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Samsung SGH-T629 Review

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Interface:

When it comes to software, the phone is almost the same as the T519 and only minor differences in the interface are present. This is due to the different size of the display, and because the slider's is in portrait mode, while the bar's is in landscape. The larger height of the T629 allows it to show submenus when viewing a list, and moving through them – this allows you to enter an option of a submenu, without listing it. It's strange that the headers in the main menu of the T629 are not colorful, while those of the T519 are.

A strange change is another little drawback of the menu: with the T519, when you are in some sub menu, using “left and right” directions you can move to the next submenu without going back to the main. This is not working with the T629.

As they are not very similar, but almost the same, we will use the text from our T519 review with only slight changes.

In stand-by, the T629 is similar to other current Samsung models – it displays the system information, the carrier name and the soft keys functionality. You can change the wallpaper image with another (there are about a dozen coming preloaded with the phone), with option to use any image you have stored on the phone. Pressing the sides of the D-pad will act as shortcuts, but the central “OK” doesn't work in standby mode – it would have been much more logically if it opened the main menu, as it is with most other phones. We found ourselves pressing it often in vain trying to access the main menu.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

The main menu is displayed as a grid of 9 icons (3x3) which are animated and enlarge when selected. You can change the menu theme from black to white, but the phone doesn't support real themes – just that couple of color schemes. In the main menu every icon has its own shortcut (1-9 keys) and it's similar in the sub menus, which are displayed as list. After you've entered in a menu, you can go to the one next to it by pressing left or right – this way you can change a sub-menu without going back to the main.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

We'd also like it to display 3x4 grid of icons, as the bigger size of the display allows for it. It will allow for more icons in the main menu and this way groups like “Games” and “Organizer”, as well as “Camera”, won't be packed into one single menu but on their own.

Dialing a number can be displayed with large numbers, and an option allows every digit to be in different (Rainbow) color – a great feature some people who do not see very well. It lacks the animated pencil from the D900, though.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

The whole menu of the device is extremely easy and logically arranged and you can easily find what you are looking for without reading the manual, even if you haven't used similar model before. The reactions of the phone are instant, and it won't lag while moving through the menus.

Phone Book:

The memory of the phone can store 1000 contacts, each of which can store multiple numbers, email, group, picture and ringer ID. Adding a new contact is extremely easy and logically, just as anything other in the phone. Unfortunately the Caller ID Image displayed on an incoming call has useless small size.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

Searching through the list of the phonebook is done by directly typing characters, but the phone will search only through the “First Name”s first word. 

Organizer:

The organizer is situated in the Fun & Apps menu. You won't find anything extraordinary here, but all the things that are often used. There are three alarms, with option to automatically power the phone ON if it is off, Calendar and Tasks, Simple calculator and Timers, and World clock with interface displaying the Earth map. The unit converter looks ugly but is very usable.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

A simple file browser is also situated here. It browses the files stored on the phone or on its card by types: music, videos, etc. It's not as good as advanced explorer on a smartphone, but makes the deal.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

The T629 has about 8MB of internal memory. Hopefully, it can be upgraded with microSD cards, the slot for which is situated on the right side. They can give you gigabytes of additional memory.

Samsung SGH-T629 Review
Samsung SGH-T629 Review

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.90 x 2.00 x 0.55 inches
(90 x 51 x 14 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery880 mAh, 3.2 hours talk time

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