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Performance-wise the SGH-T809 is fast and responsive. You can only have one thing opened at a time and therefore speed-wise you will not notice anything unusual, and unless you are dealing with a large picture or any other media, the phone is performing adequately. Entering text is fast and easy, and besides the fact that the T9 needs a little extra effort in the beginning, it is manageable.

The reception on the phone was good, although a little weaker than what I have seen. But overall it is nothing out of the ordinary. I would say it is satisfactory and remains one of my favorite models.

The sound is a little above average, both incoming and outgoing. The speaker phone sounds good as well and according to my opinion the T809 is within the range of the good sounding phones.

When I fully charged the battery I was able to use it for about 3 days with an average of about one hour talk-time a day. According to the manufacturer the stand-by time is about 130 hrs, and the talk time is about 4.30 hrs, and I stayed pretty close to that.


It is hard to be objective about something that you like that much, which happens to be the case for me with this phone. Although there are a few minor things that I would like to see done differently design-wise (the opening/closing of the upper panel; the positioning of the Clear key, right under the down button & the way the T9 is set up), I am overall satisfied with the phone since the organizer is very well implemented and it's got a decent MP3 player. Some of the things I want to highlight as well are the option to show the calendar on the home screen, which I found very helpful instead of having to browse through the menu every time I want to check what day that particular date is or the other way around. Another thing is that you can place and receive phone calls without having to slide-open the phone, which keeps it very discreet. Of course the turning camera, which was the coolest thing I have seen done on a cell phone, adds up to the futuristic look, although turning it was a bit tricky and I had to hold the upper panel opened with one hand while I was turning the camera with my other hand. The design of the phone is very appealing to me and I would recommend it to people with a busy schedule and small pockets.

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  • Very extensive and well developed organizer
  • Supreme design and functionalities combined
  • Flipping camera with good quality and a wide range of settings for it


  • A few minor design flows, connected with the slider functionality

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