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Samsung :) Smiley Review

written by: Mita•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 11/1/2010

The Samsung Smiley is a budget 3G messaging phone meant for T-Mobile with a price tag of just $19.99. Samsung’s new Smiley is basically a texting phone with all the common features and a fair performance.

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    Samsung is now in a flow releasing a range of mobile phones one after the other and ranging from smartphone to simple messaging phones for text addicts. This time they're offering a most uncommon brand name, the Samsung :) Smiley. Samsung’s new Smiley is basically a texting phone meant for T-mobile with all the common features and a fair performance. However, the main attraction of the Smiley is its pricing, being offered at just $19.99 with a two year contract.

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    Rating Average

    Measuring 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.6 inches, the Samsung Smiley is more like the Strive, weighing around 4.6 ounces. The phone is equipped with a 2.6 inch TFT screen of 262K color display and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, which is more than what is expected from a messaging phone. The texts and photos are brightly displayed, but become somewhat unusable on exposure to direct sunlight, which is really annoying. The phone has limited options for customization, limited to only wallpaper, brightness, backlight time and similar such options.

    The navigation array of the Samsung Smiley is positioned just below the display. Although the buttons are placed close to each other it hardly creates a problem and they are easy to operate, even with smaller hands. The central OK key is surrounded by a four-way toggle key and is provided with a dedicated button for messaging. The other buttons include End/power key, Talk key, Back button and two additional soft keys.

    The Smiley contains a physical keyboard, which can be accessed by sliding up the phone. All the keys are finely placed in four rows and the keypad contains both numeric and messaging keys. The keypad also includes two additional www and .com buttons to save you time while typing URLs. Just as the name implies, the phone contains a dedicated smiley button, which is pretty cool but not at all surprising.

    The left spine of the Samsung Smiley contains the micro SD memory card slot and volume rocker, while the right spine holds the controls for camera activation and the headset and charger jack. The headset jack is a bit disappointing, for if you want to use a standard 3.5mm headphone you have to use an adapter (the adapter is provided with the box). The back of the handset contains the camera lens along with a self-portrait mirror.

    Samsung Smiley 

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    User Interface

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    The menu system of the Samsung Smiley is the same simple one that you have already seen in many of the T-Mobile offerings. However, it seems to be somewhat filled or expanded to give an inflated effect, if compared with the Gravity 3. The system includes wireframe icons and the default form of icons displayed as a carousel that can be switched to a grid view too. The IM client works fine with AIM, Yahoo and MSN accounts, but not actually with Google Talk. The online Buzz app based on Java too takes forever to set up.

    There is not much significant menu lag with the Smiley. The Access NetFront Browser 3.5 offers good and well-mannered WAP pages. However, it might take forever to load desktop websites. Smiley supports SMS, MMS, IM and email including Exchange support as well.

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    Samsung Smiley Messaging Phone ReviewThe Samsung Smiley is among the budget 3G messaging phones meant for T-Mobile with all the common features and a fair performance. Read the entire review to learn about the details of it.
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    Rating Average

    The Samsung Smiley sports all the basic features including stopwatch, memo, calculator, world clock, notepad, unit converter, timer, task, alarm etc. and is capable of storing up to 1,000 contacts with further details in each of the entries such as birthday, email address, URL and many more. Other noticeable features of the phone are USB mass storage, RSS reader, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Smiley further provides GPS support for Google Maps and TeleNav turn-by-turn directions. Besides the multimedia and standard messaging services, the Samsung Smiley also allows you to access Outlook Exchange email and instant messaging as well, along with Social Buzz.

    The phone has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera with three quality settings, allowing you to take pictures in three resolutions. Again just as the name says, the Smiley contains a smile shutter, which can take snaps when the subject is smiling. This is not all as you can do more with your Samsung Smiley. Video recording is possible, but with a single resolution of only 176 x 144 pixels. The available internal memory of the device is 50MB, which can be expanded up to 16 GB using a micro SD memory card. Other setting options remain the same, the features of the Smiley round off with a simple interface music player with two additional options in the shape of visualization and equalizer. Last but not the least, the Smiley comes preloaded with some demo version games including Bejeweled, Bubble Bash 2 and more.


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    Rating Average

    Just as always from T-Mobile, the call quality is good enough in the case of the Samsung Smiley mobile phone featuring sharp audio clarity and volume. Although there is some background noise, but not loud enough to interrupt the conversation or audio quality. However, the call quality drops down with a lot of distortion when you use the speakerphone or with maximum volume.


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    The Verdict

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    Named after an emoticon, the Samsung Smiley can really cheer you up with a price tag of just $19.99 with a two year contract. With such a low price, it is no doubt good value for a GPS-enabled 3G messaging phone with a QWERTY keyboard and battery life of 9 hours and 36 minutes of talk time when kept in the EDGE mode.

    If you do decide to get one then check out the Top 5 Samsung Smiley Accessories.