Samsung Smiley :) Review

Interface:

The Smiley has the same simple menu that we’ve seen on a few T-Mobile offerings, including the Gravity 3.  It can be changed to a more conventional grid menu if the user prefers.  Like the Gravity 3 it runs quickly and there was no significant menu lag.


The phonebook is good for a dumbphone.  It allows the user to store lots of information about a contact, including multiple phone numbers, email addresses, IM names, birthday and address info and a memo.  We were only able to activate the Nuance voice dialing using our Bluetooth headset.


As one might expect, the Samsung Smiley is heavy on the messaging aspect, but no moreso than any other messaging phone out there today.  SMS, MMS, IM and email are all supported, including Exchange support though we’re not sure why someone who needs that feature would have the Smiley.  It’s still a good feature to trumpet though.  Users can create an audio postcard and the Social Buzz app is an aggregate of Twitter, Facebook and MySpace; a Friend Stream for dumbphones if you will.  The program is just a basic feed reader that allows you to quickly see your going-ons across all of your social network accounts, and you can of course update your status as well.

Camera, Multimedia and Connectivity:

Though it only has a 1.3 megapixel camera, photos turned out quite respectable with the Smiley.  It’s no high-end camera phone, to be sure, but it took more than acceptable snapshots for what it is.  Options are very basic, though it does offer panorama and mosaic modes along with smile detection.  The camcorder drops just about all of the limited options available with the camera and offers just QCIF recording, not even YouTube quality.




The Samsung Smiley does not have a dedicated music player, though it will let you play individual files from the memory card.  With no headphone jack the user is reliant on Bluetooth for handsfree calling.  The Smiley clocks in with v2.1+EDR and supports the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, A2DP, AVRC, BPP, SAP 1.1 profiles.

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11 Comments

1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I would refuse to get this phone just because of its name.

8. hellen_rox

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

ehh I wouldn't suggest it even if it had a sweet name like optimus prime. you can't do much on it unless you have internet on your plan because it's not wifi capable, so if you dont have internet on your plan, this phone can only be used for talk and text which eventually gets REALLY boring, I've had it for a year, and i already hate it, but im going to get the lg optimus t. looks like a really cool phone and its wifi capable so you can download apps and music! and the HUGE red button bothers the CRAP out of me.

2. AladdinSane

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

It appears that even AT&T's version of this, the Samsung Strive, is far better. If I had to choose between the two I'd definitely go for the Strive, even with all its shortcomings. The Smiley is perfect, though, for a child or tweener (IMHO). Peace!

9. hellen_rox

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

a tween might get bored with the phone like this. (i am 12 and i have this phone) I'm getting a smart phone so I can download games and music. The smiley is not wifi capable. there-fore if you don;t have internet on your plan, nothing good comes out of this phone.

3. RS9568

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

Worst... name... ever...

4. travelmaster

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

i liked it companies had bad names - but good service

5. LaDanah unregistered

I just got this phone yesterday, and it's great for text messaging. The only thing I would suggest is an Internet plan. The right softkey (when the phone is closed) is a designated web2go button that cannot be reassigned, so if you don't have the internet, that button renders itself pretty useless. Good picture quality (a little grainy when blown up on Facebook and such). If you just need a phone for basic talk, text, and picture messaging, this is the phone for you. Don't expect a smart phone, because it's not by any means. It's basically your ordinary bar or flip phone in the form of a slider with some style!

6. rachit unregistered

i bought this phone a month before. I found so many problems. I an using Bsnl and reliance sims .reliance is offering 3g and Bsnl is only 2g. But i can 't set reliance as default network. Also i can 't attend the call so many times as answer key get hanged. At the time of starting phone it doesn't respond for a while. Also i can't download files using opera and uc browsers. Lot of faults. Pls nobody purchase this phone.

7. Taxfrog unregistered

You people are dorks. It's a cheap phone that makes phone calls and texts. Plus it can capture crappy video and pictures. Wah wah wah, my network. Shut up. Get a freaking blackberry or something. This is a PHONE.

10. hellen_rox

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

this phone is boring and over-priced. i can get a phone that does more for cheaper.

11. Larva unregistered

Pros of the phone: - long battery life - small - light Cons: - taking pictures is difficult especially if you want to take more than one - requires special headphones to listen to music - requires special adapter to transfer music to device
Smiley :)
  • Display 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 1.3 MP
  • Storage 0.05 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.50h talk time)

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