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Samsung T259 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Plain and simple, the Samsung T259 is a straightforward pick up & go type of handset since it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to fully comprehend using the phone. Rightfully so, we don’t expect much personalization with a handset like this, but at least you have the option to change the wallpaper background. Aside from that, you’re going to have to live with its black and white main menu style which lays out animated icons in a grid-like view. Obviously, the handset doesn’t stutter in navigating around the platform, however, it would’ve been neat to see some visual flare to its overall presentation – then again, it’s a cheap phone!

Adding a contact is pretty much your standard fanfare as you’ll have a limited amount of items, like phone numbers and email addresses, to associate with each person in your address book – which happily holds a total of 1,000 contacts.

Home screen - The interface of the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Main menu - The interface of the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Contacts - The interface of the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
The interface of the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review

Home screen

Main menu

Contacts

 

The interface of the Samsung T259


Needless to say that some people are spoiled nowadays with the amount of QWERTY devices on the market, but for those who grew up during the early days of text messaging era, they’ll find text input with the T259 standard. Speed is limited if you do it the old fashion way, however, enabling T9 will hasten your rate. And thanks to its spacious keypad, it provides for a consistent rate of input that makes speed typing mistake-free.

Although it’s not the most conducive thing to work with, the handset comes along with an email client that automatically sets up generic services, such as Gmail or Yahoo, by simply providing an email address and password. Additionally, you can manually set up others as well, but it entails giving it specific pieces of information – like server addresses and ports. Yeah you’ve got email, but it doesn’t necessarily make you any more productive.

Sadly, there is no instant messaging application preloaded, but at least you can get you social networking fix with its Social Buzz app. Specifically, it’s your one-stop area for all your social networking needs as it aggregates content from Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Moreover, you can accomplish some customary tasks as well, which is nice, honestly, because it’s an entry-level phone.

The handset comes along with an email client - Samsung T259 Review
The handset comes along with an email client - Samsung T259 Review
Social Buzz app - The handset comes along with an email client - Samsung T259 Review
  

Social Buzz app

The handset comes along with an email client


Shockingly, there are few other third party apps preloaded with the Samsung T259, which is hard to believe, but alas, it’s pretty much slim. Initially, we thought that the T-Mobile Mall would hold a trove of additional downloadable apps, but sadly, the only one offered is the Social Buzz app that’s already on the phone. However, we find apps like TeleNav GPS Navigator, Google Maps, and a handful of demo games. Complementing them is the customary set of organizer apps – which include things like a tip calculator, calendar, converters, and an RSS reader.

Organizer apps - Samsung T259 Review
Organizer apps - Samsung T259 Review
Organizer apps - Samsung T259 Review
Organizer apps - Samsung T259 Review

Organizer apps



Multimedia:

Definitely not the first thing to come in mind with a clamshell device, but the 2-megapixel camera of the T259 manages to capture some average looking images. For the most part, detail is more than forgiving, but color production is evidently on the cooler side – making shots looking under-exposed. Of course, image quality takes a dip indoors under low lighting since there is a noticeable amount of noise. Without question it won’t replace any of your standalone shotoers, but the results should be adequate for most people to swallow.

Camera interface - Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review
Camera interface - Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review
Camera interface - Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review

Camera interface

Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review
Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review
Camcorder - Samsung T259 Review

Camcorder


Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Samsung T259


Strong - Outdoor samples - Samsung T259 Review
Medium - Outdoor samples - Samsung T259 Review
Low light - Outdoor samples - Samsung T259 Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Outdoor samples


Forget about using the handset to take videos because the only things you’ll experience are pixelated ones that have a choppy frame rate. Only capable of shooting QVGA (320 x 240) videos, it doesn’t boast a lot of detail, but instead, it does add in plenty of pixilation. Adding to its less than enticing quality is its stutter capture rate of 14 frames per second combined with muffled sounding audio recording.

Samsung T259 Sample Video:




Yes! It has a music play; surprisingly. But it’s not going to win any awards on fashion since it forgoes looks in favor of functionality. Displaying only the track information and on-screen controls, music will stop immediately if you happen to close the handset or exit out of the app. Interestingly enough, we’re thoroughly blown away, literally, by its audio quality because its speaker produces some strong tunes that doesn’t let out any crackly tones.

Nothing too exciting seen with video playback on the T259 – that’s because it’s only capable of playing low quality ones. We managed to load a movie trailer encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution, and it didn’t slowdown during its entirety. Sure you can watch videos on the go, but the combination of its small screen and poor viewing angles, it doesn’t particularly impose any awe-inspiring feelings.

Music playback - Samsung T259 Review
Video playback - Samsung T259 Review
Samsung T259 Review

Music playback

Video playback

 

With approximately 110MB of free internal storage out of the box, you can always supplement its capacity by adding a microSD card up to 32GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

International voice calling isn’t a problem for this quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone, but unlike the Samsung t249, this one features dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 MHz) for 3G speeds via T-Mobile’s AWS band. In addition, it packs on Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to get a myriad of other wireless devices to connect.

Again, we find ourselves in a familiar position in the web browsing department – that’s because its small display isn’t the most convenient thing for the eyes. Regardless of that, it still nonetheless offers us the ability to browse the web. Sure we were shocked to see complex sites load up, especially when we got a notification saying that it might not properly display since it’s too big for the internal memory, but it’s still nice to see ours completely load; somewhat. Aside from a few missing photos, we’re agreeable with its scrolling and desktop-like page layout. It’s not the most satisfying thing, but hey, you can’t knock on it since it offers the functionality.

Web browsing with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review
Web browsing with the Samsung T259 - Samsung T259 Review

Web browsing with the Samsung T259



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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi)
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.87 x 1.93 x 0.66 inches
(98 x 49 x 17 mm)
3.15 oz  (89 g)
Battery800 mAh, 5.1 hours talk time

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