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Samsung T249 Review

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Samsung T249 Review
We found calling quality to be a mixed bag since our callers found our voice to be natural and clear on their end – free from any background or static noise. Conversely, the only thing we experienced on our end were some crackly sounding voices, but they were still more than manageable to make out. Going with the speakerphone, we still noticed the same crackly sounding voices emitted by it, however, it was pretty indifferent and didn't impact the way we heard our callers.

Even though the handset is able to display that it has a solid amount of bars with signal strength, we did experience a few instances of it dropping our phone calls – especially in an area with great coverage.

To our surprise, the tiny 800 mAh battery tucked inside the handset was able to put out over 10 hours of talk time – which is by far the most contrasting thing about the device. In obtaining that mark, it does prove to be alluring in this category; even more when the manufacturer has it rated for 4.5 hours of talk and 312 hours of standby time.


Conclusion:

Digging deeper down the barrel of the heap of T-Mobile's basic handset lineup, you'll obviously find the Samsung SGH-T249 fitting in with the rest of the crew. However, it doesn't win any more points with is poor performance in a variety of areas – even when there are other phones priced similarly that offer more features and superior performance. Sure it's cheap, which it is without a doubt, but there are other alternatives priced less that will more than outdo this handset in every category – while saving you some money as well.


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Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Mediocre calling quality

Cons

  • Cheap feeling
  • Terrible viewing angles
  • Poor quality with its camera
  • Dropping phone calls
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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.90 x 1.90 x 0.60 inches
(99 x 48 x 15 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery800 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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