Samsung T259 Review

Introduction and Design

Becoming more uncommon with each passing season, the mobile landscape has changed dramatically with heavy attention focused on smartphones nowadays. Gone are the high-end feature phones of yesterday, but thankfully, there is still a thriving entry-level market for those who don’t want to be bothered by the complexities of today’s modern smartphones. Sporting a 2-year contract price of $29.99, the Samsung T259 seems to be a follow up to the T249 from the fall, but it resorts to a simpler clamshell design that’s less cumbersome.

The package contains:

  • Samsung T259
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Terms & Conditions


Firstly, let’s not forget to note that the Samsung T259 is a basic clamshell handset that sports a price tag of $29.99 on-contract, so it doesn’t surprise us to find it constructed out of cheap feeling blue plastic. Naturally, it enables the handset, which is a little bit larger than most other flips out there, to feel extremely light weight (3.15 oz.) in the hand, but it sure does attract a ton of smudges and fingerprint. Still, its construction seems fair enough to withstand an accidental drop, but don’t be upset to find it scratching very easily. Altogether, there’s nothing too exciting about its design – which is safe to say all too typical.

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In familiar fashion, the Samsung T259 sports an external display, which is used for notifications and taking self-portraits, and an internal 2.2” QVGA (240 x 320) display with support for 65k colors. Not the best of quality by any means, especially with its poor viewing angles and invisible look under the sun, it suffices enough since it’s primarily regarded as being a cheap phone. Finally, color production is on the neutral side, but tilting it ever so slightly away from a 90 degree angle produces some ghosting effects.

Thankfully, at least Samsung made sure to provide ample room for its numeric keypad – which we have to say offers that near perfect tactile response when pressed. Not only are buttons large, which accommodates the biggest of thumbs, but its rubbery texture allows for an adequate feel; despite its flush appearance.  Furthermore, it offers some brilliant backlighting which makes it even distinguishable under heavy lighting.

On the left edge, we’re presented with its microSD card slot and sufficient sized volume rocker that’s raised slightly while providing a tasteful response when pressed. And on the right side of the phone, we’ve got the shutter key, microUSB port for charging/syncing, and a spot for a lanyard.

In the rear, we spot the recognizable Samsung branding along with two notches for the handset’s speakerphone, while removing the back cover; it reveals the SIM card slot underneath the battery. And yeah, the T259 sports a 2-megapixel camera that’s situated directly above the external LCD display.

Samsung T259 360-degree View:

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