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Samsung T509 Review

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Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
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Samsung T509 Review
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The T509 is another phone in a growing trend of making thinner phones, started by the granddaddy of them all - the Motorola V3, known as the RAZR. Unlike the RAZR though, the T509 is not a flip, rather it's a very thin candybar phone. Measuring at 0.39 inches it's the thinnest phone on the US market. However at just over 4.5 inches it's rather long and doesn't exactly feel compact. Still fits great in a shirt or a pants pocket. Being made mostly out of plastic, it's also light - 2.7 ounces. Very comfortable for a tight fit in light clothes.

Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review


Besides the eye-catching design the phone is equipped with a really nice and bright 65K color screen, with a resolution measuring at 176x220. The screen is a jewel, and is easily visible even in bright sunlight. Below the screen you have the 5-way navigational pad, the two softkeys, the Send and End keys, and further down there's the 12-button numeric keypad. These buttons are actual buttons, and are not just cut into the metal like the ones on the Motorolas. Whether you prefer these is a matter of personal opinion, but they definitely feel better for texting and a lot of dialing. The navigational keypad is also raised above the face of the phone and is not flush, feel is soft but accurate.

Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review


One thing that Samsung changed on their newer phones and that's including the T509 is that the central button on the navigational keypad is just an "OK" button, and is no longer used to start T-Zones, or whatever mobile internet service you have. You can still start T-Zone from the homescreen by pressing the right softkey. One thing that would have been desirable is having the central "OK" button start the menu while in the Home screen, and maybe asssign a shortcut ability to the left softkey, but the it is right now works fine, and this is really a very minor detail.


On the left side you have the volume keys, and on the right side is the charging/headset port. The camera and the speakerphone are located high up on the back, so your finger will not be in the way. A camera button is located on the right side, and that will activate the camera as well as capture the image. The side keys are a little harder to press than the front keys, which is a bit inconvinient.
Overall, the nice design is complemented by a very solid build quality, and better designer solutions (for example the battery is not the back cover as well, there's a separate piece for that).

Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review
Samsung T509 Review

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Size4.60 x 1.80 x 0.40 inches
(117 x 46 x 10 mm)
2.70 oz  (76 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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