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1. Motorola V60g Phone (T-Mobile)
$70.00 list($99.99)
2. Samsung R225 Phone (T-Mobile)
list($49.99)
3. Nokia 1260 Phone (AT&T)
$16.00 list($49.99)
4. Motorola 120T Phone (AT&T)
$117.67 list($149.99)
5. Sony Ericsson T300 Phone With
list($199.99)
6. Motorola i90c Phone (Nextel)
$45.00 list($399.00)
7. Motorola V2397 Phone (AT&T)
$89.99 list($79.99)
8. Nokia 3360 Phone - Gray (AT&T)
$155.00 list($129.99)
9. PCS Phone Samsung A460 (Sprint)
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10. PCS Phone LG 1200 (Sprint)

1. Motorola V60g Phone (T-Mobile)
by Motorola
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006LIQE
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1411
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Features

  • External caller ID
  • Solid, sleek flip construction
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Up to 4 hours' digital talk time and 6 days' digital standby time
  • Includes battery, charger, and headset

2. Samsung R225 Phone (T-Mobile)
by Samsung
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00006LIQB
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 794
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Overview

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the Samsung R225 features a variety of features such as a color-coordinated phone book, a Internet browser, picture caller ID, and plenty of phone and organizer features displayed on a 128 x 64 pixel, black and white backlit LCD screen.

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the R225's calling features include call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-redial, roaming indicator, speed dial, phonebook look-up, phonebook scroll, mute control, no-answer transfer, usage alert, vibrating ring, differential ring and a phone book capacity of 250 entries. Each entry can be assigned one of four colors for your enjoyment.

Internet

This phone lets you get online and access e-mail, popular Web sites, and download ring tones and data. There's also 2-way text messaging with text templates, plus three games: Casino, Mole, and Hexa.

Organizer

Organizer features include voice memo, scratch pad, a calendar, and a to-do list.

Vital Statistics

The Samsung R225 weighs 3.4 ounces and measures 4.3 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 250 minutes talk time, and up to 120 hours standby.

What's in the Box
R225 phone, charger, battery, strap, hands-free headset ... Read more

Features

  • Easy to use phone with high contrast blue display
  • Two-way text messaging
  • Compose your own ring tone melodies
  • Up to 4 hours' digital talk time, 120 hours' digital standby time with standard battery
  • Includes travel charger, owner's manual, and earbud.

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't underestimate this phone
i bought this phone few months ago. its great. but wat it lacks is good text spacin. but its good 2 text on it. wat it also lacks is name 4 its ring tones like for ex the names 4 tha ring tones r tone 1 tone 20 stuff like dat. i also like this phone blc it is very colorful. most phones have a clear back light but this phone has a colorful blue back light. this phone also has a blinkin service light. this phone can also be put on vib mode like most phones. this phone also contains aol instant messanger so if u can't use ur computer just use ur samsung r225. i hope u guys go out and buy this phone. so just cause its little dont underestimate this phone.

2-0 out of 5 stars decent phone, horrendous design
If your finances dictate that you absolutely need a free phone, then this should serve. It has good battery life and strong reception. But everything else about it is awful!

It uses a special type of headset jack so you can't get a new headset -- and the one it ships with is uncomfortable and low-quality. It's hardly hands-free when I have to constantly use one hand to keep the earbud from falling out of my ear!

The keypad design makes the buttons difficult to press -- I need both hands to type on it.

Instead of several configurable ring-sets, you have only two options: ring and vibrate.

Every ring tone that comes with the phone is absurd, and set in the highest ear-splitting frequencies. It has a ring tone composer, but due to what seems like a bug you can't insert consecutive rests -- necessary if you want to mimic the "beep once" feature that nearly every other phone offers.

There's no way to turn the phone on without it making a loud beeping noise -- a definite problem if you ever need to send messages from classes or meetings

When you unlock the phone, it freezes for a second or two before you can type anything. There's also no autolock feature, and it's _extremely_ easy to press buttons accidentally while it's in your pocket.

Not one day goes by when some feature of this phone doesn't cause me annoyance. The interface on my first cell phone, back in '99, was better than this. I feel like I've been scammed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone
I got this phone when my I dropped my motorolla v66 in the river! This is a great phone for people who live in areas where the tMobile signal is weak (like me in Ann Arbor, MI). I love this phone. I could not speak from home before with my v66, but that has changed now. The sound quality is unbelievable. Very very crisp and clear, even with 1 line of the signal.

The ring tone is nice and low profile. The blue back light is cool. The address book is good. The vibrate tone is a bit motor like, but is liveable. It is as small as a flip phone but is ergonomic. The number buttons are out and accessible, unlike models where they are embedded in the phone. The only features I use (and want in a phone) is good sound quality even when the phone shows 1 line of signal, the organizer and scheduler, the calendar and the phone book. I am extemely happy with my choice on all these counts. Of course the price is the best!

4-0 out of 5 stars It does the job
I've had my phone for over a year and haven't had any mechanical issues to date. My only complaint would be poor reception in certain areas, but I'm not sure if that can be attributed to the phone or the network.
I've been very satisfied with T-Mobile (especially the service!) and I'm very hesitant to try another carrier. If not for the reception, I'd give it a ten. It does all you'd want a basic phone to do!

4-0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!
This is a good little phone. I got it for a penny at Car Toys and everyone in my family has this phone because they love it so much. It has normal cell phone features, a bright backlight, and a service indicator light that can change colors. It may be a simple, inexpensive phone, but it sure works well. ... Read more


3. Nokia 1260 Phone (AT&T)
by Nokia
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007HFN2
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 253
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Features

  • E-mail capability helps you keep in touch
  • Downloadable ringtones allow you to customize your phone
  • Internal antenna, picture messaging, and predictive text entry.
  • 3.75 hours talk time, 10.5 days standby time
  • Includes NiMH battery, charger, headset and user documentation

4. Motorola 120T Phone (AT&T)
by Motorola
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007HHPL
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 438
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Features

  • 500 number phonebook
  • 32 preset, and 32 composable ring tones
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Improved user interface for simplified navigation
  • Battery, headset, charger and user documentation included

5. Sony Ericsson T300 Phone With Communicam (T-Mobile)
by Ericsson
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LEN0
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Ericsson
Sales Rank: 1916
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Features

  • Includes camera attachment
  • 256 color display
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Downloadable games
  • Includes battery, headset and travel charger

6. Motorola i90c Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000067BEY
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 413
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a speakerphone, email and text messaging support, as well as support for Nextel's wireless web services, the i90c is the perfect companion. And of course, it supports Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie functions so you can connect with people in your work and personal network at the push of a button.

Design
Like other Nextel phones, the i90c is built tough for construction and utilities industry users. The inside of the phone's flip-up cover phone sports a grayscale LCD color display. Meanwhile, the outside cover features a supplementary monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is provided on top of the phone. The phone's software features one-touch shortcuts to phone features and easy, icon-driven menus.

Calling Features
The i90c's built-in address book can store up to 250 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. The phone supports up to 20 voice dialing contacts. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear.

One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i90c fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The i90c features support for two-way mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text messaging (Nextel messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the i90c, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

The i90c ships with a calendar application that lets you book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn on the phone if needed. In addition to a Java-based calculator, there's also a voice recording application that lets you record up to three minutes of audio. A time and date clock are included, as well.

Entertainment
For those who want a little fun with their phone, the i90c ships with some built-in games from Sega. More games can be downloaded from the Nextel Online service.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola i90c weighs 5.33 ounces and measures 3.50 x 2.00 x 1.10 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 75 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola i90c handset, lithium-ion battery, AC travel charger, belt clip holster, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Speakerphone function for hands-free calling
  • Includes Java-powered applications
  • Wireless web enabled
  • Includes 750mAh lithium-ion battery, travel charger and holster belt clip

Reviews (130)

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better phones offered from Nextel
My Nokia 5190 with AT&T decided it wouldn't take a battery charge any longer. I decided to shop around, touch, sniff, tastte other carriers and phones. Which brings me to the i90c from Nextel... This phone is one of the smallest phones that Nextel has to offer. In the construction industry, 2-way radio communication via Nextel has almost become an industry standard. New laws are coming into affect, and the voice-activated dialing works great! Living in California, being a young 25 female, you'd want to look stylish. This phone has it all... small, light, blue back-lit screen, downloadable music tones, internet capable, 2-way direct connect features, and safe while you're driving. The only other feature that could make this phone better would be the color screen from the i95c. It's a trade off to have a smaller phone, but worth it. Just like any other new gadget, the screen navigation takes time to learn but it has become second nature.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst service on the planet
If you want the highest monthly bill for the worst service, buy Nextel. I've had Sprint, At&T, and Verizon, all better and cheaper. Bought Nextel for the Direct Connect, what a mistake. Verizon MUCH better. (New York metro area).

3-0 out of 5 stars Phone is ok for typical users...
In my area, Nextel is the preferred carrier for construction companies. As a person who has 50+ nextel phones on my account, I know alot about the quality of these phones. I have seen them dropped in everything. The i90 is weak in the flip. The flip will fall off at the hinges or it will become disconnected inside the housing and quit working. Also the design of the keypad is weak. It is raised so that after using the i90 heavily for a year, the big round button near the top of the keypad begins to wear an imprint into your flip display.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motorola i90
I bought this phone after a very bad experience with Nokia - not the phone but the service offered in our area (Collegeville,PA). Infact, I bought two of these phones - one for myself and the other for my husband. I simply LOVE this phone. The two best features of this phone are: the walkie talkie that is never out of range and so prompt and the speaker which is so clear and as good as any land line. Also, there is a display window on the phone and you don't need to flip it open to see who's calling.
LOVE IT!!!
[NEGATIVEs]
The phone is a little bulky compared to the other ones available in the market; but I would never trade it for anything else.
I had to call the customer service @ Nextel once and they weren't the most pleasant people.

Would highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Phone and Service
I have had Nextel service for 2 years and I love it and there phones and tech service are great. I took the damage coverage and reccomend that everyone should.My first phone got fried in water,and was replaced no questions asked my second had a charging problem and replaced with no problem nice for 3.95 a month considering they want 399.00 to replace. ... Read more


7. Motorola V2397 Phone (AT&T)
by Motorola
list price: $399.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005241M
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 5334
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Amazon.com

An attractive contoured design, swappable "phone wrap" fashion covers, two-way SMS capabilities, and a reasonable price are some of the highlights of the new Motorola V2397 phone. This unit is a dual-band, dual-mode TDMA phone that measures 6.5 by 2.0 by 1.1 inches, and weighs in at 5.2 ounces. While relatively large, it is lightweight, balanced, and easily portable.

Motorola's characteristic smart-button navigation, commonly seen on the company's StarTAC phones, guides you through the V2397's menu options. The keypad design is less cluttered and confusing than StarTAC phones, however--a definite improvement. Although you still have to use the FCN (function) button to access menu options, all control keys (Function, Store, Clear, Recall) are well spaced. The raised, oval-shaped keypad buttons were quite responsive, and we rarely misdialed a call. The phone felt good to hold, and we could dial one-handed. The four-line screen (two lines of text, two lines of status icons) is backlit and easy to read. A standard 2.5-millimeter communication jack for hands-free devices is integrated into the phone.

The V2397's handy call management features, including scratchpad memory, one-touch speed-dial locations, multiple call timers, and any-key answer, help you organize your communications. You can store up to 99 numbers in the V2397's phone book, although it does not support multiple entries per contact. Entering phone numbers is easy. Just punch in the number and a unique descriptor, and assign it a memory location. The phone has nine ringer tones, although you can't assign a specific ringer to individual phone-book entries. The 30-incoming and 20-outgoing call logs help you keep track of your conversations, although the V2397 lacks a missed-call log. Other missing features include a minibrowser, PIM functions, profile settings, assignable ringers, and vibrating alert. The V2397 does support caller ID, call waiting, voice-mail alerts, and two-way SMS text messaging, which lets you send and receive alphanumeric messages with other devices. Unfortunately, there is no way to tether the V2397 to a PC, so you can't use it as a digital modem, or import your computer's address book to the phone.

To keep your V2397 secure, you can use a four-digit code to lock the whole phone or to restrict outgoing calls to one of 10 numbers stored in special memory locations. You can also block your caller ID information from showing up on a call recipient's phone.

The V2397's NiMH batteries are rated up to 100 minutes' talk time and 110 hours' standby time. In our testing, the V2397 held a call for 105 minutes, and it lasted for 112 hours in standby mode.

A basic phone for everyday use, the Motorola V2397 scores high marks in visual design and reliability, but it lacks many desirable features. Still, interchangeable phone wraps, two-way text messaging, and a very reasonable price are reasons enough to give this phone consideration.

--Thom Arno, edited by Tom Mace

Pros:

  • Impressive new design
  • Swappable phone wraps with an included blue wrap
  • Two-way SMS support

Cons:

  • Awkward menu navigation
  • Lacks several standard features, including Web access

How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables, including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, because analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and, when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting that several phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone every few hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. Because no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because the phone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier signal strength. ... Read more

Features

  • Hot new design
  • 2-way SMS support
  • Up to 100 minutes' talk time and 110 hours' standby time with standard battery
  • Weighs 5.4 ounces with battery
  • Includes NiMH batteries, charger, headset, and blue phone wrap

8. Nokia 3360 Phone - Gray (AT&T)
by Nokia
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007EHF9
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 1900
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Amazon.com

Hot on the heels on the ubiquitous 8260, Nokia introduced the 3360, a fun, shapely phone with several new features, including picture messaging and changeable front and back faceplates.Truly, there aren't many other phones in this price range that can match the 3360's design, components, and overallvalue.

Here's the tale of the tape: the 3360 measures 4.4 by 1.9 by 0.8 inches, and it weighs 4 ounces. This means the phoneis slightly longer than a business card and weighs the same as today's ultracompact phones. It also has an internal antenna--whichpeople either love or hate--though we never had trouble with call reception. To us, everything about this phone isexecuted correctly; the keypad is well-spaced, it has salient features (even though it can't access theInternet wirelessly), and it's inconspicuous while in use.

Three buttons handle most of the menu navigation: a central oval-shaped key activates the main menu and lets you selectoptions as they appear; the roller-bar navigation key scrolls through menu options; and the "C" (clear) button jumps backa step and erases text-entry mistakes.

Menu choices are: Phone Book, Messages (SMS and voice-mail alerts), Call Log,Profiles (so you can choose how your phone behaves in different environments), Settings (for calls, phone, and security),Forwarding, Games, Calculator, Calendar, Composer (for DIY ring tones), and Keyguard Lock. With the backlit, five-linedisplay (three lines of text, two lines of icons and indicators), we found it easy to navigate through menus and make selections. And here's a definite design improvement on the 8260: the 3360's power button, located on top ofthe phone, is raised a bit so it's easier to use (and find).

Like other phones, the 3360 has a full roster of call and messaging features. If offered by your service plan, it supportscaller ID, call waiting, SMS, voice mail, numeric paging, multiparty calling, and e-mail. Call logs maintain the last 10dialed numbers, 10 most recently received calls, and 10 missed calls. PIM functions includea clock, currency converter, calculator, calendar with room for 50 appointments and reminders, and a 250-entry phonebook.

But, as we said, the 3360 offers a couple of new features (at least for Nokia phones). We logged on to AT&T Wireless's site from our PC so we could download additionalring tones. The 3360 also has eight preset images you can e-mail to your friends--but in order to take advantage of it both people need to have a 3360 that supports picture messaging. You can also download additional images from AT&T Wireless' site, provided your service plan supports this action.

The front and back faceplates are separate, so you can have a two-tone phone if you desire.It was a minor challenge to remove the faceplate on the first try, but it was worth the effort. And while the phone's included gamesweren't enough to take us away from PlayStation 2, we enjoyed Space Impact (sort of Defender meets SpaceInvaders), one of the 3360's four new games. It also features Snake II, Bantumi, andPairs I.

The 3360 offers five basic security features: an initial phone lock, keypad lock, call-restriction modes,and the ability to change access codes at any time.

The NiMH battery is rated for up to 160 minutes of digital talk time and 7.5 days of digital standby time. In ourtests, we got the phone to hold a call for just about three hours, and it lasted for a full seven days in standby mode.

We highly recommend the 3360, and we don't want to give our sample phone back. It looks different from the rest of the herd and has the features we want and need on a daily basis--all for under $100.

--Arno Kazarian

Pros:

  • Innovative design
  • Picture messaging and voice-activated dialing
  • Competitively priced
  • Changeable front and back faceplates
  • Streamlined menu navigation
  • Space Impact game

Cons:

  • No Web browser capability
  • Removing faceplate is tricky

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Features

  • E-mail capability helps you keep in touch
  • Changeable faceplates allow you to customize your phone
  • Infrared port lets you beam data to or from another device
  • Up to 240 minutes' digital talk time and 10.5 days' digital standby time
  • Includes Li-Ion battery, charger, and hands-free headset

9. PCS Phone Samsung A460 (Sprint)
by Samsung
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000068ULO
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 215
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Amazon.com

If you liked the Samsung A400, you’ll love the A460. With the A460, Samsung has kept all the great attributes of the A400 while adding a few polishes that make the A460 one of the sleekest phones on the market. Like it’s predecessor, it’s packed with easy-to-use features, such as voice-activated calling and one-touch Web access. It also retains the elegant two-tone silver finish. But it’s both lighter and more compact and includes an outside LCD screen, which allows you to see the time, date, and battery life without opening the phone.

About the size of a deck of cards, the phone weighs 3.4 ounces and measures 3.4 inches by 1.81 inches by 0.83 inches. Despite its size, the phone has a solid construction and opens and closes easily without feeling flimsy. The extendable antenna seems a bit fragile and thin, but with a bit of care most callers should have no problems with it. Also handy are the volume and ringer controls on the side of the phone, which let us adjust the phone volume instantly while waiting in line at a coffee shop.

When we opened the phone and switched it on, we were pleased to see that it powered up and was ready to use in about 10 seconds--an impressive feat given the graphic-rich content of the start screen. The keypad is practically flawless, leaving enough space between keys for error-free dialing for those with bigger fingers. The directional key, situated top and center, is a bonus, letting us browse through the phone’s many menus and options without a hitch, which was especially handy while using the wireless Web. The eight-line screen is nicely proportioned and easy to read, both in text size and image clarity, and the four-color gray lends depth to the screen images, giving them a polished look. The soft electric-blue backlighting made dialing a taxi a breeze in a dimly lit lounge. Changing the phone’s ring tones was simple too--the hard part was choosing one of the 23 tones offered. Eventually we settled on a rather psychedelic version of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Fuer Elise. Ringer volume is also easily adjustable, with eight levels of sound and a vibrate mode that ensures you won’t miss a call. The phone is also equipped to work with downloadable ring tones, available from Sprint for a minimal fee.

One of the best features the SPH-A460 offers is its one-touch wireless Web access. The OpenWave Mobile Browser connected quickly and information from the phone’s preprogrammed news, weather, and entertainment sites loaded smoothly and were easily navigated. Built-in GPS technology lets the phone access location-based and 911 emergency location services (where available)--handy for accessing driving directions or pinpointing where you are when lost. Best of all, the phone is enabled for voice dialing, and we were able to program and call numbers within minutes of picking up the phone. Voice-activated dialing worked well whether we whispered or yelled into the phone, but understandably, it did seem to have a slight problem with our commands as a garbage truck rolled past. Calls were clear and a bit on the loud side, even with the volume turned to the lowest level, but we’ll take too loud over too quiet any day.

Besides the excellent calling features, the e-mail, voice-memo recorder, fax, address book, calendar, and two-way text messaging make the phone an ideal tool for business trips, keeping you connected in more ways than with just a phone call. Or, if you find yourself stuck in an airport or on the train, you can pass time trying to master one of the three rather enigmatic games: Push Push, Fly Ribbon, and Spider Hunter.

We were quite happy to see the battery life exceed Samsung’s guidelines in our testing. The phone held a call for more than 3 hours, and remaining on for 180 hours in standby mode, as compared with its manufacturer rating of 2.4 hours digital talk time and 170 hours of digital standby time.

Once again, we’re thrilled with this solid new addition to the Samsung legacy, and can only look forward to what they’ll come up with next.

--Steve O’Neil

Pros:

  • GPS technology for access to location-based services
  • One-touch Web access
  • Graphic-rich 8-line screen
  • Voice-command capability
  • Sturdy flip design

Cons:

  • Call volume a bit loud
  • Games simple, somewhat confusing

How We Tested Battery Talk/StandbyTime

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, as analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting that several phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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Features

  • External display shows incoming call phone numbers
  • Compact design with slim profile
  • Large screen displays up to 8 lines of text, 4 shades of grayscale
  • Supports downloadable ringers, images, and wallpapers
  • Full width keypad supports larger buttons, allows easy operation

10. PCS Phone LG 1200 (Sprint)
by LGIC
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000089SBM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: LGIC
Sales Rank: 1831
Average Customer Review: 2.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact flip design with silver & blue finish
  • External caller ID display
  • GPS positioning built into phone
  • Text-messaging capability & full PIM functions
  • Includes Lithium-ion battery, desktop charger & user documentation

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic phone
I got this phone by signing up with Working Assets (Sprint network) last August. The phone does well for basic features like address book, calling, and calendar. It has a nice monochrome display and the caller ID line can be read with the phone closed. Additionally, you can turn off the ringer with the exterior volume button, allowing you to easily cut off a call you don't want to take. It doesn't have any fancy screen or internet stuff, but that wasn't an issue for me.

My original phone did break because the D-pad got jammed. It was replaced for free and I've had no problems since. The reception hasn't been great, particularly indoors, but when I'm inside I usually have a land line around anyway. There does seem to be this weird 1-second delay in speaking, a problem I've had with both phones, so I'm not sure if it's a Sprint issue or the phone itself. You kind of adjust after a while.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars The LG1200 Phone
I have had no problems with this phone. I use it quite frequently and have had no problems with it. I think if you take care of the phone and use it in a normal fashion, the phone will last as long as any other phone, and I have tried a lot of phones! The flip phone is great as it allows you to save the life of the key pad. I would reccomend this product, and feel very comfortable in doing so. I think most of the problems arise from the carrier and how helpful they are in correcting problems. Choose the right company and you will be happy! I chose a wireless carrier with a Month-to-Month option and can cancel service anytime without any cancellation fees. Maybe that's the way to go.

1-0 out of 5 stars Exterior Display Screen! GONE!
I've had this phone for just a little over a year. The display screen has totally faded, which means that I no longer have an exterior caller ID, which really sucks. I took the phone to Sprint to see what they could do and they told me I was just slightly out my warranty and I could 1. get a new phone or 2. get the insurance, wait a few weeks and then send in a $35 deductible for a replacement. Well I don't think so. I'm switching to VERIZON. SPRINT REALLY REALLY SUCKS. They don't do anything to keep their customers happy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok for free
I've had this phone since last August when I moved to Annandale-on-Hudson, NY as I was told Sprint's service went there. Verizon is really better if you're in this area, thoughl. Sprint is okay, but it's hard to get service indoors.

The phone itself is ok. I got it for free when I bought it here at amazon and signed a year contract. I haven't had the battery issues some of these other reviewers have, but my outside display is missing several lines making it impossible to read. I've heard this is a common problem. I also use my phone for long conversations with parents and friends at home and the phone gets quite hot if you talk on it for more than 30 minutes. It's nice that it's flip though so that the buttons and screen don't get messed up and it's pretty hardy - I've dropped mine a few times.

If you can get this phone for free, it's good - it has the basic functions and a nice alarm (with snooze) in the calendar function and has a big address book with multiple listing, so you can have two mobile, two office, and two home numbers for one person.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful
-poor reception
-misses calls even when it is "in range"

Generally cheap. My display has accumulated debris inside the phone so I can't clean it out and it is difficult to read. When talking to someone it cuts in and out.

Paying anything for this phone is throwing money away. A cell phone company should offer 50% off since the phone only works some of the time. ... Read more


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