Samsung SGH-T619 Review
In stand-by, the T619 is similar to other modern models of the manufacturer like the T519 trace and T629 for example – 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 be much logically if it opened the main menu, as it is with most other phones. We found ourselves pressing it often.
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.
Dialing a number can be displayed with large numbers, and an option allows every digit to be in different (Rainbow) color. It lacks any animated theme like the “hand with Pen” from the SGH-D900.
The whole menu of the device is extremely easy and logically arranged and you can 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, which is very strong side of these Samsung phones.
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.
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.
If “Open to Answer” option is selected from the Phone Setup menu, opening the shell will accept an incoming call, and closing it will respectively end a current call.
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. They not only have own Times, but each one has its own Sound and days it works in. Adding an event in the Calendar is a piece of cake, and its month view can also be displayed over the Wallpaper in standby mode. Tasks, Simple calculator, Timers, and World clock with interface displaying the Earth map are also part of the Organizer menu. The unit converter looks ugly but is very handy if you often work with measurements in both metric and imperial systems.
A simple file browser is also situated here. It browses the files stored on the phone by types: music, videos, etc. It’s not as good as advanced explorer on a smartphone, but makes the deal.
The T619 has about 24MB of internal memory. Unfortunately it lacks slot for expanding it, which means the phone can not be used as multimedia device. Still, the space available is enough for a few songs, or a dozen or more MP3 high-grade ringtones, as well as a bunch of pictures.