Samsung SGH-T819 Review

Introduction and Design
This is a GSM phone offered from T-Mobile.

Even though the 3G network hasn’t been activated yet, T-Mobile has released three 3G capable handsets, the Samsung T639, Nokia 6263, and Samsung T819. The T819 is the latest of the three and the one we’ll be taking a look at today. It’s a low level model so there isn’t anything to shock or attract you. Instead, it’s there for those who want something simple and not too complex.

The package contains:

  • Samsung T819
  • Charger
  • Headphones
  • Get started manual
  • T-Mobile manual
  • Samsung T819 manual


When you first look at the T819, it seems very elegant. The front has a nice glossy material to it while the rest is a more dull brownish color which doesn’t take away from it. The construction feels very solid for what it is and the only play we noticed was at the bottom portion of the upper half when the handset was closed.

The screen does a great job for what it is. While it looks to be small when compared to the rest of the front, it’s still fairly large. Colors seem very lively and bright regardless of the environment. With the brightness set to only the half-way mark, we had no difficulty making out the picture in very bright environments even when the sun was shining directly at it.

The keypad and buttons are just all over the place when it comes to comfort. The buttons are well laid out but they are just too cramped to be used comfortably. The D-pad and the keypad suffer the most from the small size. There were times when we managed to press the surrounding buttons to the D-pad when trying to navigate.

The keypad is not only cramped but very frustrating to use at time. The keys are almost completely flush with it and the material that’s used to differentiate them just isn’t enough. We found ourselves pressing the wrong keys when looking at the handset so forget about texting or dialing without looking at the keypad.

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