it up.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review


The outside display is greyscale, not color, and is easily seen even in bright light. It is used for system information such as signal power and battery, and on a incoming call it shows the number or name of the person calling. It can also be used as a viewfinder for the camera but because of its “qualities” it's useless.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review
Samsung SGH-T609 Review

Opening the phone is a breeze, the hinge for the flip is designed for easy one hand operation. It's not hard to open it with one hand, but when we practiced opening it with the right hand, we pushed the camera button almost every time. There was no such problem with the left hand because the headset connector is on the left side. The T609 is equipped with a brilliant 262,144 color screen, with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. Visibility during sunlight is easy and crisp also, the brightness level can be adjusted for even better performance. The five way navigation pad is just under the hinge, along with the two soft keys, and the Send and End buttons. Overall, they are pretty uncomfortable to use and it's quite hard to press the pad in the up direction. The Send and End buttons are often pressed in error when using the soft keys. The twelve key numeric keypad is illuminated in bright blue, which is well lit during low light. The phone has reasonably large buttons that have a soft feel when pressed. They are made of grey plastic and are appropriately designed so that they can be easily distinguished when touched. Using them is nice and comfortable, they have a good response and mistakes are rarely made.  

Samsung SGH-T609 Review


Just like the T509, the T609 is another Samsung phone that has an OK button in the middle of the navigation keys, which operates as a selection button and not as a T-Zones shortcut like a lot of other Samsung phones from T-Mobile. The T-Zones application can still be launched from the home screen by pressing the right soft key.

Samsung SGH-T609 Review


On the left side of the phone there are two volume keys which are placed in a great position for volume adjustment. On top of the volume keys is the handsfree-headset port. On the right side there is a camera button which is well placed for taking pictures with one hand, and bellow that is the microSD slot which has a white cover (just like the handsfree port) that matches the color of the surface. The charging port has the same protecting cover, and we think that these covers could easily tear apart after a while – they are not solid even in a new phone. 

Samsung SGH-T609 Review


The phone has no service lights, which are particularly useful in clamshell phones because they indicate missed calls or received messages so you don't need to open the phone to see them - which are the unique characteristics of the device (stylus, service lights, hinge design).

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.59 x 1.81 x 0.88 inches
(91 x 46 x 22.5 mm)
2.93 oz  (83 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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