The first thing I noticed about it was how thin it was. It's slightly wider than the regular slider phones, but that not only is compensated by the thickness of it, or should I say thinness (3.98″ x 2.09″ x 0.61″), but also had allowed the manufacturer to put in a much bigger screen on the phone. And they had done so (320 x 240 Pixel, 262K TFT Color). The main display is very well developed and it is one of great quality. Besides the large number of colors, it is very easy to see and use, added the good size of all the icons and menus, the visual experience with the phone is excellent. Compared to other phones I would say it is in the upper middle class and for the size of the phone is one of the highlights of the device. As I mentioned already it is a slider phone and it is in a rectangular shape. It feels very comfortable in the hand and you can easily forget that it is in your pocket (3.3 oz.).
It slides opened by itself after a little push with your thumb, and the same goes for closing. When you open it, it's very easy to push some of the keys under the screen, which is the area where you will press in order to open the phone. What Samsung had done about this problem is that they had made its keyboard automatically lock once you close the phone and therefore even if you happen to push some of the buttons while opening it, it's not going to accidentally dial or enter some of the menu functions. Overall that is the only flow in the design that I was able to find. On the left side of the device you will find the dual volume button and the charger/headset slot. On the other side you will find the microSD card slot. On the top of the phone, right above the screen on the front sliding panel is located the 1.3 mega pixels rotating camera. Right below the display are the main menu buttons, along with the navigational 4-way and the call/hang up buttons.
T809 and MicroSD
To access the keypad you will have to slide-open the phone and it's got the standard 12 key configuration keypad. The keys are made out of plastic and are middle to large sized, so that almost anybody with an average finger size will be able to work them without any problems. They are very well responsive as well.
Eten G500;Samsung T809;Motorola V3(left-right)
Samsung SGH-T809 next to a creditcard-sized card and a coin