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Samsung T509 Review

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Camera:

With all these connectivity options you can easily share pictures that you take with the built-in camera. It is only VGA though, so pictures will look decent on cell phone displays, but won't be so great on a desktop monitor. Outdoor shots leave a lot to be desired, but indoor shots are not all that bad – a little dim, but colors are all right and lightning is ok. 

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


The camera interface is well set up and easy to use. You can change a lot of the options by going into the camera menu.  This is done by pressing the right soft key. There you can select the Shooting Mode (normal, multi shot, or a night shot), add effects (like Black and White, Sepia, Negative, Sketch), add frames, set the self timer (3, 5, or 10 seconds), and you can go to the gallery as well.  That is also the way to start the video recording. Videos are done in 176x144 resolution and are recorded in .3gp format. The length is only about 15 seconds.  Right from there you can also send the video or picture in an MMS to an email address, or another mobile phone.

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

Music:

The onboard memory of the phone is too limited for the music fans (only 10 MB) but you'll still be able to get MP3 sound clips on there as ringtones. Keep in mind that to get only MP3 ringtones downloaded from T-Mobile can be used on the phone. There's a software limitation preventing you from using ones that are transferred via Bluetooth. You do have enough space for a coupe of games. The phone already comes with 4 built in - Forgotten Warrior, Freekick, Arch Angel and Midnight Pool. All of them are JAVA based.

As far as the ringtones go, you have a pretty good selection, and yes, Samsung did include a ringtone that sounds like a normal phone . . . along with the regular spectrum of melodies ranging from annoying to funny.

Samsung T509 Review

Organizer:

The Organizer is also pretty well thought out and simple. I'm sure many of us would wish that phone would be able to synchronize with some sort of PIM software, but at this point nothing is available. A nice idea is having two separate alarms. You do have the ability to set up appointments and tasks. You can also select  different views - day, week, month. World Time lets you check what's the time in different time zones, very handy if you travel a lot or need to keep up with international contacts.

One nice addition to this phone would have been voice dialing. Maybe not everybody will need it, but the lack of it gives an incomplete feeling to the phone. Also customizable shortcuts would have been nice. Just  about every other manufacturer has it. Samsung however is not too keen on that.

Samsung T509 Review
Recording of Voice Notes is also available


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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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